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Manning Sentenced to 35 Years

A military judge today sentenced Army Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison. In addition, his rank is being reduced, and he will forfeit all pay and benefits and be dishonorably discharged.

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Russia…a beacon for civil liberties and first amendment rights.

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Manning Not Guilty of Aiding the Enemy

A military court today found Pfc. Bradley Manning, accused of the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history, not guilty of aiding the enemy. The verdict from the judge overseeing Manning’s court-martial means he dodged a life sentence. He has already pleaded guilty to nearly a dozen lesser charges that could carry a sentence of up to 20 years behind bars.

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This is why Snowdon ought not be in Russia

Putin Critic Sentenced to 5 Years

Russia’s most prominent opposition leader was convicted of embezzlement Thursday and sentenced to five years at a penal colony. Alexei Nalvany, a 37-year-old lawyer turned anti-corruption blogger, was one of the most prominent dissidents to be tried in Russia since the end of the Soviet Union. The charges—stealing $480,000 from a state-owned timber company—were typical of those fabricated by Putin’s regime in order to silence critics, other opposition figures said. Nalvany had called Putin’s United Russia a “party of crooks and thieves,” a phrase that became popular in

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‘Fucking punks. Those assholes, they always get away,’” said assistant state attorney John Guy as he stood in front of the packed court, using the same words that he says Zimmerman told a police dispatcher as he pursued Martin on the night of February 26, 2012. “Those were the words in that grown man’s mouth as he followed in the dark a 17-year-old boy who he didn’t know … Those were the words in that man’s chest when he got out of his car armed with a loaded semi-automatic pistol and two flashlights to follow on foot Trayvon Benjamin Martin, who was walking home from a 7-Eleven … Those were the words in that defendant’s head moments before he pressed that pistol into Trayvon Martin’s chest and pulled that trigger.”

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Gannett’s Major Purchase

Gannett Co Inc shares soared 27 percent to a five-year high after the largest U.S. newspaper chain struck a $1.5 billion deal for Dallas television company Belo Corp, dramatically increasing TV’s importance to Gannett’s results. - http://huff.to/19uxEUU

Belo itself split into separate newspaper and TV businesses in 2008. The newspaper business, A.H. Belo Corp, is not affected by Thursday’s deal.

Coffee is good for your brain and might stave off dementia and Alzheimer’s

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How many times do we check our smartphones in a day?

Odds are you look at your smartphone about 150 times a day. Sound like a lot? Well, after you reach for it 6 times for news, 9 times to check Facebook and other social media and 18 times to check the time, it starts to add up.

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