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No verdict yet in Cosby trial after 1-1/2 days of jury deliberations

June 14, 2017 By Joseph Ax NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) – The jury deciding Bill Cosby’s fate at his sexual assault trial adjourned on Tuesday after 16 hours of deliberations over 1-1/2 days failed to produce a verdict. The jurors in Norristown, Pennsylvania, reviewed the entertainer’s account as well as that of his accuser during a long day on Tuesday. Several members of the jury of seven men and five women looked exhausted as they filed into court around 9:20 p.m. to be dismissed for the night. Earlier in the day,…

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Jury begins deliberations in Bill Cosby sex assault trial

June 13, 2017 By Joseph Ax NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) – Jurors began deliberating at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial on Monday after a weeklong proceeding in Pennsylvania that saw prosecutors and defense lawyers paint starkly different portraits of the once-beloved comedian. The jury discussed the case for about four hours before adjourning at 9:30 p.m. (0130 GMT), after both sides delivered their closing arguments earlier in the day. Montgomery District Attorney Kevin Steele told jurors Cosby’s own words, given to police and in a deposition more than a decade ago,…

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Take a vacation? Not me, says action star Tom Cruise

June 7, 2017 NEW YORK (Reuters) – Don’t tell Tom Cruise to slow down – the action movie star says making movies is better than taking a vacation. Cruise, 54, known for doing most of his own stunts, is back on screen this week in adventure “The Mummy,” the latest reboot of the ancient Egyptian-inspired horror film series first seen in 1932. In September, Cruise will be out promoting “American Made, a crime thriller about a drug runner in the 1980s. “Mission: Impossible 6” is also filming and Cruise is…

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Chicago launches ad campaign to counter Trump’s immigration efforts

May 23, 2017 By Chris Kenning CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago is starting an advertising campaign to reassure immigrants that they are welcome in the third-largest U.S. city, in a show of defiance to a crackdown by President Donald Trump on people who have entered the country illegally. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said on Monday he was not worried about the “One Chicago” campaign upsetting the Trump administration. Starting this week, signs will appear at more than 200 locations including digital billboards, trains and newspaper racks with photos of Chicago immigrants highlighting…

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Bitcoin’s murkier rivals line up to displace it as cybercriminals’ favourite

May 18, 2017 By Jemima Kelly LONDON (Reuters) – Bitcoin is well-entrenched as the preferred payment for cybercriminals like the WannaCry hackers who have hit more than 300,000 computers over the past week, but cryptocurrencies offering more anonymity are threatening to displace it. A key reason for bitcoin’s dominance in the nefarious online underworld, say technologists and cybercrime experts, is its size – the total value of all bitcoins in circulation is more than twice that of the nearest of hundreds of rivals. That makes it easy for victims to…

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Former U.S. Navy admiral sentenced to 18 months in bribery scandal

May 17, 2017 By Bernie Woodall (Reuters) – A former U.S. Navy admiral at the center of a massive bribery scandal was sentenced on Wednesday to 18 months in prison for choosing “karaoke over character,” U.S. prosecutors said. Former U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Robert Gilbeau, 56, of San Diego, pleaded guilty last year to lying when he told federal agents he had not received gifts from Malaysian businessman Leonard Francis, the owner of a Singapore-based defense contractor. Gilbeau, who became the first active-duty admiral ever convicted of a federal crime,…

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G7 financial leaders reiterate FX pledges, vow more cyber cooperation

May 14, 2017 BUSBARI, Italy (Reuters) – Financial leaders of seven leading world economies pledged stronger cooperation against cyber crime on Saturday and not to use foreign exchange to gain competitive advantage, but stuck to their cautious wording on trade, their final communique showed. Finance ministers and central bank governors from the United States, Canada, Japan, France, Germany, Italy and Britain met in the Italian city of Bari to discuss the world economy, combating terrorist funding, cyber security and taxes. The final communique of the meeting said the seven countries…

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Portland, Oregon, authorizes subpoena over Uber software tool

May 10, 2017 By Terray Sylvester PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) – The city of Portland, Oregon, on Wednesday directed its attorneys to issue a subpoena intended to force Uber Technologies Inc to disclose software that helped its drivers evade local transportation authorities. Uber has acknowledged using the software, known as Greyball, to circumvent government officials who were trying to clamp down on Uber in areas where its service had not yet been approved, including Portland. The company has since stopped the use of the software for that purpose, saying the program…

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German cyber crime rose 80 percent in 2016: report

April 23, 2017 BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government registered 82,649 cases of computer fraud, espionage and other cyber crimes in 2016, an increase of just over 80 percent from 2015, a German newspaper reported on Sunday. German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere is due to release the new statistics, part of the government’s annual crime report, on Monday, according to Die Welt newspaper. In addition to cyber crime, German police also registered 253,290 cases of crimes carried out with the help of the internet, an increase of 3.6 percent…

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Cleveland police widen manhunt for Facebook murder suspect

April 18, 2017 By Peter Szekely and Timothy Mclaughlin (Reuters) – The manhunt widened on Monday for a murder suspect who police said posted a video of himself on Facebook shooting an elderly man in Cleveland, where authorities appealed to the public for help in the case after urging the killer to turn himself in. Police said they have received “dozens and dozens” of tips for possible sightings of the suspect, Steve Stephens, and tried to persuade him to surrender when they spoke with him via his cellphone on Sunday…

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