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San Francisco – Facebook, Twitter Support Apple On Encryption Dispute With FBI

February 18, 2016 at 11:30 PM
San Francisco - Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc two of Silicon Valley's most powerful companies, on Thursday backed Apple Inc's refusal to help the FBI break into an iPhone used by a shooter in the San Bernardino attack, saying that complying would set a dangerous precedent for privacy. It took two days, but the companies' entry solidifies a small but powerful band of tech giants supporting...

London – Drinking More Coffee May Undo Liver Damage From Booze

February 18, 2016 at 11:04 PM
London - Drinking more coffee might help reduce the kind of liver damage that’s associated with overindulging in food and alcohol, a review of existing studies suggests. Researchers analyzed data from nine previously published studies with a total of more than 430,000 participants and found that drinking two additional cups of coffee a day was linked to a 44% lower risk of developing liver...

Washington – North Korea Satellite Tumbling In Orbit Again: U.S. Sources

February 18, 2016 at 10:44 PM
Washington - North Korea’s recently launched satellite is once again tumbling in orbit, after stabilizing briefly, according to a U.S. official and other sources. The satellite update came as a key congressional watchdog agency said the U.S. military had not demonstrated its ability to protect the United States against a possible North Korea missile attack. Earlier this month North Korea...

New York, NY – Bloomberg: Political Landscape Dominated By Corrupt, Gridlock, Broken Two-party System

February 18, 2016 at 09:33 PM
New York, NY - Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is mulling a third-party presidential run, says the leading candidates are "trying to exploit" Americans' worries. Bloomberg says the campaign to this point "has been a race to the extremes." He says one way to solve the nation's problems is by "recognizing that compromise is not a bad word." While he is not signaling an...

New York – Apple Likely To Invoke Free-speech Rights In Encryption Fight

February 18, 2016 at 09:01 PM
New York - Apple Inc will likely seek to invoke the United States' protections of free speech as one of its key legal arguments in trying to block an order to help unlock the encrypted iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters, lawyers with expertise in the subject said this week. The tech giant and the Obama administration are on track for a major collision over computer security and...

Concord, NH – 20,000 Liberty-minded People Pledge To Move To New Hampshire

February 18, 2016 at 08:24 PM
Concord, NH - Organizers of the Free State Project say they've reached their 20,000th pledge from liberty-minded people vowing to move to New Hampshire and work to limit government's interference in their lives. About 2,000 members already have moved to the state, and the goal is to have all 20,000 moved in five years. The group is hosting its ninth Liberty Forum from Thursday through Sunday...

Washington – VP Biden: Trump Could Win Republican Race

February 18, 2016 at 08:07 PM
Washington - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday that he thinks Donald Trump could win the Republican presidential nominating race and should be taken seriously in the Nov. 8 presidential election because he appeals to voters' fears. "I think it is very possible he could be nominated and depending on how this all plays out, I would take him seriously in terms of being able to win...

San Diego – Border Checkpoint Scans Eyes, Faces Of Departing Foreigners

February 18, 2016 at 08:02 PM
San Diego - The federal government is using eye scans and facial recognition technology for the first time to verify the identities of foreigners leaving the United States on foot — a trial move aimed at closing a longstanding security gap, officials announced Thursday. Before now, foreigners who left the country were rarely checked by U.S. authorities as they walked into Mexico or Canada...

New York – Audit: NYC Has 1,100 Vacant Lots Amid Affordable Housing Crisis

February 18, 2016 at 07:10 PM
New York - New York City owns more than 1,100 vacant lots and has failed to act quickly enough to develop affordable housing on those properties, the city's comptroller said on Thursday. An audit from the office of Comptroller Scott Stringer found that 75 percent of the empty lots have remained unused for more than 30 years. The majority of the properties are located in the boroughs of...

Warsaw, Poland – Polish Museum Exhibits US Artist Frank Stella’s Synagogues

February 18, 2016 at 06:26 PM
Warsaw, Poland - An exhibition is opening in Warsaw of abstract works by prominent American painter Frank Stella that were inspired by painted wooden synagogues that once existed across Poland but were destroyed by the Nazis during World War II. "Frank Stella and the Synagogues of Historic Poland" opens Friday at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and will run through June...

Milesburg, PA – Police: Mom’s iPhone App Helped Cops Find Kidnapped Daughter

February 18, 2016 at 06:00 PM
Milesburg, PA - Police say they were able to rescue a Pennsylvania woman kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend thanks to her mother's iPhone tracking app. Police say the 18-year-old man met the woman Tuesday in East Stroudsburg to discuss custody of a young child. They say he bound her hands, feet and mouth with duct tape and forced her into the trunk of a vehicle. The woman's mother notified state...

Washington – A New Iran Deal? Syria Truce May Demand One

February 18, 2016 at 05:29 PM
Washington - The pursuit of peace in Syria may require the United States and Iran to break new ground in their increasingly comfortable diplomatic relationship, propelled by last year's nuclear accord and their more recent prisoner swap. Another taboo could be shattered soon: Military discussions. Iran may be just one of 17 countries invited to the first gathering Friday of a task force the...

Pittsburgh – Man Who Disrupted US Airways Flight Gets Year In Prison

February 18, 2016 at 05:08 PM
Pittsburgh - A man who interfered with a flight crew on a New York-bound US Airways jet that was forced to divert to Pittsburgh has been sentenced to prison. A federal judge sentenced 40-year-old Mapleton, Utah, resident Steven Pectol on Wednesday to a year and a day behind bars. Pectol pleaded guilty in November to disrupting a red-eye flight from Phoenix on Oct. 11. The plane made an...

New York – NYC Law Enforcement: Criminals Say Apple Encryption A ‘Gift From God’

February 18, 2016 at 04:22 PM
New York - Police and prosecutors in New York City said Thursday that the top-notch encryption technology on Apple mobile phones is now routinely hindering criminal investigations. And they predicted the problem could grow worse as more criminals figure out how good the devices are at keeping secrets. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said at a news conference that 175 Apple...

West Bank – IDF Soldier Identified As Victim Murdered In West Bank Stabbing

February 18, 2016 at 03:41 PM
West Bank - The IDF identified the Israeli victim who died from a stabbing attack in the West Bank's Binyamin region on Thursday as 21-year-old Nahal Brigade soldier Tuvia Yanai Weisman from Ma'aleh Machmesh. The IDF expressed its sympathy over his death and said his family has been informed of his passing. The two Palestinian also wounded a second Israeli and was in a moderate condition...

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