Category Archives: technology

Google exec sets records with leap from near-space

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Google executive Alan Eustace broke the sound barrier and set several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert early Friday after taking a big leap from the edge of space. Eustace’s supersonic jump was part of a project by Paragon Space Development Corp. Continue reading

FCC Adds Cybersecurity to Its Oversight

The Federal Communications Commission entered the data security business Friday with a bang, charging a record $10 million fine against two telecommunicatons companies whose neglect put up to 300,000 customers at risk of identity theft. Continue reading

2 dead in Washington state school shooting

By Eric M. Johnson and Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) – A student opened fire at his Washington state high school on Friday, killing one person, wounding at least four others and spreading panic among students who scrambled across fields and parking lots to safety, police and hospital officials said. The shooter at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, about 30 miles north of Seattle, acted alone and was now dead, Marysville Police Commander Robb Lamoureux told reporters Continue reading

Shooter at Washington state high school was a student, is dead: police

This image made from a video provided by KOMO shows students walking as emergency personnel respond  … SEATTLE (Reuters) – The shooter who opened fire at a high school in Washington State on Friday was a student at the campus and is now dead following the incident, police said. The suspect, who was not immediately identified, was believed to be the only fatality in the incident, Marysville Police Commander Robb Lamoureux told reporters. (Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Sandra Maler) Crime & Justice Society & Culture Continue reading

Did ISIS Use Chlorine Gas in Iraq and Syria?

Iraq and Syria both have a history of using poison gas weapons, and while Syrian leader Bashar Assad supposedly surrendered his gas stockpiles, U.S. and Iraqi officials are concerned that the terrorist Islamic State group is seeking decades-old leftovers of the weapons in both nations – or even making new gas bombs. READ: Islamic State Eyes Syria’s Chemical Weapons Leftovers Those fears spiked when the Iraqi Defense Minister confirmed that 11 Iraqi police were admitted to a hospital last month with symptoms of dizziness, vomiting and trouble breathing – symptoms of chlorine gas poisoning, The Washington Post reports. Continue reading

Deadly violence in the West Bank

By MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian teenager was killed during clashes with the Israeli military on Friday amid heightened tensions in Jerusalem and the West Bank. A relative identified the teen as 14-year-old Orwah Hammad and said he was born in New Orleans and came to the West Bank at age six. Continue reading

Canada tries to come to terms with capital shootings

By RACHEL LA CORTE VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The gunman who shot and killed a soldier in plain daylight then stormed Canada’s Parliament once complained that Vancouver mosque he attended was too liberal and inclusive, Muslim leaders said Friday. Assam Rashid, spokesman for the British Columbia Muslim Association, said Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, visited the Masjid Al-Salaam mosque for several months in 2011 before he was told not to come back. Rashid said the association has been working on a preventive program that focuses on minimizing the effect of terrorist and criminal propaganda in Canada. Continue reading

US general: NKorea may have nuke missile knowhow

By ROBERT BURNS WASHINGTON (AP) — The commander of American forces in South Korea says North Korea may be capable of fielding a nuclear-armed missile that could reach the United States, but he does not know whether they have done so. In remarks at the Pentagon, Army Gen Continue reading

7 hurt as car smashes into California restaurant

DUBLIN, Calif. (AP) — Police say seven people were injured when a car crashed into a restaurant in a Northern California shopping center. Continue reading

Islamic State used chlorine gas in fight north of Baghdad, say Iraq officials

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and SAMEER N. YACOUB BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State militants used chlorine gas during fighting with security forces and Shiite militiamen last month north of Baghdad, Iraqi officials said Friday Continue reading