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Brett Wilkins

Editor-at-Large based in San Francisco, CA, United States. Joined on Jun 15, 2012
Expertise in Nightlife, clubbing, Politics, Food, dining & restaurants, Travel



Government secretly spying on millions of American drivers

Washington - The United States government is tracking the movement of millions of American drivers as part of a secret intelligence program that scans and stores hundreds of millions of motorist records.

Op-Ed: Obama's sickening Saudi homage is object lesson in U.S. hypocrisy

Riyadh - By paying effusive homage to the late Saudi King Abdullah and by honoring the kingdom's new fundamentalist dictator with his presence, President Barack Obama has given the world an object lesson in American hypocrisy.

U.S. law enforcement wants popular police-tracking app disabled

Law enforcement officials across America have voiced concerns that a popular police-tracking app that combines GPS location and social media could empower individuals seeking to harm officers.

Burnie Fraim, Jessica Benales, charged after ferrets attacks baby

Darby - A suburban Philadelphia couple has been criminally charged after their pet ferrets attacked their 1-month-old daughter, eating part of her face off.

WikiLeaks demands answers after Google gives emails to U.S. gov't

The whistleblower website WikiLeaks is demanding Internet giant Google explain why it handed over emails and other electronic data of three of its senior staffers to the United States government.

'American Sniper' director Clint Eastwood calls film 'antiwar'

Beverly Hills - Amid all the cacophony and controversy surrounding Clint Eastwood's Oscar-nominated film "American Sniper," the director insists the wartime biopic makes “the biggest antiwar statement any film can.”

After 37 years in prison, Joseph Sledge, innocent, is released

Whiteville - An innocent man who spent nearly four decades behind bars was released from a North Carolina prison on Friday after a three-judge panel agreed he did not commit a 1976 double murder.

Federal judge rules Alabama gay marriage ban unconstitutional

Mobile - A federal judge on Friday struck down Alabama's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, declaring it a violation of LGBT individuals' constitutional rights.

Obama official: Israel will 'pay price' for 'spat in face'

Washington - A 'spat' between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu escalated on Friday, as a White House official blasted the leader of one of America's closest allies — and vowed retaliation for his perceived disrespect.

Op-Ed: Privacy is dead, Harvard professors tell World Economic Forum

Davos - Privacy as we know it is dead, never to return, a group of concerned Harvard University professors told a session of the global business, political and technology elite at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Internet activist Barrett Brown sentenced to 63 months in prison

Dallas - A freelance journalist once known as the "unofficial spokesman" of the hacktivist collective Anonymous has been sentenced to 63 months in prison for linking to stolen corporate documents.

Israel fights back against ICC Gaza war crimes inquiry

Tel Aviv - Israel is attempting to delegitimize the International Criminal Court in the wake of its decision to launch an inquiry into possible Israeli war crimes committed during last year's Gaza offensive.

GOP congressman: Keep minimum wage low 'for minorities'

A Republican US congressman is raising eyebrows and ire after saying the minimum wage should be kept low for "minorities" and "unskilled" workers.

Myanmar extremist monk calls U.N. envoy 'whore' at public rally

Yangon - An ultra-nationalist Burmese Buddhist monk has drawn a sharp rebuke from the United Nations after he called a visiting UN envoy who called for greater Muslim rights a "bitch" and a "whore" at a public rally.

World Bank: Same odds of escaping poverty in U.S., India

A newly-released World Bank report states the odds of escaping poverty are about the same in the United States and India.

Video shows NJ cops shooting unarmed black man with hands up

Bridgeton - Dashboard camera footage of a fatal police shooting in New Jersey confirms eyewitness accounts that the victim was stepping out of his vehicle with his hands raised in the air—but against an officer's repeated orders—when he was killed.

Current GITMO detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi publishes diary

A man currently locked up for 12 years without trial in the US military prison at Guantánamo Bay — even though a federal judge ordered his release in 2010 — has published an account of the torture he claims his American captors have inflicted.

9-month-old infant dies after being shot by 5-year-old brother

Elmo - A northwest Missouri family is reeling after a five-year-old boy fatally shot his nine-month-old brother with his grandfather's revolver.

Two teachers arrested after alleged sex with students on beach

West Covina - Two southern California teachers have been arrested after allegedly having sex with students on a beach during an unauthorized, booze-filled camping trip.

New police RANGE-R radar can 'see' inside homes

Dozens of law enforcement agencies throughout the United States have secretly deployed radar devices that effectively allow them to see through walls and inside homes.
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