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New York regulators launch investigation of BitCoin

A New York regulator Monday announced a probe into virtual currencies like Bitcoin, saying they could be used by drug traffickers and gun runners and threaten US national security. As part of the probe, according to a person familiar with the matter, the New York Department of Financial Services has…

Intelligence director introduces group to review NSA privacy issues

US intelligence director James Clapper introduced a review group Monday that will assess whether the right balance is being struck between national security and personal privacy. President Barack Obama on Friday pledged to overhaul US spy programs amid a debate sparked by the leaks of former National Security Agency contractor…

North Carolina becomes first state to enact voter ID following Supreme Court ruling

By Marti Maguire RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) – North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed into law on Monday a requirement that voters present photo identification at the polls, making it the first state to enact new voting restrictions since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of a Civil Rights-era…

Hackers who targeted media last year now targeting think tanks

The hackers who penetrated the computer network of The New York Times last year have resurfaced with an attack on “an organization involved in shaping economic policy,” experts warned Monday. The security firm FireEye said the original perpetrators “appear to be mounting fresh assaults that leverage new and improved versions…

Protesters hold sit-in to demand Obama stop the Keystone XL Pipeline

Some 200 people staged a sit-in outside the US State Department Monday, demanding that US President Barack Obama stop the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline. Activists from environmental groups and civil society organizations held placards and shouted:”President Obama, stop the pipeline!” The proposal under debate pertains to construction of a 1,179-mile…

New finding suggests Neanderthals had more advanced tools than early humans

Sophisticated leather-working equipment found in a cave in France offer the first evidence that Neanderthals had more advanced bone tools than early modern humans, researchers said Monday. The four fragments of hide-softening bone tools known as lissoirs, or smoothers, were found at two neighboring sites in southwestern France, according to…

The neuroscience of dying: Brain activity continues up to 30 seconds after blood flow stops

There may be a scientific explanation for the vivid near-death experiences, such as seeing a shining light, that some people report after surviving a heart attack, US scientists said Monday. Apparently, the brain keeps on working for up to 30 seconds after blood flow stops, according to a study published…

Senator Rand Paul ‘encouraged’ by Eric Holder’s proposed drug sentencing reform

Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on Monday expressed support for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s call to reform drug sentencing policies. “I am encouraged that the President and Attorney General agree with me that mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent offenders promote injustice and do not serve public…

Quadruple amputee who swam English Channel appeals for return of customized wheelchair

(Reuters) – A French quadruple amputee who won fame by swimming across the English Channel has appealed for the return of his custom-made electric wheelchair after it was stolen together with the trailer where it was stored. “They haven’t just stolen my wheelchair, they have robbed me of my autonomy,”…

British police officer keeps job after having sex on duty while wearing handgun

Gwent police condemned by IPCC for failing to submit clear report of incident and not referencing presence of loaded firearm A police marksman who had sex on duty with a woman while his loaded gun was in a holster around his ankles has been allowed to keep his job, it has emerged.…

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