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Former Twitter lawyer officially joins White House staff

Nicole Wong, Twitter's former legal director of products, is officially joining the White House.<p>The Office of Science and Technology Policy confirmed Wong's new role as a deputy chief technology officer in the Obama administration Thursday to The Washington Post. CNET first reported in May that …

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Mt.Gox Bitcoin exchange freezes US dollar withdrawals for two weeks

It's easy to see that the Bitcoin market is under stress when there's rising overall activity and tighter oversight. However, it's now so hectic that the Mt. Gox exchange has trouble fulfilling even basic transactions -- and the institution is freezing US dollar withdrawals for two weeks to keep …

What the Digital Brains of the Future Might Be Like

An entrepreneur and long-time neuroscience hobbyist attempts to merge his two loves.<p>Alexis Madrigal<p>It is the rare entrepreneur who hits it truly big twice. Those who do -- such as Ev Williams, Ted Turner, and Elon Musk -- tend to stay within the original industry that made them. In recent memory, …

Judge: 3,500 could be summoned for Holmes jury

DENVER (AP) — As many as 3,500 prospective jurors will be summoned when Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes goes on trial, another measure of the complexity and sensitivity of the case.<p>Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. included the estimate in a ruling dated Friday. The ruling granted a defense …

7-Eleven stores raided in human smuggling probe

NEW YORK (AP) — Nine owners and managers of 7-Eleven stores across Long Island and in Virginia were charged on Monday in a scheme to exploit immigrants from Pakistan and the Philippines, in part by paying them using the stolen Social Security numbers of a child and three dead people.<p>Most of the …

Death-Ray Terror Plot Uncovered in NY

Somalia UN office attack by al-Shabab 'kills 15'

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Mexico arrests US man on FBI's 10 Most Wanted list

Walter Lee Williams was arrested in Playa del Carmen, Mexico<p><b>Mexican officials have arrested a former US university professor who is on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list.</b><p>Walter Lee Williams, 64, is facing charges of sexual exploitation of children and travelling to the Philippines to engage in sexual …

Al Qaeda's Abandoned NY Stock Exchange Plot Revealed

Top U.S. security officials revealed today that the government's recently exposed surveillance programs led them to an al Qaeda cell that plotted, …

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Ohio man convicted by paralysed victim's blinks

<b>A US man has been convicted of murder on the evidence of his paralysed victim, who identified him by blinking as he lay dying in hospital.</b><p>Ricardo Woods, 35, fatally shot David Chandler, 35, in the head and neck in Cincinnati, Ohio, in October 2010.<p>The trial saw a video of Chandler blinking to …

Trayvon Martin Drug Photos Can't Be Mentioned, Says Judge

Lawyers for George Zimmerman will not be permitted to mention pictures of drugs and guns found on Trayvon Martin's cell phone during opening …

Supreme Court Rulings This June: Everything You Need to Know

Every week this month, the Supreme Court will hand down rulings. Josh Dzieza on what’s at stake.<p><b>Affirmative Action</b><p><i>Fisher v. University of Texas at</i> …

Based On What We Know, Is The NSA Verizon Request Legal?

Here's what we know about a National Security Agency program that collects vast amounts of data on the electronic activity of Americans: While controversial, a leaked secret document authorizing the collection makes it clear that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has decided that the …

Civil liberties groups file lawsuit over NYPD surveillance of Muslims

Asad "Ace" Dandia, a 20-year-old college student and Brooklyn native, thought nothing of the Facebook friend request he approved in March 2012.<p>The …

Dog birth control shots could limit populations

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A decade ago, the Rosebud Sioux Indians in South Dakota were paying people to catch and shoot wild dogs. Dogs that weren't caught were covered in mange and parasites. Some froze. Some starved. In packs, they survived by eating each other. And dog bites were 20 times worse than …

New 3D map of the human brain offers 50 times more detail than previous reconstructions

The inner workings of the human brain are still a fairly mysterious frontier despite all we've learned in recent decades, but a recently-completed initiative should provide a better map of what's inside our heads than anything we've seen thus far. According to <i>Nature</i>, scientists have successfully …

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Bipartisan Senate group seeks deal on student loans

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan coalition of senators is working on a compromise to avert an impending July 1 doubling of subsidized Stafford loan interest rates that would affect as many as 7 million college students.<p>The draft proposal gained momentum Thursday following a private meeting between Senate …

Thousands of Californian prisoners to be released early to combat overcrowding

Thousands of prisoners in California are set to be freed before the end of their sentences, after Governor Jerry Brown was ordered to begin releasing them to reduce severe overcrowding.<p>A panel of three federal judges instructed Mr Brown on Thursday to reduce the state's prison population by about …

Whatever Happened to the Chen Guangcheng of the 1970s?

A generation ago, Wei Jingsheng found it tough to adjust to life at an American university.<p>It's a story made for the movies: A brave Chinese dissident, long harassed by his government, arrives in the United States and takes up residency at a prominent New York City university. At first, the …

5 Arab Spring Opportunities For Israel

Professors Nimrod Goren and Elie Podeh on what Israel can do to make the most of the Arab Spring.<p>The Arab Spring was initially embraced with much …

George Zimmerman Gets All-Female Jury

An all female jury has been selected for the murder trial of George Zimmerman, the Florida man charged with second degree murder in the killing of …

Experts: Talks with Taliban are risky

Peace talks with the Taliban might help end 12 years of war in Afghanistan, but the radical Islamist group's objectives may be so extreme — and so hated by Afghans — that any compromise risks toppling the U.S.-friendly Afghan government and sparking a civil war, experts say.<p>"Talks are ultimately …

The top secret rules that allow NSA to use US data without a warrant

Top secret documents submitted to the court that oversees surveillance by US intelligence agencies show the judges have signed off on broad orders …