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Baltimore killings soar to a level unseen in 43 years

BALTIMORE – Baltimore reached a grim milestone on Friday, three months after riots erupted in response to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody: With 45 homicides in July, the city has seen more bloodshed in a single month than it has in 43 years.

Police reported three deaths — two men shot …

Baltimore

‘Stagefright’ Android Text Message Vulnerability May Affect 950M Devices

A newly discovered security flaw in the Android mobile operating system has been dubbed one of the worst vulnerabilities to date. “Stagefright” could affect around 950 million Android devices.

AppleInsider:

Stagefright is the name for a system service in Android that processes various media formats,

Google

Cecil the Lion Killer Walter James Palmer Has Bear-Related Felony Record

The American dentist who used a bow and arrow to kill a well-known lion in Zimbabwe also has a felony record over the hunting of black bear in Wisconsin, court documents show.

Walter James Palmer sparked outrage when it emerged he killed Cecil the lion, a local tourist favorite who had been collared …

Zimbabwe

The entire world is enraged with Walter Palmer, the American dentist who killed Cecil the lion

The person responsible for the death of beloved Zimbabwean lion Cecil, Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer, is being pummeled on social media by lion lovers and hunter haters.

Palmer, who shot the lion with a bow and arrow before a Zimbabwean professional hunter finished him off with a gun forty hours …

Dentistry

Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s son has been sentenced to death by firing squad

The son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam, has been sentenced to death by a court in Tripoli.

Saif, who was absent in court, is among eight other former officials of the Gaddafi regime judged to have committed crimes against humanity during the 2011 revolution that toppled his …

Muammar Gaddafi

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi sentenced to death in Libya

Son of former dictator Col Gaddafi and security chief Abdullah Senussi found guilty of war crimes

The British-educated son of Col Muammar Gaddafi has been sentenced to death by firing squad by a court in war-torn Libya.

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the debonair friend of Lord Mandelson and other European …

Muammar Gaddafi

Police in Illinois, Nevada look at attacker in West Virginia self-defense killing

(CNN) — "He pulled a gun on me! He was going to kill me!"

Those are the chilling words caught in the background of a 911 call placed earlier this month after a woman faced off with an attacker who tried to rape her, pointing a 9 mm gun to her chest.

The victim, who is being called "Heather" by …

West Virginia

A Single Text Can Hack 950 Million Android Phones | iPhone in Canada Blog - Canada's #1 iPhone Resource

by Usman on Monday, July 27th, 2015 - 12:43pm PDT

According to a report by Forbes, six critical vulnerabilities have left 95% of Androids open to an …

Android Phones

For Ransom, Bitcoin Replaces the Bag of Bills

In the old days, criminals liked their ransom payments in briefcases full of unmarked bills.

These days, there’s a new preferred method for hostage takers: the virtual currency Bitcoin.

In a modern day version of a mob shakedown, hackers around the world have seized files on millions of computers, …

Bitcoin

The World's First Malaria Vaccine Is Almost Here, and Will Be Entirely Not-For-Profit

An estimated two hundred million people are infected with the malaria virus annually. Hundreds of thousands of those infected are eventually killed …

Malaria Vaccine

Mapped: The US states with the most gun owners—and most gun deaths

The notion that arming more Americans will protect people from being shot (the “good guy with a gun” theory) is a common refrain of the gun industry and the powerful lobby that supports it in the United States.

The slaughter of nine people at a Charleston, South Carolina church on June 17 was …

Guns

What You Need to Know About Kepler-452b, the Most Earthlike Planet Yet

NASA has announced the discovery of the most Earthlike planet ever detected: Kepler-452b. This tantalizing world is located some 1,400 light years away in the constellation Cygnus, where it orbits a star remarkably like our Sun.

The new planet is about 60 percent larger than Earth, but that’s …

Space

How Brain Implants (and Other Technology) Could Make the Death Penalty Obsolete

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The death penalty is one of America’s most contentious issues. Critics complain that capital punishment is inhumane, pointing out how some executions have failed to quickly kill criminals (and instead …

The Brain

There’s Yet Another Downside To Overusing Antibiotics

Scientists have found yet another reason not to overuse the drugs—they’re turning bacteria into better infectious agents

Scientists have been warning for decades that we use too many antibiotics, both in people to treat relatively mild infections and in agriculture to bulk up farm animals and keep …

Antibiotics

The reckless plot to overthrow Africa's most absurd dictator

After the coup failed, the raids began. On New Year’s Day this year, FBI agents descended on a blue split-level house in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota. In the dead of night, near Austin, Texas, they searched a million-dollar lakeside villa. Agents interrogated an activist at his house in the …

UK Politics

Anti-Islam rallies, counter-protests flare in Australia

Nationalist demonstrators protest at a "Reclaim Australia" rally against Islamic extremism in Sydney on July 19, 2015

Sydney (AFP) - Rival anti-Islam and anti-racism rallies saw hundreds protest across Australia at the weekend with violent clashes in Melbourne, as police officers mounted a strong …

Australia

Life sentence for 'house of horrors' mom who killed 2 kids

DETROIT (AP) — Declaring a "house of horrors" closed, a judge sentenced a Detroit mother to life in prison Friday for killing two of her four children and storing their bodies for years in a home freezer.

Mitchelle Blair was charged, convicted and sentenced in less than four months, since a shocked …

Death Penalty

The 10 most important things in the world right now

An explosion at a petrochemical plant in Rizhao, Shandong province, on Thursday.

Hello! Here's what you need to know for Friday.

1. A gunman opened fire Thursday at two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, killing four Marines, in what is being described as an "act of domestic terrorism." …

Shinzo Abe

Astronauts take emergency shelter after junk threatens space station

A piece of space junk threatened to crash into the international space station, forcing the three astronauts to seek emergency shelter.

For nearly an hour on Thursday, the American and two Russians hunkered down in their Soyuz capsule, which is docked to the space station, in case they had to make a …

Space

James Holmes guilty of Batman cinema massacre

Gunman could face death penalty after murdering 12 and injuring 70 more

James Holmes has been found guilty of carrying out one of America's worst mass shootings in which 12 people died and 70 were injured.

The neuroscience postgraduate student, 27, opened fire in a packed cinema during a midnight …

Batman

App Shows You Which Surgeons Are The Most Dangerous

ProPublica's new software allows users to view surgeons' complication rates

In 2012, 71-year-old LaVerne Stiles had spinal fusion surgery to repair a small fracture caused by a car accident a few weeks before. When she chose between the three surgeons at her nearby hospital in central Florida, she …

Surgeon

New Video Shows California Police Officers Shoot, Kill Unarmed Man

A video showing police officers in the Southern California city of Gardena shoot and kill an unarmed man was ordered unsealed by a federal judge on Tuesday.

Police dash-cam footage released Tuesday shows two officers in Gardena, California, shooting and killing an unarmed Latino man after he removed …

Policing

What Slavery Did to Families, and How They Fought Back

In Episode 4 of The History of American Slavery, a Slate Academy, hosts Rebecca Onion and Jamelle Bouie explore the shape of family life on the slave …

Black History

The Death Of Bees Explained – Parasites, Poison and Humans

Parasites

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Stadiums (HBO)

Last Week Tonight

Bangkok is sinking into the Earth

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BANGKOK — Thailand's capital is both glitzy and gritty, a city of glass towers and cement hovels teeming with nearly 10 million …

Bangkok

Preppers: Meet the paranoid Americans awaiting the apocalypse

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BY ALL APPEARANCES, Bob Valenti is your average upwardly mobile suburbanite. The 40-something father of two has a couple of advanced …

Survivalism

El Chapo Escapes Again

Mexico’s most secure prison, Federal Social Readaptation Center No. 1, is home to the country’s most violent narcotraffickers. Altiplano, as the prison is known, is located in central Mexico, not far from Toluca. The surrounding air space is a no-fly zone, to prevent an escape by helicopter. So …

Mexico

Study: Fixing a single gene turns colorectal cancer cells into normal cells

Cancer is caused by genetic mutations that force normal cells to grow abnormally. Often, however, these mutations are too many to even think about stopping or fixing them. But what if the mutations responsible for causing the cancer were only in a single gene? A new study shows, at least in …

Cancer