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Aug 22, 2014

U.S. wealth gap widened in the last decade

A report from the U.S. Census Bureau provides fresh evidence that the rich are getting richer while the poor are getting poorer. The study, released Thursday, divided the U.S. into five groups from wealthiest to poorest. The median net worth of the richest households ...

Aug 22, 2014

California to appeal ruling tossing death penalty

California’s attorney general said Thursday she will appeal a federal court ruling that called the state’s death penalty unconstitutional. The announcement by Attorney General Kamala Harris came after U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney ruled last month that the state’s death penalty takes too long ...

Hitchhiking robot reaches journey's end in Victoria

Aug 22, 2014

Hitchhiking robot reaches journey's end in Victoria

A chatty robot with an LED-lit smiley face sent hitchhiking across Canada this summer as part of a social experiment reached its final destination Thursday after several thousand kilometers on the road. HitchBot, assembled from household odds and ends by university professors Frauke Zeller ...

Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen dies at 75

Aug 22, 2014

Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen dies at 75

Convicted Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen, who abducted women and hunted them down in the Alaska wilderness in the 1970s, died Thursday. He was 75. Hansen died at Alaska Regional Hospital after being in declining health for the past year, Alaska Department of Corrections ...

Aug 22, 2014

JPMorgan customers targeted in email phishing campaign

Fraudsters are targeting JPMorgan Chase & Co customers in an email phishing campaign that is unusual because it attempts to collect credentials for that bank and also infect PCs with a virus for stealing passwords from other institutions. The campaign, dubbed “Smash and Grab,” ...

Aug 22, 2014

U.S. judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban

A federal judge on Thursday declared Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining state judges in four counties who have sided with gay couples. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle ruled that the ban added to Florida’s constitution by voters in 2008 violates the ...

Aug 22, 2014

Russian aid convoy starting to enter Ukraine

Fierce fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Thursday in what appeared to be a last-gasp attempt by government troops to snatch back territory from pro-Russian separatists before the arrival of a Russian aid convoy overseen by the Red Cross. Trucks loaded with water, generators ...