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NSA ditching 90 percent of its system administrators to avoid leaks

The National Security Agency (NSA) intends to eliminate the majority of its system administrators as a way to reduce the number of humans who could leak sensitive data, Edward Snowden-style. NSA director Keith Alexander told a conference in New York…  …

San Diego mayor’s two-week sexual harassment therapy ends early

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will complete intensive therapy treatment for sexually harassing women less than a week into the course, short of what was originally billed as a two-week session, the law firm representing him said on Friday. “Upon completion of the…

Border Patrol agent who shot Mexican teenager dead will not be charged

By Tim Gaynor PHOENIX (Reuters) – U.S. authorities will not bring charges against a Border Patrol agent in Arizona who shot dead a rock-throwing Mexican teenager two years ago because the fatal injury did not occur in the United States, the Justice Department said on Friday. An unidentified Border Patrol…

Four Vanderbilt football players charged with raping unconscious student

By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) – Four Vanderbilt University football players have been charged with the rape of an unconscious 21-year-old female student in one of their dorm rooms this summer, police said on Friday. The suspects, who were kicked off the football team and banned from campus following…

Smithsonian adds Irving Penn images to collection

The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington said Friday it’s ramping up its photography collection with the acquisition of 100 images from the late Irving Penn. They include rare street photographs from the 1930s and 1940s, most of them unpublished, as well as images from post-war Europe and examples of…

U.S. to reopen all but one Middle Eastern embassy on Sunday

The United States said Friday it would reopen all of the embassies it shut this week except the one in Yemen, after re-assessing the Al-Qaeda threat. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Washington would also keep its consulate in the Pakistani city of Lahore closed, after pulling out staff on…

Trade panel rules for Apple in copyright dispute against Samsung

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. trade panel on Friday ruled that South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd infringes on portions of two Apple Inc patents on digital mobile devices, a decision likely to inflame passions in the long-running dispute. The U.S. International Trade Commission issued a limited exclusion order and…

Montana Attorney General blames reporters for online threats against them

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox (R) suggested that Associated Press reporters who were threatened after their personal information was leaked online brought it upon themselves, Mother Jones reported on Friday. “Whether or not there is a chilling effect I guess the media, the journalistic profession needs to contemplate when they…

Federal prosecutors say Bernie Madoff was in ‘love triangle’ with employee

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bernard Madoff was in a “love triangle” involving one of five former employees who are about to go on trial for helping him run his multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme, prosecutors said. Madoff pleaded guilty in March 2009 to running a fraud of up to…

Bryan Fischer plays doctor: ‘Concealed sin can cause physical illness’

Christian radio host Bryan Fischer dispensed some medical advice on Thursday, advising a caller that confessing one’s sins could take care of physical ailments. “This is really preventive medicine here,” Fischer told the caller. “You want to be healed, you want to be physically strong, then pray for one another…

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