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Canadian Prison Break: Two Prisoners Break Out of Quebec Prison and Hijack a Helicopter

March 17, 2013

“An hour after the escape, police found the helicopter 85km north-west of the jail in the Mont Tremblant area, with the uninjured pilot still on board. Police said they were looking for a “suspicious vehicle” and were focusing their search on the area around Lake Argile.”

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Both Police Involved in Kimani Gray Shooting Named in Federal Lawsuits Alleging Civil Rights Violations

March 17, 2013

“Sgt. Mourad Mourad racked up three suits while he was a plainclothes cop on Staten Island, and Officer Jovaniel Cordova racked up two at Brooklyn’s 70th Precinct — all alleging various civil rights violations including illegal stop and search and false arrest.”

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U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Pleads Guilty in Afghanistan Corruption and Bribery Case

March 17, 2013

“Long, 30, had pleaded guilty to stealing at least $1 million and shipping the cash in hundred-dollar bills to the U.S. in the guts of hollowed-out VCR players.”

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Judge Finds Two Steubenville, Ohio, H.S. Football Players Guilty on Rape Charges

March 17, 2013

“Mays was sentenced to a minimum of two years in a juvenile correctional facility. Richmond was sentenced to a minimum of one year, but like Mays could be in detention until he is 21.”

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Teammates Testify Witnessing Two Steubenville, Ohio, High School Football Players Committing Sexual Acts

March 16, 2013

“A third witness, a friend of the defendants who was also granted immunity, said he saw both defendants making sexual contact with her while she appeared to be passed out, naked and face down on a basement floor.”

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Judge Grants Immunity to 3 Teenagers in Steubenville, Ohio, Rape Case Involving High School Football Players

March 16, 2013

“Mark Cole, Evan Westlake and Anthony Craig invoked their Fifth Amendment right against testifying for fear of self-incrimination as the trial in Steubenville entered its third day.”

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Staunch Opponent of Medical Marijuana New York Assemblyman Steve Katz (R) Arrested for Pot Possession

March 16, 2013

“State police said that a suspicious odor was noticed in Assemblyman Steve Katz’s vehicle when they pulled him over for driving around 80 mph in a 75 mph zone at around 10 a.m. Thursday morning.”

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Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (D) to Sign Law Repealing Death Penalty

March 15, 2013

“The House of Delegates voted 82-56 to repeal Maryland’s death penalty on Friday, making the state the sixth in as many years to abolish executions and delivering a major legislative victory to Gov. Martin O’Malley.”

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Thomson Reuters Social Media Editor Indicted For Conspiring With Anonymous to Hack a Tribune Website in 2010

March 14, 2013

“Keys, 26, who once worked at Fox 40 in Sacramento, was charged with three hacking-related counts and faces up to 10 years in prison for the December 2010 attack.”

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Pentagon: Iranian Fighter Jet Targeted U.S. Drone Over the Persian Gulf This Week

March 14, 2013

“No shots were fired. However, Obama administration officials told CNN that the United States is concerned with Iranian intentions in incidents like this and whether such episodes could unintentionally trigger hostilities.”

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Riot Breaks Out in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, Over NYPD Shooting Death of Kimani Gray

March 13, 2013

“For the third consecutive night now, a confrontation between marchers and the police has erupted in regards to the death of Gray. It was confirmed earlier today that Gray was shot seven times.”

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Medical Examiner: NYPD Officers Shot 16 Year-Old Kimani Gray 7 Times

March 13, 2013

“Those suspicions on the street intensified Wednesday when an autopsy report by the city medical examiner revealed Gray was hit by seven bullets – three to the back – during the confrontation with cops Saturday night.”

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Veterans Testify Before U.S. Senate Panel Investigating Sexual Violence in the Military

March 13, 2013

“The hearing, the first the Senate has held in nearly a decade on sexual assault in the military, reflects the increasing attention to the issue because of revelations about pervasive sexual harassment at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas and throughout the military.”

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Obama Administration Proposes Plan to Allow All U.S. Spy Agencies Access to Personal Financial Information

March 13, 2013

“The Federal Bureau of Investigation already has full access to the database.”

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Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll (R) Abruptly Resigns Due to Questionable Business Connections

March 13, 2013

“It’s unclear if Carroll is the target of any criminal charges. Attorney General Pam Bondi and law enforcement officials have scheduled a 2:30 p.m. press conference in Orlando to discuss the case.”

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