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Google is reportedly separating its photos service from Google+

The company may be putting its best Google+ feature front and center for users<p>The Google+ photo organization and editing tools are probably the most useful part of Google's oft-criticized social network, and now it sounds like they'll soon be spun off into their own standalone product. According to …

Sky's NOW TV Lands On Xbox One

BSkyB has announced that its NOW TV streaming service, which lets subscribers access movies, entertainment and sports content on-demand, is now available on Microsoft’s Xbox One. This comes just a few days after NOW TV landed on Sony’s PlayStation 4.<p>If you have an active rolling monthly …

Scientists closer to turning human skin cells into sperm cells

Scientists at Stanford University have successfully managed to reprogram human skin cells and turn them into sperm cell precursors. Their findings, published in the journal <i>Cell Reports</i>, show that skin cells of infertile men can be changed into stem cells and take on the characteristics of …

NSA Reportedly Collected Millions Of Phone Texts Every Day

As recently as 2011, the National Security Agency was collecting almost 200 million text messages each day, according to a new story by <i>The Guardian</i> that cites documents from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The texts were used to develop financial and location data, the newspaper says.<p>An image …

More Innocent People on Death Row Than Estimated: Study

The United States may be putting more innocent people to death than previously thought. According to a sweeping new statistical analysis made public …

Maryland police department will shame prostitutes by live-tweeting a sting operation

The police, of late, have not done themselves any favors on social media. Last week, the NYPD found itself deluged with pictures of police brutality after attempting to promote the hashtag #myNYPD. This week, Maryland's Prince George's Police Department has decided to live-tweet a prostitution …

“Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book”: The new warrior cop is out of control

<b>(Public Affairs Books/Jenna Pope)</b><p>SWAT teams raiding poker games and trying to stop underage drinking? Overwhelming paramilitary force is on the rise<p>Radley Balko<p>July 7, 2013 11:00am (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces”<p>Sal Culosi is dead because …

Innocence, After Serving 11 Years On A Wrongful Conviction

When I was waiting, even to go to the trial, I would pray, 'Please Lord, get me out of here. You know I don't belong here, I didn't do this.' And I knew in my heart that it was going to happen, that I would be released. Just every now and then, I would ask the Lord, 'Well, you can kind of hurry up …

Supreme Court Says California Has To Release 10,000 Inmates

Conservative Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, and Antonin Scalia would have granted Brown's request. The California governor asked for the delay to protect public safety.<p>A three-judge panel ordered Brown to release the inmates by the end of the year because of a huge overcrowding problem in …

California

DEA reportedly covering up its use of NSA surveillance data to prosecute Americans

Lies and blurred lines may be compromising justice at home<p>Despite assurances from top intelligence officials that the National Security Agency only conducts certain surveillance operations to pursue suspected terrorists, a report from <i>Reuters</i> alleges that a secretive Drug Enforcement Administration …

Free after being wrongly jailed for almost 25 years

A Brooklyn jury took just nine minutes Monday to decide a “not guilty” verdict for a man wrongly imprisoned for almost 25 years on a murder …

Will the Supreme Court Address Louisiana's Flawed Jury System?

By allowing non-unanimous verdicts in murder trials, the state makes it possible for prosecutors to accept minority jurors—and then discount their views.<p>When they meet this Friday in conference to discuss which cases to accept for review, the justices of the United States Supreme Court will have …

The types of attorneys you'll meet in court and how to deal with them

<b>Last week, I wrote about things to keep in mind before you go to court. Today, I’m going to talk about that same topic.</b><p>However, where last week …

Self-help

SCOTUS: No right to remain silent unless you speak up | Salon.com

That’s the circular logic of a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, which held that simply remaining silent is not enough to protect American citizens from self-incrimination. Though it’s received scant media attention, the decision has serious implications for criminal prosecutions, legal …

Media shield law moves forward

The measure would allow journalists to protect the identity of confidential sources in federal cases.<p>A bill that would allow journalists to protect the identity of confidential sources moved forward Thursday after lawmakers reached agreement on the tricky question of just who is a journalist.<p>The …

A black box in your car? Some see a source of tax revenue

WASHINGTON — As America's road planners struggle to find the cash to mend a crumbling highway system, many are beginning to see a solution in a little black box that fitsneatly by the dashboard of your car.<p>The devices, which track every mile a motorist drives and transmit that information to …

On Your Mark, Get Set, Lie: Supreme Court Weighs Truth in Politics

With the 2014 midterm elections fast approaching, the Supreme Court faced an urgent task on Tuesday: making it safe for America’s politicians to …

Lawyers Use High Court Petition To Highlight Prosecutorial Misconduct

Lawyers for a computer support technician convicted of possessing ricin to use as a weapon are asking the Supreme Court on Thursday to hear his appeal, as a way to send a message about widespread prosecutorial misconduct.<p>The technician, Kenneth R. Olsen, says the Justice Department's failure to …

Amanda Knox caused fatal wound to Meredith Kercher, Italian court rules

An Italian court has said Amanda Knox delivered the fatal blow to the British exchange student Meredith Kercher in a group attack on her, driven by a desire to bully and humiliate the 21-year-old.<p>In reasoning made public three months after it sentenced Knox, the Seattle-based student, to 28 years …

Judge Constance Briscoe found guilty of lying to police

Judge and best-selling author Constance Briscoe faces prison after a jury found her guilty on Thursday of intending to pervert the course of justice in the Chris Huhne speeding points scandal.<p>She is believed to be the first UK judge in living memory to be convicted of the offence, which goes …

Press Freedom Day: Civil liberties linked with freedom of expression

<b>ISLAMABAD:</b><p><b>Speakers said freedom of expression and the media’s independence are central to other civil liberties and good governance.</b><p>They were …

Freedom of the Press

How do I tell my religious in-laws that I’m an atheist?

<b>THE QUESTION</b><p>I am an atheist. My husband and I come from the same strongly Catholic ethnic community, and my in-laws assumed I am Catholic. I never disabused them of the notion, because my husband said they would never accept me. He is not religious but believes in God. We were married in a church …

Why President Obama Can Break The Law With Impunity

“The law is in my mouth.”<p>Thus spoke King John of England before he was forced at the point of a sword on June 15, 1215 A.D. to eat his words by signing the Magna Carta, the first in a series of documents that established rule of law in England – versus rule by whatever the king says. It was a …

Change the law. Make it harder for government to snoop

A request from police or a government security agency is never just a request. Most businesses can't say "no." Especially when the government making the request is the one that licenses and regulates them. Which is why the news that, as of 2011, nine members of the Canadian Wireless …

Find Out if You Have a Strength Imbalance

Sculpt muscle and boost total-body mobility and coordination—one limb at a time<p>Think of these two body-weight exercises as performance audits. "Being able to do both the offset pushup and the single-leg squat with perfect form proves that you're strong and athletic," says Craig Ballantyne, C.T.T., …