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3 inmates dead, 5 hurt in incident at Oklahoma prison

Oklahoma prison incidentA disturbance at an Oklahoma prison that left three inmates dead and five injured, months after several prisoners were hurt during a large brawl at the facility.

The disturbance Saturday lasted about 40 minutes and was contained to one housing pod at the Cimarron Correctional Facility in Cushing, said Steve Owen, a spokesman for Corrections Corporation of America, the Tennessee-based company that owns and operates the prison.


Oakland demonstrators march against law-enforcement exercises

Urban Shield protestsDressed in fake police uniforms, banging drums and chanting antiviolence slogans, a diverse group of roughly 100 protesters took over an intersection near Lake Merritt in Oakland on Friday afternoon to demand an end to Urban Shield, a multiday law enforcement and first-responder training exercise taking place in the Bay Area over the weekend.

Among their demands, the protesters called for the funds spent on the exercise, which are provided by the federal government through the Bay Area Urban Areas Security Initiative, to be invested in programs that benefit their communities.


Obama promotes online search tool with college-specific data

college site President Barack Obama on Saturday debuted a redesigned online tool with college-specific information about student costs, loans and potential earning power, scaling back a planned ratings system that critics derided as too subjective and unworkable.

The College Scorecard — at — provides a snapshot of what former students of each school might earn, how much debt they leave with, and what percentage can repay their loans.


Mistrial declared in civil rights case against Alabama police officer

Iraqi man partially paralyzed by police attackA judge declared a mistrial Friday in the case of an Alabama police officer who slammed an Indian man to the ground, after jurors failed to break an impasse despite the judge's insistence that they keep trying.

U.S. District Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala had asked the jurors to consider how important the case is, how expensive it has been financially and emotionally for everyone involved, and the possibility that it's not certain a retrial would result in a stronger prosecution or defense. The police officer was tried in federal court on accusations that he used unreasonable force while on patrol in Madison, Alabama, during the February incident.


Oath Keepers armed group offers to protect Kim Davis from arrest

Kim Davis An armed group called the Oath Keepers has vowed to defend Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis from arrest by U.S. Marshals if she keeps defying a federal judge’s order to issue marriage licenses in accordance with the Supreme Court’s June ruling legalizing same-sex marriages nationwide. Davis says she is exercising her constitutional freedom of religion.

Davis stopped issuing all marriage licenses in her Rowan County office after the ruling, citing her opposition to same-sex marriage as a Christian. The American Civil Liberties Union brought a federal suit against her on behalf of four couples denied licenses, and she became a hero to many conservative Christians and opponents of gay marriage.


Samuel DuBose shooting was due to 'critical errors in judgment', report finds

Samuel DuBose shootingThe fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a former University of Cincinnati police officer occurred as a result of “critical errors in judgment” and “poor police tactics” by the officer who killed him, according to an independent report released on Friday.

Samuel DuBose was fatally shot on 19 July by officer Ray Tensing, 26, of the University of Cincinnati’s police department during a routine off-campus traffic stop. Tensing has since been charged with murder, and a trial is expected to begin later this year. He was summarily fired.


Florida man arrested in alleged Kansas City 9/11 memorial bomb plot

Joshua GoldbergA Florida man has been arrested and accused of plotting to detonate a pressure-cooker bomb at a memorial in Kansas City, Missouri, to commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday.

Joshua Ryne Goldberg, 20, was arrested on charges of distributing information relating to explosives, destructive devices and weapons of mass destruction, the department said. His arrest was announced a day before the 14th anniversary of the attacks.


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