Pope Francis Takes Responsibility for ‘All the Evil’ of Sexually Abusive Priests

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Pope Francis met with members of the media on March 16, 2013. Image: Flickr, Catholic Church England and Wales Pope Francis has asked forgiveness for priests who have sexually abused children and declared that the Catholic Church would impose sanctions on them. Francis made the statement to a Catholic children’s organization at the Vatican on Friday, […]

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United Nations Calls Ebola a ‘Threat to International Peace and Security’

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A Nigerian port health official uses a thermometer to screen Muslim pilgrims for Ebola at the Hajj camp before boarding a plane for Saudi Arabia at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday, Sept, 18. 2014. Image: Sunday Alamba/Associated Press UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council called the Ebola outbreak in […]

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Republicans, Democrats Finally Find Common Ground — On Coding

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In an increasingly divisive U.S. political climate, there’s at least one cause that has found support on both sides of the aisle — computer science education. President Barack Obama, a Democrat, and Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor both stressed the importance of learning to to code, or write computer programs, in videos uploaded Sunday […]

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Obama Wants Federal Agencies to Share Wireless Spectrum

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Share more of your precious wireless spectrum with private businesses, President Barack Obama told government agencies in a Friday memo. What’s the deal? All wireless communications require spectrum, a government-regulated finite resource that’s limited to one larger-scale “user” at a time, like a radio station, cellphone provider or even a local wireless router. As the […]

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U.S. Will Change ‘Ineffective’ No-Fly List Process After Judge’s Ruling

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Image: Flickr, Jez WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel. The decision comes after a federal judge’s ruling in June that there was no meaningful way to challenge the designation, a situation deemed unconstitutional. […]

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Top Tech Innovators Star in New Obama Ad

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Which presidential candidate would be better for promoting technological innovation? The entrepreneurs and innovators in this new ad argue it would be Barack Obama. The ad features a slew of technologists, including Craigslist’s Craig Newmark, Dropbox’s Drew Houston and LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman, explaining why they’re supporting Obama. “I support Obama because I’ve personally seen how […]

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Nate Silver Blog Now Seen by 20% of ‘New York Times’ Visitors

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If you’ve been anxiously hitting the refresh button on Nate Silver’s election statistics blog, fivethirtyeight.com, you’re not alone. Fivethirtyeight, licensed and hosted by the New York Times since 2010, collects all polls and aggregates them in an algorithm that accounts for their historical accuracy. An electoral vote estimate, and the probability of each candidate winning, […]

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Is it Easier to Buy a Gun Online?

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Suspected Colorado movie theater gunman James Holmes purchased more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition on the Internet in the space of 60 days, according to police reports. He also purchased four guns, including a military-style AR-15 assault rifle, from local stores. All of his purchases — both online and in-person — were legal, authorities said. […]

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Email Warrant Measure Gets Senate Judiciary Nod

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A measure that would require law enforcement to get a warrant to read citizens’ emails regardless of their age or whether they have been opened passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on a voice vote Thursday. The bipartisan measure, jointly written by Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.; pictured above) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), comes in the form […]

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