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Supreme Court hears ACLU case against government surveillance of Americans

Supreme Court hears ACLU case against government surveillance of Americans

The U.S. Supreme Court. Credit: Alex Brandon/AP The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is calling for amendments that would limit government surveillance to only suspected terrorists and criminals. The organization also wants the government to be more transparent about how the law is being used and to place more restrictions on the information that is […]

Tom Hanks juggles multiple roles in Cloud Atlas

Tom Hanks juggles multiple roles in Cloud Atlas

Actor Tom Hanks arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Cloud Atlas” at the Chinese Theatre on October 24, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Devotees of David Mitchell’s audacious, mindbending 2004 novel have been eagerly awaiting the filmed version of “Cloud Atlas.” But how to film a story that weaves […]

The free speech debate rages on

The free speech debate rages on

UC Berkeley campus Credit: Getty Images College is where you go to expand your mind, right? At least, that’s what the free speech revolution of the sixties taught us. But in the years since those heady days of sit-ins, protests and flag-burnings, barriers to that basic right have been creeping up at campuses all over […]

Steely Dan’s co-founder Donald Fagen returns with new music on “Sunken Condos”:

Steely Dan’s co-founder Donald Fagen returns with new music on “Sunken Condos”:

Musician Donald Fagen of The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue performs at the Gibson Amphitheatre on June 28, 2012 in Universal City, California. Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images The band Steely Dan made a name for itself by creating a highbrow brand of slick, funky rock music that was heavily influenced by jazz. The core of […]

Low-Tech vs. High Tech to stop cell phones in prison

Low-Tech vs. High Tech to stop cell phones in prison

CHINO, CA – DECEMBER 10: Inmates at Chino State Prison walk the hallway on December 10, 2010 in Chino, California. Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images California prison officials are trying a new tack to stop cell phone use by inmates. They are trying to block cell phone signals, but the technology has failed when used in […]

Italian scientists convicted over earthquake warning

Italian scientists convicted over earthquake warning

A damaged building shown following the 2009 earthquake in the village of Onna. Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images Scientists in Italy have been convicted of multiple manslaughter after a 2009 earthquake in L’Aquila killed 309 people. The six Italian scientists and one former government official were accused of providing falsely reassuring statements after initial tremors hit […]

Election endorsements: Do they really make a difference?

Election endorsements: Do they really make a difference?

U.S. President Barack Obama hosts a reception in honor of national Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month in the East Room of the White House June 15, 2012 in Washington, DC. In the midst of a re-election campaign against former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Obama’s recent declaration of support for same-sex marriage was celebrated […]

As Twitter continues to grow, what’s next for the social media giant?

As Twitter continues to grow, what’s next for the social media giant?

What’s next for Twitter? Credit: Oli Scarff/Getty Images Two weeks ago, the first Presidential debate generated a record 10 million tweets. The second debate scored over 7 million tweets, a large portion of them mentioning Mitt Romney’s ‘binder full of women’. People following on Twitter don’t have to wait for the debates to be over […]

Los Angeles street vendors cooking up a challenge to the sidewalk ban

Los Angeles street vendors cooking up a challenge to the sidewalk ban

Credit: John W. Poole If you’ve ever stumbled out of a bar on Hollywood Boulevard at closing time, you know the smell: Bacon wrapped hot dogs. They’re very tasty, but are they legal? Right now, street vendors can be fined up to $1,000 and face jail time for selling food on L.A. sidewalks. The carts […]

Prop 30 vs Prop 38: What’s best for California schools?

Prop 30 vs Prop 38: What’s best for California schools?

A voter walks from the polling place inside Fire Station 38 in Pasadena, California. Credit: David McNew/Getty Images One of the most heated contests in this November’s election is between two prominent Californians who aren’t running for anything. Governor Jerry Brown and civil rights lawyer Molly Munger have been out stumping for competing tax proposals, […]