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At Vegas trial, Sheldon Adelson faces new scrutiny as documents challenge his testimony

Sheldon AdelsonSheldon Adelson, the multibillionaire casino magnate and key Republican party donor, spent four combative days in a Las Vegas court this week defending his gambling empire from accusations of bribery and ties to organised crime.

By the time the hearing was over, Adelson had argued with the judge, contradicted the evidence of his own executives and frustrated his lawyers by revealing more information than he was required to in response to simple yes or no questions. But most importantly, far from laying the allegations against his Las Vegas Sands conglomerate to rest, the billionaire’s answers threw up yet more questions which he is likely to have to return to court to answer.


Good enough to fight for the US but missing the mark for citizenship

soldier, but not citizenKenyan native John Chombo was studying in the United States to become a nurse when he heard the U.S. Army was looking for people with health care or special language skills.

He was qualified on both counts. He was studying nursing and was fluent in Swahili. In 2013 he was accepted into the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program, designed for legal noncitizens, such as foreign students and agricultural workers. Since MAVNI began in 2009, more than 4,000 people have enlisted through the program.


South Carolina Cop Shoots Homeowner Who Called for Help

SC sherrif shoots homeownerA black South Carolina man was in serious condition Friday after being shot by a white deputy sheriff responding to his report of someone breaking into his house.

Authorities moved quickly to try to calm tensions over the episode, which occurred in the same county as the April 4 police shooting of Walter Scott, an unarmed black man, and amid a furious national debate over police use of force in minority communities.


Video shows white Del. officer kicking black man in face

Thomas Webster kicks black man in faceA police dashcam video released Thursday shows a black suspect being kicked in the face by a white police officer who was charged this week with assault.

The video, recorded in August 2013, was released by Dover police after a federal judge ruled last week that it was no longer considered confidential. The judge’s ruling came in a lawsuit filed on behalf of the suspect by the American Civil Liberties Union.


NYC pizzeria, was center of Italian mafia cocaine trafficking ring

Queens pizzeria drug centerItalian and U.S. agents broke up a major cocaine trafficking network run out of a New York City pizzeria, detaining 13 Italians with links to organised crime on Thursday, police said.

Italy's elite SCO police and FBI agents captured the men as they slept in their homes in the southern Italian region of Calabria and held them on charges of conspiracy to run an international drug trafficking ring, police added.


Key witness in Michael Brown shooting arrested

Dorian JohnsonThe man walking with Michael Brown when he was fatally shot by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer, was arrested Wednesday, accused of interfering in an arrest and discarding suspected narcotics.

Dorian Johnson has not been charged, but was with a group of people suspected of having weapons. He is accused of approaching an officer to stop an arrest. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Johnson was arrested for resisting arrest.


Court rules NSA phone surveillance program is illegal

NSAThe federal government's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records after the Sept. 11 terror attacks exceeds what Congress has allowed, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said the case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union illustrated the complexity of balancing privacy interests with the nation's security.


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