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Building the Bomb: The full story of the Nevada test site

Yucca flats The US conducted most of its early nuclear tests in the Pacific, but they became too costly to continue so in 1950, the US government began to look for a safe place to test nuclear weapons on its mainland.

The Nevada Test Site was established a few years after the end of the second world war, against the fear of an all-out nuclear attack from the Soviet Union. As the Cold War took hold, America needed a convenient place to design and build its nuclear arsenal.

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NSA leaker Edward Snowden receives Norwegian freedom of expression honor

Snowden awaeded Norway prizeNSA leaker Edward Snowden received a prize Saturday from the Norwegian Academy of Literature and Freedom of Expression.

The former National Security Agency systems analyst received a standing ovation as a statuette and diploma were put on an empty chair during the award ceremony in the western Norway town of Molde.

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Pew Study Finds Orthodox Similar to Evangelical Christians - not Other Jews

Orthodox jewsWearing black hats or donning small yarmulkes, Orthodox Jews represent a distinct subgroup within the Jewish community — more observant, more conservative and more insular.

But the revelation in a report released today by the Pew Research Center is that Orthodox Jews vote, believe, worship, act and raise their children more like white evangelical Protestants than like their fellow Jews.

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Ashley Madison Faces $578 Million Class Action Lawsuit

Ashley MadisonTwo Canadian law firms filed a $578 million class-action lawsuit against the companies that run extramarital-affairs website Ashley Madison over a recent hack that exposed the personal information of about 39 million users.

Charney Lawyers and Sutts, Strosberg LLP—two Canadian law firms—filed the suit on Thursday on behalf of Canadians whose personal information was breached in a company hack. The Toronto-based Avid Dating Life and Avid Life Media, which run the company, are named in the suit.

The lawsuit’s class-action status remains to be certified by the court.

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Noam Chomsky: Why America Is the Gravest Threat to World Peace

Noam ChomsklyThroughout the world there is great relief and optimism about the nuclear deal reached in Vienna between Iran and the P5+1 nations, the five veto-holding members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany.

Most of the world apparently shares the assessment of the U.S. Arms Control Association that “the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action establishes a strong and effective formula for blocking all of the pathways by which Iran could acquire material for nuclear weapons for more than a generation and a verification system to promptly detect and deter possible efforts by Iran to covertly pursue nuclear weapons that will last indefinitely.”

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Fiat Chrysler hit with $105M fine by NHTSA over failed recalls

Fiat=Chrysler finedFiat Chrysler was officially hit with a record $105 million penalty by the U.S. Department of Transportation on Sunday over nearly two dozen safety recalls it failed to complete, officials said.

The Dept. of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the penalty Sunday, which is part of an agreement that will allow some customers to sell their affected vehicles back to the automaker.

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US preparing to release convicted Israeli spy Pollard

PollardThe Obama administration is preparing to release Jonathan Pollard, a U.S. Navy intelligence officer convicted of spying for Israel, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing U.S. officials.

The release would end a decades-long fight between Israel and the United States over Pollard, 60, who was convicted of spying for Israel and sentenced in 1987 to life in prison with a minimum of 30 years, a period that ends this November.

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