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LulzSec hackers flaunting their notoriety with telephone hotline

SAN FRANCISCO — Lulz Security hacker group is flaunting its notoriety with a telephone hotline for people to call and suggest targets for cyber attacks. “Our number literally has anywhere between five and 20 people ringing it every single second,” members of the group said in a Twitter message posted…

Number missing after Joplin tornado down to 10

CHICAGO — The number of people missing after the deadliest single tornado to strike the United States in more than six decades has been whittled down to just 10, state officials said Tuesday. A mile-wide May 22 twister reduced much of the Missouri town of Joplin to rubble, leaving at…

Number of Internet users worldwide reaches 2 bln: UN

The number of Internet users worldwide has reached the two billion mark, the head of the UN’s telecommunications agency, Hamadoun Toure, said on Wednesday. The number of mobile phone subscriptions also reached the symbolic threshold of five billion, the secretary general of the UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) told journalists.…

Foreign troop deaths in Afghanistan top 700 in 2010

KABUL — The number of international troops killed in Afghanistan this year, already by far the deadliest in the nine-year campaign against the Taliban, has passed 700, an independent website said Tuesday. The number of coalition forces killed fighting the Taliban in 2010 stood at 701, around a third higher…

EU bids to frame Facebook ‘right to be forgotten’

New rules will affect the EU’s entire 500 million population — the same number as Facebook’s free subscriber list — when formal legislative proposals emerge from a two-month public consultation launched by Reding in Brussels. “The protection of personal data is a fundamental right,” said the Luxembourg commissioner, who recently…

Troops death toll in Afghanistan hits 600

The number of foreign troops to die this year in Afghanistan has reached 600, by far the highest annual toll in nine years of war despite tentative reconciliation efforts with the Taliban. The milestone was reached after a NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) announcement that a soldier had been…

Number of diabetic Americans could triple by 2050

Officials revise estimates, predict 100 million Americans could be diabetic by 2050 Federal officials estimate that as many as 1 in 3 U.S. adults could have diabetes by the year 2050. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 1 in 10 have diabetes now. But the number could…

Number of US troops in Iraq falls below 50,000

Number of US troops in Iraq now below 50,000 figure mandated by Obama, lowest since invasion The number of U.S. troops in Iraq has fallen below 50,000 for the first time since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion and ahead of the end-of-the-month deadline mandated by President Barack Obama, the American military…

Right-wing survey: Carter, Obama top list of US’s worst ‘gangsters, killers’

In the great pantheon of American “gangsters, serial killers, mass murderers, incompetent and crooked politicians, spies, traitors, and ultra left-wing kooks,” no one is worse than … Jimmy Carter. So says a survey carried out by Right Wing News, which sampled 43 mostly conservative bloggers as to whom they see…

Number of attempted US domestic attacks soar: report

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The number of attempted attacks against the United States in the past nine months has “surpassed the number of attempts during any other previous one-year period,” according to a Department of Homeland Security memo, CNN said. The DHS assessment dated May 21, and reported on the CNN…

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