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Feds urge fireworks sellers to watch for suspicious buyers

A federal task force says that fireworks sellers should keep a close eye out for suspicious people buying fireworks.<p>As the frenzy for fireworks peaks in the runup to Independence Day, a federal task force is warning fireworks retailers to keep watch for suspicious purchasers.<p>The National Explosives …

Ecuador cools on Edward Snowden asylum as Assange frustration grows

The plan to spirit the surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden to sanctuary in Latin America appeared to be unravelling on Friday, amid tension …

NFL says no to promoting Obamacare

The National Football League is used to big, bruising battles. But on Friday, it announced that it was likely staying out of one of the roughest fights in Washington: the war over Obamacare.<p>Earlier this week, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius disclosed that the Obama …

Robert Spencer: Pork No, Killing Infidels Sí

In PJ Lifestyle tonight, I discuss a paradox of Islamic morality:<p>Last week in the central Pennsylvania hamlet of St. Marys, a 25-year-old man named …

West should have talked to Taliban - British general

<b>The West should have tried talking to the Taliban a decade ago, the UK's top general in Afghanistan has said.</b><p>Gen Nick Carter told the Guardian it would have been easier to find a political solution when they were on the run in 2002.<p>Prime Minister David Cameron acknowledged that the original …

Afghanistan

New Mers-Coronavirus continues to smoulder

An electron microscope image of the Mers virus<p><b>Prof Jonathan Ball, a virologist at the University of Nottingham, UK, assesses the potential of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (Mers-CoV) to spread more rapidly through human populations.</b><p>"What's the truth about this new coronavirus - …

Biology

NSA Chief Keith Alexander: 'System Did Not Work As It Should Have' to Prevent Snowden Document Leaks

During an exclusive interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander said this morning on "This …

Internet sales tax bill splits GOP

The battle over the online sales tax is heating up in the states and is starting to pit Republicans against members of their own party — again.<p>An issue that split the GOP on Capitol Hill last month — when 21 Senate Republicans voted for the tax and 22 opposed it — is proving just as divisive at the …

US warns Moscow not to let Edward Snowden escape Russia

The Obama administration urged Russia not to allow the surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden to leave the country, as his attempted escape to …

Stocks take roller-coaster on Fed, China fears; Dow closes almost 1% lower

Stocks took a roller-coaster ride in the red on Monday, at one point dropping to two-month lows, before recovering, but the Dow still finished the day nearly 1 percent down on concerns about Fed policy and a possible cash crunch in China.<p>Treasury prices rose in choppy trading following comments …

Stock Markets

Author says NSA security leaks more reminiscent of 'Space Odyssey' than '1984'

In the days following this month’s NSA leaks, with polls indicating that half of the country was willing to trade privacy for safety, sales of George Orwell’s 1984 skyrocketed.<p>CNN reported that copies sold increased by 10,000 percent several days after the leaks came to light. Faced with some hard …

Biggest Dead Zone Ever Forecast in Gulf of Mexico

Oxygen-deprived area may be size of New Jersey, scientists say.<p><b>A possibly record-breaking, New Jersey-size dead zone may put a chokehold on the Gulf of Mexico (map) this summer, according to a forecast released this week.</b><p>Unusually robust spring floods in the U.S. Midwest are flushing agricultural …

Smartphone use may make you wussy, says Harvard study

Harvard study shows that the size of a device, and your body posture using it, influences your behavior and demeanor.<p>Your reputation as a tough, hard-nosed business go-getter may take a hit if you spend a lot of time using your little smartphone. A study conducted by researchers at Harvard Business …

Psychology

What happened in the Supreme Court today

No, we didn't get any big decisions from the Supreme Court today. But that doesn't mean there wasn't any news. Here's what you should know.<p><b>Affirmative action:</b> In a 7 to 1 ruling, SCOTUS sent <i>Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin</i> back to a federal appeals court. The lower court needs the university …

Markets Are Falling, Interest Rates Are Spiking Again, And China Got DESTROYED

Now the focus turns to China.<p>Last week we saw a surge in short-term interbank lending rates spark fears of a credit crisis.<p>Today: market crash.<p>The Shanghai Composite fell 5.3%, as the saddest index in the world continues to plummet. A big contributor to this was a message from the People's Bank of …

N.S.A. Scandal: God Save Us From the Lawyers

As the repercussions of Edward Snowden’s leaks about domestic surveillance continue to be debated, law professors and lawyers for the Bush and Obama Administrations are out in force, claiming that the spying agencies have done nothing wrong and it’s all much ado about nothing.<p>In the <i>Financial Times</i>, …

The Thumb-Drive Threat

Earlier today, officials revealed that Edward Snowden used a thumb drive—a pint-size drive which plugs into a computer’s USB port—to copy classified documents from a computer at a National Security Agency facility in Hawaii. Cyber-security experts have been sounding the alarm about thumb drives for …

Who Will Control the Syrian Rebels’ Guns?

The Syrian opposition—in all its varied forms—has long asked that Barack Obama contribute more to its fight against President Bashar al-Assad than reprimands and non-lethal aid. (That category has included ready-to-eat meals of Western but not Syrian favorites like tortellini with cream sauce.) The …

Yahoo and the Secret Court

“Notwithstanding the parade of horribles trotted out by the petitioner, it has presented no evidence of any actual harm, any egregious risk of error, or any broad potential for abuse in the circumstances of the instant case,” Judge Bruce Selya, of the secret Foreign Intelligence Service Act court, …

Object of Interest: The Flash Drive

When Daniel Ellsberg decided to copy the Pentagon Papers, in 1969, he secretly reproduced them, page by page, with a photocopier. The process of duplication was slow; every complete copy of the material spanned seven thousand pages. When Edward Snowden decided to leak details of surveillance …