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Man jailed for 2 years for underage sex with 12-year-old girl

Inquirer - Tue, 2015-10-13 08:26
SINGAPORE---A 30-year-old man had sex with a 12-year-old girl who was drunk and sleeping in a chalet. The 2012 offense came to light in May 2014 when the girl, then 14, revealed the incident to a youth case worker with the Ministry of Social and Family Development during a counseling session. On Monday (Oct 12), Oh Boon Yaw, 33 and unemployed, was jailed for two years after admitting to underage sex in the East Coast Parkway chalet sometime in August 2012. Assistant Public Prosecutor Puvaneswari Sandirasekaran said that Oh and the girl befriended each other in a LAN shop at Bukit Timah Shopping Centre during the June school holidays in 2012. She told him her age. After a ...

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The intricate art of Comic Con cosplay

Mashable - Tue, 2015-10-13 08:13

If you don't know what cosplay is, gone is the time for ignorance or apathy. The art of dressing up in intricate costumes as fictional characters has been around for decades, but it has recently embraced a new level of interactivity and role play at major conventions like New York Comic Con

See also: The best scenes from New York Comic Con are a testament to the power of imagination

The cosplay community has always been a hub of passionate creativity and ingenuity. As NYCC and other fan conventions grow to unprecedented levels of popularity, cosplay is also attracting more fans than everMashable caught up with cosplay veterans Stella Chuu and Dhareza Maramis as they prepared for NYCC and worked diligently to make their cosplays extraordinary. Read more...

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Najib: Jokowi regrets haze

Inquirer - Tue, 2015-10-13 08:08 JAKARTA---Indonesian President Joko Widodo has expressed regret over the haze which hit Malaysia.   READ: International help arrives to tackle Indonesia fires       The Indonesian leader, who is popularly known as Jokowi, gave his views during a meeting with Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at the Bogor Presidential Palace here yesterday. "Indirectly, he apologized and understands, and even felt pressured and embarrassed. "This is because it is a complicated situation, but it was never his intention to allow it to happen," the Prime Minister told Malaysian journalists after the meeting. Naji...

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Planning to avoid Australia's data laws? Not all VPNs are created equal

Mashable - Tue, 2015-10-13 07:52

On Tuesday, Australia's controversial data retention regime officially kicked off to the dismay of privacy advocates and Aussie Internet users, but perhaps to the benefit of virtual private networks providers (VPNs).

Passed in March, the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2015, which mandates the collection of every Australian's metadata by telecommunication companies, will see information such as IP addresses, who you've emailed, and the date and time you made calls, stored for two years, among other bits of personal data.

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‘The Martian’ has landed atop box office

Inquirer - Tue, 2015-10-13 07:51
LOS ANGELES, United States---"The Martian" held fast atop the North American box office charts, taking in an estimated $37 million over the weekend, industry data showed Monday.   READ: Ridley Scott's 'The Martian' takes off in Toronto         The critically acclaimed blockbuster starring Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars has now made $108.7 million in its first two weeks in theaters, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.     READ: 'The Martian' blasts to top of N. America box office           "Hotel Transylvania 2" pulled in $20.4 million to hold onto ...

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Ford's Focus RS officially rated at 350 horsepower

Mashable - Tue, 2015-10-13 07:51

When Ford unveiled the all-new Focus RS hot hatchback at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, it pegged the power output at impressive 315 horsepower. Having had many months to tune and refine the car's turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, Ford engineers have now certified it to produce 350 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. And all of that power will be routed to all four wheels through a sophisticated all-wheel drive system. Hot hatch indeed.

See also: Ford unveils smart bike with pothole warnings and 'no sweat' mode

Perhaps better yet, the manual gearbox-only RS will be idiot-proof. Well, kind of. The car's auto start-stop system stops the engine at traffic lights and automatically restarts it when the clutch pedal is engaged — to save precious fuel by keeping the engine off when it might otherwise be idling. It also now works to prevent stalling with a system called "stall recovery." Read more...

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VIDEO: Myanmar candidate blocked from constituency

BBC - Tue, 2015-10-13 07:50
Campaigning in the Coco Islands in Myanmar is being restricted ahead of the nation's elections in November.
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Volkswagen scandal set for movie produced by DiCaprio

Inquirer - Tue, 2015-10-13 07:42
Los Angeles, United States---Hollywood is planning a movie about Volkswagen's emissions-cheating scandal, with Leonardo DiCaprio, who has long championed environmental causes, set to produce the film, press reports said Monday. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Paramount and DiCaprio's production company Appian Way have bought the rights to an upcoming book on the scandal, which has sent ripples across the globe.   READ: Volkswagen scandal touches nerve center of German economy         The auto giant stands accused of installing software on millions of diesel cars to cheat emissions tests and evade limits on nitrogen oxide and other...

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Looking for India's 'lost' leader

BBC - Tue, 2015-10-13 07:39
Many in India refuse to believe the nationalist leader died, as reported, in a plane crash in 1945, says Andrew Whitehead.
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Facebook to test mobile app shopping tab

Inquirer - Tue, 2015-10-13 07:33
SAN FRANCISCO, United States---Facebook said Monday that it will begin testing a shopping tab for its mobile app as it works to ramp up advertising and online commerce offerings. Mobile advertising accounts for some three-quarters of the leading social network's revenue, and it is out to make even more money by weaving the ability to buy items more tightly with marketing messages. "On Facebook, we've seen that people are coming to our platform not only to connect with friends and family but also with products and brands," the Silicon Valley-based Internet firm said in an online post. "We want to build native experiences that make it easier for both people to discover product...

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5 massive problems with Australia's metadata retention regime

Mashable - Tue, 2015-10-13 07:19

From Tuesday, Australians no longer need to be a suspect in a crime to have their phone and Internet metadata recorded.

Under the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill, the metadata of all Australians will be kept for up to two years by telecommunication providers like Telstra and Optus

See also: Self-driving hybrid sports car concept has its own helper drone

Mandatory metadata retention was proposed in 2014 by the Australian government amid a climate of fear about global terrorism, but was considered highly controversial with experts questioning various sections of the bill including the definition of metadata. It was eventually passed in March 2015, with only a few amendments Read more...

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What 'Doctor Who' fans think should be the new sonic screwdriver

Mashable - Tue, 2015-10-13 07:05

Now that the Doctor has adopted his new sonic sunglasses, Mashable asked New York Comic Con attendees what object they'd have chosen to replace the sonic screwdriver. Read more...

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VIDEO: MH17 crash report to be released

BBC - Tue, 2015-10-13 06:58
Dutch investigators will publish their report into what caused Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 to crash in eastern Ukraine.
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Fusion to change everything?

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 2015-10-13 06:50

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Investigators DNA test families

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 2015-10-13 06:44

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For GOP, Paul Ryan or free-for-all?

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 2015-10-13 06:42
If Rep. Paul Ryan doesn't run for House speaker, it could cause a free-for-all as about a dozen members maybe considering jumping into the race. If that happens, the outcome could be totally unpredictable as the candidates vie for the 218 votes needed to be elected.

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The Volkswagen emissions scandal is already getting Hollywood attention

Mashable - Tue, 2015-10-13 06:35

Less than a month after it was revealed that Volkswagen was accused of cheating its emissions tests on some of its vehicles over the years, the scandal has already made its way to Hollywood — almost

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Leonardo DiCaprio's production company, Appian Way, has teamed up with Paramount Pictures to acquire the rights to an upcoming book that will investigate the German car company's recent scandal.

See also: How Volkswagen's love affair with diesel led to scandal

The as-yet-untitled book will be written by Jack Ewing, European economics correspondent for The International New York Times, and will delve into the how and why of the fraud that brought down the iconic car company's reputation and caused its CEO to resign. Read more...

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USC fires football coach Steve Sarkisian following alcohol outburst

Mashable - Tue, 2015-10-13 06:29

USC has fired head football coach Steve Sarkisian five games into a season that began with an alcohol-fueled rant at a booster event in August

USC athletic director Pat Haden announced Sarkisian's termination in a statement released Monday

See also: Good for CC Sabathia: Yankees pitcher to miss playoffs for alcohol rehab

"After careful consideration of what is in the best interest of the university and our student-athletes, I have made the decision to terminate Steve Sarkisian, effective immediately," Haden said. "I want to thank Clay Helton for stepping into the interim head coach role, and I want to add how proud I am of our coaching staff and players and the way they are responding to this difficult situation. Through all of this we remain concerned for Steve and hope that it will give him the opportunity to focus on his personal well being." Read more...

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No charges for Cecil the Lion's killer

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 2015-10-13 06:27
Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the Lion while on a July hunting expedition, won't face charges in the beloved big cat's death, a Zimbabwean minister said Monday.

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Ex-staffer's lawyers: Benghazi chairman breached confidentiality

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 2015-10-13 06:27
The attorneys for a former investigator with the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Monday issued a cease-and-desist letter alleging that Republican Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy violated confidentiality terms of a mediation between the parties.

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