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iCloud Poses Grave Danger to Apple
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Sep 2, 2014, 09:46 PM

Apple's iCloud features could cause financial headaches for the hi-tech company as hackers target cloud technology.

According to the Houston Chronicle, "In a statement Tuesday, Apple said the hack that caused nude photos of celebrities to leak was not the result of a widespread attack on its iCloud system. Instead, the hackers targeted the accounts of individual celebrities."

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Hackers Try to Topple Peru Government
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Sep 2, 2014, 08:51 PM

With the boost of cloud technology, hackers have gotten more bold with their crimes and so-called "hacktivism."

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "The Peruvian hackers have broken into military, police, and other sensitive government networks in Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Venezuela, defacing websites and extracting sensitive data to strut their programming prowess and make political points."

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Tokyo in Turmoil; Japan PM Dumps Cabinet
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Sep 2, 2014, 01:19 AM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan is facing a crisis in his cabinet.

Channel NewsAsia reports that, "Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to reshuffle his cabinet on Wednesday (Sep 3) in a bid to re-energise his economic and security agenda after once stellar approval ratings began to wane."

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German Economy Slumps over Sector Sanctions
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Sep 2, 2014, 12:38 AM

President Barry Obama's sector sanctions against Russia have caused the Germany economy to plunge into a downward spiral.

According to Russia Today, "Growth in Germany contracted 0.2 percent in the second quarter, the first fall in over a year, stoking worries Europe’s biggest economy is slowing down, as the Ukraine crisis and weaker trade drag down what was once a glowing model for the rest of Europe."

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British MPs Threaten to Retake Hong Kong
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Sep 1, 2014, 11:56 PM

BEIJING: The British Parliament is planning to move ahead on a study to prove that democracy in Hong Kong is limited. Therefore, the UK Foreign Affairs committee chairman Sir Richard Ottaway contends that this would be a breach of the 1984 handover agreement, which granted Hong Kong sovereignty from the UK to mainland China.

The BBC News reports that, "But he said if it was true that a Chinese committee was nominating a "limited number of candidates" for an election, there did appear to be a "prima facie case" that China had breached the undertakings it gave in the 1984 handover agreement."

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Racial Animosity: White Dem. Candidates Flee Obama
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Sep 1, 2014, 10:26 PM

President Barry Obama is the first African-American to be elected as the U.S. President. Nevertheless, many White Democrat Party candidates are refusing to meet Obama on the mid-term elections campaign trail.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In addition to a Milwaukee visit on Monday, President Barack Obama will return to Wisconsin before Nov. 4 to campaign for Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke, a party spokesman said Thursday. The announcement made to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel came swiftly after Republicans criticized Burke for saying she couldn't appear with Obama during his Labor Day visit to Milwaukee because it was an official stop, not a campaign event."

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Bronx Democrat Seeks Ted Cruz Leadership on Immigration Reform
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Sep 1, 2014, 09:33 PM

In a press release sent to the Dallas Blog, U.S. Rep. Jose E. Serrano (D-NY) from the Bronx is calling for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to play a leading role on immigration reform. In an odd twist, the Democrat Congressman failed to mention that Obama should be a "leader" on this issue. 

The Serrano press release reports that, "The Bronx, NY —Today, Congressman José E. Serrano (D-NY) released the following statement in response to Senator Ted Cruz’s remarks on the Bronx this past Saturday at the Americans For Prosperity's Defending The American Dream Summit in Dallas, Texas."

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China, Russia Start Building Gas Pipeline
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Sep 1, 2014, 01:42 AM

BEIJING:  China and Russia have launched construction of a major natural gas pipeline that would meet Beijing's energy needs.

China Radio International reports that, "China and Russia have launched the construction of a joint natural gas pipeline in eastern Siberia. This is part of a gas contract signed between the two countries."

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New Yorkers Whimper over Ted Cruz Bronx Comments
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Sep 1, 2014, 12:06 AM

Hyper-sensitive New Yorkers are crying over Sen. Ted Cruz's comments about the Bronx. Cruz said that illegal immigrants crossing the Southern border into Texas is similar to residents from the Bronx crossing into Manhattan.

According to New York magazine, "If Ted Cruz had any supporters in the Bronx, he has certainly lost them now. During a Saturday speech at something called the Americans for Prosperity's Defending the American Dream Summit, Cruz used a dig at the borough to criticize New York Senator Chuck Schumer's position on immigration reform. "Now, I understand that Manhattan is very concerned with their security with the Bronx, but it's a little bit different on 2,000 miles of the Rio Grande," said the Texas tea partier, whose knowledge of the area is probably entirely based on a single late-night viewing of Fort Apache, the Bronx."

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ALS Spends 46% for Marketing; 29% for Research
by Tom McGregor    Sun, Aug 31, 2014, 10:52 PM

The ALS Association has raised over $100 million in donations from the so-called "ice bucket challenge." Donors intended to give money to help find a cure for Lou Gehrig's disease. Nonetheless, ALS spends more on marketing campaigns than for research activities. Additionally, a team of senior executives earn six-figure incomes. 

NewsMax reports that, "The "ice bucket challenge" to raise support for ALS research has gone viral in recent weeks, drawing celebrities, everyday people and even cartoon character Homer Simpson. But critics are now saying only a fraction of the money raised is actually going toward research. The ALS Association was founded in 1985 to find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as "Lou Gehrig’s Disease." So far, almost $100 million has been raised through the ice bucket challenge."

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