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The Latest Military Sexual Assault Incident Involves Child Molestation

This disturbing case comes at a time when the Pentagon has faced intense criticism for its perceived inability to prosecute sexual assault, with less than 3 percent of alleged sexual assaults prosecuted in 2012.<p>Air Force Lt. Col. Reginald W. Kabban was charged with assaulting and sexually molesting …

Military

FBI names former USC professor to list of most wanted fugitives

Walter Lee Williams faces charges of sexual exploitation of children abroad, the agency says. He taught anthropology, gender studies and history.<p>June 17, 2013|By Richard Winton and Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times<p>A former USC professor was named Monday to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted fugitives list …

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 …

Apple says it can’t read your iMessages. What about everything else?

DEA<p>Apple yesterday joined Google and Microsoft in publishing information about the requests it receives from the US government for users’ data. Its report, which says it received somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000 requests in the six months to May 31, contained an interesting side note.<p>There are …

Privacy

Government projects to make $50B in student loan profit

U.S. government projects to make record-high profits on student loans.<p>DETROIT — The U.S. government projects to make more money off student loans this fiscal year than ExxonMobil, Apple, J.P. Morgan Chase or Fannie Mae made on their respective businesses last year, a new analysis shows.<p>According to …

Associated Press News

The NSA has us snared in its trap – and there's no way out

Watching William Hague doing his avuncular routine in the Commons on Monday, I was reminded of the way establishment figures in the 1950s used to …

Europe warns US: you must respect the privacy of our citizens

European Union officials have demanded "swift and concrete answers" to their requests for assurances from the US that its mass data surveillance …

Chilling Letter From Chinese Factory Worker Found In Kmart Halloween Decorations

The man, identified only as Mr. Zhang to protect his identity, told the Times that he was imprisoned in a labor camp where "inmates toiled seven days a week, their 15-hour days haunted by sadistic guards."<p>The labor camps are full of petty criminals or people who rebel against the country's …

Chinese Communist Party

After Six Years of Bloodshed, Mexico's Drug War Shows Little Sign of Waning

The horrors of daily life with the cartels.<p>It was roughly 8 a.m., on Jan. 3, 2007. Mexican President Felipe Calderon had just landed at the airport in Uruapan, in the central state of Michoacan. He had come to check on the troops involved in counter-drug operations, to give them a morale boost; …

We the Sheeple

Benjamin Franklin once said that those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.<p>When he wrote these words in 1755, he was in the midst of a brewing revolutionary war, one that would be fought in part because the British were restricting liberty in the name of security--from the …

Microsoft Contractors Are Manipulating Comments About Xbox One On Reddit, Says Redditor

Representatives of Microsoft may be hanging out on the social news site voting up positive comments about the Xbox One, voting down negative comments and adding pro-Xbox comments of their own, Misty Silver says.<p>Misty Silver didn't reveal his/her real identity, except to say. "I work for a marketing …

Internet

Shhh! World's Powerful People Are Meeting In Secret Again

There's "no detailed agenda, no resolutions are proposed, no votes are taken, and no policy statements are issued."<p>And as The Associated Press says, "what happens at Bilderberg, stays at Bilderberg."<p>But each year "The Bilderberg" brings together nearly 150 of the world's most powerful people (Henry …

US Marines arrested in California sting operation

Seven US Marines, seven former Marines and a Navy sailor were among 50 people arrested in a law enforcement sweep that busted up crime rings allegedly dealing in illegal drugs, stolen military gear and cars, San Diego authorities announced on Thursday.<p>Undercover detectives infiltrated the rings …

Admit It, Rep. Sensenbrenner: You Were Wrong About the Patriot Act

An author of the controversial legislation keeps defending it -- even though he's felt betrayed by related abuses three times.

NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily

The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America's largest telecoms …

School sexual abuse protester Ye Haiyan beaten up in her own home

Gender rights activist Ye Haiyan was assaulted and detained by Guangxi public security officials yesterday after returning from Hainan province, …

In China, Even Protests Against Child Sex Abuse Are Illegal

Government fear of public activism goes beyond just politics.<p>Ye Haiyan, the feminist activist known as "Hooligan Sparrow," has made waves before, but nothing that has caught fire on Chinese social media like her recent campaign. After a school principal and government official were caught with six …

Is Seattle Being Buzzed By Drone-Equipped Peeping Toms?

From the Yes-We-Live-In-The-Future file we have the story of an unnamed Seattle woman who looked out her upper-floor window a couple of weeks ago to allegedly find an aerial drone hovering outside. On the sidewalk next to her house, on public property, she also found the man operating the drone, …

Undercover at Disney: 'Deplorable' scheme to skip lines

<i>TODAY National Investigative Correspondent Jeff Rossen takes you to Disneyland to show you what many call a shameful trick to skip the lines on rides.</i><p>It's made headlines recently. We all know how frustrating it is, waiting in those long lines at Disney. But now some families are cheating the …

Former Microsoft manager wants to create pot brand

SEATTLE -- A former Microsoft executive plans to create the first U.S. national marijuana brand, with cannabis he hopes to eventually import legally from Mexico, and said he was kicking off his business by acquiring medical pot dispensaries in three U.S. states.<p>Jamen Shively, a former Microsoft …

Starbucks 'toilet water' coffee prompts anger in Hong Kong

A Starbucks café in Hong Kong's financial district that used water from a tap near a urinal to brew coffee has prompted a torrent of angry reactions from customers.<p>The coffee shop, in the famous Bank of China Tower, has been using the water from a tap in a lavatory to make beverages since its …

When Will Conservatives Admit Defeat?

"Home prices are surging, job growth is strengthening and stocks are setting record highs. All of which explains why Americans are more hopeful about the economy than at any other point in five years." This is the headline today from the Associated Press. This is not a missive from a hopeful …

Tax breaks benefit rich households the most, report says

Tax breaks benefit U.S. households unevenly, with the top 1% receiving more than 17% of the savings in 2013.<p>May 29, 2013|By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau<p>House Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), left, and Rep. Chris… (Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty Images )<p>WASHINGTON — Federal income tax …

Anatomy of a hack: even your 'complicated' password is easy to crack

In March, readers followed along as Nate Anderson, Ars Technica deputy editor and a self-admitted newbie to password cracking, downloaded a list of …

Oregon School Bomb Plot Suspect Called 'Nice Kid' by Classmates

Students at an Oregon high school were in shock today, after learning that a classmate they described as "happy" and "nice" is accused of plotting to …

Judge: Arpaio's office profiles Latinos

PHOENIX — A federal judge ruled Friday that the office of America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff systematically singled out Latinos in its trademark immigration patrols, marking the first finding by a court that the agency racially profiles people.<p>The 142-page decision by U.S. District Judge …

Weekend Traffic: Memorial Day DUI checkpoints, 405 construction, more (map)

With the Memorial Day three-day weekend come the DUI checkpoints. From Pasadena, Malibu, downtown all the way to the Arizona border to Blythe, …