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14 migrants killed by train while walking on tracks in Macedonia – police

Fourteen migrants believed to be from Afghanistan and Somalia have been hit by a train and killed while walking along railway tracks in Macedonia, police said on Friday.

The migrants, who were part of a group of between 30 and 40 people, were struck by a passenger train north of Veles, in central …

Macedonia

'Everybody Loves Raymond' actor Sawyer Sweeten dies at 19

Everybody Loves Raymond star Sawyer Sweeten, who was just weeks away from his 20th birthday, has taken his own life, his family said in a statement Thursday.

The former child star was best known for playing the role of Geoffrey Barone on the TV show from 1996, when he was just 16 months old, until …

Everybody Loves Raymond

IRS Paid $3 Billion In Tax Credit Mistakes Plus $5.8 Billion In Erroneous Refunds

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration is an official Treasury Department watchdog that reports on the IRS. In the last few years, that is a big job. There has been no shortage of scandals, from targeting to lavish spending, to bonuses, and more. This time, the Inspector General has …

Internal Revenue Service

Drone Strikes Reveal Uncomfortable Truth: U.S. Is Often Unsure About Who Will Die

Barack Obama inherited two ugly, intractable wars in Iraq and Afghanistan when he became president and set to work to end them. But a third, more covert war he made his own, escalating drone strikes in Pakistan and expanding them to Yemen and Somalia.

The drone’s vaunted capability for pinpoint …

World Politics

Scary Galaxy S5 scanner flaw will let hackers copy your fingerprints

Well, let’s hope you never used the Galaxy S5’s fingerprint scanner. Forbes reports that researchers from security firm FireEye have found a scary …

Hacking

How Canada's spy agency hunts extremists through file-sharing sites

A newly released top-secret presentation by Canada's electronic spy agency shows how it sifts through millions of files uploaded online every day …

Canadian Entertainment News

U.S. Court Recognizes Chimpanzees As “Legal Persons” For First Time

A court has implicitly recognized two chimpanzees currently used for biomedical experiments as legal persons, forcing a university to defend keeping them in captivity.

In a historic moment for animal rights, two chimpanzees, Hercules and Leo, were effectively recognized by a New York court as legal …

Apes

Cop who killed South Carolina man laughed after the shooting

After North Charleston police officer Michael Slager shot and killed Walter Scott, he chuckled and talked about the adrenaline high.

"It's pumping," Slager, who is white, told another officer after he killed Scott, who was black. Then he laughed for a few seconds, according to an audio recording The

Policing

The NSA wants tech companies to give it 'front door' access to encrypted data

The National Security Agency is embroiled in a battle with tech companies over access to encrypted data that would allow it to spy (more easily) on millions of Americans and international citizens. Last month, companies like Google, Microsoft, and Apple urged the Obama administration to put an end …

National Security Agency

iOS apps are secure — it's 'security' advertorials that remain a threat

Another day, another CEO from a "security software" company pens a "guest editorial" saying Apple needs to open up to — guess what? — "security …

Security

Man Who Recorded Walter Scott Being Shot by Cop Speaks Out

The bystander who captured on video a white police officer shooting an apparently unarmed black man in the back in South Carolina thought about erasing the recording over fears of retaliation.

The video recorded by Feidin Santana shocked the nation when it was released this week. The footage …

Walter Scott

States flouting post-9/11 ID law, giving cards to illegal immigrants that mirror licenses

After the 9/11 attacks, Congress passed the REAL ID Act to prevent foreign nationals from fraudulently obtaining a U.S. driver's license -- by requiring that any ID issued based on unverifiable foreign documents look different in "design or color" from an official driver's license.

That way, TSA and …

Civil Rights

Ambush that killed 15 police in western Mexico a rarity

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department announced sanctions on Mexico's violent and growing Jalisco New Generation cartel a day after the gang mounted a bloody ambush that killed 15 Mexican police officers.

On Monday, the Jalisco cartel stopped a police convoy on a rural highway and opened …

Policing

South Carolina officer charged with murder after video shows him shooting black man in the back

A white police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina, is facing murder charges after a bystander's video showed him shooting a black man during a traffic stop, authorities announced in a news conference Tuesday.

The video shows the officer, Michael Slager, firing his gun eight times as the …

Policing

The TSA's $900 million behavior program is mostly catching immigration violations

After spending almost a billion dollars on a new system for fighting terrorism, the TSA may be turning into a backdoor immigration agency. The Intercept is reporting that the agency's new behavior detection program has drifted away from its intended focus on terrorism, with more than 90 percent of …

Immigration

Facebook is being sued for amassing the world's largest stash of facial-recognition data

Facebook has been accused of violating the privacy of its users by collecting their facial data, according to a class-action lawsuit filed last week.

This data-collection program led to its well-known automatic face-tagging service. But it also helped Facebook create “the largest privately held …

Facebook

Half the DNA on the NYC Subway Matches No Known Organism

The results of a massive new DNA sequencing project on the New York City subway have just been published. And yup, there's a lot of bacteria on the …

DNA

Guatemalans infected with STDs file lawsuit

Remember the Tuskegee syphilis experiment from the 1930s?

Scientists studied poor African-Americans in Alabama who'd contracted the venereal disease but didn't tell them they had the disease or do anything to cure them.

A lawsuit filed this week alleges Johns Hopkins University and the Rockefeller …

Lawsuits

Texas police reportedly pose as high school students to bust drug ring

Members of a Texas narcotics task force reportedly posed as students for eight months at a Houston-area high school to bust a drug ring allegedly run by students.

The Houston Chronicle reports six students in the Pearland Independent School District were arrested and handed a total of 10 charges …

Policing

A drug-resistant intestinal illness is spreading in the US

A drug-resistant intestinal illness called Shigellosis is spreading in the US for the first time, according to a CDC report released today. The drug-resistant bacteria that causes the illness has infected 243 people across 32 US states and Puerto Rico between May 2014 and February 2015. As a …

Antibiotics

Man Killed by NSA Police Had Lengthy Record

Court documents show that a cross-dressing man killed during a violent encounter at the National Security Agency had a history of theft and assault, …

National Security Agency

British Airways confirms thousands of frequent-flyer accounts hacked

British Airways is the latest high-profile company to fall victim to a large-scale hack. The company confirmed on Sunday that a security breach affected tens of thousands of its users' frequent-flyer accounts.

The UK-based airline told Mashable that users' personal data, such as travel history and …

Flying

Tax on bank deposits in federal budget

by Phillip Coorey, Lisa Murray and James Eyers

The federal government is planning a tax on bank deposits at the May budget in a move that will raise …

Budgeting

Opinion: The 'Islamic State' genie is out of the bottle | World | DW.DE | 27.03.2015

The Arab League will discuss a unified force to intervene against Islamic State. But that alone would not be enough to contain the spread of the …

Religion

Thousands of Uber accounts are allegedly being sold on the dark web

Thousands of Uber users account credentials could have been compromised, and are up for sale from unscrupulous sellers. At least two separate vendors on dark web marketplace AlphaBay are hawking active Uber accounts, Motherboard reports. Once purchased, these accounts let buyers order up rides using …

Uber

German pilot told partner 'everyone will know my name'

Ex-girlfriend of Andreas Lubitz says he told her he wanted to "change the system" and was angry about career prospects.

The co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a passenger plane in the French Alps told his girlfriend he was in psychiatric treatment, and that he was planning to do something …

Airlines

Radio Shack’s bankruptcy sale could include your private data

It looks like that cheap cassette adaptor I bought for my first iPhone and that universal remote for all my TV gadgets at RadioShack in the last ten years may come back to haunt me.

If you’re like me and you’ve shopped at RadioShack within the last several years, your personal information may be …

RadioShack

Ars Technica has obtained Oakland's entire license plate reader database

Through a public records request, Ars Technica's Cyrus Farivar has obtained the Oakland police department's entire license plate reader database, just under 4.7 million scans taken over more than three years. The database is available to police without a warrant, and thus was accessible through …

Databases

'Nazi Hideout' in Argentina Discovered by Archaeologists

Archaeologists say they've discovered what they believe to be a Nazi hideout in the middle of an Argentinian jungle.

Six researchers from the …

Argentina