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Investigators showed ‘inexcusable lack of urgency’ in case against Sandusky: report

SanduskyA report released Monday detailing the handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case faults police and prosecutors for long delays in bringing charges against the former Penn State assistant coach but found no evidence that politics affected the investigation.

The report, commissioned by Attorney General Kathleen Kane and written by former federal prosecutor Geoff Moulton, blamed a three-year lapse in filing charges on communication problems, an expungement of a 1998 complaint about Sandusky and a failure to take certain investigative steps early on.

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US cited controversial law in decision to kill American citizen by drone

drone killing of American citizenLawyers for the Obama administration, arguing for their ability to kill an American citizen without trial in Yemen, contended that the protection of US citizenship was effectively removed by a key congressional act that blessed a global war against al-Qaida.

Known as the Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF), the broad and controversial 2001 law played a major role in the legal decision to kill Anwar al-Awlaki, the former al-Qaida propagandist and US citizen, in 2011, according to a redacted memorandum made public on Monday.

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Honda and others recall nearly 3 million vehicles over air bag flaw

Honda recallHonda Motor Co (7267.T) and other Japanese automakers on Monday recalled almost 3 million cars with potentially explosive air bags supplied by Takata Corp (7312.T), bringing the total recall so far to about 10.5 million vehicles over the past five years.

The series of recalls cover both passenger-side and driver-side air bags, which the world's second-biggest automotive safety parts maker manufactured in 2000-02. The total ranks it among the five biggest recalls in the industry's history.

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Christian radio host in Michigan arrested on charge of arranging sex with a boy

Baylo chargedA host for a Christian radio station in Grand Rapids, Mich., has been charged with paying another man to arrange a sexual encounter with a boy, police said.

John Balyo, 35, was arrested Friday at the Big Ticket Festival in Gaylord, Mich., a major Christian music festival. He was suspended from his position at WCSG, a radio station operated by his alma mater, Cornerstone University.

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ABA: Lawyers can scour jurors' social media sites

ABA Lawyers have been given the green light to scan the social media sites of jurors.

The American Bar Association says it's ethical for lawyers to scour online for publicly available musings of citizens called for jury service - and even jurors in deliberations.

But the ABA does warn lawyers against actively "following" or "friending" jurors or otherwise invading their private Internet areas.

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Justices reject Wisconsin appeal over abortion law

Supreme CourtThe Supreme Court has turned down Wisconsin's bid to begin enforcing a state law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, while a legal fight over the law plays out in lower federal courts.

A federal judge is weighing a challenge to the law from Parent Parenthood and others which claim that it would amount to restricting access to abortions in Wisconsin because of the difficulties doctors would face in getting the hospital privileges.

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Detroit activists call for UN help as city shuts off water for thousands

detroit water turned offDetroit has too much of some things – stray dogs, abandoned houses – and not enough of others, such as residents who pay their water bills.

The latest sign of Detroit’s decline came from the city’s water department, when it said in March it would begin shutting off water for up to 3,000 homes and businesses a week in an attempt to stop the utility from sliding even further into debt.

The announcement sparked outrage among activists groups, who say the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) is going after the city’s most vulnerable citizens to shore up its bottom line.

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