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Japanese police taunted by anonymous hacker find clue on cat’s collar

Police in Japan who have for months been taunted by an anonymous hacker have found a digital memory card attached to an animal’s collar after solving a set of emailed riddles, reports said Monday. The discovery was made after messages were sent to newspapers and broadcasters, with the sender claiming…

Chris Hayes guest: 112th Congress succeeded most at ‘erosion of civil liberties’

On UP with Chris Hayes on Sunday, the host and his group of panelists discussed the fact that the 112th Congress seemed to succeed in passing legislation mostly when it came to national security issues. “How disturbing is it that the success of the 112th Congress is to pass legislation…

Syrian opposition dismisses Assad call for talks amid attack on ‘western puppets’

Rebels say Syrian president offered no meaningful concessions in his first public speech in seven months Syria’s opposition and its international backers have rejected Bashar al-Assad’s latest initiative to end the 21 months of violence, insisting that he offered no meaningful concessions and should surrender power at once. Hopes of…

Research says ‘Cash for Clunkers’ harmed the environment

New research argues that the “Cash for Clunkers” program, in which people could trade in old cars for cash, actually harmed the environment. In 2009, the Car Allowance Rebates System (CARS) program offered people $4,500 to trade in old cars. The idea was that they could then purchase more fuel-efficient…

Northern Ireland violence continues despite peace talks

Violence flared for the fourth night running in Northern Ireland on Sunday, hours after politicians and Church leaders held talks in a bid to quell a row over the flying of the British flag. After three nights of rioting and attacks on police, Northern Ireland’s chief police officer Matt Baggott…

Scientists break absolute zero barrier

Students are usually told in science class that absolute zero — zero kelvin, or about -460 degrees Fahrenheit — is the lowest temperature threshold. But scientists have created a temperature beyond absolute zero, reported LiveScience. The implications of the new research suggest that engines could theoretically be more than 100…

Growing food on lakes a new solution to water scarcity

Costa Rican academics are pioneering the growth of crops on freshwater lakes as a way of addressing food shortages Hunger and nutrition will feature prominently at the G8 summit in Northern Ireland in June, in keeping with the renewed interest in agriculture, especially in Africa, where investors are eyeing the…

Harris-Perry guest: Lead exposure in children correlated to violent crime

On Melissa Harris-Perry on Sunday, the host and her panelists discussed a recent Mother Jones article that presented evidence that lead exposure in children leads to lower I.Q.s and violent crime. “The rise of emissions from leaded gasoline between the 1940s and the 1970s may have had a significant impact…

Weight-loss drug linked to deaths in France shaken by fresh scandal

Drug company boss faces manslaughter investigation as victims complain of delays in compensation A weight-loss drug believed to have killed hundreds in France’s biggest ever pharmaceutical scandal has sparked fresh controversy as victims complain of delays in state compensation and a major drug-company boss has been placed under formal investigation…

Steubenville officials create website to counter claims of cover-up in rape case

Town authorities and police set up website in attempt to counter criticism over events surrounding Big Red football team Officials in the small industrial town of Steubenville in Ohio have launched a campaign to rebut claims of a cover-up in the investigation of an alleged gang rape involving stars of…

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