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Australia Amps Up Security at Parliament House Due to Terror Threat

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Australian authorities have amped up security at Parliament House on the heels of a massive anti-terror operation that consisted of multiple raids in Sydney and Brisbane early Thursday.

The Australian Federal Police are to take over security inside and outside Parliament House in Canberra, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Friday, adding the government building could be a target of a terror attack after authorities heard the location “specifically mentioned” by terrorist support networks,…

Arab States Reportedly Offer to Conduct Airstrikes in Battle Against ISIS

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Several unnamed Arab countries are willing to conduct airstrikes against the Islamic State in conjunction with the United States, Britain and other countries, according to a report published Sunday.

The addition of Arab military support to the coalition would be a major boost for the Obama administration’s efforts to form a wide coalition, and to convince Arab states that it is in their best interest to fight against the extremist group that now controls a swath of Syrian and Iraqi territory…

Google-Backed Nonprofit Startups Tackle World’s Toughest Problems

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Don’t say the tech world never did anything for the greater good.

Amid the general Bay Area furor over tech shuttles and rapid gentrification, there are plenty in the industry who are paying it forward. Many of them were at Google’s San Francisco offices Wednesday night to support the first cohort of five nonprofit startups from the accelerator program Fast Forward.

The accelerator’s aim is to provide support and mentorship for emerging companies that improve the world in some way. “We do…

Google Offering $100,000 in Cloud Platform Credits for Startups

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Google announced a program on Friday that offers $100,000 in cloud platform credits for one year in addition to 24/7 tech support for qualifying startups.

The initiative, which Google introduced at the Google for Entrepreneurs Global Partner Summit, is available for startups around the world “through top incubators, accelerators and investors.” Google is working with more than 50 partners to provide the offer to startups that are younger than five years old and have less than $500,000 in…

Olympian Pistorius Found Guilty of Culpable Manslaughter of Model Girlfriend

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Cleared of murder, Oscar Pistorius was convicted on Friday of the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year

The conviction of culpable homicide can carry a lengthy jail term or just a suspended sentence and fine.

The final verdict followed lengthy conclusions read out by Judge Thokozile Masipa, including her saying the evidence presented did not support a murder conviction for killing Steenkamp.

“The accused cannot be found guilty of murder,” the judge…

American Teen Pleads Guilty to Aiding Islamic State

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A woman from Colorado pleaded guilty on Wednesday to providing material support to the Islamic State — months after she told the FBI she wanted to be a terrorist

Shannon Maureen Conley, who is 19 and a certified nurse’s aid, was accused of providing material support to at least one person who is allegedly a member of the Islamic State

Now the teenager from Arvada faces up to five years in prison and a potential $250,000…

Journalist: Freelancers Are Risking Their Lives for an Unlikely Payoff

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Over the course of my career as a journalist I’ve survived an airstrike, been abducted at gunpoint, stepped through brain matter in the aftermath of bombings, and had many other close calls. And yet when people ask me about the stress of covering wars, more often than not what comes to mind is the two and a half years I spent working in Afghanistan when I paid about $30,000 out of pocket to cover basic work expenses that were never reimbursed.

My experience was by no means unique. I have…


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Surf Legend Laird Hamilton ‘Shoots the Pier’ on Huge Hurricane Wave

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Laird Hamilton is a surfing legend and legends never die — even, apparently when they tempt fate on massive waves before a beach full of gobsmacked onlookers

Watch the man purported to be Hamilton — who news reports confirm has been in the area — catch a huge wave at Surfrider Beach in Malibu before shooting the pier like a true daredevil. “Shooting the pier,” in surfing lingo, means to ride a wave through the gaps in a pier’s…

Amazon Acquires Game Streaming Platform Twitch for $970 Million

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Amazon will acquire game streaming service Twitch for approximately $970 million, the companies announced Monday afternoon.

The deal was announced following a summer full of rumors that the streaming service was being acquired by Google for a similar amount.

“We chose Amazon because they believe in our community, they share our values and long-term vision, and they want to help us get there faster. We’re keeping most everything the same:…

All Clear Given After U.S. Army Reported ‘Active Shooter’ at Fort Lee

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Fort Lee officials gave the all clear after the Twitter and Facebook pages for the U.S. Army’s Fort Lee reported an “active shooter” on the base Monday morning.

“All personnel should enact active shooter protocols immediately. The installation is being locked down until further notice. More info to follow,” Fort Lee’s Facebook page had said.

According to Fort Lee’s Facebook page, the base, located in Central Virginia, is home to the U.S. Army Combined Arms…