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The 5 most shocking revelations about the government’s prosecution of Aaron Swartz you haven’t heard

Internet activist and Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz’s suicide in January 2013 shocked friends, family and admirers alike. Friends, family and fellow activists blamed an overzealous prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s office — an allegation prosecutors denied — over Swartz’s efforts to download the entire JSTOR academic database on the Massachusetts…

Obama’s tax code bargain: Lower corporate tax rate but eliminate loopholes

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday will propose lowering corporate tax rates in exchange for eliminating loopholes in a renewed bid to strike a fiscal deal with rival Republicans. The reheated tax reform plan, first proposed and then rejected by Republicans in 2011, is part of a renewed bid by…

British clubs ban Russian vodka over anti-LGBT laws

Some of London’s biggest gay venues are boycotting Russian vodka as part of a global movement to highlight the Kremlin’s anti-gay laws. The G-A-Y Group, which runs the famous Heaven superclub, is among those removing Russian products after President Vladimir Putin’s government banned “gay propaganda” and cracked down on gay…

New York City’s ban on giant sodas struck down by appeals court

New York’s bid to ban giant, sugary sodas on public health grounds suffered a new setback on Tuesday when an appeals court upheld a ruling striking down the proposed legislation. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has championed the measure as part of the fight against an obesity epidemic and rampant diabetes,…

Senate urges financial regulators to implement reforms

US senators pressed regulators on Tuesday to speed up implementation of financial service industry reforms aimed at reducing risks from transactions like derivatives swaps that contributed to the 2007 financial crisis. Mary Jo White, head of the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is charged with regulating US markets and securities,…

What we know thanks to Bradley Mannning’s leaks to WikiLeaks

Revelations from the files downloaded include footage of US helicopter crews laughing at civilian deaths in Baghdad Bradley Manning, a 25-year-old US private, downloaded more than 700,000 classified documents from US military servers and passed them to WikiLeaks. The Guardian was one of several news organisations to publish a series of…

Authorities confirm Spanish train driver was on phone at the time of the crash

MADRID (Reuters) – The driver of the train that derailed in northwestern Spain last week, killing 79 people, was talking on the phone with state train operator Renfe at the time of the accident, a court said on Tuesday after analyzing the train’s data recording devices. The initial reading of…

Judge rules Penn State officials can face trial over Sandusky abuse

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) – There is enough evidence to try former Penn State officials, including ex-president Graham Spanier, for covering up the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, a judge ruled on Tuesday. After a two-day hearing, Judge Harrisburg District Judge William Wenner ruled that a criminal trial can be…

British gay clubs boycott Russian vodka over anti-LGBT ‘propaganda’ law

Some of London’s biggest gay venues are boycotting Russian vodka as part of a global movement to highlight the Kremlin’s anti-gay laws. The G-A-Y Group, which runs the famous Heaven superclub, is among those removing Russian products after President Vladimir Putin’s government banned “gay propaganda” and cracked down on gay…

Ben & Jerry’s settles with studio over X-rated products inspired by ice cream titles

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) – A southern California pornography studio has reached an agreement with Ben & Jerry’s not to release DVDs and other X-rated products whose names pay homage to the company’s ice cream flavors. The agreement made public on Tuesday resolves a trademark infringement lawsuit that Ben &…

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