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6.0 earthquake rattles California’s Bay area

6.0 earthquake rattles California’s Bay area

A large earthquake rolled through California’s northern Bay Area early Sunday, damaging some buildings, knocking out power to thousands and sending residents running out of their homes in the darkness. The extent of the damage wasn’t immediately clear. Two major injuries have been reported, and hospitals have been very busy with moderate injuries, Napa Division […]

Brief flareup in a mostly peaceful night in Ferguson

Brief flareup in a mostly peaceful night in Ferguson

Tensions briefly flared then subsided late Saturday night and early Sunday in Ferguson as nightly protests continued two weeks after a white city police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old. Police reported only a handful of arrests, and traffic flowed freely along the West Florissant Avenue commercial corridor near the suburban St. Louis apartment […]

Beware retailers: Hackers are lurking

Beware retailers: Hackers are lurking

More than 1,000 U.S. retailers could be infected with malicious software lurking in their cash register computers, allowing hackers to steal customer financial data, the Homeland Security Department said Friday. The government urged businesses of all sizes to scan their point-of-sale systems for software known as “Backoff,” discovered last October. It previously explained in detail […]

Another quiet night in Ferguson, Missouri

Another quiet night in Ferguson, Missouri

Ferguson’s streets were peaceful for a third night as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after nights of violence and unrest erupted when a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old. A small stream of protesters marched in the St. Louis suburb as night fell Friday, but instead of confrontations with […]

More rules, regulations on drones?

More rules, regulations on drones?

Model aircraft hobbyists, research universities and commercial drone interests filed lawsuits Friday challenging a government directive that they say imposes tough new limits on the use of model aircraft and broadens the agency’s ban on commercial drone flights. The three lawsuits asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to review the […]

Is peace returning to Ferguson, Missouri?

Is peace returning to Ferguson, Missouri?

  The streets of Ferguson were peaceful for another night, as protests and tensions were subsiding in the St. Louis suburb where unrest had erupted after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old. Gov. Jay Nixon also ordered the Missouri National Guard, which arrived Monday, to begin withdrawing as flare-ups have been […]

Islamic fanatics regrouping to regain offensive

Islamic fanatics regrouping to regain offensive

U.S. airstrikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces regain their footing in Iraq, but the well-resourced Islamic State militants can be expected to regroup and stage a new offensive, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday. Speaking alongside Hagel at a Pentagon news conference, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey said that although the Islamic State group can […]

Foley’s death brings more strikes against militants

Foley’s death brings more strikes against militants

The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes Wednesday against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria. President Barack Obama vowed relentless pursuit of the terrorists and the White House revealed that the U.S. had launched a secret […]

Special Ops tried, failed, to save journalist in Syria

Special Ops tried, failed, to save journalist in Syria

President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, officials say. The rescue mission was authorized after intelligence agencies believed they had identified the location inside Syria where the hostages […]

Who is Ferguson cop who killed Michael Brown?

Who is Ferguson cop who killed Michael Brown?

A white police officer whose shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old ignited racial upheaval in a St. Louis suburb has been characterized as either an aggressor whose deadly gunfire constituted a daylight execution or a law enforcer wrongly maligned for just doing his job. An incomplete picture of Texas-born Ferguson officer Darren Wilson has […]

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