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Judge to rule on Alec Baldwin ‘stalker’ case

EW YORK — A US judge said Thursday he will rule in September on an attempt by a Canadian actress to have stalking charges lodged by Hollywood star Alec Baldwin thrown out of court. Lawyers for Genevieve Sabourin, whom Baldwin accuses of sending love-struck emails and coming uninvited to his…

Apple pitches gadget security to hacker crowd

LAS VEGAS — Apple pitched security measures in its mobile gadgets on Thursday during its first presentation at a premier gathering of hackers and those intent on thwarting cyber attacks. The unprecedented talk by Apple head of software platform security Dallas De Atley at the 15th annual Black Hat conference…

U.S. Olympic shooters say don’t link us to Colorado theater horror

LONDON — US Olympic shooting competitors hope those watching the London Games do not link their firearm sports with the shooter who killed 12 people and wounded 58 others at an American theatre last week. But the Olympic medallists said they could see how the horrific incident last week at…

‘Cure’ research suggests new paths to HIV control

WASHINGTON — Three studies presented Thursday at a major world conference on AIDS show new ways that scientists are striving toward a cure for the three-decade-old disease. One study focused on a group of 12 patients in France who began treatment on antiretroviral drugs within 10 weeks of becoming infected…

Geithner: ‘We don’t know’ about U.S. banks’ role in Libor-fixing scandal

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Thursday said he did not know whether three major US banks were involved in the manipulation of a key benchmark borrowing rate. Answering Senate Banking Committee questions about Bank of America, Citibank and JP Morgan Chase’s possible roles in the global Libor fixing scandal, Geithner…

Survey: Two-thirds of world leaders are on Twitter

Some world leaders may be making full use of the microblogging Twitter tool to promote their ideas, but other international figures are shunning the medium, a new survey revealed Thursday. “Sixteen of the G20 leaders are actively using Twitter for public diplomacy,” said Matthias Lufkens, Digital Practice Leader at Burson-Marsteller,…

European sewage study reveals Belgium city has high cocaine usage

Drug testers sifting through raw sewage in 19 European cities found the highest cocaine use in Antwerp, a Nordic preference for methamphetamines and Amsterdam unsurprisingly leading in cannabis use. From the biggest-ever European drug analysis of human waste samples, the research team deducted that the continent used about 350 kilograms…

New device allows disabled people to draw on a computer using only their eyes

A French researcher has built a device allowing disabled people to write or draw on a computer screen using only their eyes, a report said Thursday. With head-mounted cameras monitoring their eye movements, test subjects were able to write and draw on a blank computer screen in the latest breakthrough…

Google Fiber pilot program boasts ultrafast broadband speeds

Google on Thursday unveiled an ultrafast Web service along with an Internet television subscription in the Kansas City area as part of a pilot project to boost broadband speeds. The Google Fiber superfast broadband network will be available starting in September, with one-gigabyte per second speeds — about 100 times…

Florida at the forefront of the Voter ID battle

Voting rights groups are struggling to hold back a tide of new laws that are likely to make it harder for millions of Americans to vote in the presidential election in November and could distort the outcome of the race for the White House. Since January 2011, 19 states have…

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