US News  April 19, 2015
Ben Affleck asked for slave-owning ancestor story to be cut
Hollywood megastar Ben Affleck, also known for his support of liberal causes, asked documentary makers to censor their discovery that one of his ancestors owned slaves, according to a leaked emailHollywood megastar Ben Affleck, also known for his support of liberal causes, asked documentary makers to censor their discovery that one of his ancestors owned slaves, according to a leaked email.The message published by WikiLeaks last week is part of a trove of embarrassing emails, film scripts and other internal communications that were accessed...  Full Story
Death or prison: Jurors to seal Boston bomber's fate
Handout image courtesy of the US Department of Justice/US Attorney’s Office District of Massachusetts, presented to jurors on March 23, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts, shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev entered as evidence in the Boston Marathon bombing trialConvicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev must face death for the attack that killed three people and wounded 254, prosecutors will argue when a court this week begins weighing up his fate. The sentencing phase of Tsarnaev's high-profile trial begins Tuesday in the city, just days after the parents of a young boy killed in the dual blasts ...  Full Story
Thousands march in Europe against US-EU free trade pact
Anti-TTIP-demonstrators form a human chain in front of the US embassy to protest against the proposed US-EU free trade pact in Berlin on April 18, 2015Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Europe on Saturday to oppose the world's biggest free trade pact between the US and European Union.Resistance to the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is fierce in Germany, with tens of thousands joining demonstrations across the country, a spokesman for lobby group Attac G...  Full Story
In US, Armenian youths marked by WWI mass killings
Artwork from 3rd grade students at the Rose & Alex Pilibos Armenian School in Los Angeles, California, on April 13, 2015, commemorating the 100th anniversary of what Armenians say was a systematic campaign of ethnic slaughterEdward Papikian, a high school student at the Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School in Los Angeles, says he thinks every day about his forefathers who were slain by Ottoman forces in 1915.He says he and his classmates -- who are preparing for the 100th anniversary of what Armenians say was a systematic campaign of ethnic slaughter -- had been taugh...  Full Story
New Google security chief looks for balance with privacy
GoogleGoogle has a new sheriff keeping watch over the wilds of the Internet.Austrian-born Gerhard Eschelbeck has ranged the British city of Oxford; cavorted at notorious Def Con hacker conclaves, wrangled a herd of startups, and camped out in Silicon Valley.He now holds the reins of security and privacy for all-things Google.In an exclusive interview wit...  Full Story
US Catholic Church shells out $150 mln over pedophilia
Protesters hold quilts bearing portraits of young children outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, California, on February 1, 2013, one day after the release of personnel files of priests accused of sexual misconductThe Catholic Church in the US forked out $120 million to victims of sexual abuse at the hands of clergy and $30 million on pedophile prevention programs over 12 months, according to an annual report.The bulk of the $150 million between June of 2013 and 2014 was spent on compensation, therapy and legal fees for victims, the report said, and the rest...  Full Story
US state Nebraska could abolish death penalty
Despite a threat of veto from the state governor, the Nebraska senate endorsed the measure to replace the death penalty with life imprisonment, according to official recordsNebraska has taken a major step closer to doing away with the death penalty, amid controversy over lethal injection that has some US states questioning the punishment and others digging in.Despite a threat of veto from the state governor, the Nebraska senate endorsed the measure to replace the death penalty with life imprisonment on Thursday, accor...  Full Story
French railway Holocaust lawsuit aims to fill gaps: lawyer
Des descendants de victimes de lA lawsuit in Chicago by Holocaust descendants against France's national railway SNCF aims to fill gaps in a $60 million settlement reached in December, a lawyer for the plaintiffs said Friday.The class-action suit seeks compensation for the confiscation and sale of personal property and for third-class train fares billed to the Nazis even though th...  Full Story
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