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NYPD Twitter campaign backfires, thousands of negative tweets

By Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York Police Department campaign to burnish its image via social media instead produced a flood of pictures of apparent police brutality and tweets critical of the force being shared at a rate of thousands an hour.

U.S. expert urges appeals process in Japan's secrecy act

An American expert on classification policy says Japan's recent secrecy law lacks a check and balance system to prevent bureaucratic overreach and ensure government accountability. Thomas Blanton, director of the National Security Archive at George Washington University, said in a recent interview with Kyodo News, "This act on specially designated secrets...I don't see an appeals process at all."

Top US court wrestles with TV, copyright and 'cloud'

A startup that threatens to shake up the television industry with mini-antennas for Internet viewing and recording became the object of heated debate Tuesday at the US Supreme Court. A powerful coalition of the broadcast and cable TV industries asked the court to rule against the startup Aereo, which allows customers to rent a tiny Internet-linked antenna to watch or record over-the-air broadcasts, raising difficult copyright questions in the Internet age.

Top US court wrestles with TV, copyright and 'cloud'

A startup that threatens to shake up the television industry with mini antennas for Internet viewing and recording was the object of heated debate Tuesday at the US Supreme Court. A powerful coalition of the broadcast and cable TV industries asked the panel to rule against the startup Aereo, which allows customers to rent a tiny Internet-linked antenna to watch or record over-the-air broadcasts, raising difficult copyright questions.

Italy to declassify documents on 'Years of lead' violence

ROME (Reuters) - Italy will declassify secret documents about terrorist bombings between the 1960s and 1980s during a period known as the "Years of lead", the government announced on Tuesday. The ultra-leftwing Red Brigades, neo-fascist groups, shadowy secret service figures and the mafia have all been implicated in the surge of political violence including the 1969 bombing in Milan's Piazza Fontana and the bombing of Bologna's main railway station in 1980.

Colbert's comedy causes Twitter storm

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Sometimes satire isn't made for Twitter's 140-character world. Comedy Central deleted a message Thursday from its "Colbert Report" Twitter feed showing a still from Wednesday night's show where Stephen Colbert joked about starting a "Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever." The joke was part of a skit in which Colbert talked about the Washington Redskins' owner buying things for Native Americans upset with the team's name.

'Scandal' actor Short charged in felony battery case

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Columbus Short, best known for his role as Harrison Wright on ABC's hit drama series "Scandal," was arrested on Wednesday on a felony battery charge, the Los Angeles County District Attorney said. Short, 31, was involved in a March 15 incident where he was alleged to have punched and knocked out a male guest at a restaurant in West Los Angeles, the District Attorney's office said in a statement.

Fed's Stein doesn't comment on economy in community development remarks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Reserve Governor Jeremy Stein did not comment on the economy or monetary policy in opening remarks set to be delivered at a Fed conference on community development finance on Monday. (Reporting by Timothy Ahmann; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

Fed's Stein doesn't comment on economy in community development remarks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Reserve Governor Jeremy Stein did not comment on the economy or monetary policy in opening remarks set to be delivered at a Fed conference on community development finance on Monday. (Reporting by Timothy Ahmann; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

Man jailed in Australia for threatening French tourist

An Australian magistrate has jailed a man for an abusive tirade against a French tourist on a Melbourne bus in which he told her to "speak English or die", reports said Thursday. The young woman, Fanny Desaintjores, was with friends on the bus and singing in French when David Graham launched the verbal attack in November 2012. During his outburst, which was filmed by a passenger with a mobile phone, Graham said he would cut off Desaintjores' breasts and made insulting comments about her appearance.
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