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MIT cleared in death of Aaron Swartz

Reddit co-founder Aaron  Swartz killed himself as 
he faced trial.

Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz killed himself as he faced trial.

Cleared in death of Aaron Swartz

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology did nothing overtly wrong in handling Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz's criminal prosecution and did not push for punishment of the technology activist, according to an internal review released on Tuesday. However, the report questioned whether the university's passive approach to the case had violated the school's hacker-friendly values. That echoes the public criticism leveled at MIT after the 26-year-old Swartz hanged himself in January as he faced a trial in Boston following allegations that he surreptitiously used MIT's network to download millions of articles from a scholarly archive with the goal of making them freely available. Friends and supporters have suggested MIT wrongly assisted prosecutors.

Student gets $4M for detainment

A student at the University of California at San Diego who was mistakenly left in a Drug Enforcement Administration interrogation room for five days in 2012 will receive $4.1 million from the government in a settlement in advance of a lawsuit. The settlement was announced Tuesday by the student, Daniel Chong, 25, and his lawyer, Eugene Iredale. "It was an accident, a really bad, horrible accident," said Chong, who added that he now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Irish president signs abortion bill

President Michael Higgins of Ireland on Tuesday signed the country's first law authorizing abortion in exceptional cases where doctors deem a woman's life at risk. Under the law, life-threatening conditions include a woman's own threat to commit suicide if refused a termination.

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