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N.Y. judge tosses conviction of ex-Goldman programmer Aleynikov

Former Goldman Sachs computer programmer Aleynikov waits to appear in Manhattan Criminal Court at New YorkA New York judge has thrown out the conviction of former Goldman Sachs Group Inc programmer Sergey Aleynikov, saying prosecutors failed to prove that he broke an "obscure" law by copying some of the bank's high-frequency trading code. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Daniel Conviser issued his decision on Monday, overturning the verdict in May by a jury who found Aleynikov guilty of "unlawful use of secret scientific material," a violation of a rarely used 1967 law.


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South Carolina bill to remove Confederate flag advances in legislature

A Confederate flag stands in front of the South Carolina State House in ColumbiaSouth Carolina lawmakers took a step on Monday toward removing the Confederate battle flag that flies at the state house in Columbia, long denounced as a symbol of slavery by critics. A bill to banish the flag from a Civil War memorial on the capitol grounds to a museum passed a crucial second reading in the state Senate by an overwhelming vote of 37-3 after an emotional debate. Numerous elected officials, including Republican Governor Nikki Haley, called for the flag's removal after the June 17 killings of nine African-American churchgoers during Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston.     Photos of the white man charged in the shootings showed him posing with the flag on a website that also carried a racist manifesto.


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World Cup kiss a poignant moment for many

Wambach kisses her wifeAbby Wambach celebrated the U.S. victory over Japan in the Women's World Cup final by racing to the stands to kiss her wife — a poignant moment that wasn't lost on gay rights supporters watching on television.


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Pope puts family first at outdoor Mass in steamy Guayaquil

A group of young people wave flags representing the colors of Vatican City as they wait for the arrival of Pope Francis at Samanes Park in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Monday, July 6, 2015. Hours before Francis arrives in Ecuador’s port city of Guayaquil, thousands are already waiting in Samanes Park where the pope is expected to celebrate Mass with up to 1 million people. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador (AP) — Pope Francis received a hero's welcome in Ecuador's biggest city Monday as he celebrated the first public Mass of his South American tour, telling hundreds of thousands of faithful their families are the bedrock of society but need to be supported better and strengthened.


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Burt’s Bees cofounder Burt Shavitz dead at 80

Shavitz, a "a wild-bearded and free-spirited Maine man" and beekeeper, co-founded the company with artist Roxanne Quimby in 1984, the company said in a statement. "It is with broken hearts that we must convey the saddest news: Burt Shavitz, our co-foun...

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U.S. women beat Japan 5-2 for World Cup title

Team USA captures FIFA Women's World Cup in 5-2 rout of JapanCarli Lloyd.scored three times in the first half to vault the Americans to their third Women's World Cup title on Sunday with a 5-2 victory over Japan at B.C. Place.


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Police kill gunman inside posh downtown Austin hotel

The shootings at the Omni Austin Hotel, about four blocks from the Texas state Capitol, happened just before 5 a.m. CDT, police said. A 911 caller reported a man walking around with a gun in the lobby of the hotel, a sleek high-rise with a soaring atri...

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