Obama critic indicted
A commentator known for his fierce criticism of President Barack Obama has been indicted on charges of campaign finance fraud, prosecutors said on Thursday. India-born Dinesh D’Souza courted controversy last year for his political documentary 2016: Obama’s America, a critique of the leader that followed his 2010 book The Roots of Obama’s Rage. The Attorney’s Office in Manhattan said the 52-year-old had been indicted for making illegal contributions to a Senate campaign in the name of others. He was also accused of making false statements to the Federal Election Commission in connection with the contributions. He was expected to be arraigned in federal court yesterday.
E-readers not read: study
Two-thirds of young children in the US now have access to an e-reader or tablet, but only half of them use it to read, a research institute said in a study published yesterday. The Joan Ganz Cooney Center surveyed 1,577 parents on how much time their two-to-10-year-old kids spent with educational content on “screen media” such as televisions and computers. Sixty-two percent of children had access to an e-reader or a tablet, but only 49 percent of them used the devices for reading, either alone or with their parents and when they did read, it was typically for about five minutes a day, the study found.
Officers arrested over killing
Four South African police officers were arrested and charged yesterday for the killing of a protester in a slum outside Johannesburg this week, a spokesman said. “One officer is charged with murder, the other three who were with him during the incident face charges of defeating the ends of justice,” police spokesman Neville Malila said. He said the charges of defeating the ends of justice were brought because the officers had failed to report the incident to the authorities. “The four were arrested in the early hours of this morning [Friday] and will appear in court soon,” he said.
CNN accounts hacked
The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) claimed responsibility on Thursday for hacking some of broadcaster CNN’s social media accounts. The network said the compromised accounts included its main Facebook page, its Twitter page and blogs for The Situation Room and Crossfire. “The posts were deleted within minutes and the accounts have since been secured,” it said in a story on its Web site. It added that one of the posts on its Twitter account said: “Syrian Electronic Army Was Here...Stop lying... All your reports are fake!” On its Twitter feed, the SEA said it was behind the hack. “Tonight, the #SEA decided to retaliate against #CNN’s viciously lying reporting aimed at prolonging the suffering in #Syria,” it said.