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Man Shoots Himself Near U.S. Capitol; Suspicious Package Investigated

A man shot himelf near the U.S. Capitol Building today, police said, prompting the building to be put on lockdown and staff told to shelter in place. The man shot himself near the West Front of the U.S. Capitol Building today, according to police. He was wearing a blue backpack and had a sign taped to his hand, and there was also a suitcase nearby, law enforcement sources told ABC News.
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Did you Hear about the Navy Bribery Scandal Involving a Dozen Admirals, “Yummy” Prostitutes and “Fat Leonard”?

One of the U.S. Navy’s biggest embarrassments continues to stir headlines and produce serious fallout for top military personnel. Two years ago, the fraud investigation of Singapore-based defense contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia revealed naval officers had accepted bribes in the form of sex, money, tickets to a Lady Gaga concert and other valuables.
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Army Recruit Charged With Helping ISIS Watched by FBI, Given Clearance by Army

A Kansas man arrested and charged Friday morning for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State was under surveillance by the FBI last year when he checked himself into a mental institution and was not regarded as an immediate threat, according to a document obtained by The Intercept. In fact, the U.S. Army had approved the new recruit for a Secret clearance.
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U.S. expands intelligence sharing with Saudis in Yemen operation

The United States is expanding its intelligence-sharing with Saudi Arabia to provide more information about potential targets in the kingdom's air campaign against Houthi militias in Yemen, U.S. officials told Reuters. The stepped-up assistance comes as two weeks of relentless air strikes by the Saudis and other Gulf Arab allies have largely failed to halt advances by the Iran-linked Houthi forces.
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How Robots & Algorithms Are Taking Over

In September 2013, about a year before Nicholas Carr published The Glass Cage: Automation and Us, his chastening meditation on the human future, a pair of Oxford researchers issued a report predicting that nearly half of all jobs in the United States could be lost to machines within the next twenty years. The researchers, Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne, looked at seven hundred kinds of work and found that of those occupations, among the most susceptible to automation were loan officers, receptionists, paralegals, store clerks, taxi drivers, and security guards. Even computer programmers, the people writing the algorithms that are taking on these tasks, will not be immune. By Frey and Osborne’s calculations, there is about a 50 percent chance that programming, too, will be outsourced to machines within the next two decades.
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Russia and Greece to ink Turkish Stream gas pipeline deal within days - Greek minister

ussia and Greece are to sign a memorandum of cooperation on the construction of a new pipeline in the Turkish Stream project which will deliver Russian gas to Europe via Greece, according to the Greek energy minister. The memorandum is expected to be signed in the next few days, Greek Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis said in an interview with the Sputnik news agency, adding that the pipeline would be not only a route between Greece and Russia but would as well be very important for Europe.
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Samsung Plans to Take Bitcoin Technology Beyond Virtual Currency

Samsung Electronics Co. is working with International Business Machines Corp. to use bitcoin technology for new applications. While bitcoin’s price has almost halved in the past year and the prospects for the digital currency are uncertain, its underlying software is attracting companies like phone makers, carriers and banks. That’s because the technology can be tweaked to record changes in ownership of any asset in a public ledger using a distributed network of computers or mobile phones. It could help facilitate all types of online transactions.
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California Urban Water Use Restricted While Regulators Give Oil Industry Two More Years To Operate Injection Wells In Protected Groundwater Aquifers

With snowpack levels at just 6% of their long-term average, the lowest they’ve ever been in recorded history, California Governor Jerry Brown has announced new regulations to cut urban water use 25%, the first ever mandatory water restrictions in the state. California is in the fifth year of its historic, climate-exacerbated drought and, per a recent analysis by a senior water scientist at NASA, has only one year of water left in its reservoirs, while groundwater levels are at an all-time low.
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Amazon Gets Green Light from U.S. Regulators for New Drone Tests

Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) has won approval from U.S. federal regulators to test a delivery drone outdoors, less than a month after the e-commerce powerhouse blasted regulators for being slow to approve commercial drone testing.
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Four Years After Gadhafi, Libya Is a Failed State

Weapons are pouring out of Africa's most oil-rich country while extremist fighters tumble in
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New Mexico Bill to Curb ‘Policing for Profit’ Signed Into Law

Today, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez signed a bill into law that not only restricts the state from seizing property without due process, but throws a wrench into federal efforts to do the same. Introduced by State Rep. Zachary Cook (R-56), House Bill 560 (HB560) prohibits the state from engaging in a practice that observers such as the Institute for Justice (IJ) have called ‘legal plunder.’ Under this law, the state of New Mexico is prohibited from confiscating property from suspects of a crime until after they are convicted.
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California sheriff suspends 10 deputies in beating of fleeing horseman

The sheriff of San Bernardino County, California, said on Friday he has suspended 10 deputies involved in the videotaped beating of a suspect who appeared to have surrendered and was lying on the ground after making a failed getaway attempt on horseback. Sheriff John McMahon said at a news conference he was "disturbed and troubled" by what he saw in the video, which was shot by a KNBC-TV news helicopter as the confrontation unfolded on Thursday near the desert town of Apple Valley, east of Los Angeles.
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FBI tells law enforcement to throw out cases rather than disclose Stingray information

At least 48 police departments in 20 states and the District of Columbia have purchased ‘Stingrays’. And as Ellen Nakashima reported in the Washington Post, the excessive secrecy surrounding their use “has begun to prompt a backlash in cities across the country.” The Baltimore police spied on thousands of cellphones and withheld facts from judges and prosecutors. The Baltimore Police Department like numerous others across the country are using the cellphone tracking device known as ‘Stingray’ They’ve used it thousands of times, following instructions from the FBI to withhold information about it from prosecutors and judges, a detective revealed in court testimony Wednesday. Detective Emmanuel Cabreja said under questioning that he did not comply with a subpoena to bring the ‘Stingray’ device to court because of a non-disclosure agreement.
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Pesticides Linked to Honeybee Deaths Pose More Risks, European Group Says

An influential European scientific body said on Wednesday that a group of pesticides believed to contribute to mass deaths of honeybeesis probably more damaging to ecosystems than previously thought and questioned whether the substances had a place in sustainable agriculture.
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US-Backed ''TechCamp'' Color Revolution Revealed By Ukraine Official

As NATO-backed protests were beginning to take off in Ukraine after then-president Viktor Yanukovich agreed to accept a financial deal with Russia as opposed to the greater integration/austerity package proposed by the European Union, evidence of US involvement in the Euromaidan color revolution began to surface in the Ukrainian Rada.
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Feds Indict Houston PD ‘Officer of the Year’ for Trafficking Cocaine for Los Zetas Cartel

A former Houston Police Department ‘Officer of the Year’ award winner, Noe Juarez, was arrested this past Tuesday morning. He has been indicted on federal charges of conspiracy to possess firearms connected with a drug trafficking offense and conspiracy to distribute five or more kilos of cocaine. Juarez is accused of leading a double life with close ties to the Los Zetas cartel. Court documents accuse him of conspiring with Sergio Grimaldo, the brother of a convicted cartel boss, to distribute five kilos of cocaine in southeastern Louisiana
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Libor-Rigging: Deutsche Bank Said Near $1.5 Billion Settlement on Libor

 Several banks have been probed for rigging the London interbank offered rate, a key interest rate tied to instruments such as mortgages, student loans and credit cards.
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Facebook Admits to Tracking People Who Don't Use Facebook, Blames a Bug

Facebook has admitted it tracks some non-users—but says it’s only a bug and that a fix is underway. At the end of Mar​ch, Belgian researchers reported that Facebook drops a long-lasting cookie onto your machine, tracking you across pages with its social plugins, even if you’ve opted into a do-not-track system or aren’t a registered user of the site. At the time, Facebook said the report was inaccurate, though it would not say which specific aspects were incorrect.
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U.S. Attorney: Topeka 20-year-old John Booker Jr. arrested in Fort Riley bombing plot

A Topeka man was arrested Friday morning and charged in federal court with attempting to detonate a suicide bomb at the Fort Riley military base. John T. Booker Jr., 20, is charged with one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, one count of attempting to damage property by means of an explosive and one count of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State, according to a federal indictment unsealed late Friday morning.
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It is Not Confusing that US Abandons Own Citizens in Yemen War-Zone but Rescues Saudi Bombers

Most Americans have no idea any of these events are occurring or have only vague, US government/press-created notions of them, but many who are cognizant – principally the abandoned people themselves – express confusion. Why would eight countries, including Russia, China, and India, carry out risky missions to save their own citizens, as well as foreign nationals, stuck in Yemen, but the US would staunchly refuse to do so? All we ever hear from the US government and press is that the US is so incredibly good and altruistic. So, how could this be happening?
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