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4.4-magnitude earthquake rattles Los Angeles area
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Wednesday, 15 January 2014 09:18

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — A 4.4-magnitude earthquake has rattled the Los Angeles area.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake struck 3 miles north of Fontana at 1:35 a.m. Wednesday. That's about 30 miles east of Los Angeles.

The Fontana Police Department and San Bernardino Sheriff's Department both say there are no reports of damage or injuries.

Most residents posting to the USGS community Internet intensity map reported the quake felt light to weak. Some residents of Fontana and San Bernardino reported the shaking as moderate.


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Fraternity members sued over Yale-Harvard game death
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Wednesday, 15 January 2014 07:47

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Eighty-six current and former members of a Yale University fraternity are being sued over a deadly tailgating crash at the 2011 Yale-Harvard football game.

A rental truck carrying beer kegs heading to the Sigma Phi Epsilon tailgating area outside the Yale Bowl fatally struck 30-year-old Nancy Barry of Salem, Mass., and injured two other women. The Yale student who was driving entered a probation program that erased the criminal charges against him.

Lawyers for Barry's family and one of the injured women sued the fraternity members late last month. They say insurance for the national Sigma Phi Epsilon organization doesn't cover the local chapter, so they have to sue the local fraternity and its members.

Fraternity members declined to comment.

Yale tightened tailgating rules in the wake of the crash.


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Tiger prowling for food kills seven in northern India
Written by BISWAJEET BANERJEE, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 07:40

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — A tiger prowling for food has killed seven people in northern India in the past two weeks, forcing thousands of terrified villagers to stay inside while hunters try to kill the animal, authorities said Wednesday.

The tiger's latest victim was a woman whose body was found in a forest Tuesday in Uttar Pradesh state, said Rupak De, the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests. The tiger, a female, has been on the prowl across an area spanning some 80 miles (130 kilometers).

"A hunt has been launched to kill the tigress that has turned into a man-eater," De said. "It must still be hungry as it has been running without rest and adequate food."

Reports that a killer tiger was on the loose began circulating Dec. 29, when a 65-year-old man was mauled in Sambhal district.

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Report: NSA maps pathway into computers
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Wednesday, 15 January 2014 07:43

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world — but not in the United States — that allows the U.S. to conduct surveillance on those machines, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

The Times cited NSA documents, computer experts and U.S. officials in its report about the use of secret technology using radio waves to gain access to computers that other countries have tried to protect from spying or cyberattacks. The software network could also create a digital highway for launching cyberattacks, the Times reported.

The Times reported that the technology, used by the agency for several years, relies on radio waves that can be transmitted from tiny circuit boards and USB cards inserted covertly into the computers. The NSA calls the effort an "active defense" and has used the technology to monitor units of China's army, the Russian military, drug cartels, trade institutions inside the European Union, and sometime U.S. partners against terrorism like Saudi Arabia, India and Pakistan, the Times reported.

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Pot debates continue even where it's legal
Written by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 07:12

DENVER (AP) — Recreational marijuana may be legal in Colorado and Washington, but debates over the drug are far from over. Here's a look at debates emerging in the states where the drug is already legal without a doctor's recommendation:

MORE WEED FOR MORE PEOPLE

A group of marijuana activists want another pot vote in Colorado — to loosen restrictions on who can have it. A proposed ballot measure up for state review Wednesday would end criminal penalties for cannabis possession. If approved, the measure would effectively discard Colorado's 1-ounce possession limit and 21-and-over restriction. A similar pot possession measure has been proposed before in Colorado, and failed to get enough signatures to make ballots. There's little reason to expect more success for the 2014 version of the legalize-for-all proposal.

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