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British soccer club uses marijuana heat lamps seized in police raids to grow field grass

English football club Notts County are using heat lamps confiscated in police raids on illegal cannabis farms to help maintain their pitch, British media reported on Wednesday. The equipment, seized by Nottinghamshire Police, is being deployed on lighting rigs to heat up the soil and assist the regrowth of grass…

Iraqi Christians wonder if their days are numbered

After 10 years of attacks on Iraqi Christians, Monsignor Pios Cacha wonders if the ancient community’s days are numbered. “Maybe we will follow in the steps of our Jewish brothers,” he says. The priest’s reference to Iraq’s Jewish population — once a thriving community numbering in the tens of thousands…

Trade Commission wants ‘clear’ fine print on mobile ads

The US Federal Trade Commission called Tuesday for potentially bedeviling fine print to be “clear and conspicuous” as ads follow people onto smartphone screens or online social networks. The FTC updated its Dot Com Disclosures guidance advising advertisers how to avoid charges that digital ads are deceptive because information about…

Obama: Some Chinese cyber attacks are ‘state sponsored’

US President Barack Obama said in an interview aired Wednesday that some, but not necessarily all, cyber attacks on US firms and infrastructure originating in China were “state sponsored.” In an interview with ABC News, Obama also cautioned about the need to avoid “war rhetoric” when discussing cyber attacks, and…

‘Craigslist killer’ faces death penalty after murder conviction

By Barry Neild, The Guardian Richard Beasley who lured victims to their deaths by posting job ads on Craigslist website could face the death penalty A US street preacher who lured victims to their deaths by posting job ads on the Craigslist website has been found guilty of aggravated murder and could…

Church leader in Richard III burial controversy receives ‘abusive’ threats from public

The head of historic British church York Minster has contacted police after receiving hate mail, intensifying the row over where the recently-discovered remains of King Richard III should be buried. York lawmaker Hugh Bayley told parliament that the Dean of York, Vivienne Faull, had been caught in the crossfire between…

Body of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda to be exhumed in April to determine if he was poisoned by Pinochet’s agents

The remains of Chilean Nobel prize winning poet Pablo Neruda will be exhumed on April 8 to determine if he died of cancer or was poisoned, a judicial source told AFP. The leftist, who died 12 days after the 1973 military coup that ousted socialist president Salvador Allende and brought…

Detection system capable of diagnosing Alzheimer’s long before symptoms appear wins coveted SXSW ‘innovation’ prize

Technology capable of diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease long before its symptoms appear won a coveted honor for innovation Tuesday at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival. Neurotrack, which uses eye tracking to achieve a claimed 100 percent success rate, took the health technologies category in the SXSW Accelerator competition as the…

Coca-Cola accused of illegally collecting classified information in China

US soft drinks giant Coca-Cola is “cooperating fully” with Chinese authorities on allegations that it illegally mapped part of a southwestern province as part of its distribution operations, it said Wednesday. Coca-Cola was found to have “illegally collected classified information with handheld GPS equipment”, yunnan.cn, a news portal run by…

Obama says U.S. won’t balance budget in next 10 years

President Barack Obama warned America will not balance its budget within a decade because Republican plans to do so would entail slashing social programs many citizens rely on for support. Even as he set out to woo lawmakers Tuesday on Capitol Hill, including Republican foes, Obama called for an approach…

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