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Federal judge signs Albuquerque police reform settlement

Albuquerque PoliceA federal judge on Tuesday approved a settlement between Albuquerque and the U.S. Department of Justice on overhauling the city's police force.

The agreement approved by U.S. District Judge Robert C. Brack was negotiated amid allegations of excessive force by police officers, including more than 40 shootings involving officers since 2010.


TSA chief reassigned after airport screeners fail 95 percent of security tests

tsa chief reassignedAn internal investigation by the Department of Homeland Security revealed Monday that undercover agents managed to get weapons through airport security in 67 out of 70 tests.

"The numbers in these reports never look good out of context, but they are a critical element in the continual evolution of our aviation security," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh C. Johnson said in a statement. "We take these findings very seriously in our continued effort to test, measure and enhance our capabilities and techniques as threats evolve."


FBI behind mysterious surveillance aircraft over U.S. cities

FBI surveillance planeThe FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology — all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned.

The planes’ surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge’s approval, and the FBI said the flights are used for specific, ongoing investigations. The FBI said it uses front companies to protect the safety of the pilots and aircraft. It also shields the identity of the aircraft so that suspects on the ground don’t know they’re being watched by the FBI.


An Immoral Use of Jewish Power in Upstate New York

Rockland County School BoardNew York State’s legislative session is in full swing, and thousands of Jews from across denominational lines are expressing their support for two bills that, on the face of it, don’t seem to have anything to do with typical Jewish issues like Israel or liberal social causes.

But these bills — A.5355 and S.3821, as they’re known in Albany — are the test case for the moral future of Jewish life in New York, perhaps even the whole country.


Supreme Court says intent matters in Facebook threat case

FacebookThe Supreme Court has issued its opinion on a high-profile online threat case, reversing a lower court's judgment against a man who posted violent messages on Facebook.

But while it's clearly guiding the debate, the Supreme Court steered clear of discussing when exactly protected speech becomes an unprotected threat — a difficult question that's become especially important over the past year.

The court has reversed the decision against Anthony Elonis, who was previously found guilty of four counts of transmitting threats.


Report: TSA failed to catch 67 out of 70 threats

TSA failureTransportation Security Administration officials failed to stop undercover agents carrying fake explosives or banned weapons through airport security during 67 out of 70 trials, a new report alleges.

According to ABC News, a new TSA report found that Homeland Security “Red Team” personnel, when posing as passengers, were easily able to smuggle dangerous materials through checkpoints.


Black Americans killed by police twice as likely to be unarmed as white people

Black Americans ore likely unarmedBlack Americans are more than twice as likely to be unarmed when killed during encounters with police as white people, according to a Guardian investigation which found 102 of 464 people killed so far this year in incidents with law enforcement officers were not carrying weapons.

An analysis of public records, local news reports and Guardian reporting found that 32% of black people killed by police in 2015 were unarmed, as were 25% of Hispanic and Latino people, compared with 15% of white people killed.


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