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GPS used to track some immigrants caught at border

The Homeland Security Department is experimenting with a new way to track immigrant families caught crossing the border illegally and then released into the U.S.: GPS-enabled ankle bracelets.

Dec 24, 2014
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Report: FBI's anthrax investigation was flawed

The FBI used flawed scientific methods to investigate the 2001 anthrax attacks that killed five people and sickened 17 others, federal auditors said Friday in a report sure to fuel skepticism over the FBI's ...

Dec 19, 2014
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Napster co-founder to invest in allergy research

(AP)—Napster co-founder Sean Parker missed most of his final year in high school and has ended up in the emergency room countless times because of his deadly allergy to nuts, shellfish and other foods.

Dec 17, 2014
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LA mayor plans 7,000 police body cameras in 2015

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a plan Tuesday to equip 7,000 Los Angeles police officers with on-body cameras by next summer, making LA's police department the nation's largest law enforcement agency to move ...

Dec 16, 2014
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Merriam-Webster names 'culture' word of the year

A nation, a workplace, an ethnicity, a passion, an outsized personality. The people who comprise these things, who fawn or rail against them, are behind Merriam-Webster's 2014 word of the year: culture.

Dec 15, 2014
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In Curiosity Hacked, children learn to make, not buy

With her right hand, my 8-year-old daughter, Kalian, presses the red-hot soldering iron against the circuit board. With her left hand, she guides a thin, tin wire until it's pressing against both the circuit board and the ...

Dec 14, 2014
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Top pilot sees risk in unregulated US drones

Small drones pose a danger in US skies so long as clear rules governing their operation are not in place, the head of the world's biggest pilots' union said Wednesday.

Dec 10, 2014
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Pioneer of video games, Simon dies at 92

Ralph Baer, a video game pioneer who created both the precursor to "Pong" and the electronic memory game Simon and led the team that developed the first home video game console, has died. He was 92.

Dec 08, 2014
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Analysts: 'Giving Tuesday' raised $46M for charity

The U.S. fundraising drive known as "Giving Tuesday" is having a growing impact for nonprofit groups, with nearly $46 million raised for charity over a 24-hour period, according to initial numbers released Wednesday.

Dec 04, 2014
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New York police to wear body cameras

About three dozen police officers will be fitted with body cameras in New York by this weekend, as part of a three-month pilot program.

Dec 03, 2014
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Fiery risk? Air shipments of batteries questioned

Dramatic U.S. government test results raise new concern that bulk shipments of rechargeable lithium batteries carried as cargo on passenger planes are susceptible to fires or explosions that could destroy ...

Dec 02, 2014
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E-Voting: Risky technology or great improvement?

On this forthcoming weekend the Australian state election takes place, and in Victoria State they will be using a new e-voting system to improve secrecy, reliability and user-friendliness. But how secure are such systems? ...

Nov 28, 2014
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US agency threatens to act against air bag maker

A dispute between U.S. safety regulators and air bag maker Takata Corp. escalated Wednesday when the government threatened fines and legal action unless the company admits that driver's air bag inflators ...

Nov 26, 2014
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Namibia prepares for Africa's first e-vote

Namibia will vote in Africa's first electronic ballot Friday, a general election that will usher in a new president and quotas to put more women in government.

Nov 26, 2014
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Japan orders air bag maker to conduct probe

Japan's transport ministry said Friday it has ordered air bag maker Takata to conduct an internal investigation after cases of its air bags exploding triggered safety concerns in the United States and other countries.

Nov 21, 2014
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Senators get no clear answers on air bag safety

There were apologies and long-winded explanations, but after nearly four hours of testimony about exploding air bags, senators never got a clear answer to the question most people have: whether or not their ...

Nov 20, 2014
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French watchdog urges no 3D for under sixes

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