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Black, young and unarmed: The case of Cameron Tillman

Cameron TillmanCameron Tillman, a high school freshman and talented athlete, with a 3.7 grade point average and no reputation for trouble, was shot dead on a Tuesday afternoon.

The house where Cameron died has been empty for about two years, and neighbors say local kids, with the knowledge of the owner, had been using it as an afterschool hangout.

The knock came a little before 5:30 p.m. The four other teens in the house say that when Cameron opened the door, police opened fire. A Terrebonne Parish deputy planted four bullets in Cameron’s 14-year-old body.

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Veterans and schoolchildren remember Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor attackFor war veterans, scars and memories of combat and lives lost during the Pearl Harbor attack run deep.  For about 20 students who joined veterans at a Saturday luncheon, the 73-year-old history lesson came alive.

All gathered at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Fort Lauderdale to remember the military personnel who paid the ultimate sacrifice on Dec. 7, 1941, when Japanese fighter planes bombed the Hawaiian harbor and Americans entered World War II.

Panchi Borges, 13, of Pembroke Pines, said being among war veterans made an impact on him.

US sends 6 prisoners from Guantanamo to Uruguay

6 Gitmo prisoners sent to UruguaySix prisoners held for 12 years at Guantanamo Bay have been sent to Uruguay to be resettled as refugees, the U.S. government announced Sunday — a deal that had been delayed for months by security concerns at the Pentagon and political considerations in the South American country.

The six men — four Syrians, a Tunisian and a Palestinian — are the first prisoners transferred to South America from the U.S. base in Cuba, part of a flurry of recent releases amid a renewed push by President Barack Obama to close the prison.

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IDF launches 8 criminal probes over incidents in Gaza war

IDF investigationThe army’s chief legal officer has ordered the military police to investigate eight new cases from the summer’s operation in Gaza, bringing the total of current criminal investigations to 13, the IDF Magistrate Advocate General said Saturday.

The eight new cases involve the deaths of some 30 Palestinians, including 27 who died in an IDF strike on the home of the Abu-Jama family in Khan Yunis. In all, the 13 cases now being probed — which include the ongoing investigations into a strike on an UNRWA school in which 14 people were killed, and an airstrike that killed four children on a Gaza beach — concern the deaths of close to 50 Palestinians.

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It’s Not Just the Cops—Racism Is a Problem for the Secret Service, Too

US Secret ServiceAs police departments face scrutiny over discrimination toward black Americans, several former agents are accusing the Secret Service of having a similar problem.

The track record of the U.S. Secret Service in protecting President Barack Obama has come under intense scrutiny in recent months due to several major security lapses, the most recent of which prompted the resignation in October of Secret Service Director Julia Pierson.

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Mark Udall Promises America Will "Be Disgusted" at CIA Torture Report

Mark UdallThe Senate Intelligence Committee, led by Dianne Feinstein of California, is soon expected to release its summary of the so-called CIA Torture Report, the committee’s four-year-long investigation into the CIA’s Bush-era torture practices. Release of the summary is the result of months of wrangling and negotiating with the White House on what would be released to the public and when—and it will likely be heavily redacted.

During an interview conducted on Friday, November 21, by Esquire writer at large Scott Raab, outgoing senator Mark Udall of Colorado, who lost his reelection race on November 4, once again said that if the report is not released in a way he deems transparent, he would consider all options to make it public.

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KC Police: SUV in boy's death had anti-Muslim message

SUV that killed Muslmim teenKansas City police have confirmed that an SUV involved in the death of a teenager outside a Somali community center had an anti-Muslim message displayed in the rear window at the time of the crash.

Authorities say 34-year-old Ahmed H. Aden deliberately ran the boy over and have charged him with murder in a case that the FBI is investigating as a potential hate crime.

Fifteen-year-old Abdisamad Sheikh-Hussein died at a hospital Thursday evening.

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6,000 tons of polluted soil dug up after southern Israel oil spill

Trans israel oil spillFollowing a major oil spill caused by a leak in the Trans-Israel pipeline Thursday night, the Environmental Protection Ministry said Saturday that it has so far removed 6,000 tons of contaminated soil from the southern Avrona nature reserve, in an attempt to contain and minimize the impact of what experts have labeled one of the country’s worst ever ecological disasters.

The polluted soil was transferred to the Nimra Landfill, located north of Eilat, the Walla news site reported. The Environmental Protection Ministry added that workers will continue evacuating soil from the reserve throughout the night.

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Prosecutor freezes accounts of ex-Vatican bank heads

vatican funds frozenThe Vatican's top prosecutor has frozen 16 million euros in bank accounts owned by two former Vatican bank managers and a lawyer as part of an investigation into the sale of Vatican-owned real estate in the 2000s, according to the freezing order and other legal documents.

Prosecutor Gian Piero Milano said he suspected the three men, former bank president Angelo Caloia, ex-director general Lelio Scaletti, and lawyer Gabriele Liuzzo, of embezzling money while managing the sale of 29 buildings sold by the Vatican bank to mainly Italian buyers between 2001 and 2008, according to a copy of the freezing order reviewed by Reuters.

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