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Naked photo hacking: Sex crime or not?

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 18:58

Already hounded by paparazzi on their doorsteps, celebrities face a new battle to protect their privacy from hackers willing to splash their most intimate, behind-closed-doors photos online. After the massive release of naked photos of stars including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, some experts said it should be treated as a sex crime, rather that just an Internet or privacy breach. Celebrities are at risk but also CEOs and politicians," said Jules Polonetsky, head of the The Future of Privacy think-tank. For Polonetsky, "this is a sex crime more than a leak" -- a view expressed by a number of celebrities themselves on Twitter following the weekend hack.


Israel reveals that Steven Sotloff was also an Israeli citizen

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 18:16

As President Obama confirmed the authenticity of the video showing the execution of journalist Steven Sotloff by ISIL, an Israeli spokesman revealed that Sotloff held dual American-Israeli citizenship. Cleared for publication: Steven Satloff was #Israel citizen RIP — Paul Hirschson (@paulhirschson) September 3, 2014 According to Reuters, this biographical detail had been previously withheld to minimize the risks that Sotloff's captivity already engendered. Sotloff also seemed to have successfully hidden his Jewish faith from his captors :


Suburban Detroit man to be sentenced for fatal porch shooting

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 18:06

By Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - A white suburban Detroit homeowner could face at least 17 years in prison when he is sentenced on Wednesday for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager on his front porch. Theodore Wafer, 55, an airport maintenance worker from Dearborn Heights, was convicted last month of second-degree murder, felony firearm usage and manslaughter in the death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride. Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Dana Hathaway will sentence Wafer at a hearing in Detroit. Prosecutors are seeking a sentence of 15 years to 25 years for Wafer's conviction on second-degree murder in addition to a mandatory two-year sentence on his felony firearms conviction, a person familiar with the case told Reuters in August, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case.


Obama says beheading videos won't intimidate US

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 16:51

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the United States will not be intimidated by Islamic State militants after the beheading of a second American journalist and will build a coalition to "degrade and destroy" the group.


U.S. says Islamic State video of journalist's killing is authentic

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 16:47

An Islamic State video showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff in reprisal for U.S. National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said on Wednesday. Intelligence Community has analyzed the recently released video showing U.S. President Barack Obama is in Estonia ahead of a NATO summit in Wales later this week.


Ukraine president says cease-fire deal agreed

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 16:21

Russia says it agreed on steps toward peace, but insists it is not involved in the fighting.


Obama visits Eastern Europe amid Russia tensions

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 11:36

The president lands in Estonia for talks with nervous Baltic leaders on the Ukraine crisis.


Islamic State issues video of beheading of U.S. hostage

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 11:30

By William Maclean DUBAI (Reuters) - The Islamic State militant group released a video on Tuesday purporting to show the beheading of a second American hostage, journalist Steven Sotloff, raising the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. A masked figure in the video seen by Reuters also issued a threat against a British hostage, a man the group named as David Haines, and warned governments to back off "this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State". A statement released by Sotloff's family through a spokesman indicated the family considered the video to be authentic.


CVS changes name, stops tobacco sales early

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 11:02

As CVS sharpens its focus on customer health, the nation's second-largest drugstore chain will tweak its corporate name and stop the sale of tobacco nearly a month sooner than planned. CVS Caremark said ...


Key hearing on Detroit's historic bankruptcy begins in U.S. court

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 09:57

By Karen Pierog DETROIT (Reuters) - Detroit will not recover, and it may not survive as a major city if its debts are not significantly reduced during bankruptcy, a city attorney told a federal judge at the start of a critical phase of the case on Tuesday. As Detroit's state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr looked on in the courtroom, Bruce Bennett, an attorney for the city, sought to convince Judge Steven Rhodes that Detroit's 1,034-page plan to adjust $18 billion of debt would save the city. "There is no doubt, your honor, that progress has been made, but Detroit is still a city in distress," said Bennett, an attorney with the Jones Day law firm, in his opening statement. The plan is aimed at reducing Detroit's debt by about $7 billion and reinvesting as much as $1.7 billion in the city, according to Bennett.


Three killed, two injured in Kansas City shooting

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 09:08
By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY Mo. (Reuters) - Three people were killed and two more critically injured in a shooting spree in a south Kansas City neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon, police said. Law enforcement officials were called to the residential area known as Woodbridge, near an upscale country club, shortly before 1 p.m. CDT. They found five victims with gunshot wounds, three of whom died at the scene, according to a statement by the Kansas City, Missouri, police department.

Apple says its systems not to blame for celebrity photo breach

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 08:29

The week before a crucial launch of its new iPhone, Apple Inc said intimate photos of celebrities including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence were leaked online through the apparent hacking of individual iCloud accounts.


Justin Verlander addresses online hacking of nude photos

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 08:29

Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander says he wants to keep his personal life private after nude photos of him and model girlfriend Kate Upton allegedly were hacked from an online account.


Obama sending 350 more troops to protect U.S. Embassy in Baghdad

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:44

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has ordered about 350 more troops to Baghdad to protect the U.S. Embassy in the Iraqi capital and is sending top officials to the Middle East to "build a stronger regional partnership" against Islamic State militants, the White House said on Tuesday. Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby added that the move would bring the total number of U.S. military personnel responsible for bolstering diplomatic security in Iraq up to about 820. (Reporting by Will Dunham; Editing by Peter Cooney)


Despite dangers, U.S. journalist Sotloff was determined to record Arab Spring's human toll

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:38

By Warren Strobel and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Even for a freelance journalist covering the tumult in the Arab world, Steven Sotloff's travels seemed nonstop. In December, he was in northern Syria, writing about the lives of destitute, displaced Syrians and the war, according to his published reports and his communications with colleagues and editors. It's pretty bad here," he e-mailed another journalist. "I've been sleeping at a front, hiding from tanks the past few nights, drinking rain water." In August 2013, telling colleagues he understood the dangers, Sotloff returned to Syria, slipping across the border from Turkey.


74-year-old serial killer convicted of 3 murders

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:14

A jury has convicted a 74-year-old career criminal in 3 serial murders from the 1980s.


Key hearing on Detroit's historic bankruptcy begins in US court

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 06:54

By Karen Pierog DETROIT (Reuters) - Detroit will not recover, and it may not survive as a major city if its debts are not significantly reduced during bankruptcy, a city attorney told a federal judge at the start of a critical phase of the case on Tuesday. As Detroit's state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr looked on in the courtroom, Bruce Bennett, an attorney for the city, sought to convince Judge Steven Rhodes that Detroit's 1,034-page plan to adjust $18 billion of debt would save the city. "There is no doubt, your honor, that progress has been made, but Detroit is still a city in distress," said Bennett, an attorney with the Jones Day law firm, in his opening statement. The plan is aimed at reducing Detroit's debt by about $7 billion and reinvesting as much as $1.7 billion in the city, according to Bennett.


Mississippi woman sentenced in fatal silicone injection case

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 06:25

A Mississippi woman convicted of murder for administering an unlicensed silicone buttocks injection to a patient who later died was sentenced on Tuesday to life in prison.  Tracey Lynn Garner, 54, performed the unlicensed injection in 2012 in her Jackson home on 37-year-old Karima Gordon, who fell ill immediately after the procedure and died a few days later. A jury last week found Garner guilty of depraved-heart murder. Prosecutors argued during the trial that Garner was motivated by greed.  Garner faces a separate trial in the death of Marilyn Hale, an Alabama woman who authorities say died under similar circumstances two years earlier. Lee McDivitt, an investigator for the Mississippi Attorney General's Office, testified during the trial that he found a large bottle of silicone and syringes in Garner's home that were labeled "veterinary use only." Garner, who is transgender, was formerly named Morris Garner.


U.S. soldier convicted in sex scandal dies

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 06:21

First Air Force trainer convicted of rape, sex assault at military site has died.


Convictions overturned in N.C. soybean field slaying

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 06:11

One of North Carolina's longest-serving death-row inmates and his half brother are being freed after three decades in prison after another man's DNA was discovered on a cigarette butt left near the body of a girl the siblings were convicted of killing.


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