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Michael Brown shooting: Darren Wilson radio call segment missing

Michael Brown shooting tapeA call for backup that a police officer claims to have made seconds before he killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, reportedly cannot be found in police recordings. The officer blames the problem on his radio.

Darren Wilson has told investigators he radioed “shots fired, send all cars” after a struggle at his SUV with Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, following the officer’s stop of Brown and a friend for jaywalking in Ferguson on 9 August, according to the St Louis Post-Dispatch.


Walmart workers at over 1,600 locations plan Black Friday strike

Walmart workersWalmart workers around the country are reportedly planning the largest strike in company history as employees at 1,600 locations plan to picket on Black Friday for $15 an hour and improved working conditions.

"There have been many times my family can't even afford the gas to get me back and forth to work, so my husband had to wait in the car to take me home after work," Barbara Gertz, an employee at a Denver Walmart, told reporters Friday.


Obama to protect 5 million from deportation

Obama to protect 5 million from deportationPresident Obama is considering an executive order that would protect as many as 5 million people from deportation, administration officials said Thursday.

But the officials -- speaking on condition of anonymity, citing internal deliberations -- said the details are still being developed and called reports of specific action "pre-decisional."


Texas lawmaker proposes 'license to discriminate' against LGBT

laws to discriminate against gaysA conservative Texas lawmaker is trying for the second time to pass a state constitutional amendment that would allow businesses to refuse to serve LGBT customers on the basis of religious belief.

State Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, introduced a resolution that would ostensibly bolster religious freedom in the state, a measure nearly identical to one she introduced two years ago.


HUD’s privatization scheme may herald end of public housing

HUD At a time when a shortage of affordable housing is devastating low-income families, U.S. policymakers appear to have all but given up on the idea of a state-managed public housing system. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) says more than $26 billion (PDF) is needed to repair the nation’s aging public housing, a backlog that has left many residents in deteriorating living conditions.

Yet the notion that the solution lies in improved public funding and support — or that public housing should be publicly owned at all — has become a political nonstarter. Instead HUD is embarking on a sweeping privatization program in the name of renovation.


Supreme Court lifts hold on gay marriage in Kansas

scaliaThe Supreme Court says same-sex marriages can go ahead in Kansas.  The court on Wednesday denied the state's request to prevent gay and lesbian couples from marrying while Kansas fights the issue in court.

A federal district judge last week blocked the state from enforcing its ban, saying it was in keeping with an earlier ruling by the federal appeals court that oversees Kansas that struck down bans in Oklahoma and Utah.


US getting near-daily reports of drones flying near aircraft without permission

Drones near US aircraft without permissionThe US government is getting near-daily reports – and sometimes two or three a day – of drones flying near airplanes and helicopters or close to airports without permission, federal and industry officials tell the Associated Press. It’s a sharp increase from just two years ago when such reports were still unusual.

Many of the reports are filed with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) by airline pilots. But other pilots, airport officials and local authorities often file reports as well, said the officials, who agreed to discuss the matter only on the condition that they not be named because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly. Michael Toscano, president of a drone industry trade group, said FAA officials also have verified the increase to him.


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