Daily Archives: August 8, 2013

Bits Blog: Two Providers of Encrypted E-Mail Shut Down

Lavabit shuts down, hinting to a secret government order, and Silent Circle, a similar end-to-end encrypted e-mail provider, follows suit. read more

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Fire crews tighten grip on Southern California blaze

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Firefighters gained ground against a wind-whipped California wildfire that has destroyed 15 buildings, injured at least five people and forced the evacuation of 500 homes in several small communities east of Los Angeles. read more

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Idaho on Obamacare: We'll take it from here

The state will operate the new insurance exchange rather than let the federal government.

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Cocaine city's makeover

Once notorious Medellin, Colombia’s second city, is being held up as an example of how urban dynamics can be changed.

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China July inflation steady, policy seen neutral

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s consumer inflation steadied in July although factory-gate deflation persisted for a 17th month, official data showed on Friday, pointing to monetary policy on hold as Beijing tries to arrest a slowdown that has run for more than two years. read more

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Russia’s Stimulus Plan: Open the Gulag Gates

With tens of thousands of business owners in the gulag system, and with a depressed economy, President Putin has an unusual plan to turn things around. read more

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Leak at Oil Sands Project in Alberta Heightens Conservationists’ Concerns

The leak is stirring environmental concerns that the oil sands industry, which recovers a low-grade petroleum, is harmful, though it is bolstering the Canadian economy and providing jobs. read more

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Fugitive in California kidnap-murder case suspected of booby-trapping car

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – A California fugitive suspected of kidnapping a teenage girl after killing her mother and possibly her brother eluded detection for a fourth day on Thursday and may have booby-trapped his getaway car or a hideout with explosives, police said. read more

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Man accused of blowing up dog in Washington state

OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) – A fireworks vendor from Washington state is accused of strapping a homemade bomb to a dog’s neck and detonating it and will face animal cruelty and explosives charges, prosecutors said on Thursday. read more

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Deadly floods strike U.S. midsection, more rain predicted

(Reuters) – A woman and a child have died and another woman was missing in Missouri after heavy rains triggered floods in the nation’s midsection, and more rain was expected this weekend, the National Weather Service said on Thursday. read more

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Twitter Is Out to Destroy Obamacare

Conservative groups are slamming the Affordable Care Act in an avalanche of negative tweets intended to sway public opinion. Will they matter?

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Thor makes second bid for control of Empire State Building

NEW YORK (Reuters) – One of New York City’s largest landlords, Thor Equities LLC, made a second offer to buy control of the iconic Empire State Building, hoping to trump a plan to roll the property into a trust, according to people involved in the negotiations. read more

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Texas gunman accused of killing wife, girlfriend, two others

DALLAS (Reuters) – A former Texas special education teacher, described by a colleague as a “gentle giant,” fatally shot four people including his estranged wife and current girlfriend, in a spasm of apparent domestic violence, police said on Thursday. read more

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Exclusive: U.S. steps up probe of JPMorgan over Bear Stearns mortgages – sources

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Justice has stepped up a probe in recent weeks into Bear Stearns mortgage dealings in the run-up to the financial crisis, adding to JPMorgan Chase & Co’s legal problems, according to three sources familiar with the situation. read more

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