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NBC

ITT Tech and the 'CSI Miami Pitch' - NBC News

An ongoing dispute over the criminal justice program at ITT's Tallahassee, Florida campus offers a glimpse into a system where taxpayer dollars have supported a network of trade schools widely criticized for deceptive recruitment practices and an often low-quality education. It also provides some indication of how ITT survived years of scrutiny, withering criticism and a growing raft of lawsuits before shutting down.

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NBC

Why The Feds Are So Alarmed About the New York Dam Hack - NBC News

In recent years, independent "white-hat" security researchers have shown they can access cities' traffic control systems and license plate reader networks, sports stadiums, car washes, a hockey rink in Denmark, a Texas water plant, the particle-accelerating cyclotron at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, even an Olympic arena.

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NBC

Brazillian Superhackers Lurking Just Out of Sight At Summer Olympics - NBC News

Tourists flocking to Rio are descending into what security experts describe as one of the most potent cybercrime hotspots in the world, where a new generation of young hackers is perfecting and unleashing a spectrum of online attacks in and outside of the country.

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The Daily Beast

Nobel Prize Committee Defends Bob Dylan At Award Ceremony - The Daily Beast

Under fire for awarding the Nobel Prize in Literature to Bob Dylan, the Swedish Academy came out swinging at Saturday’s ceremony with a spirited defense of the man and his music.

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NBC

Ransomware Hackers Blackmail U.S. Police Departments - NBC News

Cybercriminals who have forced U.S. hospitals, schools and even small cities to pay hundreds of millions in blackmail or see their files destroyed are now targeting the most unlikely group of victims: U.S. police departments. And the attacks are putting federal law enforcement officials in a nearly impossible position.

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The Wall Street Journal

Loose Cigarette Arrests in NYC Drop in Year After Eric Garner’s Death - The Wall Street Journal

A 2015 National Research Council study concluded that it's more lucrative from many states to smuggle untaxed cigarettes than uncut cocaine into New York.

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Reuters

Reuters Investigates - George Zimmerman: Prelude to a shooting

During the time Zimmerman was in hiding, his detractors defined him as a vigilante who had decided Martin was suspicious merely because he was black. After Zimmerman was finally arrested on a charge of second-degree murder more than six weeks after the shooting, prosecutors portrayed him as a violent and angry man who disregarded authority by pursuing the 17-year-old. But a more nuanced portrait of Zimmerman has emerged from a Reuters investigation into Zimmerman's past and a series of incidents in the community in the months preceding the Martin shooting.

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The Wall Street Journal

Why It's So Hard To Stem the Spike in K2 Overdoses in NYC - The Wall Street Journal

Cheap, powerful and wildly unpredictable in quality, K2 poses a different set of challenges from trying to get older drugs off the streets of New York City, according to local, state and federal officials.

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Medium

The Drive to Spy | Medium

There are thousands of cameras following you, anyone can watch, and it’s all legal.

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The Daily Beast

Bob Dylan’s ‘Da Vinci Code’ Revealed | Daily Beast

Researchers say they’ve uncovered more than 1,000 items lifted from other authors in Dylan’s ‘Chronicles.’ And that’s just the beginning.

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New York magazine

Casualty of War | New York Magazine

Some nights, sitting in one of the noisy, smoky Irish bars along Bainbridge Avenue in the Bronx, you'd think you're in a pub in Derry, Northern Ireland, somewhere between Bogside and Creggan, instead of the Bronx Zoo and Van Cortlandt Park. Martyred I.R.A. guerrillas stare somberly from dusty frames on the wall. Old Paddies with wrinkled faces deal cards on a wooden board pulled over the pool tables. Rebel songs blare from the jukebox. This is not George Steinbrenner's Bronx, or Al Sharpton's. This is Bainbridge, one of the city's biggest Celtic portals, the last stop on the D line, the first stop after Derry or Belfast.
When an IRA guerrilla turned up dead in a Bainbridge apartment with a gunshot wound to the head, the initial word on the street was suicide. But now one of the NYPD's most decorated officers has been charged with the murder, and this week, he goes on trial.

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NBC

U.S. Officials: Foreign Fighters Pouring Into Syria Faster Than Ever | NBC News

Unprecedented stream of fighters worries counter terror officials.

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NBC

The Real Story Behind the Yahoo Hack?

The hack of more than a half billion Yahoo email accounts was motivated by espionage, not profit, according to an independent cybersecurity firm report set to be released Wednesday, which contends that an Eastern European state-sponsored actor appears to have ordered the massive hack as part of a coordinated effort to infiltrate the email accounts of U.S. military, diplomatic and political figures.

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ABC

'Our Son Hired Hit Men to Kill Us' - ABC News

Robyn and Richard Parnell learned this week that their 18-year-old son Jacob Jett allegedly confessed to hiring hit men to kill them. But in an interview with ABC News, all they could talk about was how much they love their boy.

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ABC

Murderer Details Crime to ABC News

In brutally specific detail, his pale hands trembling, a Georgia inmate admitted Monday for the first time that he kidnapped and raped a 19-year-old college student in 1994, then strangled her with a necktie as she lay handcuffed to a bedpost and burned her body in a bonfire in his backyard.