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In this Oct. 8, 2015, file photo, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt poses for the media on top of the Empire Tower before the premiere of "The Walk" at the Moscow International Business Center, Russia. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt donates ‘Snowden’ acting fee to ACLU project

- The Washington Times

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the Hollywood star cast to play Edward Snowden in an forthcoming film about the NSA leaker, said on Thursday that he’s using his acting fee from the Oliver Stone-directed flick to fund a project involving the American Civil Liberties Union and his own production company, hitRECord.

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In this image released by Japan's Kyodo News agency, an unidentified object is photographed in the sky from Dandong, China, near the North Korean border, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, at the same time a North Korea rocket was allegedly launched. North Korea on Sunday defied international warnings and launched a long-range rocket that the United Nations and others call a cover for a banned test of technology for a missile that could strike the U.S. mainland. (Minoru Iwasaki/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

UN condemns NKorea launch, pledges significant new sanctions

- Associated Press

The U.N. Security Council on Sunday strongly condemned North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket that world leaders denounced as a banned test of dangerous ballistic missile technology and another "intolerable provocation." The U.N.'s most powerful body pledged to quickly adopt a new resolution with "significant" new sanctions.

License plate readers a double-edged sword for NY village

- Associated Press

When this Long Island village switched on its "ring of steel" last fall, it knew it was getting a potent policing tool. The system of 27 cameras would scan the license plate of every single vehicle that rolled into town. If a wanted criminal drove through, the system would sound an alert. If someone burglarized a house, the data could be mined to see who was on the road at the time.

What N. Korea rocket launch may mean for region and world

- Associated Press

North Korea launched a long-range rocket Sunday, the first day of its announced eight-day launch window and about a month after the country's fourth nuclear test led to international condemnation.

Developments in North Korea nuke and missile programs

- Associated Press

A month after shocking the world with its fourth nuclear test, North Korea has followed through with its plans to fire a long-range rocket, defying outside governments that see the launch as a banned test of ballistic missile technology.

FILE - In this May 21, 2013 file photo, a view of an iPhone in Washington showing the Twitter apps among. Twitter is now using spam-fighting technology to seek out accounts that might be promoting terrorist activity and is proactively looking at other accounts related to those flagged for possible removal, the company announced Friday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Twitter moves to actively seek out terrorist supporters

- Associated Press

Twitter is now using spam-fighting technology to seek out accounts that might be promoting terrorist activity and is examining other accounts related to those flagged for possible removal, the company announced Friday.

ADVANCE FOR USE SATURDAY, FEB. 6, AND THEREAFTER - FILE - In this March 8, 2013, file photo, Ben Fisher attempts to send a text message while operating a driving simulator developed by AT&T and PEERS Awareness, during a demonstration of the simulator at Central York High School in Springettsbury Township, Pa. The event occurred on the anniversary of the date that Pennsylvania's texting law took effect on March 8, 2012, but despite thousands of citations issued in almost four years since, the state Department of Transportation counted 922 crashes and 10 deaths involving cellphones in 2014. Police say they have difficulty catching drivers texting, and that Pennsylvania laws do not cover other uses of cellphones such as GPS navigation and taking selfies. (Sonya Paclob, /York Daily Record via AP, File)  YORK DISPATCH OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT  (

Police challenged in catching texting motorists

- Associated Press

Cambria County Assistant District Attorney Heath Long could not prove that a young man was texting when he careened his pickup into another, killing a grandfather and his teenaged granddaughter.

Court reporters could be replaced by technology

- Associated Press

When a criminal trial is about to kick off in Western Massachusetts, the action doesn't start until the court reporter takes her seat below the judge's bench.