Archive for March, 2013
A new privately backed initiative in Tucson, Ariz., is taking the fight over residents’ powers of self-defense straight to the people, establishing a program whereby law-abiding citizens can get a free shotgun to help protect themselves and deter would-be assailants and thieves.
If pot smokers in Colorado and Washington thought legalization of marijuana in their States would get the man off their backs, they have another think coming. The taxman could soon be sniffing them out.
The House Judiciary Committee is set to present Congress with a new draft of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1984 next month, offering up a slew of expansions to a set of laws already derided by freedom watchers for its sweeping powers — and punishments — over nebulous computer “crimes” with arbitrary definitions.
There has been much hullabaloo over Senate Democrats’ gun control proposal, expected to be brought to the floor of the legislative body next month by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), but less is known about a separate gun proposal that could come from a group of GOP lawmakers led by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).
The White House threatens the Easter Bunny. Continuing its effort to make the forced spending cuts called sequestration seem as onerous as possible, the White House issued a warning to all of the parents who had tickets for this year’s Easter Egg Roll that “this event is subject to cancellation due to funding uncertainty.” With all of the negative press the Administration of President Barack Obama received over halting White House tours for the same ridiculous reason, you’d think someone in authority there would realize it’s time to stop such petty politics. But wait, this is the Obama White House we’re talking about.
LONDON (UPI) — British researchers say the additive effects of multiple genes across the genome account for 30 percent of individual difference in childhood body weight. Lead author Dr. Clare Llewellyn of the University College London Health Behavior Research Center said previous research showed obesity appeared in families, and twin studies suggested this was largely […]
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (UPI) — U.S. researchers say an early indication of when otherwise healthy older adults are about to lose some of their ability to get around is a change in thigh fat. Kristen Beavers of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center looked at data on how changes in muscle and fat in the thighs affected […]
SHANGHAI (UPI) — A Chinese company says it is suing Apple Computer, alleging the Siri digital assistant featured in iPhones and iPads violates patents it holds. Zhi Zhen Network Technology says it was granted a Chinese patent in 2006 for its Xiao i Robot software, Apple Insider reported Wednesday. Xiao i Robot features voice interactions […]
SAN ANTONIO (UPI) — Drilling and production activity in the Eagle Ford shale area could produce more than $60 billion worth of output by 2021, a Texas university study says. The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Institute for Economic Development examined the economic development in 14 counties in south Texas that hold Eagle Ford […]
NICOSIA, Cyprus (UPI) — Authorities in Cyprus said they would maintain tight control on money transfers as the banks reopened on Thursday after nearly two weeks. Banks were shut down for a routine holiday, but officials kept banks closed for 12 days through the ups and downs of securing a $13 billion bailout from the […]