Because freedom's just another word, etc., the Republican-led House of Representatives decided it would approve something called the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act—aka CISPA—a law that would dramatically expand law enforcement's authority and ability to snoop on our online communications. The White House has threatened to veto the thing, that is, if the Senate doesn't kill it first.
Congress is considering a bill that would keep interest rates on student loans from doubling. Good news? Not exactly. The bill, instead, would gut a $5.9 billion preventative care program approved as part of the president's health care overhaul in 2010. So let's make that two veto threats.
It's not your imagination. The pace of economic growth has diminished over the past few months, fancy government numbers confirm.
Meet one of the world's most prolific DVD bootleggers: Hyman Strachman, a 92-year-old widower who decided to keep busy after his wife's death by sending some 4,000 boxes of illegally copied movies to American military personnel at war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
A Dutch judge has a message for marijuana tourists and shoeless American college kids: Stop it.
The man accused of killing Trayvon Martin is allowed to keep, for now, the tens of thousands of dollars the internet gave him to help pay his legal bills.
The CIA doesn't have to share the 52 images it says it still has of Osama bin Laden's corpse.
Bomb blasts in the Ukraine—tied to the start of some kind of soccer championship series—kill 27 people.
Syria's cease-fire remains theoretical. A suicide bomber has killed at least 11 people amid reports from United Nations monitors that government forces are still waving around big guns and doing harm to people.
Here's a scientific explanation of why squeezing someone's testicles super hard really can kill them.
The seemingly smug couple mocked for failing to give a foul ball to a toddler, and then blithely posing for pictures with the ball while the kid bellowed and hollered right next to them, insist they had no idea they were even sitting next to a kid, let alone a kid who was hysterically upset, and that they're not villains. They're right. And I say the little kid learned a valuable lesson about life: That it's often terrible.
And now there's even TV for dogs.
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