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IANS 16 November 2016
Security firm Kryptowire has identified Android smartphones with a "backdoor" software in the US that collected sensitive personal data and transmitted this data to third-party servers in China without disclosure or the users' consent.   These devices were available through major...

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AC Thompson  and   Ken Schwencke (ProPublica) 16 November 2016
In 2015, the authorities in California documented 837 hate-crime incidents, charting a surge in offenses motivated by religious intolerance toward Muslims and Jews, while crimes against Latinos grew by 35 percent.   Last week, shortly after Donald J. Trump was elected the country's...

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TruthInAdvertising.org 15 November 2016
Despite declarations by the Direct Selling Association (DSA) that it is committed to business ethics, a TINA.org investigation has found that 97 percent of DSA member companies selling nutritional supplements have distributors marketing their products with illegal health claims. Not only are...

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Alec MacGillis (ProPublica) 11 November 2016
In March, I was driving along a road that led from Dayton, Ohio, into its formerly middle-class, now decidedly working-class southwestern suburbs, when I came upon an arresting sight. I was looking for a professional sign-maker who had turned his West Carrollton ranch house into a...

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Lauren Kirchner (ProPublica) 08 November 2016
Late on a hot August night in 2014, Syracuse, New York, police tried to pull over a car driving without headlights. The driver and passenger fled into a darkened park. As the officers chased them on foot, they said they heard a gunshot. The cops never caught the suspects, but recovered a...

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IANS 08 November 2016
Two hackers allegedly from the Netherlands claimed to have broken into seven Indian High Commission websites, publishing online the login details, passwords and database containing names, passport numbers, email-IDs and phone numbers of people of Indian origin, media reported on...

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Robert Faturechi (ProPublica)  and   Eric Lipton (The New York Times) 07 November 2016
This story was co-published with The New York Times.   Big-money corporate lobbying has reached into one of the most obscure corners of state government: the offices of secretaries of state, the people charged with running elections impartially.   The targeting of secretaries...

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Ryan Gabrielson (ProPublica) 03 November 2016
Years after the Las Vegas crime lab wanted to replace faulty police drug kits, they are still used in thousands of convictions.   This story was co-published with the Las Vegas Review-Journal.   At the outset of the 1990s, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Depa rtment began...

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Sebastian Rotella (ProPublica) 20 October 2016
This story was co-published with Frontline.   Almost a year after Islamic State terrorists killed 130 people in Paris, U.S. intelligence agencies have identified one of the suspected masterminds of that plot and a follow-up attack in Brussels.   U.S. counterterror officials...

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Sebastian Rotella (ProPublica) 19 October 2016
This story was co-published with Frontline.   Update, Oct. 18, 2016: This story has been updated to include additional information about the questioning and subsequent release of Dahmani in August 2015 by counterterror officials.   In June of 2015, a Belgian ex-convict...

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IANS 18 October 2016
During its "Hack the Vote" election simulation, cyber security firm Symantec has revealed three easy ways an attacker with the right level of intelligence and motivation could impact the US presidential election and it will cost just $15.   To analyse the ecosystem of an election --...

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TruthInAdvertising.org 18 October 2016
Will the real Stephen King please stand up?   In a post on his website this week, acclaimed horror writer Stephen King accuses Amazon of deceptively marketing the books of “some other” Stephen King as his own work for several years. The “Carrie” author points to eight titles listed on...

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Vishal Gulati (IANS) 15 October 2016
Over 150 countries struck a landmark deal on Saturday to reduce the emissions of powerful greenhouse gases, in a move that could prevent up to 0.5 degrees Celsius of global warming by the end of this century.   The amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the...

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Vishal Gulati (IANS) 14 October 2016
The world is close to striking a deal to phase out super greenhouse gases used in refrigeration and air-conditioning, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Erik Solheim said on Friday.   "I am confident that we are very close to make amendments to the Montreal...

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IANS 12 October 2016
A fire at a power facility triggered a huge blackout on Wednesday in Tokyo, leaving 350,000 households and several government buildings without electricity and halting trains during rush hour.   The Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) is probing the cause of the fire while Tokyo...

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Abhishek Waghmare 12 October 2016
Indian politicians are currently leading a campaign to boycott Chinese goods. But an IndiaSpend analysis shows why this will fail: China is India's largest trade partner, a sixth of India's imports are Chinese, up from a 10th in 2011-12, while India's exports to its rival have halved over the...

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Ginger Thompson  and   Alejandra Xanic (ProPublica) 10 October 2016
It was a brazen attack. Some 60 gunmen linked to the brutal Zetas cartel descended on a quiet cluster of towns just south of the Mexican border in the spring of 2011 and launched a door-to-door extermination campaign that went on for weeks, leaving an untold number of people dead or missing....

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IANS 07 October 2016
Hurricane Matthew battered the Florida coastline on Friday morning with heavy rains and gusty winds, leaving more than 300,000 homes and businesses without power. The storm, the most powerful to threaten the Atlantic coast in more than a decade, has left more than 300 dead in...

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IANS 07 October 2016
Bracing for a category four Hurricane Mathew, which left around 269 people dead in Haiti, airlines and airports in the US are on an war footing. Around 3,862 flights have been scheduled to be cancelled between Wednesday and Saturday.   Hurricane Matthew was forecast to make landfall...

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IANS 05 October 2016
Chemists Jean-Pierre Sauvage of France, Scotland's Sir J. Fraser Stoddart and Dutch Bernard L. Feringa on Wednesday won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work on molecular machines.   The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the prize jointly to Sauvage who works at...

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