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Revealed: Google’s Sergey Brin bankrolled world’s first synthetic beef hamburger ‘for animal welfare reasons’

The billionaire co-founder of Google, Sergey Brin, said he invested €250,000 in the technology for animal welfare reasons The man who has bankrolled the production of the world’s first lab-grown hamburger has been revealed as Google co-founder Sergey Brin. The internet entrepreneur has backed the project to the tune of…

U.S. military helicopter crashes in Japan’s Okinawa

TOKYO (Reuters) – A U.S. military helicopter crashed on Japan’s southern island of Okinawa on Monday, U.S. Forces in Japan said, an incident which may stoke anger over the concentration of U.S. military bases on the island. The Japanese defence minister said three of the four people onboard were confirmed…

Japan nuclear body says radioactive water at Fukushima an ‘emergency’

By Antoni Slodkowski and Mari Saito TOKYO (Reuters) – Highly radioactive water seeping into the ocean from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is creating an “emergency” that the operator is struggling to contain, an official from the country’s nuclear watchdog said on Monday. This contaminated groundwater has breached an underground…

NSA defenders: embassy closures followed ‘pre-9/11 levels’ of ‘chatter’

Embassy closures ordered in response to ‘most serious threat in years’, says Republican senator Saxby Chambliss The closure of 22 US embassies over an alleged security threat was seized on by defenders of the National Security Agency on Sunday, amid claims that its controversial surveillance programme alerted authorities to “pre-9/11″…

California governor Jerry Brown intervenes to delay threatened BART strike

By Ronnie Cohen SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California’s Democratic governor intervened on Sunday to avert a San Francisco area rail strike that threatened to cripple the morning rush-hour commute, effectively prohibiting a walkout for seven days after the sides failed to reach a contract agreement. Federal and state mediators had…

How the U.S. DEA program differs from recent NSA revelations

By John Shiffman WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former spy-agency contractor Edward Snowden has caused a fierce debate over civil liberties and national-security needs by disclosing details of secret U.S. government surveillance programs. Reuters has uncovered previously unreported details about a separate program, run by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, that extends…

ABC in talks to develop TV shows based on ‘Star Wars’ characters

(Reuters) – ABC television executives are talking with George Lucas’ Lucasfilm studio about making TV shows based on characters developed by the studio that created the “Star Wars” franchise, according to the president of Disney’s ABC Entertainment Group. “We’ve started conversations with them,” Paul Lee told a gathering of TV…

Snowboarder killed by Oregon ice tunnel collapse

(Reuters) – A search team on Oregon’s Mount Hood retrieved the body of a snowboarder on Sunday, a day after he was buried beneath falling ice and snow as he explored an ice tunnel, the local sheriff’s office said. The snowboarder, identified as 25-year-old Collin Backowski, was exploring the mountain…

Ohio death row inmate found hanged days before execution date

By Kim Palmer COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) – An Ohio death row inmate was found hanged in his prison cell on Sunday, three days before he was due to be executed for the 1987 murder of a babysitter, a prison spokeswoman said. Billy Slagle, 44, had been due to receive a…

Police kill 14-year-old boy in New York City

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A police officer shot an armed 14-year-old boy in New York City early on Sunday after he did not drop his gun when ordered, police said. After hearing gunshots, two officers came across the boy, whom police identified as Shaaliver Douse, chasing another male down a…

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