Ten years after a cascading power outage across a broad section of the U.S. and Canada, utility operators and regulators are concerned about another blackout scenario: a massive cyberattack that could threaten the U.S. electric grid.
Need a ride to the party or the concert? Instead of making endless phone calls, these days teens turn to social media to arrange transportation. It's called ridesharing, a form of cyber-hitchhiking used by a generation that isn't rushing to get a driver's license or dream car.
People who use Gmail and other free email systems have no reasonable expectation of privacy, according to court papers filed by lawyers for Google. The filing was made in June, when Google moved to dismiss a case accusing it of breaking laws by scanning users' emails to target them with ads.
Federal prosecutors filed criminal charges on Wednesday against two JPMorgan Chase traders involved in the "London Whale" bets that produced $6 billion in losses for the bank. The Securities and Exchange Commission also filed a civil case. The two men were charged with fraud and conspiracy to falsify books and records.
Former Illinois Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Wednesday. Jackson had pleaded guilty to spending $750,000 in campaign funds for personal use. Jackson's wife Sandi received a one year sentence for her role in the scheme.
The electricity system is experiencing growing pains as the grid is beginning to rely on an increasing amount of renewable, particularly unpredictable sources of power like wind farms and solar panels. So grid operators are turning to individual customers to beef up redundancy and capacity.
It's something you don't find much among reporters today, but Jack Germond actually liked politicians. That doesn't mean he suffered phonies. The longtime political journalist, who died Wednesday at 85, was one of the legendary "boys on the bus," who also liked to spend time at the real racetrack.
The removal of a controversial inscription from the national Martin Luther King Jr. memorial may not be finished in time for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington later this month. The project is being held up by a dispute over the finishing process.
A growing number of employers are paying their workers to help out at local charities on company time. Human resources experts say compensating staff who put in volunteer hours makes for more engaged workers — and lower turnover.
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