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Edward Snowden divulges more NSA secrets

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Readers are seeing a new side of Edward Snowden, this time on the cover of WIRED magazine’s September issue, where the National Security Agency leaker cradles an American flag.

In the story, Snowden describes to WIRED’s James Bamford an NSA program called MonsterMind, designed to prevent foreign cyber attacks and automatically fire back at the source of those attacks, without any human action. He argues the program could also be the biggest invasion of privacy known.

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Islamic State seizes more territory in Syria

IS takes two towns in SyriaIslamic State insurgents have seized several towns and villages from rival Islamist groups in the Syrian province of Aleppo, opening the way for further westward advances, an organization monitoring the war in Syria said on Wednesday.

Already in control of large areas of northern and eastern Syria, Islamic State's latest gains include the towns of Turkmen Bareh and Akhtarin, 50 km (30 miles) northeast of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is based in Britain, reported.

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Maryam Mirzakhani first woman to win Fields Medal mathematics prize

Fields Prize in MathFor the first time in history, the Fields Medal, the most prestigious prize in mathematics -- the equivalent, some say, of a Nobel Prize -- has been awarded to a woman. The winner is Maryam Mirzakhani, who was born and raised in Iran.

Mirzakhani studied math at Harvard, earning a PhD in 2004. She currently works at Stanford University as a math professor.

"This is a great honor. I will be happy if it encourages young female scientists and mathematicians," Mirzakhani said in a statement released by Stanford.

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AP video journalist and 5 others killed in Gaza

AP journalist and 5 others killed in GazaAn Associated Press video journalist has been killed in an ordnance explosion in the Gaza Strip, together with a Palestinian translator and three members of the Gaza police.

Simone Camilli, 35, died Wednesday when Gaza police engineers were neutralizing unexploded ordnance in the Gaza town of Beit Lahiya left over from fighting between Israel and Islamic militants.

Camilli and a translator working with the AP, Ali Shehda Abu Afash, were accompanying the ordnance team on assignment when the explosion occurred.

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Witness To Mike Brown’s Shooting Provides Graphic Details Of Killing To Mainstream Media

Michael BrownIn an interview with MSNBC that was published Tuesday morning, Dorian Johnson, a friend of Mike Brown, provided details of the shooting that killed the unarmed Brown on Saturday afternoon in Ferguson, MO. Johnson, 22, was with Brown that day when the two were stopped by a Ferguson police officer while walking to Brown’s grandmother’s home.

Johnson claims that the police officer told the two to get on the sidewalk as they were walking down the middle of the street. After the two had told the officer that they were nearly at their destination, the officer pulled away in his car but then slammed on the brakes and backed his vehicle back up to them.

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Legendary actress Lauren Bacall has died at 89

lauren BacallLegendary film star Lauren Bacall has died, the Humphrey Bogart Estate has confirmed . She was 89.

"With deep sorrow for the magnitude of our loss, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall," the Estate posted on Facebook.

The Hollywood Reporter and Variety reported she died of a suspected stroke Tuesday morning at her New York home.

Known for her husky voice and sizzling looks, Bacall started out as a model and then broke out as a leading lady opposite Humphrey Bogart in her first film, 1944's To Have and To Have Not. The two had a whirlwind romance and wed the following year, but it wasn't without scandal. When they met, she was 19 and he was 44 -- and an unhappily married man.

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Woman, 98, wants her McCarthy-era Red Scare criminal conviction tossed

Miriam moskowitzA 98-year-old woman wants a federal judge to vacate her 1950 Red Scare conviction after newly unsealed court papers show she was railroaded.

"I want to clear my good name," Miriam Moskowitz told the Daily News Tuesday. The conviction "made my life very difficult, and sent it off in another direction entirely."

Her Manhattan federal court suit asks a judge "to correct a miscarriage of justice from the McCarthy era, of which Ms. Moskowitz is perhaps the last living victim."

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Minnesota teen gets less than 1 year in jail for raping two girls

Michael Stucky, Jr.A Minnesota judge has sentenced a confessed rapist to 361 days in jail - the equivalent of time served - to spare his victims the ordeal of testifying.

Michael Stucky, 19, was immediately released from a Dakota County jail after pleading to guilty to two counts of criminal sexual conduct on Monday.

County Attorney James Backstrom said he supported the plea agreement, as did the girls' parents.

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Amal Alamuddin refuses UN offer to investigate possible war crimes in Gaza

AllamuddinAmal Alamuddin, the British-Lebanese human rights lawyer who is engaged to George Clooney, has turned down a United Nations offer to investigate war crimes in Gaza.

The UN’s Geneva-based Human Rights Council announced on Monday that she would serve on a three-member commission of inquiry looking into possible violations of the rules of war during the Israeli offensive against Hamas.

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