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Canadians ‘uncomfortable’ with spotlight brought by Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

While Rob Ford’s antics are the focus of a spiraling scandal gripping Toronto, the infamy of his misdeeds has only been made possible by the phalanx of journalists covering his every move. Reporters, cameramen and producers from around the world have for 10 days been packed into the narrow second-floor…

Attorney General worried about proliferation of 3-D printed weaponry if ‘Undetectable Firearms Act’ allowed to expire

The 25-year-old ban on firearms that can’t be detected by metal detectors is set to expire in December, and Attorney General Eric Holder is concerned that the 3-D printing technology could lead to a vast increase in the number of metal-free guns being smuggled into and out of the country.…

New York Police Department concerned violent ‘Knockout’ game spreading via social media

The New York Police Department is investigating a series of unprovoked recent beatings as possible hate crimes, as they are increasingly occurring in predominantly Jewish neighborhoods. According to police, bored teens are playing a game called “Knockout,” the purpose of which is to incapacitate a passing pedestrian with a single…

San Francisco transforms into Gotham City to allow 5-year-old leukemia patient to play ‘Batkid’ for a day

A 5-year-old boy with cancer became a superhero for a day Friday, as San Francisco transformed itself into Gotham City and thousands turned out to see the Batkid fly to the rescue. Miles Scott, who was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 18 months old, was cheered across town in…

Former Pink Floyd vocalist charged with sexually abusing 12-year-old girl

Roy Harper, who sang lead vocal on Pink Floyd’s 1975 classic “Have a Cigar” and is widely acknowledged as an influence on Led Zeppelin, has been charged with nine counts of sexual assault on a 12-year-old girl. The charges stem from contact Harper had with the girl beginning in 1975…

Facebook claims new ad policy is ‘unchanged’

Facebook said Friday that ads on the social network featuring user endorsements and pictures were nothing new, and that members remain in control of their own content and images. The company’s chief privacy officer Erin Egan, in a blog post responding to complaints about user-picture ads, said the policies of…

‘Anonymous’ hacker receives 10 years in prison

A computer programmer linked to the online hacktivist group Anonymous who pleaded guilty to hacking the intelligence firm Stratfor was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison, prosecutors said. Jeremy Hammond, whose case has been supported by digital rights activists and others, also was part of a group which broke…

Pat Buchanan upset by Pope Francis: He is losing the culture war

Pope Francis is bordering on moral relativism by refusing to berate atheists and condemn LGBT individuals, according to conservative columnist Pat Buchanan. Writing at Townhall on Friday, Buchanan said Pope Francis was attempting to move “the Catholic Church to a stance of non-belligerence, if not neutrality, in the culture war…

JPMorgan trader refuses to be extradited to U.S. over ‘London Whale’ fraud scandal

A former JPMorgan bank trader arrested in Spain refused Friday to be extradited to the United States where he faces criminal charges in the massive “London Whale” fraud scandal. Spanish national Javier Martin-Artajo told Spain’s National Court that he did not consent to be extradicted voluntarity to face charges because…

Watchdog set to finalize plan to rid Syria of chemical weapons

The world’s chemical watchdog met Friday to agree a final roadmap for ridding Syria of its arsenal by mid-2014, despite the setback of Albania refusing for the weapons to be destroyed on its soil. Friday is the deadline for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to agree…

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