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Deputy Fired For Threatening To Arrest Photographer Who Took Pictures Of Police In Public

As we’ve covered before, courts have ruled time and again that police can’t force citizens to stop taking photographs of them in public so long as you don’t interfere with their work. That doesn’t stop cops from ordering people to put their cameras away, and didn’t prevent on sheriff’s deputy in Washington state from making multiple empty threats of arrest against a Seattle news photographer who took pics of a police action in public. But after an investigation by the sheriff’s office, that deputy has been dismissed for abusing his authority.
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Florida boys raped in ‘dungeon,’ beaten to death at Arthur G. Dozier School: report

As the bodies exhumed from dozens of old graves at a shuttered Florida reform school continue to yield grudging answers to stubborn mysteries, researchers investigating the cases this week released a report on what they know so far.
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Venezuela to 'nationalize' occupied grocery into state system

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday announced that an occupied supermarket chain officials accuse of hoarding products will be folded into the state food distribution system. Maduro said the 35 locations of the Dia a Dia grocery chain will be assimilated into the state grocery agency starting this weekend. He did not say if the change would be permanent, and stopped short of calling it an expropriation.
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Coming Soon: First U.S. Nuclear Power Plant Since 1996

It’s been almost two decades since a new nuclear plant opened for business in the United States. But that’s about to change as construction wraps up on the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar Unit 2 (WB2) plant.
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How Corruption And Rot Destroyed The 4th-Largest Military In the World

Ukrainians' persistent pleas to Western nations and NATO to supply them with weapons and funding to upgrade their arsenal underscore the nation’s struggles to maintain its large post-Soviet military despite its limited economic means and widespread corruption. With its sizable share of Soviet assets, Ukraine had the second-largest armed forces in Europe and the fourth-largest in the world following the 1991 collapse of the USSR, behind only Russia, China and United States.
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Ukraine’s currency just collapsed 50 percent in two days

Ukraine, to use a technical term, is broke. That's what you call a country whose currency has lost half its value in just two days. The problem is simple: Ukraine has no money and barely any economy. It's already talking to the IMF about a $15 billion bailout and what's euphemistically being called a debt "restructuring"—i.e., default—as its reserves have dwindled down to $6.42 billion, only enough to cover five weeks of imports. (Three months worth is considered the absolute least you can get by with).
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Cop Uses Police Helicopter To Film People Having Sex, Took Footage Home To Watch Later

A police officer was suspended after he allegedly filmed couples having sex from a police department helicopter. The couples were filmed with the department’s thermal imaging camera, and the footage was taken home with the officer to watch later.
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Plot Twist: The rise of 'Made by China' in America

Later this year along the banks of the James River outside Richmond, Virginia, a paper products maker based in northeastern China will begin construction on a new U.S. manufacturing plant. The factory will churn the region's straw and corn stalks into household products including napkins, tissue and organic fertilizer—all marked "Made in the USA." Shandong Tranlin Paper's new U.S. factory is forecast to generate about 2,000 new jobs by 2020, and is the latest Chinese company to invest in American manufacturing.
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The US Surgeon General Admits Marijuana Has Medical Benefits

It's a sad commentary on the federal government's antiquated stance on drugs that even the most tepid administration statements in support of medical marijuana are hailed as bold new thinking. US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy elicited such a response when he said on national television this week that—brace yourself—there is "some preliminary data showing that for certain medical conditions and symptoms that marijuana can be helpful."
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NATO top commander in Europe says 'military option' possible in Ukraine

NATO’s commander in chief says the West should not rule out arming Ukraine. General Philip Breedlove said no troops would be sent to the region, but providing Kiev with weapons and equipment was on the cards. Speaking to reporters at a security conference in Munich on Saturday, Breedlove said: “I don’t think we should preclude out of hand the possibility of the military option.”
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I'm a Veteran and ‘American Sniper’ Is Filled With Lies

After watching the movie “American Sniper,” I called a friend named Garett Reppenhagen who was an American sniper in Iraq. He deployed with a cavalry scout unit from 2004 to 2005 and was stationed near FOB Warhorse. I asked him if he thought this movie really mattered. “Every portrayal of a historical event should be historically accurate,” he explained. ”A movie like this is a cultural symbol that influences the way people remember history and feel about war.”
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Judge: FBI can keep secret documents pertaining to assassination plot against Occupy activists

A federal judge has refused to force the FBI to hand over more information about an alleged assassination plot against Occupy Houston activists, reports Courthouse News. A few years ago the public learned that the FBI received information back in 2011 of a plot to kill activists, but never informed the potential targets about the threats to their lives. The disclosure came in FBI documents obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Funds, a civil liberties group.
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Why Geoengineering is “Untested and Untestable”

Nature has a new opinion piece up that signals a bold new push for field experiments into techo hacking the climate system, usually known as “geoengineering.” Right now there are all kinds of geoengineering experiments going on in labs and with computer modeling but “outdoor tests” are still frowned upon. The authors of the piece—fixtures on the “geo-clique” conference circuit—boldly call for these tests to go ahead even in the absence of any regulatory system governing them. They explicitly state that “governance and experimentation must co-evolve”—which is a high-minded way of saying: roll the dice and see what happens.
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James Woods Highlights Media Incest & Nepotism at the White House

The actor James Woods took to Twitter to highlight the incestuous and nepotistic relationship between the media and the White House.
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TSA to Arrest Anyone Charged with any Crime trying to Come or Leave – including taxes

The border is closing rapidly. First it was FATCA hunting Americans with any assets overseas whatsoever. Now just two days after taking charge of the committee chairing the House Homeland Security subcommittee hearing, U.S. Rep. John Katko introduced two bills. He is looking to effectively close the borders using terrorism as the excuse as always to hunt down Americans. Katko is a former federal prosecutor. So he knows precisely what he is doing writing a law that is so broad, that anyone suspected of a crime cannot leave the country. This is any crime. Keeping gold in a safe deposit box is money laundering carrying up to 25 years in prison.
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Anyone who makes you choose between privacy and security wants you to have neither

An excellent op-ed from the Open Rights Group: "When ORG defends privacy, we are fighting to protect people from abuses of power that leave them vulnerable."
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Gang warfare on streets of Chicago fueled by CIA funded Sinaloa Cartel heroin

On Valentine’s Day 2013, the heads of the Chicago Crime Commission and the Chicago office of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration named infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán as the city’s Public Enemy No. 1. The timely label, occurring 84 years after gangster Al Capone first earned it following the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in 1929, lasted only a year as Guzmán was arrested in Mexico the following February, but the imprint his organization made – and continues to make – on Chicago has helped turn the U.S.’s third-largest city into one of the nation’s largest drug trafficking hubs, replete with the violence and related crimes that come with that designation.
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Obama considers release of secret sections of report on Saudi Arabia ties to al Qaeda

The White House may declassify still-secret sections of an official inquiry into the 9/11 terrorist attacks which refer to possible Saudi Arabian support. Questions over the 28-page section of the congressional report have been raised this week following the deposition of imprisoned former al-Qaeda operative Zacarias Moussaoui in which he claimed major Saudi figures were donors to his group in late 1990s.
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EU wants to snoop on Skype to combat terrorist threat – report

The EU agency for judicial cooperation says the bloc needs to develop a common approach to lawfully intercept services like Skype and Viber, to help keep track of European militants arriving back home from the Middle East. The measures were outlined in a Eurojust report, which was discussed by a committee of the European Parliament on Thursday, said Reuters after they saw the report. Following deadly terror attacks in Paris last month, EU nations are worried about the danger of radicalized and trained Islamists returning from the Middle East. Militants have often used social networks to spread ideas, jihadist propaganda and recruit new members.
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Only 44% Of U.S. Adults Are Employed For 30-Or-More Hours Per Week

Jim Clifton, the Chairman and CEO of Gallup, says that the percentage of Americans that are employed full-time has been hovering near record lows since the end of the last recession. But most Americans don’t realize this because the official unemployment numbers are extremely misleading. In fact, Clifton says that the official 5.6 percent unemployment rate is a “big lie”.
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