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Thailand to extradite hacker wanted by the FBI

An Algerian computer hacker wanted by the FBI for allegedly stealing millions of dollars from American banks to fund a lavish lifestyle has been arrested in Bangkok, Thai police said Monday. Hamza Bendelladj, 24, appeared unruffled by his looming extradition to the United States as he was paraded before the…

Egypt’s Morsi backs calls for Assad war crimes trial

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi told CNN Sunday he backs Syrian calls for Bashar al-Assad to be tried for war crimes, and predicted Assad’s regime would fall in the country’s bloody civil war. “The Syrian people, through their revolution, and through the movement will, when the bloodshed stops, move to a…

California’s ‘urban’ sled dogs are cool with no snow

California’s lack of snow is no problem for Obi, a sled dog a thousand miles from the North Pole, pulling an “urban sled” to the delight of his devoted human owner, Rancy Reyes. Reyes mushes on a two-wheeled cart through Fairview Park in Costa Mesa, south of Los Angeles, pulled…

Court to hear details of Aurora, Colorado theater massacre

The alleged gunman behind the Colorado theater massacre is due in court Monday for a week-long preliminary hearing likely to hear chilling details about the shooting at a Batman film premiere. A judge will decide if there is enough evidence to stage a full trial for James Holmes, accused of…

Statue built to Chinese reformer whose death sparked Tiananmen Square democracy protests

A statue of former Chinese Communist Party chief Hu Yaobang, a reformer whose death sparked the Tiananmen Square democracy protests, has been set up in the coastal city of Taizhou, state media reported on Monday. The bronze image, depicting Hu looking into the distance, was unveiled Sunday on Dachen island…

‘World’s greatest living explorer’ sets off for world’s first Antarctic winter crossing

Adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes said his bid for the world’s first Antarctic winter crossing, with no option of rescue, would be a trip into the unknown despite his multiple record expeditions. Known as the world’s greatest living explorer, Fiennes will depart Monday for the coldest place on Earth. The intrepid…

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…

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