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Are telegrams dead?

ON JULY 15th India will become the latest country to shut down its official telegram service. The first message sent by telegraph in India was in 1850, and the direct descendant of that service is now in the hands of BSNL, a state-run telecoms operator…   [Antique Morse Key (c…

Firm recalls beef for possible E. coli taint

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – California-based Manning Beef is recalling 80,000 pounds of beef products over possible E. coli contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. “The establishment is recalling a variety of beef primal and subprimal cuts … and manufacturing trimmings due, in part, to insanitary conditions as reflected by an…

AT&T to cut off bandwidth for some ‘unlimited’ data subscribers

Beginning Saturday, telecom giant AT&T will start “throttling,” or slowing down, the bandwidth of some of its most loyal “unlimited” mobile data subscribers, which the network blames for their service’s overall poor performance. The company announced its intent back in July, and accused their most frequent users of degrading service…

Obama reverses policy on condolence letters for service member suicides

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he would begin sending condolence letters to the families of service members who commit suicide while in combat. The White House had been considering reversing the longstanding policy since December 2009 at the urging of members of Congress and the relatives of dead soldiers.…

‘Sheriff Joe’ orders AZ deputies to question undocumented immigrants about wildfires

Deputies in Arizona’s Maricopa County arrested 20 immigrants making their way from Mexico to the U.S. last week, and detained them for questioning about the wildfires plaguing Arizona. Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the infamously tough “Sheriff Joe,” released a statement about the arrests, which occurred near the border where the wildfires…

White House, streets locked down in security alert

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The White House and a block of surrounding streets in downtown Washington were locked down by the Secret Service for about an hour Wednesday in a security alert reportedly sparked by a dump truck. The truck was being searched prior to entering the North Lawn of the…

Former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger dies

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Former US secretary of state Lawrence Eagleburger, a career foreign service officer who served briefly as the top diplomat under president George H.W. Bush, died Saturday, officials said. He was 80. “With the passing of former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger, our nation has lost a distinguished…

Twitter launching photo-sharing service

RANCHOS PALOS VERDES, California — Twitter said Wednesday that it is adding a photo-sharing option for its users, a move that could deal a blow to existing services such as Twitpic and yfrog. Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo also announced at the All Things Digital technology conference here that the…

President Obama honors veterans in Memorial Day speech

ARLINGTON, Virginia — President Barack Obama, in a Memorial Day address at Arlington National Cemetery, urged Americans on Monday to honor the sacrifices of their war dead by “heeding the example they set.” “Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay,” Obama said…

Secret Service Twitter page laments having to watch ‘blathering’ Fox News

The official Twitter account of the U.S. Secret Service posted a tweet on Wednesday afternoon that blasted Fox News. “Had to monitor Fox for a story. Can’t. Deal. With. The. Blathering,” the tweet said, before being deleted almost immediately, according to the Huffington Post. “An employee with access to the…

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