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Six Baltimore Officers Indicted in Freddie Gray's Death
Six Baltimore Officers Indicted in Freddie Gray's Death
May 22, 2015

Six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray have been indicted by a grand jury, Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced Thursday, the latest milestone in a case that brought riots and protests to the city and reignited the national debate over police force.

Gray, 25, died on April 19, a week after suffering a severe spinal injury in police custody after being arrested over a knife in West Baltimore. Mosby said Thursday that the charges against the officers-Caesar R. Goodson Jr., Garrett E. Miller, Edward M. Nero, William G. Porter, Brian W. Rice and Alicia D. White-were similar to what she had announced on May 1.

"As is often the case, during an ongoing investigation, charges can and should be revised based upon the evidence," Mosby said, declining to take questions. Additional charges were brought against three officers, she said, while three others had a charge of false imprisonment dropped. A charge of reckless endangerment was added to the earlier charges against all six officers.

Goodson remains charged with the most serious of the charges against the officers, called second-degree depraved-heart murder.

Marc Zayon, who represents Nero, told the Baltimore Sun that he was "quite confident" of securing an acquittal after the charge of false imprisonment and one of the second-degree assault charges were dropped against his client.

Ivan Bates, one of White's attorneys, told the Sun he "looks forward to trying this case against Mrs. Mosby herself and proving that Sgt. Alicia White is innocent."

Mosby said Gray's injury occurred while he was being handcuffed and put head-first into a police van. She added that his pleas for aid were repeatedly ignored. Attorneys for the officers had previously called for Mosby to be dismissed from the case for what they claimed as potential conflicts of interest or bias. The Justice Department began a civil rights investigation into the city's police department after Gray's death.

In an interview with CNN, Maryland Democratic Senator Ben Cardin said he wasn't surprised by Thursday's announcement, adding, "Now it's up to our court system to process this."

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Super Beets!
Super Beets!
May 21, 2015

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Five Major Banks Plead Guilty to Felony Charges Over Currency Rigging
Five Major Banks Plead Guilty to Felony Charges Over Currency Rigging
May 21, 2015

Five of the world's largest banks will plead guilty to felony charges and pay fines totaling nearly $5.8 billion following a multi-year investigation into allegations the banks banded together to manipulate global financial markets, the U.S. Justice Department announced Wednesday.

Four of the banks - Citicorp (NYSE: C), JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM), Barclays PLC (NYSE: BCS) and The Royal Bank of Scotland (NYSE: RBS) -- will plead guilty to conspiring to manipulate the price of U.S. dollars and euros in foreign currency markets and the banks will pay fines totaling more than $2.5 billion.

According to federal prosecutors, traders at the four banks charged in the FOREX scheme referred to themselves as "The Cartel" and used online chat rooms to communicate with each other.

The fifth bank, UBS AG (NYSE: UBS), will plead guilty for breaching an earlier non-prosecution agreement in connection with a long-running investigation into manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) and other benchmark interest rates. UBS will pay a $203 million fine, the Justice Department said in a statement.

Separately, the Federal Reserve imposed fines of more than $1.6 billion on the five banks for "unsafe and unsound practices," among the largest fines ever imposed by the Fed. Barclays will pay an additional $1.3 billion in fines in settlements with the New York Department of Financial Services, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the U.K.'s Financial Conduct Authority.

Forcing the banks to plead guilty to felonies as part of the settlements is a relatively rare technique for federal prosecutors, who have been criticized in recent years for not coming down hard enough on big banks in the wake of risky and often-illegal activities that contributed to the 2008 financial crisis.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement: "The penalty these banks will now pay is fitting considering the long-running and egregious nature of their anticompetitive conduct. It is commensurate with the pervasive harm done. And it should deter competitors in the future from chasing profits without regard to fairness, to the law, or to the public welfare."

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Good Day Goodies!
Good Day Goodies!
May 19, 2015

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U.S. DOT Announces National Recall of Takata Air Bags
U.S. DOT Announces National Recall of Takata Air Bags
May 19, 2015

At the insistence of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Takata has determined that a defect exists in some of its air bag inflators. Takata has agreed to a national recall of certain types of frontal driver and passenger side air bag inflators used in vehicles manufactured by BMW, Chrysler, Daimler Trucks, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota. These inflators were made with a propellant that can degrade over time and has led to ruptures that have been blamed for six deaths worldwide. The action expands the number of vehicles to be recalled for defective Takata inflators to nearly 34 million.

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John Oliver Has Beef With the Treatment of Chicken Farmers
John Oliver Has Beef With the Treatment of Chicken Farmers
May 19, 2015

On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver spoke about America's favorite food - chicken. He didn't focus his diatribe on the treatment of chickens (although video clips of Paul McCartney and Pamela Anderson assured viewers poultry is treated abysmally), but rather on the treatment of America's chicken farmers.

According to Oliver, to sate the American appetite for chicken, the big four poultry companies use a system of contract farmers to raise their product - which currently requires 169 million chicks a week, which is as Oliver put it, "Warren Beatty numbers."

Despite those impressive stats, according to Oliver, a surprisingly large percentage of those contract chicken farmers live at or below the poverty line. But when asked to comment about their impoverished contract farmers, a spokesman for the National Chicken Council asked, "Which poverty line are you referring to?"

As Oliver pointed out that, it doesn't matter, because "the poverty line is like the age of consent, if you find yourself parsing exactly where it is, it you've probably already done something very, very wrong."

Oliver then asked members of Congress to enact meaningful legislation to protect chicken farmers - and a call to arms to change their Wikipedia pages if they didn't.


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Senate to vote on House bill that would end NSA bulk collection
Senate to vote on House bill that would end NSA bulk collection
May 19, 2015

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate will vote on a bill that ends the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' phone records.

The Kentucky Republican has opposed the measure that the House overwhelmingly passed last week, 338-88. McConnell prefers renewal of the post-Sept. 11 Patriot Act with no changes.

But faced with the law's expiration on June 1, McConnell told reporters on Tuesday that the Senate will have a chance to vote on the House bill, known as the USA Freedom Act, before lawmakers break for the Memorial Day recess.

The House bill would replace bulk collection with a system to search the data held by telephone companies on a case-by-case basis.

He said letting the law expire would be irresponsible.

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Feds Say That Banned Researcher Commandeered a Plane
Feds Say That Banned Researcher Commandeered a Plane
May 18, 2015

A security researcher kicked off a United Airlines flight last month after tweeting about security vulnerabilities in its system had previously taken control of an airplane and caused it to briefly fly sideways, according to an application for a search warrant filed by an FBI agent.

Chris Roberts, a security researcher with One World Labs, told the FBI agent during an interview in February that he had hacked the in-flight entertainment system, or IFE, on an airplane and overwrote code on the plane's Thrust Management Computer while aboard the flight. He was able to issue a climb command and make the plane briefly change course, the document states.

"He stated that he thereby caused one of the airplane engines to climb resulting in a lateral or sideways movement of the plane during one of these flights," FBI Special Agent Mark Hurley wrote in his warrant application (.pdf). "He also stated that he used Vortex software after comprising/exploiting or 'hacking' the airplane's networks. He used the software to monitor traffic from the cockpit system."

Hurley filed the search warrant application last month after Roberts was removed from a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Syracuse, New York, because he published a facetious tweet suggesting he might hack into the plane's network. Upon landing in Syracuse, two FBI agents and two local police officers escorted him from the plane and interrogated him for several hours. They also seized two laptop computers and several hard drives and USB sticks. Although the agents did not have a warrant when they seized the devices, they told Roberts a warrant was pending.

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ISIS claims to have taken Ramadi, Pentagon admits terror group 'has the advantage'
ISIS claims to have taken Ramadi, Pentagon admits terror group 'has the advantage'
May 18, 2015

The Islamic State terror group claimed that it had seized control of the city of Ramadi Sunday in what would be the biggest loss for Iraqi forces since the beginning of U.S. airstrikes targeting extremists this past September.

The Associated Press reported that Iraqi forces had dropped their weapons and fled their positions in an apparent reprise of the fall of Mosul, which catapulted the group commonly known as ISIS into the international spotlight last summer.

Bodies, some burned, littered the streets as local officials reported the militants carried out mass killings of Iraqi security forces and civilians. Online video showed Humvees, trucks and other equipment speeding out of Ramadi, with soldiers gripping onto their sides.

Muhannad Haimour, a spokesman for the provincial governor of Anbar, said Monday that around 500 civilians and Iraqi soldiers are estimated to have been killed over the last few days, while approximately 8,000 had fled the city. He said the figure is in addition to the enormous exodus in April, when the U.N. said as many as 114,000 residents fled from Ramadi and surrounding villages at the height of the violence.

"Ramadi has fallen," Haimour had told AP Sunday. "The city was completely taken. ... The military is fleeing."

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9 dead in Texas biker brawl
9 dead in Texas biker brawl
May 18, 2015

Gunfire erupted Sunday among rival biker gangs in Waco, Texas, leaving at least nine people dead, according to police.

Authorities had anticipated trouble and pre-positioned officers.

"There were at least three rival gang groups here this morning for whatever reason. As they were here, we had officers on scene. We expected issues," said Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton, a police spokesman. He later said there were at least five gangs.

The fight broke out at Twin Peaks restaurant and spilled into the parking lot. It quickly escalated from hands and feet, as weapons, to gunfire, Swanton said.

"In my nearly 35 years of law enforcement experience," he said, "this is the most violent and gruesome scene that I have dealt with."

Bikers shot at each other and at officers, who returned fire.

Swanton expressed anger at Twin Peaks, which he claims had been less than helpful in dealing with gangs in the past. He declined to identify the specific groups involved in Sunday's shooting.

"Are we frustrated? Sure. Because we feel like there may have been more that could have been done by a business to prevent this," he said.

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