Feb 27, 2014, 3:58 pm EDT
A program called Optic Nerve intercepted and stored webcam images of millions of Yahoo (YHOO) users regardless of whether or not they were intelligence targets.
British surveillance agency GCHQ ran Optic Nerve which has webcam images of millions of Yahoo user accounts globally taken between 2008 and 2010. In a six-month period in 2008, the agency took images from over 1.8 million accounts including many sexually explicit images.
There are no UK laws that prevent GCHQ or other British analysts from accessing Americans’ images without a warrant. When asked about Optic Nerve, Yahoo denied any knowledge of the program. Read
Feb 27, 2014, 1:22 pm EDT
Attorney General Eric Holder was hospitalized Thursday morning after feeling faint and experiencing shortness of breath.
Holder was taken to a Washington-area hospital after experiencing these symptoms during a staff meeting. Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon said that the attorney general will undergo further evaluation but he’s currently resting and in good condition.
The 63-year-old is “alert and conversing with his doctors,” Fallon said. Eric Holder has been attorney general since the start of the Obama administration and he’s been viewed to be in good health usually. Read
Feb 27, 2014, 1:11 pm EDT
Gator’s Dockside restaurants are adding an Obamacare fee to their customers’ bills.
Eight Gator’s Dockside restaurants have implemented the Obamacare fee, which appears as a 1% Affordable Care Act (ACA) charge at the bottom of the bill. The fee was introduced by the chain so that it wouldn’t have to increase the prices of its meals and drinks. The mentioned restaurants have 500 employees and about half of them are full time. These employees will start getting benefits in December, reports CNN Money.
The Gator’s Dockside restaurants have also hired a consuting firm to help it make sure everything is legal with its Obamacare preparations. The restaurants estimate that the Obamacare fee will bring in about $160,000 a year to help combat the estimated cost of $500,000 to insure employees, CNN Money notes. Read
Feb 27, 2014, 12:09 pm EDT
The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) is working to redesign nutrition labels found on food and drinks.
If the FDA changes to nutrition labels are approved, then labels could become easier to read. The FDA is redesigning the labels in an effort to make it easier to recognize healthy foods. The redesigned label –the one on the right of the image– places a focus on total calories, added sugars and nutrients over the old label –the one on the left of the image– reports CNN.
Two of the most obvious changes to the nutrition labels are the servings per container and amount of calories in the products. The total-calorie-count font has been increased in size to make it more noticeable. The amount-of-servings font has also seen a similar increase in size. Read
Feb 27, 2014, 9:26 am EDT
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday vetoed what had become known as the “anti-gay bill” that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gay customers.
Proponents of the bill said the aim was to protect the rights of those whose religion prevented them from interacting with certain people.
Gov. Brewer likely would have signed the bill had the state’s business community at large not come out against the bill — with even the National Football League threatening to pull the Super Bowl out of Arizona. Read
Feb 26, 2014, 3:13 pm EDT
The Pentagon wants to eliminate the A-10 Warthog in a move that would save the government $3.5 billion over five years.
Many are criticizing the Department of Defense’s proposal to ax the entire fleet of A-10 Thunderbolts. This move would get rid of more than 300 Warthogs that provide air support for ground troops.
The Pentagon’s budget for 2015 calls for a reduction of Army personnel of 440,000 to 450,000 by 2019. There are currently about 522,000 soldiers in the Army. Read