September 23, 2019

Diaspora social network founder dead at 22

Ilya Zhitomirskiy, the co-founder of Facebook rival Diaspora, has died. The 22-year-old was one of four New York-based students who launched Diaspora as a "privacy-aware, user-controlled" social network. It was set up in response to criticism that Facebook was not handling the privacy of its … [Read more...]

Conrad Murray found guilty of Michael Jackson manslaughter

Michael Jackson's personal physician, Dr Conrad Murray, has been found guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of the star by a jury in Los Angeles. A panel of seven men and five women took two days of deliberation to reach a verdict. Michael Jackson died on 25 June 2009 from an overdose of the … [Read more...]

Woman claims US Presidential candidate groped her

A woman has told a news conference in New York that Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain groped her in the 1990s when she asked for his help finding work. Perhaps Herman thought he would find work in her knickers. Sharon Bialek, a former employee of a restaurant lobby group, said Mr Cain … [Read more...]

Climate change sceptic admits global warming a fact

A prominent physicist and global warming sceptic spent two years trying to find out if mainstream climate scientists were wrong. In the end, he determined they were right, that temperatures really are rising rapidly. The study of the world's surface temperatures by Richard Muller was partially … [Read more...]

Police use tear gas on Occupy Wall Street protesters

US Authorities made a series of arrests at Occupy Wall Street protests in California and Georgia on Tuesday and Wednesday, with clashes in Oakland involving tear gas being used on demonstrators. Police said they fired the tear gas on protesters in Oakland, California, after the crowd threw paint … [Read more...]

Mass recall of Harley-Davidson motorcycles

Harley-Davidson is recalling about 308,000 motorcycles, most of them in the US, to fix a switch problem that can cause failure of the brake lights and possibly even the rear brakes themselves. The company said in documents filed last week with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that … [Read more...]

Wikileaks halts publication of classified files

Whistle-blowing website Wikileaks has suspended its publication of classified files while it struggles to raise funds to ensure its survival. The announcement came after what the group called a blockade by US-based finance companies which has effectively cut off the donor money supply to … [Read more...]

Police shoot escaped zoo animals in Ohio

Police in Zanesville, Ohio have shot and killed dozens of animals including grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, tigers and lions that escaped from a private zoo after the owner set them free and killed himself. Sheriff Matt Lutz said he personally gave the order to shoot the escaped animals, and … [Read more...]

Unix creator Dennis Ritchie dies at 70

Dennis Ritchie, a pioneer in computer programming, has died at age 70. Ritchie created the popular C programming language and helped create the Unix operating software. The C programming language, which Ritchie developed in the early 1970s while working for Bell Labs, is still popular. It has … [Read more...]

Raj Rajaratnam jailed for 11 years for insider trading

Raj Rajaratnam, a former hedge-fund manager has been sentenced to 11 years in jail in New York for one of the biggest insider trading cases in American history. Rajaratnam, 54, was also fined $10m but the Galleon Group founder made well over $50m from his illegal trading activities, said the … [Read more...]

US claims Washington assassination terror plot foiled

The US says it has broken up a major terror plot in which agents linked to Iran sought to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington. Two men originally from Iran - one a naturalised US citizen - have been charged with counts of conspiracy, Attorney General Eric Holder said. The plot was … [Read more...]

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs dies

Apple has announced that co-founder Steve Jobs has passed away. His family thanked those who have supported them through the years during his battle with cancer. "Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family,'' his relatives said in a statement. "In his public life, Steve was known as … [Read more...]

Amanda Knox murder conviction appeal successful

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito have seen their convictions overturned for the murder of UK student Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy, in 2007. They had appealed on the grounds that the DNA evidence useed to convict them was flawed. The verdict was reached by a jury of eight, comprising … [Read more...]

Death toll from tainted US melons rises to 13

At least 13 people have died and 72 others badly ill from the listeriosis outbreak in the United States. Listeria contamination of cantaloupe melons grown in Colorado has been reported in 18 other states. Four people have died in New Mexico, two in Colorado, two in Texas and one each in … [Read more...]

Conrad Murray trial for Michael Jackson manslaughter begins

Conrad Murray, the personal doctor to Michael Jackson has gone on trial in Los Angeles, charged with involuntary manslaughter of the singer. Prosecutors say he acted with "gross negligence" and gave Jackson a lethal dose of the sedative propofol, on the night he died in June 2009. The defence … [Read more...]