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Snowden gets Web technology job in Russia


Snowden gets Web technology job in Russia

In what might be regarded as having the fox guard the henhouse, a leading Russian website has hired fugitive secrets-leaker Edward Snowden to oversee its data protection. Snowden's lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, told Russian news service RIA Novosti that the former U.S. National Security Agency contractor starts his new job today. Kucherena declined to identify the social media site where Snowden will be working, citing "security reasons."


Boy's death under federal review

The Department of Justice said Thursday it has opened a formal review of the death of a 17-year-old boy found in a rolled-up wrestling mat in January. Kendrick Johnson's death has been the subject of questions since his body was found at Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Ga., a day after his mother reported him missing after a basketball game. Although state and local authorities determined Johnson's death was accidental, his parents disagreed and called for a renewed inquiry.

New Orleans

Injunction lifted on Texas abortion law

A three-judge appeals court panel in New Orleans lifted an injunction Thursday, allowing most of Texas' new abortion restrictions to take effect. The decision means at least 12 clinics won't be able to perform the procedure starting as soon as today. It comes three days after a federal judge blocked restrictions he found unconstitutional, including requiring clinic doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and limits on medication-induced abortions. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel sided with Texas officials who sought an emergency stay so the law could take effect pending a final decision.

San Diego

Smuggling tunnel had rail system

A tunnel designed to smuggle drugs from Tijuana, Mexico, to San Diego was equipped with lighting, ventilation and an electric rail system, U.S. authorities said Thursday, making it one of the most sophisticated secret passages discovered along the border. Authorities seized 8 1/2 tons of marijuana and 327 pounds of cocaine in connection with the tunnel's discovery, according to court records. Three men were charged Thursday with possession of marijuana and cocaine with intent to distribute. Officials say the tunnel was shut down Wednesday night, before any drugs made it through.


Washington: Former Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker was sworn in Thursday as a Democratic senator from New Jersey, becoming the second African-American in the Senate, alongside Tim Scott, R-S.C.

Washington: Jiamei Tian, the woman accused of splattering green paint at the Washington National Cathedral, was found incompetent to stand trial Thursday. She is suspected of similar vandalism at the Lincoln Memorial.

Washington: More than 47 million Americans who receive food stamps will see their benefits go down starting today as Congress has begun negotiations on further cuts.

Times wires

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