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'Canadian Idol' contestant acquitted on terrorism charge

Aug 20, 2014

'Canadian Idol' contestant acquitted on terrorism charge

A former “Canadian Idol” contestant was acquitted on Tuesday of conspiring to facilitate terrorism, with the judge finding insufficient evidence that he intended to join a plot. Khurram Syed Sher, an Ontario doctor whose 2010 arrest got international attention because of his appearance on ...

American slain in Bali, daughter had troubled past

Aug 20, 2014

American slain in Bali, daughter had troubled past

A Chicago woman whose beaten body was found stuffed in a suitcase on the Indonesian resort island of Bali was repeatedly and violently abused by the daughter who has been arrested in her killing, according to police reports. A Chicago-based lawyer for the 19-year-old ...

Aug 20, 2014

Hackers steal encrypted passwords of MeetMe social network users

Hackers gained access to some names, emails and encrypted passwords of users of MeetMe Inc.’s social network, the company said. The attack occurred between Aug. 5-7, said Aaron Curtiss, a hired spokesman for the company based in New Hope, Pennsylvania. There was no indication ...

As protests rage in Ferguson, Obama struggles to find his role

Aug 20, 2014

As protests rage in Ferguson, Obama struggles to find his role

When racial tensions erupted midway through his first presidential campaign, Barack Obama came to Philadelphia to decry the “racial stalemate we’ve been stuck in for years.” Over time, he said, such wounds, rooted in America’s painful history on race, can be healed. Six years ...

Aug 19, 2014

Jackie Chan's son detained in Beijing drug bust

Hong Kong action superstar Jackie Chan’s actor-son Jaycee Chan has been detained in Beijing on drug-related charges, the latest high-profile celebrity to be ensnared in one of China’s biggest anti-drug crackdowns in two decades. Jaycee Chan, 32, was detained last Thursday together with the ...

Aug 19, 2014

Saudi Arabia executes four for hashish smuggling

Saudi Arabia executed four people from the same family Monday for attempting to smuggle “large quantities” of hashish into the kingdom, officials and a rights group said. The Interior Ministry said they were executed in southern Najran province near Yemen after they were found ...

Robbers ambush Saudi prince's convoy in Paris

Aug 19, 2014

Robbers ambush Saudi prince's convoy in Paris

Armed robbers ambushed a car in a Saudi prince’s diplomatic convoy on its way to a Paris airport commonly used for private jets, raiding the Mercedes for valuables then torching and abandoning the vehicle, police and prosecutors said Monday. Five to eight assailants flashed ...

Aug 19, 2014

100,000 elephants killed in Africa, study finds

Poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012, a huge spike in the continent’s death rate of the world’s largest mammals, because of an increased demand for ivory in China and other Asian nations, a new study published Monday found. ...

Aug 18, 2014

Premier FBI cybersquad in Pittsburgh to add agents

The FBI’s premier cybersquad has focused attention on computer-based crime in recent months by helping prosecutors charge five Chinese army intelligence officials with stealing trade secrets from major companies and by snaring a Russian-led hacking ring that pilfered $100 million from bank accounts worldwide. ...