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Hacker took control of United flight and flew jet sideways, FBI affidavit says

Hacker made United jet fly sidewaysA security researcher suspected of hacking into computerized systems aboard a United Airlines Boeing 737 from Denver to Chicago last month told federal authorities that he once manipulated a jetliner's flight controls to steer the plane sideways, an FBI agent's affidavit states.

Chris Roberts, a security researcher with One World Labs, was met by FBI agents after exiting a United flight in Syracuse, N.Y., on April 15 for a tweet posted on his account that suggested he may have hacked into a flight's entertainment system -- activity that he'd supposedly told agents previously that he would stop doing.

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Anti-nuclear activist nun Megan Rice to be freed from prison

megan riceA federal appeals court has ordered the immediate release of an 85-year-old nun and two fellow Catholic anti-nuclear proliferation activists who vandalized a uranium storage bunker, their attorney said Friday.

The order came a week after the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati overturned the 2013 sabotage convictions of Sister Megan Rice, 66-year-old Michael Walli, and 59-year-old Greg Boertje-Obed, and ordered resentencing on their remaining conviction for injuring government property. The activists have spent two years in prison, and the court said they likely already have served more time than they will receive for the lesser charge.

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States saying 'no' to cities seeking to regulate businesses

States refuse to reguate businessState lawmakers across the country are increasingly saying "no" to cities and counties seeking to impose local restrictions on businesses.

In the past five years, roughly a dozen states have enacted laws barring local governments from requiring businesses to provide paid sick leave to employees. And the number of states banning local minimum wages has grown to 15.

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FBI Amtrak Investigation Focuses On Window's Shattered Glass

Amtrak trian windowThe FBI has been called in to investigate the possibility that the windshield of an Amtrak train was hit with an object shortly before the train derailed this week in a crash that killed eight people and injured about 200 more.

The revelation came at a National Transportation Safety Board briefing on Friday evening, raising new questions about the accident. NTSB board member Robert Sumwalt declined to speculate about the exact significance of a projectile, but the idea raised the possibility that the engineer might have been distracted, panicked or even wounded in the moments before the train left the rails.

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Gets Death Penalty in Boston Marathon Bombing

TsarnaevA federal jury on Friday condemned Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a failed college student, to death for setting off bombs at the 2013 Boston Marathon that killed three people and injured hundreds more in the worst terrorist attack on American soil since Sept. 11, 2001.

The jury of seven women and five men, which last month convicted Mr. Tsarnaev, 21, of all 30 charges against him, 17 of which carry the death penalty, took more than 14 hours to reach its decision.

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Missouri House Speaker John Diehl admits sexually charged relationship with intern

John Deihl, Mo. House SpeakerText messages obtained by The Star reveal a sexually charged relationship between House Speaker John Diehl and a college freshman in a Missouri Capitol internship program that shut down abruptly last month.

The conversations unveil a flirty rapport and suggest an intimacy between arguably the state’s most influential lawmaker and a young woman taking some pleasure in a secret association.

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Texas gay marriage ban blocked by Democrats

Cecil Bell, Texas legislatorA bill widely backed by Texas Republicans to stop gay marriage regardless of how the US supreme court rules this summer was blocked over Thursday night.

Time ran out at the stroke of midnight for the Texas House to pass legislation that would prohibit government employees from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. It never even reached a vote as outnumbered Democrats used stall tactics to keep the bill at the back of the line.

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