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Apr 23,2009
WASHINGTON -- Cybergangs are hiring employees to decipher the distorted letters, or "captchas," used by social networking Web sites to guard against spam, experts say. Researchers say there are probably dozens of captcha-breaking gangs employing hundreds of people worldwide. The workers are recruited via Web-based ads and toil piecemeal in Internet cafes or in sweatshops filled with PCs in China, India, Russia, Brazil, Argentina and Nigeria, USA Today reported Thursday. Popular social sites such as Facebook and ... [full story]
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Apr 23,2009
NEW YORK -- Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is under federal indictment, said Thursday he "never intended" to violate any laws. Blagojevich made the departure from earlier outright denials during an appearance on the NBC "Today" show. In his first interview since U.S. District Judge James Zagel denied a request that Blagojevich be allowed to travel to Costa Rica to appear on the reality television show "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here," Blagojevich ... [full story]
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Apr 23,2009
WASHINGTON -- Civilian aid and development workers needed for the U.S. push in Afghanistan may include military reservists who are asked to volunteer, sources say. U.S. President Barack Obama's commitment to increase the American presence in Afghanistan envisions a big new role for aid workers, who are to come via transfers of employees from civilian U.S. agencies such as the State, Agriculture and Justice departments. But the administration now fears those plans may not be adequate ... [full story]
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Apr 22,2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- A man accused of performing an exorcism on a 14-year-old autistic boy has been found guilty of battery and criminal confinement by a jury in Indiana. Eddie Uyesugi, 24, now faces between two and eight years in jail on each felony count, the Bedford Times-Mail reported Wednesday. Prosecutors say the 14-year-old boy suffered bruises, abrasions and two black eyes as a result of a ceremony Uyesugi conducted to rid the boy of demons. Deputy prosecutor ... [full story]
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Apr 22,2009
CHICAGO -- A jury in Chicago has awarded $13.7 million to the family of a 22-year-old car salesman who was killed while taking a customer for a test drive. Roger Czapski of suburban Crystal Lake was a passenger in a BMW 530i driven by Christopher Maher of Inverness when it struck a vehicle turning into a church parking lot, hit a light pole and exploded, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday. Police said Maher was traveling about 95 ... [full story]
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Apr 22,2009
SAN FRANCISCO -- Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore says 2009 will serve as a turning point in the global battle to save the environment. Gore, who detailed global warming in the Academy Award-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," said during his keynote presentation of the Goldman Environmental Prize that this year would be pivotal in the battle against such environmental crises, the San Francisco Chronicle said Wednesday. To drive home his point during Monday's speech at the ... [full story]
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Apr 22,2009
HOUSTON -- Police have charged a Houston man with manslaughter in the deaths of five children who were in his car when he drove into a ditch filled with water. Chanton Jenkins, 32, was charged Sunday with four counts of intoxication manslaughter. Emergency crews were still searching for the body of one of the five children, the Houston Chronicle reported. Jenkins is the father of three of the children who died Saturday when he drove his car ... [full story]
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Apr 22,2009
WASHINGTON -- Spies hacked into U.S. military computers, copying data that could threaten the effectiveness of U.S. fighter jets, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. In recent months, the newspaper said, someone was able to get into Pentagon's $300 billion Joint Strike Fighter project and take several terabytes of information concerning design and electronics systems. Officials told the Journal it could make it easier for America's enemies to defend against the F-35 Lightning I fighter jet. The Journal ... [full story]
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Apr 22,2009
BOSTON -- Accused Craigslist killer Phillip Markoff was ordered held without bail Tuesday in Boston. Police said paying gambling debts may have been the motive for the Quincy, Mass., man charged with robbing two women he met on Craigslist and killing one. Markoff, 22, was denied bond on the homicide charge, The Boston Herald reported. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf. The Herald said the shackled Markoff was dressed in a wrinkled button-down Oxford blue ... [full story]
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Apr 22,2009
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration did not research the "waterboarding" torture technique enough to realize it had been deemed ineffective by U.S. trainers, sources say. If they had done so, they would have found that experts had found that waterboarding, in which trainees were made to experience near-drowning as part of the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape, or SERE, program, was useless. The technique was part of the Cold War-era military survival training and when used, ... [full story]
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Apr 22,2009
NEW YORK -- Madonna Constantine alleges in a $200 million lawsuit against Columbia University "academic lynching" resulted in her dismissal from the New York school. Constantine, who gained national attention when a noose was found on her college office door, alleges in her Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit Columbia officials orchestrated her 2008 dismissal amid claims of plagiarism, the New York Post said Wednesday. "The manner in which the scheme was hatched and carried out is tantamount to ... [full story]
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Apr 22,2009
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Medical marijuana advocates say they believe a measure legalizing its use in New York state has a good chance of passing in the coming weeks. New York would be the 15th state in the United States to legalize cannabis for medicinal purposes, and advocates are confident they have the votes in the Legislature to pass a legalization bill before the current session in Albany ends in June. The Buffalo (N.Y.) Daily News said Wednesday ... [full story]
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Apr 22,2009
MILLTOWN, Ind. -- Police say a 2-year-old girl in Milltown, Ind., fatally shot herself with a gun owned by her stepfather, who serves as a reserve police officer. State police officer Sgt. Chad Dick said Alexis Camp accidentally shot herself in the head after finding reserve Crawford County Sheriff's Department officer Jared Conrad's firearm, the Louisville (Ky.) Courier-Journal said Wednesday. Dick said it appeared the young girl found and accidentally discharged the gun Monday in a bedroom ... [full story]
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