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Bitcoin promoter pleads guilty to unlicensed money transmitting

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin promoter Charlie Shrem pleaded guilty on Thursday to operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, resolving U.S. charges that he helped to sell more than $1 million of the digital currency to users of the illicit online drug marketplace Silk Road. Shrem and his accused co-conspirator, Robert Faiella, pleaded guilty at a hearing in New York federal court as part of a deal struck with prosecutors from the office of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. (Reporting by Joseph Ax; Editing by Diane Craft)


Hacker breached HealthCare.gov: officials

A hacker broke into part of the HealthCare.gov insurance enrollment website in July and uploaded malicious software, according to federal officials.


Court strikes down gay marriage bans in Wisconsin, Indiana

A U.S. appeals court in Chicago ruled Thursday that gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana violate the U.S. Constitution — thereby bumping the number of states where gay marriage will be legal from 19 to 21.


Turkey arrests 19 jihadists in border province

Turkey has arrested 19 militants affiliated with the Islamic State in its southern province of Gaziantep bordering Syria, its governor said on Thursday. Gaziantep province governor Erdal Ata vehemently denied claims that the region was being used as a rear base for IS militants, saying Turkey was doing all it can to arrest or deport suspected IS members. The governor also said police had caught suspected IS-linked jihadists coming from Europe or Caucasus, carrying backpacks, at the Gaziantep airport or at the border. He however strongly denied the claims that Gaziantep province hosted a camp of IS militants after some pictures purporting to show such a facility circulated in media outlets last week.


DOJ to investigate Ferguson police, review county force

The Justice Department announced on Thursday it will launch a civil investigation into the police department in Ferguson, Missouri, where unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white policeman last month. The probe is the second federal investigation spurred by Brown's death at the hands of police officer Darren Wilson, which sparked days of sometimes violent protests in Ferguson. The Justice Department is simultaneously investigating possible criminal charges against the police officer who shot Brown.


Joan Rivers: Remembering a Legend

Yahoo News looks back at the legendary career of comedian and fashion icon Joan Rivers who died in New York City on September 4, 2014 at the age of 81.


Father whose son died in hot car charged with murder

ATLANTA (AP) — More than two months after his son's death in a hot car, a Georgia man who prosecutors say sat in his office exchanging nude photos with women while his son languished for hours was charged with murder on Thursday.


BP ruled 'grossly negligent' in Gulf oil spill

BP potentially faces billions of dollars in new fines after a New Orleans judge concluded it acted with "gross negligence" ahead of the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Federal court judge Carl Barbier said that the April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon drilling rig blowout, which killed 11 and spilled millions of barrels of oil into Gulf waters, happened because BP's US subsidiaries, along with oil-services company Halliburton and rig owner Transocean, did not take adequate care in drilling a risky well. Barbier said that the British oil giant knew that the Macondo well it was drilling, called by some working on it the "well from hell", was particularly dangerous because of the high danger of a blowout. BP's decisions throughout the drilling process qualified as "gross negligence" because they were "an extreme departure from the care required under the circumstances or a failure to exercise even a slight care."


Cops seek charges in revolting 'Ice Bucket Challenge' prank

Outraged police in a northeast Ohio suburb are pledging to bring charges against those responsible for dumping a bucket allegedly containing feces and body fluids on a special needs student who was told it was part of the "Ice Bucket Challenge" fundraiser.


Millions of job openings, so why aren’t companies hiring?

When it comes to jobs, the number of them added for August came in lighter than expectations at 142,000 (analysts were looking for 230,000). Other data reveals plenty of help is wanted, but employers aren't hurrying to hire. We talk to University of Chicago economist Steven Davis about why firms are waiting the longest to fill job openings in 13 years, according to an index he created.


U.S. fast-food workers arrested in protests for wage hike

About 400 protesters clogged Times Square during morning rush hour in the latest of ongoing actions aimed at raising their wage to $15 an hour. They hoisted placards reading "Stick together for $15 and union rights," and some held a sit-in at a McDonald's restaurant, prompting 19 arrests for disorderly conduct. Sit-ins also were held in several more cities, and a total of 86 arrests were reported among protesters in Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas and Little Rock, Arkansas, organizers said. Another nine protesters were arrested in Boston, according to a Reuters witness.

12 killed, 30 injured in Baghdad car bombing

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb killed 12 people and wounded 30 in Baghdad's mainly Shi'ite Muslim Kadhamiya neighbourhood on Thursday evening, police said. The explosion was the fourth attack in Shi'ite districts of the capital in two weeks. "Cars are set ablaze...this place has been targeted several times as it's very crowded," a policeman near the blast scene said. He said the bomb detonated near shops and restaurants. (Reporting by Raheem Salman; Writing by Oliver Holmes, Editing by Angus MacSwan)


Israel charges chief suspect in W. Bank teens' kidnap

A prime suspect in the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank has been charged with organising and financing the crime, Israeli security officials said Thursday. The deaths, which Israel immediately blamed on Hamas, triggered a series of events that led to a devastating 50-day war in Gaza that killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and 71 Israelis. Israel's internal security service Shin Bet accused Hossam Qawasmeh, who was arrested on July 11, of organising the June 12 kidnapping and spending some 220,000 shekels ($61,300, 47,200 euros) on weapons and cars used in the crime. According to the charge sheet seen by AFP, Qawasmeh was charged in a military court for "transferring enemy funds", carrying out services for an illegal organisation (Hamas) and "deliberately causing the death" of the three Israelis.


Obama names former Google, Twitter officials to White House tech jobs

President Barack Obama tapped Silicon Valley for two key positions on his technology policy team on Thursday, naming Megan Smith from Google as his chief technology officer and Alexander Macgillivray, formerly of Twitter, as a deputy. Smith was vice president of the "Google X" lab that worked on projects like driverless cars and Google Glass eyewear, and led acquisitions for the company like Picasa and Google Maps.


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