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Law Brings Welfare Drug-Testing to Michigan

Rick SnydedrMichigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Friday that creates a drug-testing program for adult welfare recipients who are suspected of using drugs.

The Republican-backed proposals, House Bill 4118 and Senate Bill 275, were among several bills approved by Snyder. The one-year pilot program will be implemented in three counties that have not yet been determined.


Thousands gather to honor slain officer in New York

Funeral for NYPD officerPolice helicopters circled overhead as thousands of uniformed officers thronged the Glendale Queens neighborhood to show their respects to slain New York Officer Rafael Ramos.

San Bernardino, Calif., County Deputy sheriff Matt McAllister had arrived on a red-eye flight from Long Beach courtesy of Jet Blue.

"We're here to support our brothers and sisters in the NYPD," he said. "We are a brotherhood."

The officers streamed in from around the region and across the country. Many were in their dress blues, with commendation medals on their jackets, wearing white gloves.


Laundry Love builds community and washes clothes for the destitute

Laundry LoveFrom the Pacific Coast Highway exit off the freeway in Harbor City, it is impossible to miss the towering exhaust stacks of the Phillips 66 petroleum refinery and the mammoth cranes of the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex. This is working-class L.A., 21 miles away and a world apart from the velvet-roped wonder of Tinseltown.

Across PCH from a payday loan shop and next door to a trailer park, King’s Laundry seems an unlikely vessel for hope in difficult times. But on a Thursday night in December, as a cheerful crowd of more than 100 men, women and children gathered in a parking lot to enjoy hot dogs, hearty soup and Christmas tunes played live by a church band, hope was exactly the thing on offer — in the form of free loads of laundry, courtesy of the volunteers who donate money, labor and laundry soap at Harbor City’s twice-monthly Laundry Love event.


NSA may have violated the law for more than a decade

NSAThe National Security Agency today released reports on intelligence collection that may have violated the law or U.S. policy over more than a decade, including unauthorized surveillance of Americans’ overseas communications.

The NSA, responding to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union, released a series of required quarterly and annual reports to the President’s Intelligence Oversight Board that cover the period from the fourth quarter of 2001 to the second quarter of 2013.


Sony's PlayStation, Xbox targeted in hack

XBox and playstation hackedIf all you want for Christmas is some online video gaming, you may feel like you got coal in your stocking.

Online game networks Xbox Live and PlayStation Network have been offline much of Christmas Day in an apparent DDos (distributed denial of service) attack.

Taking credit for the takedown: a group called Lizard Squad, which previously claimed credit for August attacks on the PlayStation Network and online games World of Warcraft and League of Legends.

The network status Web pages for Xbox Live and PSN both list the networks as offline.


Gun Used In NYPD Murders Was Sold At Pawn Shop Where Guns Regularly End Up In Criminals’ Hands

Guns used in NYPD shootingFederal investigators have traced the semiautomatic handgun that Ismaaiyl Brinsley used to kill two police officers in Brooklyn, New York this weekend to a Jonesboro, Georgia pawn shop, one of a small number of gun dealers that sell the weapons used in a majority of U.S. crimes.

Investigators are still trying to determine how Brinsley obtained the gun through a series of transactions following the 1996 purchase from Arrowhead Pawn Shop, according to a New York Times interview with an anonymous police official. Because of his criminal record which included multiple felony convictions for theft, shoplifting and firing a stolen handgun, the shooter would not have legally been able to purchase a firearm for himself.


JetBlue offers free flights to police attending NYPD officers' funerals

Jet Blue offers free ride to policeetBlue is offering free flights to two officers each from the country's police forces to attend the funerals of the slain NYPD officers.

The airline, which is based in New York, said they would fly the officers from any airport along their route to New York City.

"We're honored to do what we can to support the communities we serve, and our team has made flights available to law enforcement agencies ... who wish to send representatives to New York to support their brethren," said JetBlue spokeswoman Sharon Jones.


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