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NYPD officer indicted by grand jury for Akai Gurley shooting

NYPD officer indictedA rookie New York City police officer was indicted by a grand jury on Tuesday for the shooting of an unarmed black man, according to a lawyer representing the dead man's family and multiple news sources.

Officer Peter Liang will appear in court Wednesday over the November shooting death of 28-year-old Akai Gurley, according to Scott Rynecki, an attorney representing Gurley's family.

Peter Liang, the officer, was patrolling with his partner in a Brooklyn housing project on the night of Nov. 20 when his gun discharged a single bullet, killing Akai Gurley, 28, who was in the stairwell a flight below with his girlfriend.

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Obama to send his new war powers request to Capitol Hill

US CapitolThe White House was ready to share with lawmakers Tuesday its plan to seek authority for the use of military force against the Islamic State group, setting up the first war vote in Congress in 13 years.

Presidential counsel Neil Eggleston was set to address the Senate Democrats' luncheon, the day before President Barack Obama is expected to formally unveil his proposed authorization, a Democratic official revealed.

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Judicial defiance in Alabama: Same-sex marriages begin, but most counties refuse

Judiciald defiance in AlabamaOn the day that same-sex unions became legal in Alabama, local officials in dozens of counties on Monday defied a federal judge’s decision and refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, casting the state into judicial chaos.

Gay couples were able to get licenses in about a dozen places, including Birmingham, Huntsville and a few other counties where probate judges complied with the judge’s decision. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled early Monday that it would deny Alabama’s request to put the marriages on hold.

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Alex Baer: Stealing: All Hail, the Self-Righteous Profit Center

thievesThere are a lot of things one might say about the times in which we live. Here are a few terms which come to mind right this second: Creative. Untraditional. Pioneering. Voracious. Larcenous. Insatiable. Limitless.

Put it this way: If our times were a go-kart, we'd slap 40 kinds of governors on the thing, pull off the wheels, drain off all its life-giving fluids, wrap it in bales of jet-fuel-soaked hay, and bring in the healing fire of flame-throwers. We'd even lob in a few Molotov-cocktail-cases of thermite-and-white-phosphorous grenades for good measure.

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Leaked files implicate over 6,000 Israelis in massive bank scandal

Israelis in HSBC scandalBanking giant HSBC faced damaging claims Monday that its Swiss division helped wealthy customers dodge millions of dollars in taxes after a “SwissLeaks” cache of secret files emerged online. Among their clients are over 6,200 Israelis, with holdings totaling some $10 billion.

The documents published over the weekend claim the bank helped clients in more than 200 countries evade taxes on accounts containing $119 billion.

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Cenk Uygur: My Ironic Defense of Brian Williams

Brian williamsFirst, let me say very clearly from the beginning that I am biased in this case because I know Brian Williams a tiny bit and he has always been fundamentally decent to me.

On the other hand, I'm the guy who wrote the piece Why Brian Williams is Irrelevant. The current controversy surrounding him ties in well with that article I wrote many years ago. People think that Brian Williams is the problem because he exaggerated a war story about Iraq? Are you kidding me? The whole war was based on a monstrous lie that almost the entire media enabled and perpetuated. That's the real problem.

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Netanyahu May Change Speech to Congress

NetanyahuIsraeli officials are considering amending the format of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned address to the U.S. Congress next month to try to calm some of the partisan furore the Iran-focused speech has already provoked.

Netanyahu is scheduled to address a joint session of Congress about Iran's nuclear programme on March 3, just two weeks before an Israeli parliamentary election, following an invitation from John Boehner, Republican speaker of the house.

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Same-sex couples marry in Alabama after U.S. Supreme Court refuses stay

Alabama gay marriageSame-sex couples began marrying in Alabama on Monday, defying an attempt by the chief justice of the state's Supreme Court to block probate judges from issuing marriages licenses to gays and lesbians.

A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday helped clear the way for Alabama to become the 37th state to allow same-sex couples to marry. Justices refused a request by Alabama's attorney general to keep such marriages on hold until the court rules whether laws banning them are constitutional.

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African countries order Israeli-made armored vehicles

RAM MK3Two unidentified countries in Africa ordered more light armored vehicles for their military forces from Israel Aerospace Industries.

IAI, which did not report the value of the two separate contracts, said nearly 100 RAM MK3 vehicles would be delivered.

Deliveries have begun, it said, and will continue throughout the year.

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