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Massachusetts state chemist jailed for forging drug evidence

One chapter in a Massachusetts police lab scandal closed Friday with the sentencing of disgraced former state chemist Annie Dookhan to three to five years in prison after pleading guilty to 27 counts of obstruction of justice, perjury, tampering with evidence and other charges. But the state continues to reel…

New mass graves in Mexico dredge up plight of missing

Amid Mexico’s continuous drug conflict, the recent discovery of dozens of bodies in mass graves has led some to describe the plight of the country’s disappeared as a national emergency. At least 54 corpses have been recovered in clandestine pits in three states this month alone, including 33 in a…

Kremlin says Greenpeace crew may be allowed to leave Russia

The Kremlin said Saturday that 30 Greenpeace crew members held after a protest in Arctic waters could be allowed to leave Russia, but the international activist group greeted the statement warily. “As soon as the issue of how they can leave Russia is resolved they will leave,” Kremlin Chief of…

Bug-hunter gets $5,000 for ‘high-impact’ Gmail exploit

Google is reporting it has fixed a bug in its password-reset system that would have allowed anyone able to spoof a reminder from Gmail to take over all a user’s Google accounts and threaten any to which they’re connected. The “high impact” security…  …

Thousands rally against U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan

Thousands of right-wing Pakistani activists led by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan on Saturday staged a protest against US drone strikes, threatening to block NATO supply routes if strikes continue. The activists burned US flags as a mark of protest, said an AFP reporter at the scene in Peshawar, where the rally…

Electric carmaker Fisker files for bankruptcy

Fisker Automotive, whose high-end electric cars caught the eye of Justin Bieber and other celebrities, has filed for bankruptcy protection. The California-based company also announced it had entered an asset purchase agreement with Hybrid Tech Holdings, LLC. “After having evaluated and pursued all other alternatives, we believe the sale to…

Lifelong secret of Mount Everest pioneer Frank Smythe revealed: I discovered George Mallory’s body in 1936

George Mallory’s disappearance in 1924 was unsolved for 75 years. But now the son of mountaineer Frank Smythe tells how his father spotted the remains – but decided he had to keep quiet Tony Smythe knew he might find secrets when he came to write a book about his father,…

Queen’s representative in Australia expresses support for cutting ties with the British monarchy

The queen’s representative in Australia, Governor-General Quentin Bryce, has reignited debate over cutting ties with the British monarchy after she expressed support for the country becoming a republic. Bryce made the comments at a speech in Sydney on Friday evening in which she outlined a future vision for Australia in…

Philippines typhoon aftermath: ’1.5 million children are at risk of acute malnutrition and close to 800,000 pregnant and nursing mothers need nutritional help’

The number of people dead or missing after one of the world’s strongest typhoons struck the Philippines climbed towards 7,000 on Saturday, as the United Nations warned much more needed to be done to help desperate survivors. The government’s confirmed death toll rose to 5,235, with another 1,613 people still…

Rare Leica camera sells for $620,000 in Hong Kong auction

An Asian buyer purchased a rare Leica camera, one of only four of its kind in the world, for $620,000 at a Hong Kong auction, auctioneers said Saturday. The 1932 Leica Luxus II fetched HK$4.84 million ($620,000) late Friday in an auction where about 80 cameras and accessories went under…

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