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LAPD Unjustified in Killing Homeless Man

LAPD unjustified in killing homeless man

The Los Angeles police department’s civilian oversight board has called the shooting of a homeless man in Venice last year unjustified, increasing pressure on prosecutors to charge the officer.

The police commission rejected a claim by officer Clifford Proctor that he shot Brendon Glenn, a boardwalk skateboarder, because Glenn had grabbed his partner’s holster, according to records made public on Tuesday.

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About 40,000 Verizon unionized workers walk off the job

About 40,000 Verizon unionized workers walk off the jobTens of thousands of Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) workers walked off the job on Wednesday in one of the largest U.S. strikes in recent years after contract talks hit an impasse.

The strike could affect service in Verizon's Fios Internet, telephone and TV services businesses across several U.S. East Coast states, including New York, Massachusetts and Virginia.

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Confessions of a former US Air Force drone technician

Confessions of a drone technicianCian Westmoreland was 18 years old when he enlisted in the US Air Force.

Now 28, the former serviceman served with the 606 Air Control Squadron in Germany and the 73rd Expeditionary Air Control Squadron in Kandahar, Afghanistan, as an Air Force Technician.

He built the communications infrastructure for the US military's drone programme in Afghanistan, which, according to a 2015 report by The Intercept led to the deaths of hundreds of civilians.

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Syrian journalist shot by ISIL in Turkey dies

Syrian journalst diesA Syrian journalist who was shot in the Turkish city of Gaziantep in an attack claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has died from his wounds, a close friend said.

The death of Halab Today TV presenter Mohammed Zahir al-Sherqat on Tuesday marks the fourth assassination of a Syrian journalist in Turkey that has been claimed by ISIL, also known as ISIS.

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Climate Change May Be Causing Earth’s Poles To Shift

Climate change may shif earth axisThe position of Earth’s axis has dramatically shifted, likely because of melting ice sheets (fueled by climate change) and natural changes in water storage on land, according to a new study in the journal Science Advances.

Erik Ivins, senior research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and co-author of the study published on Friday, told The Huffington Post that the movement of water on Earth’s surface affects the planet’s distribution of mass — and its axis — much like adding weight to a spinning top.

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Companies Hide Dangers; Attack Scientists

Comapnies hide scienceBiotech companies point to stacks of industry studies as proof that their genetically engineered foods are safe. But their “proof,” it turns out, is just “Tobacco Science”— research carefully designed to hide dangers. Independent studies, on the other hand, feature GMO-fed animals suffering from organ damage, tumors, endocrine and immune system dysfunction, and premature death.

You Don’t Want to Eat This GMO Corn
A former Monsanto scientist admitted that when his colleagues discovered that their GMO corn damaged the health of rats, they rewrote the study to hide the effects. He raised the question that if a small amount of corn fed over just a few weeks could cause this harm to rats, what would happen to the people of South Africa, for example, who eat corn three times a day over a lifetime?

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Boko Haram increases use of child suicide bombers 10-fold; 75% are young girls

Boko Haram using child bombersThe number of child bombers used by the Islamic extremists of Boko Haram has increased from four to 44 in a year with devastating consequences in communities that now see children as threats, UNICEF said Tuesday.

Seventy-five percent of the children used are girls, a new report said, emphasizing that these children, many believed captives, are "victims, not perpetrators."

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Brooklyn couple's noise complaints against neighbor tied to federal probe of NYPD

Bklyn couple noise complaint connected to NYPD probeA Brooklyn couple claims cops threatened to arrest them if they continued to make noise complaints against their neighbor whose brother’s close ties to the NYPD are now being probed by the feds.

The dispute started last summer after Mordechai Reichberg and his family, who live on the top floor, began to make a lot of noise, according to the pair, who asked to remain anonymous.

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Sixth witness disputes police account of homeless man's killing in San Francisco

Witnesses dispute police testimony in SFA key witness to the police shooting of a homeless man in San Francisco on Thursday has come forward to say that the man was “relaxed”, “isolated”, and not “posing a threat to anyone” before two police officers opened fire.

Christine Pepin, a 45-year-old resident of Sunnyvale, is the latest witness to challenge the police narrative that Luis Gongora was armed and dangerous.

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