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  • Edward Snowden (Guardian)

    Edward Snowden, America's most-wanted whistle-blower, says the truth about the government spying program he revealed will eventually come out, regardless of what happens to him.

    "All I can say right now is the US Government is not going to be able to cover this up by jailing or murdering me," Snowden wrote in a live online chat with the Guardian on Monday. "Truth is coming, and it cannot be stopped.

    The 29-year-old former defense contractor, who exposed the National Security Agency's massive domestic surveillance program after fleeing the United States, answered a series of questions submitted through the Guardian's website and Twitter (hashtag #AskSnowden).

    First, Snowden stressed that his controversial leaks did not reveal any U.S. "operations against legitimate military targets":

    I pointed out where the NSA has hacked civilian infrastructure such as universities, hospitals, and private businesses because it is dangerous. These nakedly, aggressively criminal acts are wrong no matter

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  • Jeremy Johnson at U.S. district court in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Wednesday. (Rick Bowmer/AP)

    A Utah businessman known locally for his good deeds is being accused of masterminding a massive Internet fraud.

    According to a recent profile in The New York Times, heroic acts like rescuing lost hikers and piloting his own helicopter to deliver relief supplies to earthquake victims in Haiti may have been funded on the backs of defrauded customers from his business.

    The Federal Trade Commission has accused Jeremy Johnson of “one of the largest and most intricate online marketing frauds ever perpetrated in the United States,” according to the Times.

    The Times reports that the now-defunct company, I Works, promised to help members apply for government grants. The company allegedly lured in customers with the promise of easy money and risk-free guarantees, and it then would continue to charge the credit cards of “unwitting consumers” for pricey monthly subscription fees.

    Through this scheme, charges the FTC, Johnson amassed a fortune of $275 million. While the system of ongoing fees is

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  • A Canadian couple who recently stumbled upon a 400-year-old skeleton is now saddled with a $5,000 bill, the Star reports.

    Two weeks ago, Ken Campbell of Sarnia, Ontario, came upon some bones while digging postholes in his backyard. His wife, Nicole Sauve, encouraged him to unearth the rest of the skeleton.

    Ontario police, who cordoned off the area, called up forensic anthropologist Michael Spence to examine the site. Spence told the Star that the skeleton is likely that of a 24-year-old aboriginal woman who died in the late 1500s or early 1600s. Spence then contacted the Registrar of Cemeteries, which told Sauve that she and Campbell would have to hire an archeologist to examine the rest of the backyard—at their expense.

    According to the Star, property owners are legally responsible to pay for such an assessment "if human remains are found on their land."

    Stuck with a $5,000 bill, Sauve appealed to the mayor of Sarnia but has yet to get a clear answer about whether the government

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