Monthly Archives: July 2014

UK to introduce autonomous vehicles to roads in 2015

The UK government has announced that driverless cars will be allowed on public roads from January next year. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28551069 It also invited cities to compete to host one of three trials of the tech, which would start at the same time. In addition, ministers ordered a review of the UK’s road regulations to provide appropriate […]

Conspiracy’s Ventura beats defamation in SEAL book

Jesse Ventura, former professional wrestler and governor of Minnesota prevailed in a suit that claimed that he had been defamed in a best-selling book by Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle who was later murdered. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/30/us/jesse-ventura-chris-kyle-navy-seal-book-lawsuit.html?ref=us&_r=0 Tuesday, a jury sided with Mr. Ventura, finding that he had been defamed, calling for an award of more than […]

Ebola crisis jumps continents raising pandemic fears

The doctor leading Sierra Leone’s fight against the worst Ebola outbreak on record died from the virus on Tuesday, the country’s chief medical officer said. The death of Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, 39, highlights the dangers health workers face in trying to halt the disease’s spread across West Africa. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/30/world/africa/sierra-leone-leading-doctor-dies-of-ebola.html?ref=world Ebola is believed to have […]

Human rights watch says US spying kills journalism

The Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union have issued a sharp rebuke of large-scale surveillance programs carried out by the United States government, saying in a joint report that such practices are hindering journalists. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/29/business/media/aclu-and-human-rights-watch-say-surveillance-programs-hurt-news-coverage.html?ref=us&_r=0 The report, released Monday, asserts that mass surveillance has harmed journalists’ ability to obtain information about government […]

NYT Board calls for federal legalization of marijuana

It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/07/27/opinion/sunday/high-time-marijuana-legalization.html It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just […]

Another botched execution in US stirs consciences

In another unexpectedly prolonged execution using disputed lethal injection drugs, a condemned Arizona prisoner on Wednesday repeatedly gasped for one hour and 40 minutes, according to witnesses, before dying at an Arizona state prison. At 1:52 p.m. Wednesday, one day after the United States Supreme Court overturned a stay of execution granted by a federal […]

Documents shows domestic no-fly list uncontitutional

The set of internal rules used by the federal government in compiling terrorism screening watch lists was made public on Wednesday despite Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s assertion that its disclosure would damage national security. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/24/us/over-government-objections-rules-on-no-fly-list-are-made-public.html?ref=us The procedures for adding names of people deemed to be known or suspected terrorists to various screening lists, […]