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Massachusetts cop arrested, faces civil rights, assault charges over inmate spat

Massachusetts cop arrestedA Massachusetts police officer is facing civil rights charges after he allegedly assaulted a prisoner and made disparaging remarks about the prisoner's "black" skin.

Investigators said surveillance video shows Officer Michael Motyka, 50, a 17-year department veteran, beating a handcuffed and shackled inmate in a holding cell and forcing him against a wall. The inmate was punched, thrown on the ground and kicked, investigators said.


Morocco bus crash leaves 31 dead, mostly children

Morocco bus crashMore than 30 people have been killed in Morocco in a head-on crash between a bus carrying young athletes and a petrol tanker.

At least 33 people died when the coach collided with the tanker, causing a huge explosion that engulfed both vehicles in flames.

Eight people, the only survivors, were injured in the accident on a road between the Moroccan capital, Rabat, and Laayoune, in annexed Western Sahara.


Caught Between ISIS And Assad, A Palestinian Refugee Camp Is Starving To Death

Yarmouk refugee campThe Islamic State militant group moved into Yarmouk, a refugee camp for Palestinians on the outskirts of the Syrian capital city of Damascus, last week. Since then, hundreds of the group's fighters have been battling rival armed groups for control of the camp. IS militants currently appear to hold most of Yarmouk, resisting bombardments by the Syrian army as well as attacks from militias.

The fighting has reduced Yarmouk into a ghost town, with its civilians trapped inside by constant sniper fire and bombardments. Video footage purportedly from Yarmouk residents, collected by Reuters and other media outlets this week, showed the streets near-deserted and bombed to pieces.


Barack Obama and Raul Castro prepare for historic meeting at Summit of the Americas

Castro and Obama to meetIn a symbolism-laden encounter marking the end of the last great Cold War enmity, President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro will on Friday night sit down to dinner together with 33 other regional leaders.

The opening of the Summit of the Americas in Panama will be the first time that presidents from the countries have shared a table since Mr Castro's older brother Fidel led the Cuban revolution in 1959.


S.C. Officer Justin Craven Faces Felony Charge For Fatally Shooting Unarmed Black Man In His Driveway

another SC cop faces chargesA white officer in South Carolina who fatally shot an unarmed black man in his driveway in 2014 was arrested on a felony weapons charge Tuesday -- the same day that officer Michael Slager was charged with murder over the shooting of Walter Scott.

Justin Gregory Craven, 25, was arrested on suspicion of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle, according to the state's Law Enforcement Division. The North Augusta public safety officer is accused of shooting and killing 68-year-old Ernest Satterwhite in his driveway on Feb. 9, 2014, during a traffic stop. Craven fired repeatedly through the driver-side door of Satterwhite's car after the victim had fully stopped in his driveway, according to the Edgefield Daily at the time.


PG&E Hit With $1.6 Billion Penalty For 2010 Calif. Pipeline Explosion

PG&E finedPacific Gas & Electric Co.has been ordered to pay a $1.6 billion penalty – the largest ever levied against a public utility – for a 2010 explosion in a gas pipeline it operated that killed eight people and destroyed dozens of homes in a San Francisco suburb.

The five-member California Public Utilities Commission voted 4-0 Thursday, with the commission president, Michael Picker, abstaining, to impose the penalty. Picker, however, called for a larger review of problems at PG&E, a move that The Associated Press says "suggests the energy behemoth could be broken up."


Michael Slager radioed in Taser claim six seconds after firing at Walter Scott

Walter Scott shootingThe police officer who shot Walter Scott radioed in to claim that Scott had “grabbed my Taser”, six seconds after firing his final shot, despite video suggesting the unarmed man was not in possession of the stun gun at any point, a Guardian analysis has shown.

Syncing police scanner audio with a shocking video – the eyewitness footage out of South Carolina which led to officer Michael Slager being charged with murder – raises further questions about whether either of two officers on the video performed any CPR on Scott as was previously claimed by police.


Walgreens to close 200 stores, boost cost cutting

walgreensDrugstore chain Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) announced plans to close about 200 U.S. stores as part of its first earnings report since it merged with European drug retailer Alliance Boots last year.

Walgreens, the largest U.S. drugstore chain, said it will close the stores amid plans to boost its previously announced cost-cutting initiative by $500 million.

Walgreens now expects to reduce costs by a projected $1.5 billion by the end of fiscal 2017, the company said.


Obama Calls For End To LGBT Conversion Therapy

obamaU.S. President Barack Obama called on Wednesday for an end to psychiatric therapies that seek to change the sexual orientation of gay, lesbian and transgender youth, the White House said.

The White House statement, written by senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, is in response to a petition calling for Obama to back a law to ban conversion therapy, which is supported by some socially conservative organizations and religious doctors.


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