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5 million Gmail credentials dumped in online forum

gmail usernames hackedAn archive containing approximately five million Gmail addresses and passwords were dumped in an online forum Tuesday with 60 percent of them valid, claimed the user who posted them.

"We can't confirm that it is indeed as much as 60 percent, but a great amount of the leaked data is legitimate," said Peter Kruse, the chief technology officer of CSIS Security Group.

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Israeli military opens its own probe into Gaza war

IDF investigatedThe Israeli military says it has opened criminal investigations into two high-profile cases involving Palestinian civilian casualties in this summer's Gaza war.

Wednesday's announcement is likely an attempt to head off international investigations into the military's conduct during the 50-day conflict.

More than 2,100 Palestinians, three-quarters of whom were civilians, were killed in the fighting, according to Palestinian and U.N. estimates.

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Oxford study predicts 15 more countries are at risk of Ebola exposure

Ebola outbreakUntil this year's epidemic, Ebola did not exist in West Africa. Now with nearly 2,300 people dead from the virus, mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, scientists still don't fully understand how Ebola arrived from Central Africa, where outbreaks of this strain of the virus had occurred in the past.

A new model by Oxford University, published in the journal eLife, takes a look at the most likely explanation -- that Ebola's animal reservoir, fruit bats, could spread the disease in the animal kingdom and to humans through the dense forest that spans 22 countries.

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Missouri execution contested over drug secrecy and racism claims

Missouri executionLawyers and civil rights advocates are scrambling to stop the execution a black death row inmate in Missouri who was sentenced to death by an all-white jury for his role in a double murder.

Barring last-minute intervention from Missouri governor Jay Nixon or the courts, Earl Ringo, 40, will be injected with a massive dose of lethal drugs at one minute past midnight local time on Wednesday morning. The pending execution has kicked up a storm of controversy, both over the secrecy that the state has imposed over its lethal injection procedures and the racial overtones in the case.

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Professor fired for Israel criticism urges University of Illinois to reinstate him

professor SalaitaSteven Salaita, a university professor whose appointment at the University of Illinois was withdrawn last month after he was critical of Israel on Twitter, spoke publicly for the first time on Tuesday, saying he should be reinstated on the grounds of academic freedom.

“I am a passionate advocate for equality, a fair and open-minded instructor, and highly collegial. No legitimate evidence exists for any claims or insinuations to the contrary, which have severely damaged any reputation and my prospects for future employment,” he said.

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Justice Department Memo Provides the CIA's Legal Justification to Kill a US Citizen

drone"This white paper sets forth the legal basis upon which the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) could use lethal force in Yemen against a United States citizen who senior officials reasonably determined was a senior leader of al-Qaida or an associated force of al-Qaida."

So begins a 22-page, heavily redacted, previously top-secret document titled "Legality of a Lethal Operation by the Central Intelligence Agency Against a US Citizen," which provides the first detailed look at the legal rationale behind lethal operations conducted by the agency. The white paper [pdf below] was turned over to VICE News in response to a long-running Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Justice Department.

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Morgan Stanley to pay $95 million in U.S. mortgage-debt settlement

Morgan stanleyMorgan Stanley (MS.N) has agreed to pay $95 million to resolve a lawsuit accusing the Wall Street bank of misleading investors in mortgage-backed securities in the run up to the 2008 financial crisis.

The settlement, disclosed in court papers filed Monday in New York federal court, follows years of litigation by investors over allegedly false and misleading statements over the soured securities.

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TMZ: NFL Didn't Ask for Ray Rice Video

Ray Rice video not asked forThe NFL NEVER contacted the casino to request video of Ray Rice brutalizing his fiancee ... TMZ Sports has learned. Commissioner Rodger Goodell made his disciplinary decision in the dark, which raises the question ... Is that the way he wanted it?

Sources connected with the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City tell TMZ Sports ... NO ONE from the NFL ever asked for the video inside the elevator ... video that was compelling enough to get Rice instantly fired.  

Sources who worked at the casino at the time of the incident tell us ... if the NFL had asked for the video, they would have gladly complied. Former employees have told us someone with an affiliation to the NFL saw the video, but we are now certain that someone was not from Goodell's office or the core NFL executives.

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Ultra Orthodox' Rabbi Accused of Sexual Abuse

accused rabbiAn ultra-Orthodox elementary school principal has been accused of sexual abuse, but accusations of physical abuse go back much further.

In an ultra-Orthodox enclave of upstate New York, a former student has accused a principal of sex acts. But amid the allegations of sexual abuse, allegations of physical abuse have also begun to resurface. Rabbi Gavriel Bodenheimer, the principal of Bais Mikroh, a Yeshiva in Monsey for grades K-8, was arraigned on Aug. 12 and charged with three counts of criminal sexual acts and one count of sex abuse. Bodenheimer, who is 71 and a father of 14 and grandfather of 100, faces a maximum sentence of 25 years.

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