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  • The potential exposure occurred after researchers working in a high-level biosecurity laboratory at the agency's Atlanta campus failed to follow proper procedures to inactivate the bacteria. They then transferred the samples to lower-security CDC labs not equipped to handle live anthrax.
  • Sould the Internet be considered a utility like phone service, electricity, gas or water? That's become a central question in the long-running debate over "net neutrality" -- whether Internet providers should have to treat all online traffic equally -- and the argument is heating up this week. On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote on a proposal that will seek public comment on whether Internet service should be treated as a public utility -- in which all consumers have the same access to the same service.
  • People who report a kill switch-equipped phone lost or stolen can disable it and wipe the data slate clean by contacting their carrier. "Thus taking away the worth," explained Atkins, DFL-Inver Grove Heights. "When you take away the worth, you take away the incentive. These thieves that are stealing these things no longer have the incentive to steal 'em."
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin showed off his ice hockey skills during a match between Russian amateur players and ice hockey stars on Saturday. The match took place at a festival for Russia's amateur hockey organized by the Night Hockey League in the Bolshoy arena in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia.
  • The six-member Federal Election Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to allow political candidates and committees to accept bitcoin donations.
  • Treating psychiatric illnesses with antipsychotic drugs can greatly reduce the risk that a patient will commit a violent crime, researchers reported on Thursday. Their study, published in the Lancet medical journal, adds weight to the argument that severely mentally ill people need to get diagnosed and treated.
  • Drinking water that Portland, Ore., officials feared was tainted with a teenager's urine wasn't flushed after all. In fact, it's being preserved.
  • Backyard Chickens Linked to Salmonella Outbreaks, CDC Says - NBC News.com. (Who kisses chickens?) Keeping backyard chickens in urban settings may be a growing trend, but federal health officials are warning about a surprising downside: salmonella infections tied to kissing and other close contact with live poultry.
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say a U.S. citizen arriving from Qatar declared $8,000 on Monday when he landed. But when an officer in the inspection area led a dog over to sniff the man's luggage, officials say the dog alerted the officer.
  • So who is right, this AP reporter or the testing sites which show Healthcare.gov is clear of any Heartbleed security concerns and never was open to it? People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw.
  • A second recent incident of misconduct took place in Florida early last month, when two officers believed to have been drinking had a car accident shortly before the Obama family arrived in the area. Secret Service personnel are prohibited from drinking alcohol within 12 hours of reporting for duty and 24 hours before the president arrives at any trip location.
  • A day after the secretary of homeland security and the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency toured the site of the deadly landslide in Washington state, authorities announced Monday that they have found the remains of three more victims, bringing the death toll to 33.
  • Italian police arrested two dozen separatists including a former parliamentarian on Wednesday on suspicion of gathering arms to violently split the wealthy northern region of Veneto from the rest of Italy. The group had converted a bulldozer into a tank with a makeshift cannon and intended to use it in an assault on St. Mark's Square
  • 'We all dined together that night. Jeffrey was at the head of the table. Bill was at his left. I sat across from him. Emmy Tayler, Ghislaine's blonde British assistant, sat at my right. 'Ghislaine was at Bill's left and at the left of Ghislaine there were two olive-skinned brunettes who'd flown in with us from New York. 'I'd never met them before. I'd say they were no older than 17, very innocent-looking.
  • Federal agents sought evidence of child pornography last week when they seized computers from the Elgin district office of former state Rep. Keith Farnham, who resigned Wednesday, according to a search warrant released Friday. In addition, a federal agent on Thursday took a laptop computer that Farnham used in the Illinois House chamber, and last week agents removed a computer from a legislative office building next to the Capitol,
  • “Our study suggests an association between higher diet drink consumption and mortality,” Research has long shown that artificially sweetened drinks are not health drinks. While they may help people avoid more dangerous sugary sodas, studies show they don't help people lose weight.
  • Raid the crook hideout with the high-powered police helicopter! The crooks have arrived at their hideout and are offloading their stash of stolen goods. Help the policeman on a stakeout monitor their every move from the barrel using his camera and special radar. Then use the walkie talkie to call in the police helicopter with its detailed engine, cockpit and rear crew compartment. When it arrives, hover overhead, slide the side door open, attach the policeman to the rope and launch a surprise abseil ambush! And if the crooks try to get away, slap the handcuffs on them, load them into the helicopter and fly them back to prison! Includes 5 minifigures with assorted accessories: 3 policemen and 2 crooks.
  • The latest report from the top-secret documents that former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden made off with describes the agency's efforts to infect and monitor PCs much in the way ordinary hackers do. The methods aren't particularly original, but the scale of the operations is huge.
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