Current Events

Mexico’s Supreme Court Frees French Woman Convicted of Kidnapping

January 24, 2013

“Florence Cassez, 38, was serving a 60-year sentence that opened up a rift between France and Mexico after she was arrested in 2005 at a ranch near Mexico City with her former boyfriend, who led a kidnapping gang called the Zodiacs.”

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Philadelphia Dungeon: 5 Charged With Imprisoning Disabled Adults to Steal Social Security Checks

January 24, 2013

“The malnourished captives were discovered in October 2011 by a landlord during a routine check of the two-story apartment house in a working-class Philadelphia neighborhood.”

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U.S. Naval Ship Stuck on a Reef Near the Philippines Taking In “Lots of Water”

January 24, 2013

“Rear Adm. Thomas Carney said Thursday that 56,000 liters (15,000 gallons) of fuel must be removed from the USS Guardian before a crane ship can lift it from the Tubbataha Reef.”

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Australia Discovers Up To $20 Trillion Worth of Oil Shale Reserves

January 23, 2013

“Brisbane company Linc Energy yesterday released two reports, based on drilling and seismic exploration, estimating the amount of oil in the as yet untapped Arckaringa Basin surrounding Coober Pedy ranging from 3.5 billion to 233 billion barrels of oil.”

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Ohio Attorney General: Steubenville Football Players’ Rape Trial Should Be Closed to the Public

January 23, 2013

“DeWine, whose office is prosecuting the case, said he’s met with the girl and she’s “doing OK.” He made his comments two days before a judge will rule on defense requests to delay, move and close the trial.”

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Federal Judge Allows the New York Police Department to Resume “Stop and Frisk” Searches

January 23, 2013

“U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin in Manhattan today agreed to halt immediate enforcement of her Jan. 8 ruling ordering the NYPD to cease its “stop-and-frisk” practices while the city appeals.”

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India Government Panel Recommends Changes to Protect Women From Sexual Assault

January 23, 2013

“The suggestions ranged from banning a traumatic vaginal exam of rape victims to ending political interference in sex crime cases.”

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Federal Authorities Charge 3 Men For Creating and Distributing the ‘Gozi’ Banking Virus

January 23, 2013

“The malicious code, described as “one of the most financially destructive computer viruses in history,” was first discovered by American cyber security experts in 2007, but New York prosecutors said today the criminal operation continued until March 2012.”

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U.S. Defense Secretary Panetta Removes Military’s Ban on Women Serving in Combat

January 23, 2013

“The groundbreaking move recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff overturns a 1994 rule prohibiting women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units.”

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North Carolina Woman Hit By Police Gunfire During Empire State Building Shooting Sues the New York City Police Department

January 23, 2013

“Duclos said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Manhattan’s state Supreme Court that the department and the officers were “grossly negligent” in the way they handled the shooting — firing 16 shots on a crowded street outside one of the world’s largest tourist attractions.”

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Federal Prosecutors Recommend 35 Years in Prison for Chicago Man Who Assisted Terrorism in India

January 23, 2013

“Headley pleaded guilty to 12 charges, including conspiracy to bomb places of public use and commit murder. The guilty pleas included plotting an attack on a Danish newspaper. He was arrested in October 2009″

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3 People Injured and 2 Suspects Detained Following a Shooting at Lone Star College in Houston, Texas

January 23, 2013

“The shooting apparently stemmed from an argument between two men. Both were detained, sheriff’s officials said, but no arrests had been made and no charges had been filed by Tuesday afternoon.”

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2 Boulder Police Officers in Colorado Resign, Face Felony Charges for Killing Large Bull Elk

January 23, 2013

“Carter killed the elk on New Year’s Day, claiming it was injured. He then called Curnow, who was off duty, to help collect the animal for meat. Residents of the neighborhood where the elk was a frequent visitor disputed the claim the animal was injured.”

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Top Commander of U.S. and NATO Forces General John Allen Cleared of Any Wrongdoing

January 23, 2013

“Allen, a Marine general, had been under investigation since mid-November when it was revealed that he too had engaged in significant e-mail contacts with Jill Kelley, the Tampa socialite.”

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Police: New Mexico Teen Shooter Nehemiah Griego Had Homicidal and Suicidal Thoughts

January 22, 2013

“Authorities said Nehemiah Griego told them he was annoyed with his mother and had homicidal and suicidal thoughts prior to fatally shooting his parents and three younger siblings, according to a probable cause statement.”

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