Holder Backs Plan To Reduce Sentences For Drug Offenses

Attorney General Eric Holder testified before the U.S. Sentencing Commission that he backs lighter mandatory sentences for low-level, non-violent drug offenders, which would reduce the federal prison population by more than 6,500 inmates within five years Attorney General Eric Holder has lent his support to a proposed amendment to the U.S. federal sentencing guidelines that would reduce the average drug […]

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Americans Spend $56 Billion on Pets

An industry spokesman says Americans spent an all-time high of $55.7 billion on their pets in 2013 and will creep close to spending $60 billion this year. Bob Vetere (vah-TEER’-ee) of the American Pet Products Association told buyers and exhibitors at the Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Fla., Thursday that food accounted for $21.6 billion of the spending. In 1996, […]

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Web Inventor Calls For Internet Bill of Rights

Tim Berners-Lee—the British inventor who filed a proposal for what was to become the World Wide Web exactly twenty-five years ago today—has called for a digital bill of rights to protect Internet users from surveillance. Speaking with the Guardian, the computer scientist said the world needs an online equivalent to the “Magna Carta”—the 13th-century British charter of rights—to protect and […]

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Don’t Worry, Ukraine Won’t Go Nuclear

Ukraine once had a massive nuclear arsenal. But despite calls in Kiev to develop a nuclear deterrent against Vladimir Putin’s Russia, the idea is far-fetched. Building a bomb would be incredibly difficult and contradicts the country’s long nonproliferation record As Russia helps itself to Crimea, some Ukrainians are wishing they had a nuclear deterrent against Vladimir Putin’s territorial ambitions. Ukraine […]

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Obama To Require Overtime Payments For More Salaried Workers

A forthcoming rule from the administration is part of the president’s effort to work around Congress on wage issues ahead of the midterm elections President Barack Obama will order the Department of Labor to take steps to force private-sector employers to pay overtime to more salaried employees, a White House official confirmed Wednesday. The administration’s proposed rule-making under the Fair […]

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Lawmakers Optimistic About Mortgage Reform Plan

A pair of senators are hopeful their proposal to wind down government-backed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will get a vote in the Senate sometime this year, but they’re facing an uphill struggle Lawmakers said they were hopeful Wednesday that a plan to ultimately replace government-backed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and overhaul the nation’s $10-trillion […]

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Taliban Order Fighters To Disrupt Afghan Elections

Presidential elections are scheduled to take place in April The Afghan Taliban issued a warning on Monday against anyone taking part in the upcoming presidential elections on April 5, ordering their fighters to “use all force” to disrupt the polling. Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, said in a statement that the group is telling clerics across the country […]

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Google Is ‘Pretty Sure’ Your Data Is Secure

At the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Eric Schmidt, the tech giant’s executive chairman, said the company improved its encryption system following the leak of classified data by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden Speaking at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Friday, Google’s Eric Schmidt said he is “pretty sure” your data is safe. The Google executive chairman […]

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