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Probe of FBI agent leads to release of convicted drug dealers from prison

Drug dealers freed in FBI probeAn investigation into possible misconduct by an FBI agent has forced authorities to quietly release at least a dozen convicts serving prison sentences for distributing drugs in the District and its suburbs, according to law enforcement officials, court documents and defense attorneys.

In addition, several suspects awaiting trial on drug charges and a man convicted but not yet sentenced have also been freed. Officials said more cases­ that could involve the agent are under scrutiny, including one involving 21 defendants.

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Chicago shoreline hit by 20ft waves

20 ft. waves hit Chicago shorelineWinds gusting up to 65mph caused waves from Lake Michigan to slam into the Chicago shoreline, slowing traffic and forcing the closure of a Halloween attraction.

Parts of the scenic Lake Shore Drive highway were flooded on Friday, leading to some lane closures. Traffic was backed up for miles.

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Jehovah's Witnesses ordered to pay $13.5m to victim of sexual abuse

Jehovah's witnessesA Californian judge has ordered the Jehovah’s Witnesses to pay $13.5m to a man who was sexually abused in the 1980s by a church leader, the attorney for the victim said on Friday.

Church elders had assigned a man to work with Jose Lopez on Bible studies, even though they knew he had admitted to molesting another boy in 1982, because they felt he was “repentant”, Lopez’s attorney, Irwin Zalkin, said.

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Islamic State: Militants kill 50 from Iraqi Anbar tribe

ISIS kills Iraqisslamic State militants have killed at least 50 members of a western Iraqi tribe in Anbar province, officials and tribal leaders say.

The deaths are thought to be in retaliation for the Al Bu Nimr tribe's resistance to the jihadists.  The news comes after mass graves were found containing between 80 and 220 bodies, many from the same tribe.

IS militants have killed hundreds of people in the large areas of Iraq and neighbouring Syria they control.

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Suicide surpassed war as the military's leading cause of death

military deathsWar was the leading cause of death in the military nearly every year between 2004 and 2011 until suicides became the top means of dying for troops in 2012 and 2013, according to a bar chart published this week in a monthly Pentagon medical statistical analysis journal.

For those last two years, suicide outranked war, cancer, heart disease, homicide, transportation accidents and other causes as the leading killer, accounting for about three in 10 military deaths each of those two years.

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Boko Haram leader says kidnapped schoolgirls were 'married off'

Boko HaramBoko Haram's leader, Abubakar Shekau, said the 219 schoolgirls kidnapped from the remote town of Chibok in Nigeria's northeast in April have converted to Islam and been married off. He also denied reports that Boko Haram had agreed to a cease-fire with the Nigerian government, and ruled out future talks.

"Don't you know the over 200 Chibok schoolgirls have converted to Islam? They have now memorized two chapters of the Koran," Shekau said in a video obtained by Agence France-Presse on Friday.

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Military sex survey draws complaints

US armed forcesShocked and offended by explicit questions, some U.S. servicemen and women are complaining about a new sexual-assault survey that hundreds of thousands have been asked to complete.

The survey is conducted every two years. But this year's version, developed by the Rand Corp., is unusually detailed, including graphically personal questions on sexual acts.

Some military members told The Associated Press that they were surprised and upset by the questions, and some even said they felt re-victimized by the blunt language. None of them would speak publicly by name, but Pentagon officials confirmed they had received complaints that the questions were "intrusive" and "invasive."

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Marine vet to be released from Mexican jail

TahmoressiA Mexican federal district judge in Tijuana on Friday ordered the immediate release of a U.S. Marine veteran behind bars in Baja California on federal weapons charges.

Andrew Tahmooressi was on trial for crossing the border with ammunition and three loaded weapon on March 31. The Mexican Attorney General’s Office agreed to cease its prosecution of Tahmooressi and allow him to return to the United States.

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Mexico police questioned over murders of three Americans

Mexico policeAuthorities are investigating a possible police connection to the killing of three US citizens visiting their father in Mexico who were found shot to death along with a Mexican friend more than two weeks after going missing.

Parents of the three siblings, whose bodies were identified Thursday, have said witnesses reported they were seized by men dressed in police gear calling themselves “Hercules”, a tactical security unit in the violent border city of Matamoros heavily racked by cartel infighting. Nine of the unit’s 40 officers are being questioned, Tamaulipas state attorney general Ismael Quintanilla Acosta said.

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