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money lead

August 13th, 2013
05:39 PM ET

Why would anyone buy Blackberry?

The days when Blackberries were once lovingly called "Crackberries" because users were so addicted to them are long gone.

The company has had disappointing sales of its latest smartphone, the Z10, and has been on the decline for years. On Monday, Blackerry said it is putting itself up for sale, or considering a joint venture.

"Consumers expect innovation and technology to accelerate at a very fast pace, especially when it comes to smartphone technology. Blackberry sat back, and became complacent, and they got passed by Android and Apple," said tech expert Katie Linendoll.
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national lead

August 13th, 2013
05:29 PM ET

Brooklyn city councilman: No correlation between stop-and-frisk and less shootings

A federal judge ordered Monday that the New York Police Department's controversial stop-and-frisk policy be altered, finding that it violates the Constitution in part by unlawfully targeting blacks and Latinos.

New York City's mayor and police chief were taken aback. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is vowing to appeal the ruling.

"We know that most of those lives saved based on the statistics have been black and Hispanic young men," Bloomberg said Monday. "If murder rates over the last eleven years had been the same as the previous eleven years, more than 7,300 people alive today would be dead."

"There were more stops for suspicious activity in neighborhoods with higher crime because that's where the crime is," said New York City Police Commander Raymond Kelly.

Brooklyn City Councilman Jumaane Williams said the mayor and Kelly cannot back up their numbers.

"What they don't tell you is the largest decline in that murder rate happened even before the mayor came into office," said Williams.
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national lead

August 13th, 2013
05:03 PM ET

Who will review spy agencies?

In a rare news conference Friday, President Barack Obama promised more transparency about National Security Agency spying programs, after U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden forced his hand by exposing their existence.

"We're forming a high-level group of outside experts to review our entire intelligence and communications technologies," said Obama. "I am tasking this independent group to step back and review our capabilities – particularly our surveillance technologies."

Great idea. But which "outside experts" is Obama going to task to create this "independent group"?
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August 13th, 2013
03:29 PM ET

Filmmaker of movie initially blamed for Benghazi attacks: Obama administration was irresponsible

The man whose anti-Muslim film was wrongly cited for sparking protests that led to the Benghazi debacle doesn’t hold a grudge against the U.S. government, although he was shocked at how it all played out and is working on a book about his experience.
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