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Latest Leak: U.K. Spied On Webchats, Grabbed Millions Of Images

Thursday, February 27, 2014

"Britain's surveillance agency GCHQ, with aid from the U.S. National Security Agency, intercepted and stored the webcam images of millions of Internet users not suspected of wrongdoing," The Guardian writes today in its latest report based on material leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

According ...

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Any Way It's Measured, Tesla's $5B 'Gigafactory' Is Huge

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Just how big a deal is the "gigafactory" that Tesla Motors says it's going to build to make batteries for its electric cars?

-- It's projected to cost $5 billion between now and the year 2020. Tesla expects to invest about $2 billion. Partners — who it's

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Jobless Claims Jump Up, Orders For Durable Goods Fall Off

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thursday's economic news isn't great:

-- There were 348,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance filed last week, up 14,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration says.

-- New orders for equipment, airplanes and other so-called durable goods declined by 1 percent in January from December, ...

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California Rejoices In Rain, But Prepares For Mudslides

Thursday, February 27, 2014

"Rain Visits Bay Area, Snow Falls in Sierra — and We Quietly Rejoice."

That headline by our friends at KQED nicely sums up the mood in Northern California as much-needed precipitation descends.

But from another far-too-dry part of the drought-stricken state, Southern California Public Radio reports ...

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Once Again, North Korea Fires Missiles To Send Message

Thursday, February 27, 2014

"North Korea fired four projectiles believed to be short-range ballistic missiles off its southeast coast Thursday," South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reports, citing a "South Korean defense ministry official" as its source.

Reuters notes that "the firing came days after the beginning of annual joint U.S. ...

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Ukraine Crisis: New Government Takes Shape As Crimea Simmers

Thursday, February 27, 2014

We're adding updates throughout this post as the day continues.

Tensions continue to rise in Ukraine, where months of public protests led last week to the downfall of President Viktor Yanukovych's government. His opponents are now installing pro-Western ministers to replace the pro-Russian leaders who worked for Yanukovych. The interim ...

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Arizona Gov. Brewer Vetoes Controversial Bill

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says she has vetoed controversial legislation that would have allowed business owners in her state to refuse to serve gays and others if those customers somehow offended the proprietors' religious beliefs.

Brewer, a Republican, announced her decision at a news conference held Wednesday afternoon, following a ...

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Killers Sentenced In Hacking Death Of British Soldier

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

One of the two men who hacked to death a British soldier on a London street in May 2013 was sentenced Wednesday to spend the rest of his life in prison. The other was given a minimum term of 45 years.

The killing of 25-year-old Fusilier Lee Rigby, ...

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Killers Were Tiny, Victims Were Huge At Chile's Whale Graveyard

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Since construction workers discovered dozens of fossils along a highway in Chile in 2011, one question has preoccupied researchers:

What killed the whales, seals and other creatures that ended up there more than 5 million years ago?

Writing in Proceedings of The Royal Society B, scientists from the ...

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North Korea's Still In The Dark, As Photos From Space Show

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Pictures really do tell the story about how far behind economically North Korea is compared with its neighbors.

In 2002, as Eyder has said, then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld used a satellite photo to illustrate how in-the-dark the communist nation was.

Twelve years later, a new photo

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Benedict Dismisses Renewed Rumors About Why He Left The Papacy

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Almost one year to the day since Benedict XVI stepped down as spiritual leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, the former pope has issued his first public comment on recurring rumors in the Italian media that he didn't resign of his own will.

Such talk is ...

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Putin Flexes Moscow's Muscles; Kerry Says This Isn't 'Rocky IV'

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

We retopped this post at 12:25 p.m. ET.

Responding to the news that Russian President Vladimir Putin has put his army on alert in what seems to be a bid to influence events in Ukraine, Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that the U.S. is "not looking for [a] ...

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What A Rush! California Couple Finds Gold Coins Worth $10M

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

If you've ever dreamed about finding buried treasure, this story's for you:

A California couple who say they had walked by the same spot on their Sierra Nevada property many times over many years are an estimated $10 million or so richer after digging up eight rusty old cans containing ...

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Obama: U.S. May Leave Afghanistan, But Door's Open To Staying

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

President Obama told Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday that he has asked the Pentagon to draw up plans to have all U.S. forces out of Afghanistan by the end of the year.

But at the same time, Obama opened the door to the U.S. staying in the Central Asian ...

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Brit Released From Guantanamo In '05 Is Arrested In U.K.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Nine years after his release from the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a British-born man named Moazzam Begg is once again in custody and being questioned about alleged ties to terrorists.

Begg was one of four people arrested Tuesday in Birmingham, England, British authorities tell Reuters ...

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After 'Best Year Since 2005,' Housing Sector Likely To Slow

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Home prices across 20 of the nation's major metropolitan areas rose 13.4 percent in 2013 from the year before, according to the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index report.

Overall, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices economist David Blitzer, the index "ended its best year since 2005" — well ...

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Crisis In Ukraine: Formation Of New Government Is Delayed

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The search for ousted President Viktor Yanukovych continues in Ukraine, where months of protests over his turn toward Russia and away from the European Union, along with public anger over corruption, led to his removal from office on Saturday.

As we've reported, the officials who are ...

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More Than Two Dozen Boys Killed In Attack On Nigerian School

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Suspicion is immediately focusing on the Islamist group Boko Haram as word emerges about another horrific attack on school children in Nigeria.

Reuters: "Gunmen from Islamist group Boko Haram stormed a boarding school in northeast Nigeria overnight and killed 29 pupils, many of whom died in flames as ...

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Missing Mango Mystery Solved, Here Are The Juicy Details

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Just as some suspected, a 33-foot-tall mango statue that disappeared from its place of honor on Monday in Australia wasn't stolen by some dastardly devils who hope to squeeze some ill-gotten gains from the fruits of their licentious labors.

No, it seems that the Nando's chain ...

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Bitcoin Exchange MtGox Goes Dark After Theft Report

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

"The website of major bitcoin exchange MtGox was offline Tuesday amid reports it suffered a debilitating theft, a new setback for efforts to gain legitimacy for the virtual currency," The Associated Press reports.

Also Tuesday, all the posts had been erased from the MtGox Twitter account.

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