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U.S. Army (Tax Payers) Agrees to Pay $50,000,000 For Pirating Software

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The U.S. Army is opting to settle a copyright infringement case for $50 million after a software developer demanded $225 million in damages over the alleged installation of software without licenses, Brian Fung of The Washington Post reports.

Back in 2004, the Army hired Apptricity to create a software application that could

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Cayman Islands and Costa Rica Set to Expose U.S. Account Holders Information

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The alleged tax havens have signed agreements with the United States to tell the IRS about funds held offshore by Americans

The Cayman Islands will turn over details of Americans’ offshore accounts to US tax authorities. Photograph: David Doubilet/National Geographic/Getty Images

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Veteran Accused of Multiple Murders Mysteriously Dies in Custody

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An Iraq war veteran accused of fatally stabbing four homeless men in Southern California is dead, authorities said Friday.

Itzcoatl Ocampo was accused of killing four homeless men as well as the mother and brother of an old friend.

Itzcoatl Ocampo, 24, was pronounced dead the previous afternoon at Western Medical Center in Santa

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New Faster Moving Version of HIV Identified

Patients infected with new HIV strain develop AIDS over two years faster than those with other versions of the virus.

The HIV strain, called A3/02

A new and more aggressive strain of HIV discovered in West Africa causes significantly faster progression to AIDS, researchers at Sweden’s Lund University have found.

The strain, called

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Scientist Claims “Proof” of Alien Life

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Aliens are living above the clouds, a team of British scientists says.

University of Sheffield researchers launched a balloon 27km into the stratosphere on July 31, using microscopic studs to act as a kind of “fly paper” to harvest samples from the edge of space.

When the balloon landed, it had carried back small biological

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Is Apple “Being Evil” by Forcing Retailers to Buy the iPhone?

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Apple’s secret deals with mobile operators are squeezing smaller companies out of the market and driving up costs even for those who don’t use their products, according to sources across the industry.

“In my opinion Apple are in a grey area,” one legal expert with first hand experience of the contracts told us.

The

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Hospital Baby Mix up Between Wealthy and Poverty Stricken Family

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A Japanese man born to wealthy parents grew up in poverty after being given to another couple in a hospital six decades ago, while the infant who took his place went to live a privileged life of private tutoring, university and is today head of a property firm.

The 60-year-old man – who has

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French Study Exposing GMO’s as Unsafe Forcibly Removed from Medical Journal, Monsanto Involved

Bowing to scientists’ near-universal scorn, the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology today fulfilled its threat to retract a controversial paper that claimed that a genetically modified (GM) maize causes serious disease in rats after the authors refused to withdraw it.

Photo from French Study showing tumors developed in rats fed GMO corn

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2010 Tax Law Forcing Some Americans to Renounce Citizenship

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For Ruth Anne Freeborn, it boiled down to a choice between country and family.

Born in Oklahoma, Freeborn has lived in Kingston, Ontario, for more than 30 years as an American expatriate, with a Canadian husband and 22-year-old son.

But a U.S. law passed in 2010 that will require international financial institutions to provide

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Mother Fined Daily for not Circumcising Child

Court stated that the mother was refusing to have the boy circumcised as a tactic in her desire to reconcile with her husband.

An infant child. Photo: Reuters

The Supreme Rabbinical Court for Appeals in Jerusalem has upheld a ruling demanding that a mother pay NIS 500 every day until she agrees to have

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KOI-351: Solar System Like Ours Discovered

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A team of European astronomers has discovered a second solar system, the closest parallel to our own solar system yet found. It includes seven exoplanets orbiting a star with the small rocky planets close to their host star and the gas giant planets further away. The system was hidden within the wealth of data from

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American STILL Being Held in Dubai for Producing Comedy Video

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An American man who works in the United Arab Emirates has been held in a maximum-security prison for months after posting a parody video about youth culture in Dubai, a rights group and family attorney said Wednesday.

Shezanne Cassim, 29, of Woodbury, Minn., was arrested in April and charged with violating a 2012

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NSA Spied Sexual Habits to Discredit Radicals

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The National Security Agency has been gathering records of online sexual activity and evidence of visits to pornographic websites as part of a proposed plan to harm the reputations of those whom the agency believes are radicalizing others through incendiary speeches, according to a top-secret NSA document. The document, provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden,

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Southwestern Middle School Video Released

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Ten days after a tornado ripped through Southwestern Middle School, video footage inside the school is released. // _ // ]]>//

There are six video clips showing the destruction as it happened. The video shows debris flying across the gym, hallways and cafeteria. “The cameras are motion activated. So, before the storm came through

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Will you be Having Anti-Biotics With That Turkey?

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Take a close look at how the livestock industry in the U.S. uses antibiotics, and what that might mean for human health.

And so as Americans prepare to roast and baste plump, juicy holiday birds, we couldn’t help but wonder what antibiotics the average turkey might have been given.

Unfortunately, it’s not possible to

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Pays $1 Million to Families USA to Distribute Happy ObamaCare Stories

Families USA has received a $1 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which it will use to collect and distribute to the media personal stories of those who have benefited from the new health insurance exchange rolled out by the Obama Administration October 1. The announcement is good news for the President, who

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Arrested for Trying to Pick His Kids up From School on Foot (Video)

Tennessee dad Jim Howe didn’t think it was safe — or logical — for “traffic [to be] backed up over a mile on a busy highway” just to pick up kids from South Cumberland Elementary School. But when he walked into the school, protesting a new rule that parents have to hang out in a

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Off Duty Trooper Crashes into Trooper Making Traffic Stop, Charged with DUI

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An off-duty state trooper was charged Monday with driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol after crashing into the cruiser of another state trooper who was making a traffic stop, according to state police.

State police said Trooper John Phonesavanh was injured when his cruiser was rear-ended at about

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Stunning Levels of Waste Revealed in Pentagon (Video)

If you thought the botched rollout of Obamacare, the government shutdown, or the sequester represented Washington dysfunction at its worst, wait until you hear about the taxpayer waste at the Defense Department.

Special Enterprise Reporter Scot Paltrow unearthed the “high cost of the Pentagon’s bad bookkeeping” in a Reuters investigation. It amounts

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China to Launch Moon Lander Next Month

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Chinese officials say they intend to land the country’s first unmanned probe on the Moon next month.

A model of the rover was shown at an industry fair in Shanghai earlier this month

The probe has been named Yutu or “Jade Rabbit”, after the character that Chinese folklore says lives on the Moon’s

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