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US Intelligence Unit Accused Of Illegally Spying On Americans’ Financial Records

Treasury Dept. illegally spied on US citizensThe intelligence division at the Treasury Department has repeatedly and systematically violated domestic surveillance laws by snooping on the private financial records of US citizens and companies, according to government sources.

Over the past year, at least a dozen employees in another branch of the Treasury Department, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, have warned officials and Congress that US citizens’ and residents’ banking and financial data has been illegally searched and stored.


Tropical Storm Nate on track to hit U.S. as hurricane over weekend

Tropical Storm Nate kills 22, heads to N Orleans

Tropical Storm Nate roared toward Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on Friday after drenching Central America with heavy rain that was blamed for at least 22 deaths in Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

Forecasters said Nate should reach the U.S. Gulf Coast as a Category 1 hurricane over the weekend, potentially near New Orleans. A hurricane watch has been posted for the Louisiana coast.

A "life-threatening" storm surge of up to 7 feet is possible in some parts of Louisiana, the National Weather Service warned.


For-profit charter schools bill taxpayers for empty desks

Charter schools charge taxpayers for empty desksLast school year, Ohio’s cash-strapped education department paid Capital High $1.4 million in taxpayer dollars to teach students on the verge of dropping out. But on a Thursday in May, the storefront charter school run by for-profit EdisonLearning was mostly empty.

In one room, vacant chairs faced 25 blank computer monitors. Three students sat in a science lab down the hall, and another nine in an unlit classroom, including one youth who sprawled out, head down, sleeping.


Trump brings harsh edge to Puerto Rico trip

Trump harsh words in PR

President Donald Trump brought a jarring tone to Puerto Rico as he was briefed on the hurricane devastation, appearing to blame the U.S. territory for having “thrown our budget a little out of whack” and complimenting officials for sustaining only 16 deaths, compared with the much higher human toll of Hurricane Katrina.

“I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack because we’ve spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico,” Trump said Tuesday in his first public remarks from the island, which declared a form of bankruptcy in May. “And that’s fine.”

Americans really like their guns. They own 42% of 650 million civilian firearms worldwide

americans like their guns

Las Vegas (59), Orlando (49), Virginia Tech (32), Newtown (26) — the number of people killed in mass shootings in the United States is growing.

With each incident comes renewed debate on the topic of guns: ownership rates, ease of access, how many people are dying, what needs to be done. While comparisons to other countries are imperfect, here's a look at how the U.S. stacks up against other countries.


At least 58 dead in Las Vegas mass shooting

Las Vegas mass shootingAt least 58 people are dead and 500 others injured after automatic gunfire broke out at a country music festival in Las Vegas, authorities said early Monday, in what is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Sheriff Joe Lombardo told reporters that the suspect, identified as Stephen Paddock, 64, fired on the crowd at an outdoor concert from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay.


Ex-Texas officer ordered to pay $6.3M for death of Iowa man in custody

William LivezeyThe family of an Iowa man who died nearly four years ago while being forcibly arrested by an off-duty Texas police officer has been awarded $6.3 million by a federal judge.

William Livezey Jr., 70, died from a heart attack he suffered while in handcuffs on the side of a highway in Malakoff, Texas, on Dec. 11, 2013.

Early this month, Judge Roy Payne ordered former police officer Ernesto Fierro, who was forced to surrender his Texas peace officer's license because of the incident, to pay a judgment to Livezey's wife and four adult children.


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