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Photo-saving service claims hackers stole Snapchat images

By Reuters on Oct. 13, 2014, at 3:08 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO —, a website which allows users to save images sent via Snapchat, claimed Monday that hackers breached its servers and made off with some 500 megabytes of photographs. The claim by the little-known website sheds some light on reports in past days that hackers were preparing to …

Boston patient does not appear to have Ebola, hospital says

By Kevin Murphy, Reuters on Oct. 12, 2014, at 6:28 p.m.
A man in Massachusetts who was being evaluated at a Boston hospital for a possible Ebola infection does not appear to have the deadly disease, officials at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center said Sunday night. The patient, who recently returned from Liberia, had complained of headache and muscle aches, prompting …
Waves crash as Typhoon Vongfong approaches Japan's main islands in Kuroshio Town, Kochi prefecture, in this photo taken by Kyodo on Oct. 12, 2014.

Typhoon Vongfong weakens, downgraded to tropical storm after hitting Okinawa

By Reuters on Oct. 12, 2014, at 11:54 a.m.
TOKYO — Typhoon Vongfong battered the southern Japanese island of Okinawa on Sunday, injuring 31 people and knocking out power before losing intensity and getting downgraded to a tropical storm. About 210,000 people from 90,000 homes were ordered to evacuate in Okinawa, 1,000 miles south of Tokyo, before it was …

Second child in US dies from enterovirus strain

By Reuters on Oct. 12, 2014, at 11:01 a.m.
NEW YORK — A 21-month-old girl is the first in the state of Michigan and second in the U.S. to die this year from a strain of the enterovirus that has infected more than 500 people across the nation, health officials said Saturday. Madeline Reid, who was stricken with Enterovirus …
Media and bystanders on Sunday look at the residence at 5740 Marquita, Dallas, where  a person diagnosed with Ebola reportedly lived.

Communities scrambling after Ebola case in Dallas reveals potentially inadequate planning

By Sharon Begley and Yasmeen Abutaleb, Reuters on Oct. 12, 2014, at 10:44 a.m.
NEW YORK — The missteps in Dallas’ handling of the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States have revealed an uncomfortable reality: state and city plans for handling the deadly virus are based on generic recommendations for everything from measles to floods, to hurricanes and dirty bombs. Even before …

7 New Jersey teens charged in hazing-related sexual assaults

By Reuters on Oct. 11, 2014, at 5:23 p.m.
Seven New Jersey high school students have been charged following a string of sexual assaults in a hazing controversy that prompted officials to cancel the remainder of the school’s football season, the New York Times reported Friday. Six of the seven teenagers from Sayreville War Memorial High School were arrested …

US senator stripped of master’s degree for plagiarism

By Reuters on Oct. 11, 2014, at 10:12 a.m.
The U.S. Army War College has revoked the master’s degree of U.S. Sen. John Walsh of Montana, the result of a plagiarism scandal that prompted him in August to abandon his election bid, Walsh and the college said Friday. “The board found that then-Col. John Walsh did commit the offense …
A Sears store is seen in Schaumburg, Illinois near Chicago in this Sept. 23, 2013 file photo. Sears Holdings Corp on Thursday reported that its sales for the holiday quarter fell sharply at its namesake department store chain and Kmart discount chain. Sears announced Friday that Kmart had experienced a data breach placing customer credit and debit card information at risk.

Kmart becomes the latest retailer breached by hackers, Sears confirms

By Jim Finkle and Nathan Layne, Reuters on Oct. 10, 2014, at 6:57 p.m.
Retailer Sears Holdings Corp. said it was the victim of a cyberattack that likely resulted in the theft of customer payment cards at its Kmart stores, the latest in a series of computer security breaches to hit U.S. companies and dealing a fresh blow to the struggling U.S. retailer. The …
The interior of the Ada County Courthouse in Boise, Idaho, is packed with couples wanting to apply for a same-sex marriage license on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. Emotions changed from happiness to sadness at the courthouse after a stay was ordered by Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy which prevented the issuing of same-sex marriage licenses. The Supreme Court allowed same-sex marriages to go forward Friday after lifting the stay.

U.S. Supreme Court lifts hold on gay marriage in Idaho

By Lawrence Hurley, Reuters on Oct. 10, 2014, at 5:41 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex matrimony to proceed in Idaho on Friday by lifting a temporary hold imposed earlier in the week, capping a week of victories for supporters of gay marriage in America. The move came as a district court judge struck down …
Actress and singer Taylor Swift attends the premiere of "The Giver" in New York  in this Aug. 11, 2014 file photo. The country-turned-pop singer has been named Billboard's Woman of the Year becoming the first artist to win the honor more than once, the music industry trade magazine said Oct. 10, 2014.

Taylor Swift named Billboard’s Woman of the Year for second time

By Reuters on Oct. 10, 2014, at 4:25 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — Country-turned-pop singer Taylor Swift has been named Billboard’s Woman of the Year becoming the first artist to win the honor more than once, the music industry trade magazine said on Friday. Swift, 24, who shot to prominence in 2006 as a teenage country sensation and has been …
Smoke rises after an U.S.-led air strike in the Syrian town of Kobani Oct. 10, 2014. Islamic State fighters advanced deeper into the Syrian town of Kobani on the Turkish border on Friday, taking almost complete control of an area where the local Kurdish administration is based, a group monitoring the violence reported. A U.S. National Security Advisor reported that close to 40 percent of Kobani was under control of the militants.

ISIS makes gains in Kobani along Syria, Turkey border and could capture it

By Reuters on Oct. 10, 2014, at 3:39 p.m.
LONDON — Islamic State militants, also known as ISIS, now control 40 percent of the Syrian town of Kobani on the Turkish border and might well capture it, Deputy U.S. National Security Adviser Tony Blinken said on Friday. Blinken said as of Thursday, ISIS fighters had taken over about 40 …
Combination picture of this year's Nobel Peace Prize winners, Indian children's right activist Kailash Satyarthi (L) at his office in New Delhi October 10, 2014, and Pakistani schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai at the United Nations in the Manhattan borough of New York in a file picture taken August 18, 2014.

Taliban shooting victim Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights activist share Nobel

By Griff Witte and Brian Murphy, The Washington Post on Oct. 10, 2014, at 7:42 a.m.
LONDON — A 17-year-old Pakistani girl who survived a Taliban gunshot to the head for her advocacy of female education became Friday the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, winning alongside an Indian advocate for ending child labor. Malala Yousafzai, who has become a global spokeswoman for the …
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a visit to Cross Campus in Los Angeles, California Oct. 9, 2014. Cross Campus is a collaborative workspace and business event venue that brings together a diverse community of freelancers, creative professionals, entrepreneurs, and Venture Capitalist-funded startup teams.  Obama is on a three-day trip to California where he will primarily attend Democratic Party fund raisers.

Obama declares unequivocally commitment to ‘net neutrality’

By Reuters on Oct. 09, 2014, at 8:22 p.m.
SANTA MONICA, California — President Barack Obama declared himself fully committed to “net neutrality” on Thursday while U.S. regulators review controversial new regulations that would govern how Internet service providers manage traffic on their networks. The Federal Communications Commission has received a record 1.5 million comments since Chairman Tom Wheeler …

Melissa Ratcliff, former Al Gore aide, dies in San Diego accident

By Reuters on Oct. 09, 2014, at 7:37 p.m.
Melissa Ratcliff, a one-time aide to former Vice President Al Gore, has died after being hit by an out-of-control car in San Diego, authorities said on Thursday. Police were investigating after Ratcliff, 45, was struck on Tuesday in the affluent neighborhood of La Jolla where she lived just after exiting …

N.Korea leader Kim has leg injury but is fully in charge – source

By Benjamin Kang Lim and James Pearson, Reuters on Oct. 09, 2014, at 2:23 p.m.
BEIJING/SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is in firm control of his government but has hurt his leg, a source with access to the secretive North’s leadership said, playing down speculation over the 31-year-old’s health and grip on power. North Korea’s state media, which usually chronicles Kim’s whereabouts …

One killed, three wounded in shelling in east Ukraine

By Reuters on Oct. 09, 2014, at 9:36 a.m.
DONETSK, Ukraine — At least one person was killed and three wounded when an artillery shell hit a shopping center in Donetsk, a city in east Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists where fighting goes on despite a ceasefire. A Reuters cameraman in Donetsk saw at least one body and counted …
The Wal-Mart on U.S. Route 1 in Falmouth in this August 2013 file photo.

Wal-Mart to end health care benefits for some part-time workers

By Reuters on Oct. 07, 2014, at 4:06 p.m.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the biggest private-sector employer in the United States, said on Tuesday it was ending health care coverage for tens of thousands of part-time workers to cut costs in a move that could prompt other companies to follow suit. The world’s largest retailer said it will stop offering …

New Jersey high school’s football season canceled amid bullying investigation

By Reuters on Oct. 07, 2014, at 4:03 p.m.
NEW YORK — New Jersey prosecutors are investigating allegations of widespread bullying and harassment within a local high school’s football teams, prompting the school district to cancel the remainder of the season, officials said on Tuesday. The reported incidents of intimidation and other bullying involving football players at Sayreville War …

AT&T employee responsible for data breach in August

By Reuters on Oct. 06, 2014, at 9:51 p.m.
AT&T Inc. informed about 1,600 customers that an employee gained unauthorized access to their personal data in August, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters, the latest in a flurry of data breaches in recent months. According to a letter posted on the website of the Attorney General of …
German opera singer Cornelia Lanz (right) performs with Syrian refugees during the "Cosi fan tutte" dress rehearsal in Oggelsbeuren near Biberach, southern Germany, on Sept. 30, 2014. The opera will opened in Stuttgart on Oct. 5.

Syrian refugees join Mozart opera to deliver message of peace

By Reuters on Oct. 06, 2014, at 2:51 p.m.
LONDON — Appeals for peace in Syria usually are made by politicians and activists calling for ceasefires, negotiations and aid supplies. In southwest Germany, however, dozens of Syrian refugees who have for now found safe haven after fleeing civil war in their homeland are delivering a message of peace through …
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