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Cops forcefully subdue teen for refusing to give up cell phone

A teen says she wouldn't hand over her cell phone after being caught using it in class. Her school called the police, and footage shows three officers holding her to the ground.<p>School discipline isn't always easy to enforce.<p>Force, however, has rarely seemed to do all that much good.<p>So looking at …

Crime

Immigration reform gets push from tech industry

Mark Zuckerberg has spent much of the past year getting involved in political issues, from education in New Jersey to infrastructure development in Africa. His most prominent action is likely to come on immigration reform, which Facebook's founder is pushing through the FWD.us group he formed last …

Immigration Reform

HHS brings in Verizon to help HealthCare.gov

WASHINGTON — The international telecommunications company Verizon has been tasked with helping the government fix the federal health exchange, USA TODAY has learned.<p>An informed source in the telecommunications industry said Verizon's Enterprise Solutions division has been asked by the Department of …

Space Exploration

Deadly brain-eating amoeba found in Louisiana water system, CDC confirms

A rare amoeba that caused the August death of a child in south Louisiana has been found in five locations in a north Louisiana water system, state health regulators said Tuesday.<p>The state Department of Health and Hospitals said in a news release that the federal Centers for Disease Control and …

US indicts 13 suspected Anonymous hackers for WikiLeaks revenge attacks

'Operation Payback' targeted PayPal, Amazon, MasterCard and others<p>A federal grand jury this week indicted 13 members of the "hacktivist" group Anonymous on charges of orchestrating a series of cyber attacks across the globe. As Reuters reports, the 13 suspects were allegedly involved with …

Fracking produces annual toxic waste water enough to flood Washington DC

Growing concerns over radiation risks as report finds widespread environmental damage on an unimaginable scale in the US<p>Fracking in America generated 280bn US gallons of toxic waste water last year – enough to flood all of Washington DC beneath a 22ft deep toxic lagoon, a new report out on Thursday …

Sarin: the deadly history of the nerve agent used in Syria

The UN has confirmed that the chemical used in Damascus last month was sarin – a lethal poison with no taste, no smell and no colour. Which makes it one of the most murderous weapons in modern warfare<p>Now we know. On the morning of 21 August, as the air above Damascus cooled, rockets filled with the …

How Iran built a skyscraper in the middle of New York City and held onto it for decades

Give Iran credit for chutzpah: The rogue state has owned and operated a $760 million skyscraper in Manhattan for decades, thanks to front companies and offshore tax havens. Today, the US government finally seized it after a multi-year legal battle.<p>The story starts when Iran and the United States …

New York City