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March 4, 2015

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House clears DHS bill for Obama
House clears DHS bill for Obama
March 4, 2015

The Department of Homeland Security won't run out of money anytime soon.

The House cleared legislation Tuesday that will keep the agency operating through the end of September after a standoff last week threatened to shutter the agency and furlough thousands of workers. The 257-167 vote sends the bill to President Barack Obama for his signature.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner, who rarely casts votes, backed the bill, along with his top lieutenants. A majority of House Republicans opposed the bill. Just 75 GOP lawmakers joined with 182 Democrats to push it across the finish line.

The legislation does nothing to rein in Obama's immigration executive orders -- a top priority of conservatives. That issue was a sticking point for weeks as Republicans tried to tie DHS funding to the repeal of the orders but the party couldn't overcome Democratic filibusters in the Senate.

The debate sparked plenty of drama on Capitol Hill over the past week. The House stayed in session late into the night on Friday after conservatives helped block a bill that would have kept DHS open for 3 weeks. Amid rumors of a potential coup, Speaker John Boehner pushed through a bill that kept the agency open until March 6 -- just enough time to work out today's deal.

Boehner told his members Tuesday morning that he had run out of options and the Senate couldn't pass a bill with immigration language attached.

He asked if anyone had any questions and not one member stood up or complained.

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Retired Israeli veterans warn against speech
Retired Israeli veterans warn against speech
March 3, 2015

Hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu set off Sunday for Washington, a group of 180 retired Israeli generals and former top security officials warned that his upcoming address to a joint meeting of Congress on Iran's nuclear program will cause more harm than good.

It will not only damage Israel's special relationship with the United States but also undermine military and intelligence ties, they said.

Rather than slowing down Iran's nuclear project, the former security officials said, Netanyahu's speech Tuesday will bring the Islamic republic closer to developing a nuclear bomb.

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March 2, 2015

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Thousands march to mourn slain Boris Nemtsov
Thousands march to mourn slain Boris Nemtsov
March 2, 2015

Tens of thousands of people marched in the sleet Sunday through central Moscow to mourn slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, gunned down just steps away from the Kremlin.

"I wasn't planning to go to the rally initially, I had no faith in them," said Tatyana Shakhova, a young demonstrator holding a sign that said "propaganda kills."

"But (Nemtsov's killing) crosses all the lines," she said. "I have no faith that the organizers of the murder will be found."

Nemtsov's death is a "critical turning point for Russia," said one of the rally's organizers, Gennady Gudkov, a former member of parliament who was kicked out in 2012 because of his opposition activity. "Either something starts getting better in this country, or it could go the way of more (political assassinations and repressions.)"

Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom Nemtsov staunchly criticized in the past, condemned Friday's killing and took personal control of the investigation. Russia's Investigative Committee on Sunday pledged to award 3 million rubles (about $50,000) for valuable information about Nemstov's death.

Up to 100,000 people turned out for the march, according to Gudkov, after the location was changed from the outskirts of Moscow to the center of the city. Moscow police, which often downplay the turnout for opposition rallies, put the crowd at 44,000.

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LAPD Caught On Video Shooting Homeless Man To Death
LAPD Caught On Video Shooting Homeless Man To Death
March 2, 2015

Los Angeles police fatally shot a homeless man on Sunday in a disturbing encounter that was caught on video.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the man, whom witnesses called "Africa," was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The incident, which occurred around noon in the city's Skid Row area, was captured on video and uploaded to Facebook.

LAPD spokesman Sgt. Barry Montgomery said the officers were responding to a robbery call on the 500 block of San Pedro Street.

The video shows a confrontation in which the homeless man appears to throw a punch at police as officers try to contain him. One officer drops his nightstick, which a woman picks up off the ground. Two officers push her to the ground to restrain her. Meanwhile, several officers fight the man to the ground. At least one officer can be heard repeatedly shouting, "Drop the gun," after which five gunshots can be heard.

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