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FBI chief warns cyber crime on par with terrorism

FBI director Robert Mueller warned a gathering of Internet security specialists that the threat of cyber attacks rivals terrorism as a national security concern. The only way to combat cyber assaults is for police, intelligence agencies and private companies to join forces, Mueller said during a presentation at an annual…

Website lets users confess their darkest secrets

People around the world share their deep secrets with Frank Warren and he, in turn, reveals them to all. Confessions drawn, pasted or written on postcards flow relentlessly into his mailbox and Warren provides as many as possible with time in the spotlight at his website, PostSecret.com. “I’ve never been…

Controversy over Washington Metro ad: ‘Go to hell Barack’

In the heat of a US presidential election year, with Americans immune to the polarized and bitter nature of political discourse, it takes a lot to shock them, especially in Washington. But one ad at a DC Metro station — which starts off criticizing Obama’s health care reforms and ends…

Feminists warn pols not to erode women’s gains

Feminists in the United States, “fed up” with election-year attempts to erode their hard-won gains, issued a sharp reminder that women make up a voting bloc that cannot be ignored. HERvotes, a coalition of 51 women’s groups, vowed to ensure that several decades of progress in health care, education and…

63 percent of voters back Obama birth control policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nearly two-thirds of Americans favor President Barack Obama’s policy requiring birth control coverage for female employees, including clear majorities of Roman Catholic, Protestant evangelical and independent voters, a poll showed on Thursday. A Kaiser Family Foundation survey of 1,500 adults showed public opinion breaking more strongly according…

Ohio teen charged over school shooting

WASHINGTON — The Ohio teenager accused of America’s latest tragic school shooting was charged on Thursday with three counts of aggravated murder and two of attempted aggravated murder, a prosecutor said. The charges against TJ Lane, who gave himself up and confessed to police after Monday’s shooting spree at Chardon…

Obama pokes fun at birth controversy on Facebook

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama switched his Facebook page on Thursday to the social network’s new “timeline” format and poked fun at the controversy over his birthplace. The first entry on Obama’s revamped Facebook page lists his birthdate — August 4, 1961 — and provides a link to a…

Ocean acidification may be worst in 300 million years: study

WASHINGTON — High levels of pollution may be turning the planet’s oceans acidic at a faster rate than at any time in the past 300 million years, with unknown consequences for future sea life, researchers said Thursday. The acidification may be worse than during four major mass extinctions in history…

House condemns death sentence of Iranian pastor

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives on Thursday condemned Iran for sentencing an Iranian-born Christian pastor to death, in violation, US lawmakers said, of the “universal human right” of religion. By a unanimous vote of 418-0, US lawmakers called in a symbolic resolution for the immediate release of Yusef…

Is sharing the key to advanced society?

WASHINGTON — The ability to share knowledge and learn from each other may be the key difference between people and chimpanzees that helped humans to dominate the modern world, scientists suggested on Thursday. The research in the journal Science aimed to discover what has allowed humans to establish what is…

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