rss: ap

  • White House doctor Jackson fights to save imperiled VA bid
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House on Wednesday launched an all-out defense of Ronny Jackson's nomination to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs amid concerns by Congress that President Donald Trump had not properly vetted him or others....

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  • DNA brings arrest in sadistic crime spree from '70s and '80s
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A DNA match led to the arrest of a 72-year-old former police officer in one of the most baffling and sadistic crime sprees of the 1970s and '80s - a string of at least 12 slayings and 45 rapes in California by an attacker dubbed the Golden State Killer, police said Wednesday....

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  • Toronto van attack throws spotlight on anti-woman vitriol
    TORONTO (AP) -- The deadly van rampage in Toronto is training attention on an online world of sexual loneliness, rage and misogyny after the suspect invoked an uprising by "involuntary celibates" and gave a shout-out to a California killer who seethed at women for rejecting him....

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  • Trump's travel ban likely to be upheld, justices indicate
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court seemed poised Wednesday to uphold President Donald Trump's ban on travel to the U.S. by visitors from several Muslim-majority countries, giving the president a major victory on a signature and controversial policy....

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  • Oh, Yeezus: Trump and Kanye West trade Twitter love
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Trump-West 2020?...

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  • Macron resists Trump's 'America first' in speech to Congress
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- French President Emmanuel Macron drew sharp contrasts with President Donald Trump's worldview Wednesday, laying out a firm vision of global leadership that rejects "the illusion of nationalism" in a candid counterweight to Trump's appeals to put "America first."...

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  • Former President Bush out of intensive care, making progress
    HOUSTON (AP) -- Former President George H.W. Bush was moved out of intensive care and into a regular patient room at a Houston hospital on Wednesday as he recovers from an infection that required his hospitalization a day after his wife's funeral, a family spokesman said....

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  • Scientists find lots of gorillas in census, also see decline
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A first-of-its-kind intensive count of western Africa gorillas found far more of the apes than conservationists previously thought....

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  • Bill Cosby's lawyers get slammed by advocates for women
    NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- The sexual assault case against Bill Cosby went to the jury Wednesday as his lawyers came under heavy criticism for what some called a blatant attempt to "victim-shame" the parade of women who have leveled accusations against the 80-year-old comedian....

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  • MSNBC's Reid says homophobic posts were result of hack
    NEW YORK (AP) -- MSNBC's Joy Reid insists that homophobic language in one of her old blog posts is the work of a computer hacker and her security expert said Wednesday they have a strong suspicion of who did it, although he would not name the suspect....

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rss: reuters

  • Chevron evacuates Venezuela executives following staff arrests
    (Reuters) - U.S. oil major Chevron Corp has evacuated executives from Venezuela after two of its workers were imprisoned over a contract dispute with state-owned oil company PDVSA, according to four sources familiar with the matter.


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  • Supreme Court appears ready to uphold Trump's travel ban
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court's conservative majority appeared poised to hand President Donald Trump a huge legal victory, signaling on Wednesday it was likely to uphold his contentious travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries.


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  • Former California policeman arrested 'Golden State' serial killer case
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - An elderly former police officer was arrested and charged in four murders authorities attributed to the Golden State Killer, a serial criminal suspected of dozens of rapes and slayings that terrorized parts of California during the 1970s and 1980s.


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  • Exclusive: U.S. team in refugee camps investigating atrocities against Rohingya
    WASHINGTON/COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - The U.S. government is conducting an intensive examination of alleged atrocities against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, documenting accusations of murder, rape, beatings and other possible offenses in an investigation that could be used to prosecute Myanmar's military for crimes against humanity, U.S. officials told Reuters.


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  • Myanmar court to rule if key witness credible in Reuters case
    YANGON (Reuters) - A judge in Myanmar will rule next week on whether a police captain was credible when he testified that two Reuters reporters were framed, after prosecutors argued on Wednesday that the officer should be declared an unreliable witness.


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  • Hotel key cards, even invalid ones, help hackers break into rooms
    HELSINKI (Reuters) - By getting hold of a widely used hotel key card, an attacker could create a master key to unlock any room in the building without leaving a trace, Finnish security researchers said in a study published on Wednesday, solving a 14-year-old mystery.


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  • Friends or not, France's Macron challenges Trump in Congress speech
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A day after flaunting his friendship with Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron forcefully challenged many of the U.S. president's policies on Wednesday, urging the United States to engage more with the world, step up the fight against climate change and stay in the Iran nuclear pact for now.


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  • Exclusive: Trump's bank watchdog bought financial stocks up until taking office
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee for Wall Street regulator Comptroller of the Currency bought financial stocks until he took office in November, according to financial disclosure documents filed with the Office of Government Ethics.


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  • Venezuelan schools emptying as Chavez legacy under threat
    SOCOPO, Venezuela (Reuters) - It is mid-morning on a weekday yet all that can be heard in the once-bustling corridors of the Orlando Garcia state primary school is the swish of palm trees outside in the wind.


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  • Exclusive: Russian civilians helping Assad use military base back home - witnesses
    MOLKINO, Russia (Reuters) - The Kremlin says it has nothing to do with Russian civilians fighting in Syria but on three recent occasions groups of men flying in from Damascus headed straight to a defense ministry base in Molkino, Reuters reporters witnessed.


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rss: bbc

  • Macron attacks nationalism in speech to US Congress
    His comments have been widely interpreted as a thinly veiled attack on Mr Trump's America First agenda.

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  • Five times Macron ripped into Trumpism
    President Emmanuel Macron used a speech to Congress to deliver several rebukes to his US counterpart.

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  • Golden State Killer: DNA links ex-officer to California cold cases
    Police arrest Joseph James DeAngelo over the notorious Golden State murders from the 1970 and 1980s.

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  • Madrid leader quits amid 'cream theft' claim
    First accused of faking a master's degree, Cristina Cifuentes has now been hit by shoplifting claims.

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  • An unusually late start to the season for USA's Tornado Alley
    Things are unusually quiet in Oklahoma and Kansas this year as 2018 could see the latest start to the tornado season on record.

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  • Pennsylvania wife ambushes husband's lover and kills herself
    The cheated wife sent disturbing texts to her husband before ambushing his lover as she came home.

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  • Iran nuclear deal: Rouhani says West has no right to make changes
    President Rouhani speaks out after the US and France announce plans to broaden the deal's terms.

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  • US college says outdoors too risky for outdoors club
    Pennsylvania State University's caving and scuba clubs have also been deemed unsafe.

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  • California professor's Barbara Bush tweets 'free speech'
    Following Barbra Bush's death, Randa Jarrar tweeted the ex-first lady had "raised a war criminal".

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  • North Korea test site could be unusable after collapse - Chinese scientists
    The last nuclear test may have rendered the Punggye-ri test site unusable, say Chinese scientists.

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rss: the register

  • US states try to restart net neutrality, with very mixed results

    Alaska and California moving forward, Colorado not so much

    Efforts to impose net neutrality protections before federal rules are repealed are taking place across the US, but are currently very hit-and-miss as the big ISPs swing lobbying dollars against them.?



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  • Academics: Shutting down Facebook API damages research, oversight, competition

    Open letter throws heavy shade on social network's research initiative

    Facebook?s API lock-down will hurt legitimate researchers and damage scrutiny of social networks, a group of boffins have warned.?



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  • Patch Drupal now: Yet another critical website bug found ? a sequel to 'Drupalgeddon2'

    Third flaw fix in a month evokes déjà vu

    After scrambling to patch a critical vulnerability late last month, Drupal is at it again.?



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  • ISO blocks NSA's latest IoT encryption systems amid murky tales of backdoors and bullying

    Experts complain of shoddy tech specs and personal attacks

    Two new encryption algorithms developed by the NSA have been rejected by an international standards body amid accusations of threatening behavior.?



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  • PC recycler gets 15 months in the clink for whipping up 28,000 bootleg Windows 7, XP recovery discs

    E-waste activist's appeal fails as Redmond scores a win

    PC reseller Eric Lundgren will spend up to 15 months behind bars after a US Court of Appeals upheld his sentence on charges of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods and criminal copyright infringement.?



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  • You say Halo and I say goodbye: Microsoft throws the book at unauthorised mod devs

    Redmond unleashes DMCA barrage on ElDewrito team

    Microsoft has come down hard on ElDewrito, a community-made mod for the cancelled Halo Online, lobbing DMCA takedown notices and sending its legal team to have a "brief conversation" with the modders.?



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  • Hotel, motel, Holiday Inn? Doesn't matter ? they may need to update their room key software

    Eggheads craft skeleton cards to unlock doors in global chains

    Infosec outfit F-Secure has uncovered security vulnerabilities in a hotel keycard system that can be exploited by miscreants to break into rooms across the globe.?



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  • TSB boss: We know everything's working, you just can't see that

    Web banking still down for half of customers

    In the latest update from TSB about its continued web wobbles, the British bank has told us that while it knows everything is working, punters might not realise that fact because... internet banking still isn't entirely working.?



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  • World's biggest DDoS-for-hire souk shuttered, masterminds cuffed

    Webstresser.org taken down by Europol plod and chums

    Cops yesterday cuffed IT admins behind the "world?s biggest DDoS marketplace", webstresser.org, Europol confirmed today.?



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  • There's just one month left 'til the big day: May 25... but don't panic!

    Are you a hoopy frood?

    Today, 25 April, marks exactly one month until a truly momentous milestone - but an exclusive El Reg analysis* has revealed that as many as 42 organisations are not yet full of froods.?



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rss: ars technica

  • Philips launches a 43-inch HDR monitor that reaches 1,000 nits of brightness
    The $1,000 device is the first to reach VESA's top-end DisplayHDR 1000 spec.

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  • California can look forward to more extreme dry-wet ?climate whiplash?
    Bigger variability in annual rainfall, snowfall in store for the Golden State.

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  • Azure Container Instances bring serverless computing to containers
    New service lets you deploy containers without having to worry about machines they run on.

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  • Drupal warns of new remote-code bug, the second in four weeks
    The risk this time is lower, but the threat is still real.

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  • A fan-made Halo PC patch meets Microsoft?s legal muscle?and apparently survives
    Lawyers arrive after Halo Online "ElDewrito" patch explodes?but no C&D yet.

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  • Behind the scenes with the hackers who unlocked the Nintendo Switch
    "The best way to get a chip security audited is to put it in a game console"

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  • Mysterious Amazon.com page hints at forthcoming Fire TV Cube
    After months of device rumors swirling, we still don't know exactly what it is.

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  • Gmail.com gets its biggest upgrade since 2011 with today?s redesign launch
    An all-new design, side-panel apps, and snoozing come to Gmail.

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  • Verizon says Yahoo users must waive class-action rights?or stop using Yahoo
    Yahoo, facing data breach lawsuits, starts enforcing mandatory arbitration.

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  • Video game loot boxes are now considered criminal gambling in Belgium
    FIFA, Overwatch, Counter-Strike: GO could face fines and prison penalties.

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