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French Justice

Missing
over 4 years ago

Twelve French wine sellers have been convicted of passing off wine produced near Toulouse as a higher quality Pinot Noir before selling it on to an American wine distributor.

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Spy Game

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over 4 years ago

After giving its students laptops to take home, a Pennsylvania high school is accused of remotely activating the computers' webcams to monitor students' behavior.

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Hero's Welcome

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over 4 years ago

Former head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency, Mohamed ElBaradei is considered a potential rival to the incumbent Egyptian president and was given a strong welcome upon returning home.

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Public Option?

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over 4 years ago

Ahead of next week's healthcare reform summit, the White House and Senate Democrats are reviewing the posibility of passing legislation with a simple majority in the Senate.

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Sex On The Brain

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over 4 years ago

The natural sex hormone progesterone first used in contraceptive pills and naturally extracted from yams seems likely to reduce swelling and repair neurons in patients with severe head trauma.

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Hacking 101

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over 4 years ago

U.S. authorities have traced the I.P. addresses used to hack Google gmail accounts to a vocational school in China but who is responsible for the cyber attacks is a question that lingers.

Politeia

Joe Stack's Homegrown Terrorism

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over 4 years ago

Terrorism is not an ideology. What makes something a terrorist act is not the political cause that motivates it or the background of the people involved. Terrorism is a particular type of violence, in which random or symbolic targets are attacked to intimidate them. The aim is not to achieve ...

Think, See, Feel

Tiger, Forgiven

Buddha
over 4 years ago

Tiger’s statement recalled the words of Saint Augustine, who said, “Make me chaste—but not yet.” There is something about society's axiomatic forgiveness in the face of apology (especially when religion is referenced) that makes Tiger’s statement today at once a tour de force of public relations ...

As I Please

Mossad's Dubai Hit Poses More Questions

Netanyahu
over 4 years ago

A British newspaper – the Daily Mail – claims to have received evidence from a “senior security service source" that the Israelis tipped off the British Government hours before their operatives struck in Dubai, killing senior Hamas official Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in his hotel bedroom. The Foreign ...