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Four Ukrainian Servicemen Killed In New Fighting: Military Source
A military analyst said on Friday, four Ukrainian servicemen were killed and five wounded in an overnight attack by separatist fighters on a military post in the east of the country. Dmytro Tymchuk, who has good sources among government forces, said the rebels, backed by eight Russian tanks and firing mortar bombs, stormed a military base near Kramatorsk in one of several rebel attacks overnight. Tymchuk said on his Facebook page: "In return fire by government forces, one terrorist tank was destroyed and one tank captured." He had no estimate of casualties on the rebel side.
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Microsoft Skips Windows 9 To Emphasize Advances
The next version of Microsoft's flagship operating system will be called Windows 10, as the company skips version 9 to emphasize advances it is making toward a world centered on mobile devices and Internet services. The current version, Windows 8, has been widely derided for forcing radical behavioral changes. Microsoft is restoring some of the more traditional ways of doing things and promises that Windows 10 will be familiar for users regardless of which version of Windows they are now using. For instance, the start menu in Windows 10 will appear similar to what's found in Windows 7, but tiles opening to the side will resemble what's found in Windows 8.
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Obama’s Own Team Slows Down Guantanamo Bay Closure
The AirForce Times reports that President Barack Obama’s well-known campaign promise that he would shutter Guantanamo Bay has run up against the Pentagon’s frustratingly slow approval process. The delays indicate that the Obama administration might see its last days before Guantanamo Bay does. Only one prisoner this year has been moved out of the Bay and back to his home country of Algeria, aside from the exchange of Taliban members for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Obama counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco said "The president would absolutely like to see more progress in our efforts to close Guantanamo. He also wants Congress to act to remove the restrictions in place that are making it even harder to move forward.”
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WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Rips Google Over Its ‘Digital Colonialism’
Julian Assange on Tuesday amped up his assault against Google’s “revolving door” with the U.S. government and big data gathering practices, which the WikiLeaks founder described as “a push towards a technocratic imperialism or digital colonialism.” Assange told The Huffington Post in a Tuesday report "While it can sound a bit strange to use these terms, that’s very clear from Google’s book about its vision for the future of the digital age, where Google envisages pulling in everyone, even in the deepest parts of Africa, into its system of interaction."
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U.S. Attorney General Criticizes Apple, Google Data Encryption
Joining a cry from law enforcement officials concerned about data encryption on Apple's newest operating system, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday that officers should not be blocked from the information they need to investigate a crime. Apple's new iPhone 6, released this month, and Google's coming update of the Android smartphone have data encryption so sophisticated that only the user may unlock it. Even law enforcement officers with search warrants would not have access. Holder said in a speech before the Global Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse Online "It is fully possible to permit law enforcement to do its job while still adequately protecting personal privacy."
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NFL Star Torrey Smith -- Best Wedding Crasher Ever ... Says Bride
Finally, a GOOD story out of Baltimore ... where a Ravens superfan got the thrill of a lifetime on her wedding day ... all thanks to Torrey Smith. The Ravens wide receiver was chillin' at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore Saturday when a couple -- ABOUT TO GET MARRIED -- noticed him going up the escalator. TMZ spoke to the bride, Courtney, who says she's a DIE-HARD Ravens fans who immediately noticed Smith "the second I saw those big pearly whites" ... and flagged him down. Courtney says Smith couldn't have been nicer -- and he and his wife came back down the escalator to take pics with the about-to-be-married couple. But that's not all ... 'cause after the photo sesh, Torrey and his wife went back to their room -- which happened to overlook the ceremony -- and took pics which they tweeted and Instagramed to the newlyweds.
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Ben Affleck Is A Terrible Singer, But We'll 'Let It Go'
Ben Affleck's kids couldn't care less that he's Batman. Affleck told Jimmy Fallon on Monday's Tonight Show that the only movie on his kids' radar is Frozen. In a valiant attempt to be a superstar dad, Affleck tried to sing along with popular Frozen tunes. But it wasn't long before his kids discovered one of Affleck's biggest flaws: The Oscar-winning writer, actor and director is a terrible singer.
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The Powerful Protest Art Behind Hong Kong's 'Umbrella Revolution'
The umbrella was initially used by activists in Hong Kong to shield themselves from police pepper spray. But it has quickly emerged as an unlikely symbol of resistance in ongoing pro-democracy protests there. The #OccupyCentral demonstrations began peacefully last week, and escalated Sunday when police attempted to disperse the protesters, who are calling for democracy in Hong Kong and free elections in 2017. Tens of thousands of activists remained in the streets Tuesday, defying government calls to disperse. Throughout the protests, activists have distributed imagery incorporating the umbrella and other symbols of resistance on social media.
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Ranking Member Leaves Hearing To Do MSNBC Hit
Rep. Elijah Cummings ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, left an important hearing Tuesday afternoon concerning the White House Secret Service for a media hit on MNSBC. Cummings told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on her show at noon, “If you want to make improvement in any relationship, there must be trust. I am very concerned with Julia Pierson.” Cummings continued, “I’m trying to listen very carefully, but I must tell you, my trust is eroding.” Pierson, the director of the Secret Service, was before the committee to discuss a Sept. 19 White House security breach.
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Once-massive Aral Sea Dries Up To Almost Nothing
The Aral Sea was once the world's fourth-largest lake. Now much of it is a vast toxic desert straddling the borders of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, two former Soviet states in central Asia. In recently released images, NASA's Earth Observatory shows the extent of the lake's recession over the past 14 years. The damage reached its peak this year, when the eastern lobe of the South Aral Sea -- which actually was the center of the original lake -- dried up completely.