Young mountain lion caught trying to sneak into casino

Posted Aug. 24, 2012, at 9:53 p.m.

RENO, Nev. — An underage mountain lion has been caught after trying to slip into a casino in downtown Reno, Nev., ahead of the breakfast rush.

Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy says the young male cat’s behavior was “almost the equivalent of being a stupid teenager.”

Healy says coming-of-age cougars often end up where they shouldn’t after being chased out of a territory by adults.

Guests at Harrah’s reported seeing the 100-pound cat trying to walk into the casino Friday morning. When the animal couldn’t negotiate the revolving door, it hid under an outdoor stage in a nearby plaza.

State wildlife officials tranquilized the roughly 2-year-old cat and plan to release it into the wild after tagging it for participation in a University of Nevada, Reno study.

No injuries were reported.

Samsung ordered to pay Apple $1.5B

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A jury has ruled for Apple in its huge smartphone patent infringement case involving Samsung and ordered Samsung to pay $1.5 billion.

The verdict was reached Friday.

In its lawsuit filed last year, Apple Inc. had demanded $2.5 billion while accusing Samsung of ripping off the design technology of iPhones and iPads.

During closing arguments at the trial, Samsung attorney Charles Verhoeven called that demand ridiculous and asked the jury to award Samsung $399 million after claiming Apple used Samsung Electronics Co. technology without proper compensation.

The two companies lead the $219 billion market for smartphones and computer tablets. They are enmeshed in similar lawsuits in the United Kingdom, Germany and Australia.

Norwegian mass murderer Breivik sentenced to 21 years

OSLO, Norway — A Norwegian court on Friday ruled that mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik was sane and sentenced him to a maximum term of 21 years for killing 77 people in bomb and shooting attacks last year.

Breivik was to be held in “preventive detention,” the Oslo District Court said, citing that he would remain “a very dangerous man” even after serving out his sentence.

His detention could be extended indefinitely if he is deemed a threat to society. Presiding judge Wenche Elizabeth Arntzen said the verdict by the five-judge bench was unanimous.

Breivik had wanted a sane verdict. He said he carried out the bombing in Oslo and a shooting spree at a Labor Party youth camp on the nearby island of Utoya to protect Norway from an influx of Muslim immigrants.

US cyberattacking enemy in Afghanistan

The U.S. military has been launching cyberattacks against its opponents in Afghanistan, a senior officer says, making an unusually explicit acknowledgment of the oft-hidden world of electronic warfare.

Marine Lt. Gen. Richard P. Mills’ comments came last week at a conference in Baltimore during which he explained how U.S. commanders considered cyber weapons an important part of their arsenal.

“I can tell you that as a commander in Afghanistan in the year 2010, I was able to use my cyber operations against my adversary with great impact,” Mills said. “I was able to get inside his nets, infect his command-and-control, and in fact defend myself against his almost constant incursions to get inside my wire, to affect my operations.”

Mills, now a deputy commandant with the Marine Corps, was in charge of international forces in southwestern Afghanistan between 2010 and 2011, according to his official biography. He didn’t go into any further detail as to the nature or scope of his forces’ attacks, but experts said that such a public admission that they were being carried out was itself striking.

Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Damien Pickart said in an email that the Pentagon’s cyber operations were properly authorized and that they took place within the bounds of international law and the “confines of existing policy.”

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