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New York woman falls to her death after balcony railing breaks

It is every New Yorker’s nightmare. A 35-year-old woman fell to her death in the early hours of Thursday after the balcony railing of a 17th-floor apartment apparently gave way as she chatted to a friend. The woman, identified by local media as advertising sales executive Jennifer Rosoff, was reported…

U.S. official: No evidence Obamacare hurts workers

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top U.S. healthcare official on Thursday challenged claims by Republican lawmakers that the country’s healthcare reform law is causing workers to lose hours or benefits, saying she is aware of only isolated cutbacks. At a stormy House of Representatives committee hearing, Marilyn Tavenner,…

French court overturns ban on Monsanto’s genetically modified corn

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s highest administrative court rejected on Thursday a government ban on growing Monsanto’s MON810 genetically modified maize (corn). In its ruling, the Conseil d’Etat said under European Union law such a measure could only be imposed in an emergency or if there was a serious health or…

Dolphin deaths higher than normal along U.S. East Coast

By Victoria Cavaliere (Reuters) – Carcasses of bottlenose dolphins are washing up on U.S. East Coast beaches from New Jersey to Virginia at a higher than normal pace, with more than 120 dead animals discovered since June, local and federal officials said on Thursday. The cause of the dolphin deaths…

Russia enacts its own version of the Stop Online Privacy Act

Russian legislation aimed at battling pirated video content online went into effect Thursday despite complaints by the industry against the alleged crackdown on free Internet. Branded the “Russian SOPA” after the US anti-piracy initiative, the law makes it easier to block websites that post or link to copyright video content…

U.S. stocks jump on strong economic data

US stocks rallied sharply Thursday on strong economic data from China, Europe and the United States. At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up a hefty 125.80 (0.81 percent) at 15,625.34. The broad-based S&P 500 jumped 21.08 (1.25 percent) to 1,706.81, an all-time closing high. And the…

Illinois governor praises human compassion after signing medical marijuana law

Illinois on Thursday became the 20th state to legalize the medical use of marijuana. “As Nelson Mandela once said, ‘Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope…

Thousands turn out for gay pride parade in Jerusalem

A few thousand people marched in a gay pride parade in central Jerusalem without any serious incidents on Thursday, carrying trademark rainbow flags and calling for equal rights, police said. “About 2,500 participated in the march and there were no incidents, except for one stink bomb being thrown,” police spokesman…

Jury rules against ex-Goldman employee Fabrice Tourre in SEC trial

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) – A jury found former Goldman Sachs Group Inc vice president Fabrice Tourre liable for fraud for his role in a failed mortgage deal that cost investors $1 billion, giving the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission a big victory. Tourre was found liable on…

Hacker: Sim card flaws leave ‘hundreds of millions of phones’ vulnerable to attack

Software vulnerabilities expose phones to hijacking and manipulation of calls, eavesdropping and identity theft If you thought government analysts intercepting your phone’s metadata was bad, here is something potentially more frightening: cyber crooks hijacking your phone to eavesdrop, impersonate you and ransack your accounts. A German cryptographer says he has discovered encryption…

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