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Officer involved in arrest of elderly black man holding golf club fired

Cynthia Whittach firedA Seattle Police officer who was under investigation after video surfaced of her arresting a 69-year-old man who refused to drop a golf club he was carrying on a city sidewalk has been fired, reports CBS affiliate KIRO-TV.

A video of the July 2014 encounter was recorded by the patrol car's dashboard camera and released by the Seattle Police Department in January.

The video showed officer Cynthia Whitlatch pulling her cruiser up to a corner where the man, William Wingate, was standing, and yelling at him to drop the golf club.She told him he had swung it at her, and that audio and video recordings from her cruiser would back up her allegations.


Exxon Ignored Its Own Climate Science

Exxon ignored own cliate scienceAt a meeting in Exxon Corporation's headquarters, a senior company scientist named James F. Black addressed an audience of powerful oilmen. Speaking without a text as he flipped through detailed slides, Black delivered a sobering message: carbon dioxide from the world's use of fossil fuels would warm the planet and could eventually endanger humanity.

"In the first place, there is general scientific agreement that the most likely manner in which mankind is influencing the global climate is through carbon dioxide release from the burning of fossil fuels," Black told Exxon's Management Committee, according to a written version he recorded later.


Obama Invites Ahmed to White House Astronomy Night

Ahmed MohamedPresident Obama tweeted in support of Ahmed Mohamed, the Texas 14-year-old whose homemade clock got him arrested in Irving, Texas, on Monday.

"Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It's what makes America great."



U.S. Navy and Marine Corps to open all jobs to women

Navy ad Marines open all jobs to womenIntegration of the sexes in the U.S. Armed Forces took a giant leap as U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced both the Navy and the Marine Corps will now allow women to hold any job they offer.

The move comes after a series of measures by top U.S. military officials to study how such integration could be possible. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter called for a reviews of integration obstacles by October 1.


CIA declassifies trove of Cold War-era intelligence memos

CIAThousands of pages of CIA intelligence briefs that presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson came to heavily rely upon are being made public for the first time.

The documents released Wednesday offer a rare peek into the real-time intelligence the White House received during the Vietnam War and other major events of the 1960s. In all, roughly 19,000 pages of daily CIA briefings have been partially declassified.


Oklahoma delays Richard Glossip execution amid evidence concerns

Richard Glossip caseAn appeals court agreed to halt the execution of an Oklahoma man with just hours to spare Wednesday after his attorneys asked for time to review new evidence, including a fellow inmate's claim that he overheard the other man convicted in the case admit he acted alone.

Richard Eugene Glossip was twice convicted of ordering the killing of Barry Van Treese, who owned the Oklahoma City motel where he worked. His co-worker, Justin Sneed, was convicted of fatally beating Van Treese and was a key prosecution witness in Glossip's trials.


Thwarted by Hungary's closed borders, refugees head to Croatia

Refugees walk to CroatiaFor the Serbian bus driver and his bosses, a day of easy money was suddenly becoming complicated — but potentially even more lucrative than expected.

Just as the driver was closing the doors on his bus, with about 60 refugees crammed inside, to rumble off on a 10-mile trip from their makeshift camp in Kanjiza to the border with Hungary at Horgos, his passengers revolted — or rather, announced they wanted to go separate ways.


Israel re-arrests Palestinian hunger striker

Palestinian hunger strikerA Palestinian prisoner who nearly died during a 66-day hunger strike resumed his protest Wednesday after he was re-arrested following his release from an Israeli hospital.

The move sparked renewed Palestinian outrage after days of unrest at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site and a spurt of violence that killed an Israeli motorist on the Jewish New Year. The unrest has raised fears of a new outbreak of heavy violence in the holy city.


Baruch Student Killed in Hazing Incident 'Singled Out,' Authorities Say

Baruch student deathAuthorities said today that Chun "Michael" Deng, the Baruch College student who died during a 2013 hazing incident, had been "singled out" by members of the school's Pi Delta Psi chapter, some of whom now face charges in his death.

"The overall investigation shows that, yes, he was singled out and he was treated harsher than the other pledges," said Chief Chris Wagner, of the Pocono Mountain Regional Police, during a news conference today in Pennsylvania. He would not explain further.


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