NEW YORK ? When the people of this city set out to rebuild the World Trade Center after Sept. 11, they planned to erect a lasting memorial, remake the skyline and restore Lower Manhattan as a financial center. But when the 104-story One World Trade Center officially opens for business Monday ? the tallest and most expensive building in the Western Hemisphere ? it will have ushered in a rebirth of lower Manhattan as a vibrant, urban neighborhood where people live, shop and eat, rather than just hustle home from white collar jobs. While officials and developers battled over final details of the reconstruction in recent years, the neighborhoods around Ground Zero blossomed. Though finance and accounting firms including Deloitte & Touche and Fidelity Investments have not returned in any significant way, hordes of condo buyers arrived, attracted by walkable neighborhoods, chic bars and chef-driven restaurants. The political battles, lawsuits and disagreements behind the reconstruction of One World Trade Center have been well chronicled over the past decade.Read full article >>
A massive 48-day manhunt for suspected trooper shooter Eric Matthew Frein ended Thursday evening at an abandoned rural airport, some 40 miles from the state police barracks in Blooming Grove, Pa., where he allegedly ambushed two troopers, killing one and injuring the other.Read full article >>
At least three men were shot and wounded Friday night in the heart of downtown Washington amid heavy Halloween police patrols. A fourth person was injured nearby, but it was unclear if he was shot.
The three men were wounded at about 10 p.m. at Seventh and F streets NW near the Verizon Center. One was hit near the shoulder, D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said, and the others were apparently grazed. It was ?kind of shocking? for anyone to be ?brazen enough? to open fire with police on every corner, she said.Read full article >>
An armed security guard who was on an elevator with President Obama had not been convicted of a felony, as previously reported, according to two people briefed on the incident.
The man, who worked for a private security contractor at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was removed from the president?s elevator during his Sept. 16 visit to Atlanta. The man was questioned by Secret Service agents after he did not comply with a request from agents that he stop recording images of the president with a camera.Read full article >>
The world?s first spaceship designed for tourists exploded in midair and crashed to the floor of the Mojave Desert on Friday, killing one test pilot, severely injuring another, and leaving the young industry of commercial space rattled and heartbroken.Read full article >>
In one of the most competitive Senate races in the country, political ads in Iowa are running nonstop on Des Moines station WHO-DT. And it can hardly keep up with the demand.
At a time when fewer people are watching news on TV, the station added an hour-long daily news program focused on politics ? and hired four journalists to fill the time ? just so it can sell more lucrative commercials featuring scenes such as Republican candidate Joni Ernst surrounded by snorting hogs.Read full article >>
Friday morning, Virgin Galactic?s spaceship, meant to eventually take wealthy passengers on brief rides into space, crashed during a test flight over southern California. One of the pilots onboard was killed, the other suffered serious injuries and was transported to the hospital. It?s a serious setback for the space tourism effort, but is unlikely to kill the enterprise altogether. The program is quite advanced, and Richard Branson?s employees have put a ton of effort into finding a reliable way to get people into space. Here's how they plan to do it once they're back on track.
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By adding its video service to Roku devices, Google is going after more streaming-content purchases while trying to get a leg up on Amazon.
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Following in the footsteps of Apple, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and others, Amazon has released the diversity statistics of its workforce, and they're in line with what we've seen from its many tech competitors.
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Hacking into the Home Depot credit card system, the financial records at JP Morgan Chase? Child?s play! Try hacking into the feed of a local Chicago television station and replacing the sport anchor with a really creepy incarnation of Max Headroom.
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There seems to be an ongoing, almost incessant debate about the concept of responsible disclosure and whether it’s helpful or not for white hat hackers and other security researchers to publicly reveal details about the information security vulnerabilities they find. The debate has been getting a lot of mainstream media exposure because of phenomenon such […]
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange penned an open letter to British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who portrays Assange in an upcoming film, praising the actor's talents but slamming his involvement with the film and turning down the actor's invitation to meet in person. Assange, who is currently holed up at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, wrote a letter to Cumberbatch dated January 15, 2013, that was published on Wednesday on the anti-secrecy website ahead of the October 18 theatrical release of Walt Disney Co's DreamWorks film "The Fifth Estate. ...
By Eric Kelsey BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) - Barkhad Abdi, a tall wisp of a man with a narrow face and a wide grin, sat on the sofa in his hotel suite with one eye on the television and another on a view of the Hollywood Hills. The 28-year-old Somali-American, who had worked the past year at his brother's mobile phone store in Minneapolis, could hardly have called himself an actor when he began production in British director Paul Greengrass' thriller "Captain Phillips. ...
By Tom Heneghan PARIS (Reuters) - The French theatre, opera and film director Patrice Chereau, who mounted one of the most famous productions of Richard Wagner's "Ring" cycle in Bayreuth in the 1970s, has died at the age of 68. Chereau, who was preparing a production of Shakespeare's "As You Like It" when he succumbed to lung cancer, was a restless innovator who began directing at high school in Paris and never looked back. ...
(Reuters) - American actress Scarlett Johansson has been named the sexiest woman alive for the second time by Esquire, the men's lifestyle magazine said on Monday. "The Avengers" star was named sexiest woman in 2006 and is the only woman to have been given the title twice by the publication. The annual recipient of the title is chosen by Esquire editors. Husky-voiced Johansson, who rose to prominence as a teenager in the 2001 cult film "Ghost World," stars in three films this fall. ...