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U.S. military invites vetted experts to ‘Hack the Pentagon’

U.S. military invites vetted experts to ‘Hack the Pentagon’

The Pentagon said on Wednesday it would invite vetted outside hackers to test the cyber security of some public U.S. Defense Department websites as part of a pilot project next month, in the first-ever such program offered by the federal government. “Hack the Pentagon” is modeled after similar competitions known as “bug bounties” that are conducted by big U.S. companies, […]

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Sub-zero central banks may just chase inflation expectations lower

Sub-zero central banks may just chase inflation expectations lower

Hyperactive central banks warn of ‘unmoored’ inflation expectations but may well be weighing the anchor themselves. Skewed by the oil price collapse of the past 20 months, headline inflation rates across Europe and Japan are currently near zero or even falling. Some economists now expect euro zone inflation for 2016 as a whole to be in the red and no […]

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Thai junta’s intimidation of academics reveals insecurity: rights group

Thai junta’s intimidation of academics reveals insecurity: rights group

Thailand’s junta is intensifying intimidation of academics who criticize the generals efforts to stay in power by sending army officers to their homes, a Thai rights group said on Wednesday. Since the military seized power nearly two years ago, at least 77 academics have been harassed at home by officers advising them to adjust their critical mindset or ordered to […]

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Appeals court puts Bill Cosby’s criminal case on hold

Appeals court puts Bill Cosby’s criminal case on hold

Bill Cosby’s preliminary hearing in a criminal sex-assault case is on hold while a Pennsylvania appeals court considers his effort to have the case thrown out before trial. The Pennsylvania Superior Court put the case on hold Tuesday while the court weighs the prosecution request to shut down Cosby’s pretrial appeal. The 78-year-old Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting […]

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Jaycee Lee Dugard writing book about years after captivity

Jaycee Lee Dugard writing book about years after captivity

After writing a best-seller about her 18 years in captivity, Jaycee Lee Dugard is working on a book about the joys and challenges that followed. Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday that it has acquired Dugard’s “Freedom: My Book of Firsts,” scheduled for release July 12. The book will focus on her “first experiences” after the ordeal ended. Dugard said in […]

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Welsh Conservatives’ M4 relief road election pledge

Welsh Conservatives’ M4 relief road election pledge

The Welsh Conservatives will have “diggers in the ground” to build a planned M4 relief road within 12 months of coming to power if successful in the assembly elections, the party has said. They have yet to publicly back a specific route but said they would hold a review of all options. Leader Andrew RT Davies accused Labour of dithering […]

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Edinburgh Airport celebrates 100th birthday

Edinburgh Airport celebrates 100th birthday

Centenary celebrations are to be held to mark 100 years since flying began from Edinburgh Airport. The airport, now Scotland’s busiest, started life as a Royal Flying Corps aerodrome on Thursday 2 March 1916. Named Turnhouse, it was a key military base during World War One. The first commercial services were launched in the late 1940s and the new terminal […]

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Five cabinet ministers, including Mr Duncan Smith, are campaigning against the government in favour of an EU exit

Five cabinet ministers, including Mr Duncan Smith, are campaigning against the government in favour of an EU exit

Snow is causing disruption for drivers in some parts of Northern Ireland. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for snow and ice which will remain in place until 10:00 GMT on Wednesday. TransportNI said salting was completed overnight but said road users should expect some difficult driving conditions with the potential for travel disruption into the morning peak […]

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EU referendum: UK weaker outside EU, government to warn

EU referendum: UK weaker outside EU, government to warn

The UK would be “weaker, less safe and worse off” outside the European Union, a government analysis to be published later will conclude. The assessment will be published as the campaign to remain in the EU seeks to shift voters’ focus to what would happen if the country left the union. But Pro-exit Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith […]

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Country icon Merle Haggard in hospital due to pneumonia

Country icon Merle Haggard in hospital due to pneumonia

Country icon Merle Haggard is in a California hospital for treatment of a recurring bout of double pneumonia. A statement from his publicist on Tuesday said Haggard has had to postpone his concert dates in March. The 78-year-old singer had also cancelled some dates in February because he was still feeling weak from a previous case of pneumonia in both […]

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