CNN Radio News Day: February 19, 2013
A person walks past a 12-story building alleged in a report on February 19, 2013 by the Internet security firm Mandiant as the home of a Chinese military-led hacking group.
February 19th, 2013
04:48 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: February 19, 2013

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • A new report from a U.S. cyber security firm paints an alarming picture of computer hacking in China.  It says hackers are waging an extensive campaign of cyber espionage, mostly against American companies, from a location near Shanghai – with the support of the Chinese government. Dan McWhorter is the managing director of threat intelligence for Mandiant, and part of the team that put together the report:

"When you look at the amount of access they've had over the last six years...  not once did they ever steal credit card numbers, not once did they ever steal personally identifiable information. They didn't take things to make quick returns on cash. It was all very strategic, intellectual property." FULL POST

February 19th, 2013
04:36 PM ET

Smalltown farmer fights agribusiness giant

By Nova Safo, CNN

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Editor's Note: Listen to the full story in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below.

(CNN) - If ever there was a David and Goliath story, the case before the Supreme Court on Tuesday certainly qualifies. And the justices’ ruling, expected by June, could have implications for everything from agribusiness to stem cell research.

On one side of the battle is agricultural giant Monsanto, which sells genetically modified crops. On the other side is Vernon Bowman of Sandborn, Indiana. He's a farmer who grows wheat and soybeans on a 300-acre farm.

The trouble between him and Monsanto started in 1999, when Bowman planted, harvested and replanted (from harvested seeds) soybeans that included patented genetic material sold by Monsanto. The company told Bowman that he was violating their patent by replanting their variety of soybeans without paying for new seeds. But Bowman would not back down:

[2:14] “I knew I didn’t do anything wrong. I just didn’t like what they’re doing so I wasn’t going to give in.”

Monsanto took Bowman to court and, so far, has won both at the district and appellate levels. The outcome in the Supreme Court could affect agribusiness, companies working on patented cell lines, and even the future of healthcare and stem cell technologies.

If these companies aren’t allowed to protect their patents, Monsanto and supporters of the company’s position argue, then they wouldn’t have a financial incentive to invest in research.

For more on the case and how Bowman ended up in a legal battle with Monsanto, listen to our story above.


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February 19th, 2013
04:29 PM ET

Sweeping violent mentally ill off NYC streets

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

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(CNN) – A recent rash of people being pushed to their deaths on the tracks in New York City’s subway system has city officials pushing to get potentially dangerous mentally ill people off the streets.

The city’s health department gave police a list of 25 people who are not complying with court ordered treatments and pose a danger to themselves or others.

[2:35] “They’re individuals who don’t recognize the extent of their illness or the need for the treatment that has already been prescribed for them, being medication or whatever.” said Don Capone, executive director of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in New York.


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