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Brazil Superhackers Stalk Olympic Tourists - 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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NYC Drone Film Festival Aims to Win Over Skeptical Public - NBC News

For most Americans, hobby drones are about as welcome in their neighborhoods as car alarms. The New York City Drone Film Festival is aiming to change that.

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Reuters

Reuters Insight: Under Siege - Stop and Frisk Polarizes New York

The NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy has drawn New York City into an emotional debate about race, policing and Fourth Amendment rights. A Reuters analysis of more than three million stops from 2006 through 2011 determined where the densest concentrations of stops occurred.

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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.

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Reuters

NYPD expands surveillance net to fight crime as well as terrorism | Reuters

Having developed one of the most sophisticated surveillance networks in the United States, the New York Police Department is now expanding its use, giving local precinct commanders new powers to to fight street crime with high-tech tools previously reserved for counterterrorism operations.

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Florida Judge's Wife: People Say He Should Have His Own TV Show

Not since Judge Ito has a black robe so thoroughly failed to contain the colorful personality of the man beneath it.