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Canada Used Airport Wi-Fi To Track Travelers, Snowden Leak Alleges

Fri, 2014-01-31 07:19

The latest secret revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden shows how Canada's spy agency experimented with using free Wi-Fi signals to follow travelers. Officials tell CBC News that they were only collecting "metadata," not the contents of communications.

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Panama To Free Crewmembers Of Seized North Korean Ship

Fri, 2014-01-31 06:48

The Chong Chon Gang and its crew of 35 have been held since July, when Panamanian authorities found Cuban weapons aboard in violation of U.N. sanctions against Pyongyang.

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Yahoo Says Email Accounts Were Hacked But Not How Many

Fri, 2014-01-31 05:50

The company, which provides the world's second-largest email service, says "the list of usernames and passwords that were used to execute the attack was likely collected from a third-party database compromise."

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No Breakthrough, But 'Bit Of Common Ground' In Syria Talks

Fri, 2014-01-31 05:46

It's hoped that the talks will resume on Feb. 10. U.N. mediator Lakhdar Brahimi says a "wide" gap remains between the Assad regime and the Syrian opposition. But he believes they may agree on more than they realize.

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Reports: Insider Satya Nadella Likely To Be Microsoft's CEO

Fri, 2014-01-31 05:00

CEO Steve Ballmer announced last summer that he would be retiring. The search for a successor may be coming to an end. News outlets report that one of Microsoft's executive vice presidents is in line to take over. There's also word that co-founder Bill Gates may be replaced as chairman of the company's board.

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Congressman's Exit Closes Book On 'Watergate Babies'

Fri, 2014-01-31 04:01

It wasn't just the gargantuan size of the Democratic class of 1974 that made it historic. The members of the class were young, relatively new to public office and remarkably certain they could remake Washington in their own image.

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Brain Surgeon Walks 6 Miles Through Storm To Save Patient

Fri, 2014-01-31 04:00

While ice blasted Birmingham, Ala., a doctor at one hospital heard that a patient might die at another without specialized surgery. "It's not going to happen on my shift," he said.

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Air Quality Worries Dampen Chinese New Year Fireworks

Fri, 2014-01-31 02:00

China is greeting the Year of the Horse with a little less fanfare, noise and smoke, after severe air pollution choked scores of cities last year. Firework sales are down, and more people say they're forgoing the ancient and beloved good-luck tradition for the sake of their lungs and health.

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For A Twist On The Lunar New Year Dumpling, Add Green Tea

Fri, 2014-01-31 00:19

A Chinese cookbook author remembers her childhood in China, where dumplings were steamed to conserve precious cooking oil. Recently she gave her favorite steamed dumplings an update.

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Rep. Waxman Leaves Behind A Legacy Of Health Laws

Fri, 2014-01-31 00:04

California Rep. Henry Waxman, elected in 1974 in Watergate's aftermath, has announced his retirement. The Democrat leaves behind one of the most substantive legislative records in the House's recent history, and was instrumental in the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

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Weeks Later, More Questions Than Answers In W.Va. Chemical Spill

Fri, 2014-01-31 00:02

State officials in West Virginia say they can no longer detect any MCHM, the industrial chemical that spilled recently, in most areas. But other public health specialists say they don't trust those assurances.

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Super Bowl Ads Go Healthy: Selling Yogurt With A Steamy Kiss

Fri, 2014-01-31 00:01

Advertising during the big game is traditionally the realm of beer, chips and soda. But better-for-you foods will also make a play for viewers' wallets this year. Expect clever ads pitching nuts, yogurt and whole grain cereals.

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Commuting To Distant Oil Fields: Good Money, At A Price

Fri, 2014-01-31 00:00

With thousands of oil-related jobs in western North Dakota, some of the region's new workers are putting down roots. But many more commute from states where jobs are hard to come by — and that can mean being separated from spouses and children for weeks at a time.

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Yahoo Email Account Passwords Stolen

Thu, 2014-01-30 23:09

Usernames and passwords of some of Yahoo's email customers have been stolen and used to gather personal information about people those Yahoo mail users have recently corresponded with, the company said Thursday. Yahoo didn't say how many accounts have been affected.

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Beer Drone Can Buzz The Skies No More, FAA Says

Thu, 2014-01-30 17:15

Lakemaid calls itself the fishermen's lager. It had been testing using drones to deliver beer to anglers in thousands of ice shacks, from the frozen northern lakes' combination bait and beer shops.

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Russia's Love Affair With Vodka Lures Many To An Early Grave

Thu, 2014-01-30 15:35

Russia has a big problem with vodka, which is a key factor in the country's abysmal life expectancy, researchers say. But measures like banning vodka sales at night have had an immediate effect on a young Russian man's chances of living to age 55

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Small Cuts To Food Stamps Add Up To Big Pains For Many Recipients

Thu, 2014-01-30 14:58

The proposed farm bill would cut nearly $1 billion a year from the food stamp program, known as SNAP. While it's far less than what Republicans had originally wanted, the proposal will affect roughly 850,000 households, many of which are still struggling from cuts made only three months ago.

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Utah School Draws Ire For Taking Kids' Lunches; Debt Cited

Thu, 2014-01-30 14:04

Anger and frustration followed an incident Tuesday, in which up to 40 students had their lunches taken away from them at the cashier's station in an elementary school cafeteria. The food was thrown away; the students were told their accounts had no credit on them.

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Obama To Nominate Vice Adm. Michael Rogers As NSA Chief

Thu, 2014-01-30 13:46

Rogers, the current head of U.S. Cyber Command, is a cryptologist by trade. If confirmed, he'll take over the spy agency at a crucial time in its history, when its activities have come under close public scrutiny.

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Amanda Knox Guilty Verdict Reinstated By Italian Court

Thu, 2014-01-30 13:42

The appeals court in Florence found Knox and her ex-boyfriend guilty of the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher and sentenced her to 28 1/2 years in prison. Knox currently lives in Seattle, and the sentence is likely to set up a long battle over her extradition.

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