Illegal Immigrants To Drive In Cali; Al-Qaida Bets On U.S. ‘Safety’ Fears; NSA Posed As Google To Spy On Users; Photojournalist Describes Syrian Rebels’ ‘Utter Cruelty’; Brain-Eating Amoeba In Louisiana Water Supply – TGIF Friday Morning News Roundup 9-13-2013

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Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

  • In the waning hours of the 2013 legislative session, the Assembly on Thursday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill allowing undocumented immigrants to receive driver’s licenses. The surprise 55-19 vote moved California a signature away from putting into law a measure that immigrant advocates have sought fruitlessly for years, with past attempts thwarted by legislative vote and gubernatorial veto. In a statement released shortly after the vote, Brown signaled he will sign the bill. Source: The Sacramento Bee…

 

  • Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Al-Qaeda leader, has called on followers to commit attacks inside the U.S. to “bleed America economically,” in a speech marking the anniversary of the 9/11 strikes. “We should bleed America economically by provoking it to continue in its massive expenditure on its security, for the weak point of America is its economy, which has already begun to stagger due to the military and security expenditure,” he said. “As we defeated it in the gang warfare in Somalia, Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan, so we should follow it with …war on its own land. These disparate strikes can be done by one brother or a few of the brothers.” Source: The Telegraph…

 

  • If a recently leaked document is any indication, the U.S. National Security Agency – or its U.K. counterpart – appears to have put on a Google suit to gather intelligence. Brazilian site Fantastico obtained and published a document leaked by Edward Snowden, which diagrams how a “man in the middle attack” involving Google was apparently carried out. A technique commonly used by hackers, a MITM attack involves using a fake security certificate to pose as a legitimate Web service, bypass browser security settings, and then intercept data that an unsuspecting person is sending to that service. Hackers could, for example, pose as a banking Web site and steal passwords. Source: CNET…

 

  • “At the moment of execution the rebels grasped his throat. The young man put up a struggle. Three or four rebels pinned him down. The man tried to protect his throat with his hands, which were still tied together. He tried to resist but they were stronger than he was and they cut his throat. They raised his head into the air. People waved their guns and cheered. Everyone was happy that the execution had gone ahead. That scene in Syria, that moment, was like a scene from the Middle Ages, the kind of thing you read about in history books. The war in Syria has reached the point where a person can be mercilessly killed in front of hundreds of people—who enjoy the spectacle.” Source: Time… 

 

  • Tests of a Louisiana parish’s water supply confirmed the presence of a rare brain-eating amoeba blamed for last month’s death of a 4-year-old boy. The state’s Department of Health & Hospitals said Thursday that tests conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found Naegleria fowleri in St. Bernard Parish water. The water is safe to drink, state officials said, although they cautioned against getting water in the nose. Source: CNN… 

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