Mexican police located a truck stolen on Monday which contained dangerous radioactive material the UN warned could be used to construct a “dirty bomb.” An official has said the container holding that cargo was found empty.
[6:28:12 PM] Leandro Oliva: The vehicle was found close to where it was stolen outside of Mexico City as it was transporting cobalt-60 from a hospital in Tijuana to a radioactive waste storage center. Mexico’s nuclear safety director Juan Eibenschutz said radioactivity had been detected about a half mile (1 kilometer) from where the truck and container were located.
Police body cameras in full effect
The US National Security Agency collects and logs almost 5 billion cellphone records each day indicating a user’s location around the world, according to a new report from the records leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
The program gives intelligence analysts the ability to track the movements of individuals throughout the world and map any social connections they have. Though suspicions have been high that geo-location was included within the intelligence agency’s widespread surveillance data nets, the latest report looks to be the first real confirmation of such an ability on an unprecedented scale.
According to the new information, the NSA does not intentionally seek an American cell phone user’s location but does force companies to turn over so much data that the location information is “incidentally” obtained. The Washington Post, which published the report Wednesday, noted that “incidental” is a legal term indicating that a result is possible in the future but not definite.
A southern California oil company has been fined $60,000 after being caught on camera illegally dumping a toxic discharge produced by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
The company, Vintage Productions of Kern County, agreed to pay the fee last month on November 15 after they were caught on film by an area farmer dumping a black liquid discharge into an unlined, open pit on the well site in Shafter, CA.
City employees in Vicco, Kentucky could be receiving their paychecks in the form of Bitcoin as early as this month after officials there agreed on Monday to begin compensating the chief of police with the emerging crypto-currency.
City officials said on Monday this week that there won’t be a problem with paying Vicco Police Chief Tony Vaughn electronically using Bitcoin, an online-only digital form of currency that has in recent months been accepted at an increasing number of retailers around the world.
Several minutes of surveillance camera footage used to identify, then arrest and indict late computer prodigy Aaron Swartz has surfaced due to a Freedom of Information Act request.
The eleven minutes of raw video was captured by a hidden camera posted in the corner of an electrical closet at MIT in January 2011 and shows Swartz — a then-24-year-old program and activist who years earlier helped code the popular website Reddit — swapping a new hard drive into a hidden laptop that he connected to the school’s network in an attempt to download millions of scholarly articles from the academic website JSTOR.
A Washington, D.C. officer has been arrested and charged with producing child pornography while on duty.
The Metropolitan Police Department charged seven-year veteran Marc Washington, 32, following an investigation on Monday that found he took naked photographs of a 15-year-old girl at her apartment.