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As tech firms take on the role of newsrooms, will they care about legal fights for public interest?

Newspapers were at the center of many free speech and access-to-information battles of the last century, but those days are all but done. Most …

Southern California police armed with military arsenal through program

Former Sacramento County Sheriff John McGinness remembers when police were outmatched and poorly armed.<p>Ask anyone who came up against a heavily-armed …

Law Enforcement

Associated Press News

Sen. Feinstein: The U.S. Is Now at Cold War Levels With Russia

When asked by CNN’s Candy Crow­ley if U.S.-Rus­sia re­la­tions were now “at Cold War levels,” Fein­stein did not hes­it­ate. “Yes,” the Cali­for­nia …

Russia

A new ‘Sputnik Moment’ for California?

Here are two words Californians should say to Vladimir Putin: Thank you.<p>California, with its historic reliance on defense-related industries, never …

America Is On The Verge Of Losing Its Place In The World As No. 1

But it wasn't always the largest.<p>And it's unlikely to remain the largest economy for much longer.<p>The chart above comes to us via Deutsche Bank's Jim Reid.<p>"As Alexander, Rome and Britain fell from their positions of absolute global dominance, so too has the US begun to slip," Reid writes in a new …

The American family makes $200 more a year than it did in 1989

Slide 1 of 6<p>WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — As of a year ago, typical U.S. households still hadn’t recovered all of the wealth they lost in the Great …

Why is American currency green?

Article Details:<p>Author<p>Elizabeth Nix<p>Website Name<p>history.com<p>Year Published<p>2014<p>Title<p>Why is American currency …

Constitutional Rights in the Digital Age

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in <i>Riley v. California</i> held that the police must obtain a warrant before searching the cell phone of someone who has been arrested. This decision applied the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution -- which prohibits "unreasonable searches and seizures" -- …

Digital Age

What Are Ukrainians Fighting For? 5 Things to Know About Unrest

Having become the latest battleground for a fight between Russia and the West, protests have been simmering for almost three months in Ukraine — but fiery mayham has erupted in Kiev, and was spreading to other cities.<p>With at least 25 dead and scores injured, Tuesday marked the deadliest day in a …

Russia

Ghost of 1929 haunts, as 1997-style crisis hits

Back in December, the bulls were foaming at the mouth in excitement over the market’s perfect 45-degree uptrend and seeming invulnerability to any …

As Drought Continues, Farmers Fear Feds Could Seize Water

SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) – With no end in sight to California’s drought, farmers in the San Joaquin Valley fear federal officials could seize water in the …

FDR Once Moved Thanksgiving Up A Week For Retailers, And Other Interesting Facts About Black Friday

And while we bet you've heard all the hype, been inundated by TV commercials and buried by the print ads in your Sunday paper, we found a few interesting tidbits about retail's biggest day of the year that you probably didn't know about.<p><b>Black Friday was named after a stock market panic</b><p>When gold …

How nations are repeating mistakes of the 1930s

SYDNEY (MarketWatch) — Evidence of the end of globalization is mounting. Growth in trade and cross border investment, which has underpinned …

Economics

Mile-high dust storm engulfs Phoenix

Phoenix is left blanketed in grit after the Arizona city was enveloped by a massive sand storm.<p>A towering wall of dust blew over the city of Phoenix on Monday caused by thunderstorms in western Arizona.<p>Visibility in the area dropped below a quarter of a mile as winds of up to 60mph downed power …

Weather

What can Obama learn from FDR’s first 100 days?

The author of “Nothing to Fear” talks about the striking parallels — and differences — between the president-elect and another who took office at a time of economic meltdown.<p>Mark Schone<p>January 13, 2009 12:01pm (UTC)<p>According to an article in Monday's New York Times, Barack Obama, a week away from …

The 2 Teenagers Who Run the Wildly Popular Twitter Feed @HistoryInPics

Meet Xavier Di Petta and Kyle Cameron, ages 17 and 19, whose ability to build a massive audience from nothing may be unparalleled in media today.<p>There is a new ubiquitous media brand on Twitter.<p>No, I'm not talking about Pierre Omidyar's First Look Media or BuzzFeed or The Verge, or any other …

With Great Computing Power Comes Great Surveillance

The dark side of Moore's Law<p>Nearly 50 years ago, Gordon Moore suggested that the number of transistors that could be placed on a silicon chip would continue to double at regular intervals for the foreseeable future. Known as Moore’s law, the truth of that observation has made computers cheap and …

How Scared Should You Be of a Cyberwar?

Everything you need to know about the future of warfare.<p>Multiple justices of the U.S. Supreme Court—the people who will ultimately decide where the law stands on cyber-military issues—do not even use computers. P.W. Singer, director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence and …

How JFK Fathered The Modern Presidential Campaign

When John F. Kennedy began his run for the White House more than 50 years ago, there was plenty of excitement and anticipation. He was energetic, handsome and from a famous Boston political family.<p>But his candidacy was far from a sure bet. At the time, few would have predicted the lasting impact …

Apple's Indentured Servitude, I Pencil And The Socialist Calculation Problem

Bloomberg Businessweek has a story out about how some of the people working on the Apple production line at Flextronics in Malaysia were in a form of debt bondage or indentured servitude. Those are slightly strong words for what happened but perhaps reasonable in the circumstances. Apple has …

Wolfram Alpha Launches Problem Generator To Help Students Learn Math

If you’re studying math or science, you are probably pretty familiar with Wolfram Alpha as a tool for figuring out complicated equations. That makes it a pretty good tool for cheating, but not necessarily for learning. Today, the Wolfram Alpha team is launching a new service for learners, the …

Native Americans Give Other Groups A Taste Of Casual Sports Team Racism

Native Americans have long tried to raise awareness about the racism inherent in their portrayal in sports team iconography like the Cleveland Indians and Washington Redskins.<p>President Obama recently stirred the long-simmering pot of this dispute by weighing in on behalf of Native Americans. “I …

No, Twitter is not ruining America or American politics — just the opposite, in fact

Is Twitter ruining America? That’s the somewhat hyperbolic claim made by Philip Bump in a recent piece at <i>The Atlantic Wire</i>, in which he argues that …

The League of Nations - toothless?

Following the end of the First World War, US president, Woodrow Wilson, proposed a programme of Fourteen Points to be presented at the Paris Peace …

The Missouri Compromise - a summary

Slavery in the newly-established United States did encounter a decline shortly after the end of the American Revolution. It has been argued that …

Declassified NSA files show agency spied on Muhammad Ali and MLK

The National Security Agency secretly tapped into the overseas phone calls of prominent critics of the Vietnam War, including Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali and two actively serving US senators, newly declassified material has revealed.<p>The NSA has been forced to disclose previously secret …

Gold iPhone 5S sells for $10K on eBay, worth just $649

You can buy a lot of things with $10,100 -- unless we're talking hard-to-find iPhones on eBay.<p>That's how much one eBay buyer paid for a 16GB unlocked iPhone 5S in gold, a device that's currently back-ordered into next month.<p>The US-based seller "Papakar" put the device up for sale Sunday afternoon. …

Google-Funded Constitute Site Holds Every Constitution in the World

Politics can be a difficult subject for newcomers to immerse themselves in, given that so much of the official information is scattered in archaic sites across the Web.<p>The Comparative Constitutions Project is starting to solve the problem with Constitute, a site that has digitized the world’s …