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Briton jailed for 27 years in US cannibal case

<b>A Briton living in the US has been jailed for almost 27 years for plotting to kidnap, rape, kill and eat a child.</b><p>Geoffrey Portway's home in Massachusetts was found equipped with a steel cage and a home-made coffin in a raid by US authorities last year.<p>The 40-year-old had spent months discussing the …

Crime

It looks like the US is going to face not one, but “two lost decades”

The Annual Census Bureau report released today shows no meaningful changes in poverty, earnings, or median household income. This is because between 2011 and 2012 the unemployment rate fell only slightly and there was no significant growth in weekly earnings (as reported by the Bureau of Labor …

Economics

Court OKs Forfeiture Of New York Building With Ties To Iran

A decision by a federal judge paves the way for the forfeiture of a 36-story Manhattan building that the U.S. alleges is secretly owned and controlled by the government of Iran.<p>The court agreed with the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York that the owners are a front for the …

Stephen Hawking Backs Assisted Suicide For The Terminally Ill

Cosmologist Stephen Hawking, who has lived for years with the progressive and debilitating motor neuron condition known as Lou Gehrig's disease, tells the BBC that he favors assisted suicide for people with terminal illnesses.<p>Hawking, 71, who uses a wheelchair and speaks through a computer speech …

Boston Tops Ranking of Energy-Efficient U.S. Cities

The list comes as the Senate debates a bipartisan bill on energy efficiency.<p><b>Though legislation to promote energy efficiency remains in a holding pattern in the U.S. Senate, there was a glimmer of good news on American cities' efforts to achieve energy savings on their own.</b><p>According to a new ranking …

Obama won't halt deportations for parents of children brought to US illegally

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that it is “not an option” for his administration to take executive action to freeze the deportations of parents of children brought to the United States illegally, a move that immigrant rights advocates have pushed him to take if Congress fails to pass …

Jury recommends death for convicted Calif serial killer

A jury on Tuesday recommended a death sentence for Joseph Naso, a 79-year-old former photographer convicted of the decades-old killings of four Northern California women.<p>The panel deliberated for about four hours before reaching its decision in the penalty phase of the case. Earlier in the day, the …

FISA Court Backs NSA Program Of Phone Data Collection

A special federal surveillance court has reaffirmed the constitutionality of a National Security Agency program that collects data about most of the nation's phone traffic. NPR's Larry Abramson reports that the court says the records of phone metadata are not protected by the Fourth Amendment.<p>The …

Death Toll In Colorado Floods Rises To Eight, At Least 1,600 Homes Destroyed

By Keith Coffman<p>DENVER, Sept 16 (Reuters) - Search-and-rescue teams bolstered by National Guard troops fanned out across Colorado's flood-stricken landscape on Monday, as a week of torrential rains blamed for eight deaths and the destruction of at least 1,600 homes finally gave way to sunny …

Cold, wet cases: Oklahoma troopers stumble on six bodies in two cars at bottom of lake

Two decades-old cars containing six skeletons were recovered from a lake in a remote, sparsely populated area of southwestern Oklahoma, officials said Tuesday — potentially solving a pair of cold cases that have bedeviled local authorities for years.<p>Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials stumbled upon …

American poverty figure edges up to 46.5 million

<b>The number of Americans in poverty rose slightly last year to 46.5 million, according to US Census data, despite a stock market recovery.</b><p>The figure edged up from 46.2 million in 2011, meaning the national poverty rate remains unchanged at 15%.<p>It is the sixth year in a row that the rate failed to …

Demographics

The Message Voyager 1 Carries for Alien Civilizations

The "Golden Record" aboard the interstellar spacecraft is a time capsule of humanity, sent from 1977 to the distant future.<p>The year was 1977. Jimmy Carter was president. Rod Stewart topped the <i>Billboard</i> chart with "Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)." The economy was recovering from recession. …

Japan launches new, cheaper rocket after postponement due to computer glitch

Japan launched a new rocket that it hopes will be a cheaper and more efficient way of sending satellites into space.<p>The three-stage Epsilon lifted off from a space center on Japan's southern main island of Kyushu on Saturday, following a two-week postponement. An earlier launch last month was …

Grand Theft Auto 5 street date reportedly broken

Rockstar Games is "investigating" early arrivals of <i>Grand Theft Auto 5</i> from online retailer Amazon, Games Industry International reports.<p><i>Grand Theft Auto 5</i> is set for an official release Tuesday, Sept. 17. Some buyers who pre-ordered the game received it as early as this weekend, according to photos …

Argentina arrests teen hacker who netted $50,000 a month

<b>Police in Argentina have arrested a 19-year-old man accused of heading a gang of hackers who targeted international money transfer and gambling websites.</b><p>Dubbed "the superhacker", the teenager was making $50,000 (£31,500) a month, working from his bedroom in Buenos Aires, police say.<p>The arrest …

Apple’s M7 chip is the Trojan Horse for its wearable computing plans

Advertisement<p>16 Comments<p>Could the iPhone 5S’s new M7 chip be something of a trojan horse, leading the way for Apple’s wearable-tech debut?<p>As …

Sony reveals its own Chromecast-like BRAVIA Smart Stick device

Sony is set to debut a brand new streaming media device tomorrow that should have most of the same features available on Google’s new Chromecast streaming stick.<p>The device is one of many that hardware manufacturers are making after the apparent success of Google’s ultra low-cost streaming stick. …

Bookless Public Library Opens In Texas

An all-digital public library is opening today, as officials in Bexar County, Texas, celebrate the opening of the BiblioTech library. The facility offers about 10,000 free e-books for the 1.7 million residents of the county, which includes San Antonio.<p>On its website, the Bexar County BiblioTech …

Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation Duo: All day charger for mobile gadgets

I bought this USB charging unit because I have a lousy sense of direction. I get lost in buildings and in cities, even ones I’m familiar with. My …

Why PS Vita TV Could Be a Game Changer

Is the set-top box one of Sony's most exciting new products?<p>Last night, Sony surprised the world with the PS Vita TV — a $99 or $150 console that …

Here's What Law Enforcement Can Recover From A Seized iPhone

You may think of your iPhone as a friendly personal assistant. But once it’s alone in a room full of law enforcement officials, you might be surprised at the revealing things it will say about you.<p>On Tuesday the American Civil Liberties Union published a report it obtained from a drug investigation …

Upcoming Kindle interface shown in new Fire leaks

From the latest @evleak we can see the rumored new Kindle Fire third generation above. It would appear that Amazon is unfortunately keeping their big bezels and also their heavy proprietary overlay. From the image you can see updated UI improvements that will likely also hit the current lineup. …

World's Thinnest Glass Created Accidentally By Researchers In U.S., Germany

Researchers accidentally discovered the world's thinnest sheet of glass, just two atoms thick.<p>Their chance finding — now immortalized in the 2014 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, out this week — gives scientists a glimpse into the puzzling properties of glass, which behaves like both …

Here's How Apple's Fingerprint Technology Works On The iPhone 5S

The fingerprint system, dubbed Touch ID, will let you unlock your phone by simply placing your finger on the home button.<p>We've broken down how the system works.

Touch ID

Apple iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S Buyer's Guide

Everything you need to know about picking up your next iPhone.<p>The day is finally upon us. You can now pre-order a colorful, plastic iPhone 5C. And …

Report: 'Cortana' Is Microsoft's Response To Siri

<i>And she will help you fight the Covenant. Sort of.</i><p>Apple basically created the modern smartphone market. Google quickly figured out how to make itself a major player in that market.<p>Microsoft has tried, so far unsuccessfully, to make it a three-horse race.<p>The company was also late to the …

Microsoft buying iPads for $200 credit

Microsoft is now buying iPads. The company has launched a new promotion where consumers can bring in a "gently used" iPad 2, 3, or 4 to receive a minimum of a $200 gift card to the Microsoft Store.<p>The promotion is valid through October 27 only at select Microsoft retail stores in the United States, …

Puerto Rico

The Gun Show