New Jersey State Attorney General Jefferey Chiesa announced on Tuesday that officials have arrested 27 people across the state as the result of an extensive probe into child pornography in the state. The majority of the suspects were charged with possession of child pornography, while two were also charged with distribution. Among the suspects arrested was a public works official in Morristown, New Jersey, and a 23 year-old man living adjacent to a child daycare facility. The arrests took place in a total of 20 separate cities across the state. Authorities did not reveal the names of those arrested, or say whether they had lawyers, or were still in custody.
According to military personnel, a nasty computer virus has infected the computers that run the Air Force's Predator and Reaper drones that fly missions from Nevada's Creech Air Force Base to Afghanistan and other far off war zones. The virus was reportedly detected by military computer security specialists two weeks ago, but every attempt at removing the virus has been unsuccessful.
The process with which the US government reviews and grants patents is about to change for the first time in fifty years. By a vote of 89-8, the Senate passed a measure on Friday that will bring drastic change to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The bill made it through the House of Representatives in June, and now will be sent to the desk of President Obama, who is expected to sign the bill. When the new law goes into effect, patents will be granted to the first person to invent a given technology, not to the first person who files for a patent. Other developed nations have had this outlook on intellectual property for years.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the recently resigned head of the International Monetary Fund, appeared in a Manhattan courtroom Monday morning where he entered a plea of not guilty to charges of sexually assaulting a maid in a Manhattan luxury suite. Strauss-Kahn indicated that he understands the charges facing him and is aware of his right to attend court hearings in the case against him before entering the plea. Prosecutors have stated that the former French presidency hopeful would be tried in absentia if he fails to appear for scheduled court dates.
While President Obama has decided not to release a photo of deceased terror leader Osama bin Laden, military have released a series of photos from the raid that got the 9/11 mastermind, including one that may have revealed a secret new military helicopter. For those who haven't heard the details released about the raid, Navy Seals went in to the compound in three choppers. One of the choppers clipped a wall on the way in and wasn't able to take off again, so it was destroyed as the teams left the compound with bin Laden's body.
When the 9/11 terrorist attacks devastated the airline industry about ten years ago, executives at airlines around the world scrambled to find solutions that would help the avoid financial collapse. What they came up with, according to federal prosecutors, was a substantial price-fixing conspiracy between airlines that drove up fares and fuel surcharges between 2000 and 2006 to recoup lost profits.
Sirhan Sirhan, the man convicted of the 1968 assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy, was scheduled to appear before a parole board for the 14th time Wednesday since receiving a life sentence for the murder. The 66 year-old Palestinian-born man is serving his sentence at Pleasant Valley State prison in Coalinga, California, where the hearing will also be held.
Atlanta residents have become outraged in recent weeks over skyrocketing water bills. Many residents have seen spikes in monthly bills of hundreds or even thousands of dollars and are demanding answers for why their bills are so much.
A small town in central Arkansas called Greenbrier had been dealing for months with hundreds of small earthquakes before the biggest quake to hit the state in 35 years awoke residents Monday morning. The series of quakes have locals uneasy due to the increasing severity and lack of warning.