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Dad of 'Affluenza' Teen Accused of Impersonating Cop

The father of Ethan Couch, the 16 year old who gained national attention for using the "affluenza" defense in court and then receiving probation after killing four in a drunk driving accident, has been arrested in Texas for allegedly impersonating a police officer. Show More Summary

American Fighting for Ukraine Killed in Action

Vice: Mark Gregory Paslawsky, the sole American fighting on the Ukrainian side of the war in the east of the country, died from injuries sustained in battle in the town of Ilovaysk on Tuesday. Known by the codename "Franko," the 55-year-old...Show More Summary

Bank of America Reaches $17B Settlement with U.S.

In the largest settlement to come from the 2008 economic crash, Bank of America has agreed to fork over $17 billion for its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis, officials told AP. The settlement...Show More Summary

Cops Cleared 400 Times a Year for Justified Homicides

More than 400 fatal police killings a year are sanctioned by local, state and federal authorities as justified homicides, but the FBI doesn't specifically track how many times officers are prosecuted for improperly causing a person's death. Show More Summary

Paul Ryan Rewrites His Government Shutdown Role

In his new book, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) recounts shaking his head in frustration last fall as fellow Republicans sought to use a government shutdown as leverage to gut Obamacare. "It was a suicide mission," Ryan writes in The Way Forward. Show More Summary

Only Rich See Real Wage Gains in Recovery

Aki Ito, Ian Katz and Ilan Kolet, Bloomberg: Call it the no-raises recovery: Five years of economic expansion have done almost nothing to boost paychecks for typical American workers while the rich have gotten richer. Meager improvements...Show More Summary

KKK Heading to Ferguson to 'Guard White Businesses'

Ku Klux Klan members from three different states are reportedly traveling to Ohio to hold a two-day fundraiser for the officer who shot unarmed teen Michael Brown, and to "guard white businesses." The Southern Poverty Law Center first...Show More Summary

Feds Halt Bird-Torching Solar Plant Construction

Federal investigators in California have requested that BrightSource -- owner of thermal solar plants -- halt the construction of more (and bigger) plants until their impact on wildlife has been further investigated. Unlike many other solar plants, the Ivanpah plant does not generate energy using photovoltaic solar panels. Show More Summary

A Letter to Jon Voight About Israel/Palestine

Mark Levine and Gil Hochberg have written a response to the actor Jon Voight in Tikkun to his open letter on the Israel/Palestine conflict. Responding to Voight's description of the birth of Israel, they write, "This is the traditional...Show More Summary

Cop: Don't Want to Get Hurt? Don't Challenge Me

Sunil Dutta: Regardless of what happened with Mike Brown, in the overwhelming majority of cases it is not the cops, but the people they stop, who can prevent detentions from turning into tragedies.... Even though it might sound harsh...Show More Summary

Did Michael Brown Pay for His Cigars?

An excerpt of store security video shot from a different angle appears to show Michael Brown at a check-out counter paying for his cigars before the apparent confrontation with the store clerk, calling into question the police claim that he was stealing them. Show More Summary

Funky UFO Seen Over Houston

The Daily Mail reprints several photos of a strange circle of lights in the air over Houston. "Could a UFO have visited Texas this week?" the tabloid asks. "Several people have taken it to Twitter to post pictures showing a strange object floating through the Houston clouds during a storm last Monday. Show More Summary

St. Louis Police Kill Knife-Wielding Man

A police shooting in another part of St. Louis Tuesday sparked more "Hands up! Don't shoot!" protests from angry residents. A man described as mentally challenged was shot and killed by police in North St. Louis after taking items from a local store, behaving erratically and allegedly charging police twice wielding a knife. Show More Summary

Rick Perry Booked, Gets Mug Shot

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, was booked on Tuesday on two felony charges of misuse of office for removing state funds from a county prosecutor investigating state corruption unless she resigned. Perry voluntarily appeared at the Travis County Court to be fingerprinted and to have his mug shot taken. Show More Summary

Cops Shot Journalists in Ferguson with Rubber Bullets

Ryan Devereaux of The Intercept: Late Monday evening, after many of the major media outlets covering the protests in Ferguson, Mo., had left the streets to broadcast from their set-ups near the police command center, heavily armed officers...Show More Summary

ISIS Beheads U.S. Journalist James Foley

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) claims to have beheaded an American photojournalist and has threatened the life of another American journalist if President Barack Obama doesn't stop airstrikes in Iraq. A graphic video obtained...Show More Summary

No News Helicopters Over Ferguson

Peter Suderman, Reason: One of the strangest things about the tense situation in Ferguson, Missouri,... is that there have been no overhead shots of the action. There's a reason for that. Last week, when the protests began, the Federal...Show More Summary

Congress' Role in Creating Militarized Police

Since 2006, the Pentagon has distributed 432 mine-resistant armored vehicles to local police departments. It has also doled out more than 400 other armored vehicles, 500 aircraft, and 93,000 assault rifles. the Defense Department has been making use of unused military equipment by giving it to local precincts. Show More Summary

Surviving Animals Starving at Destroyed Gaza Zoo

The Gaza zoo was hit multiple times during the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas militants, killing many animals and leaving the survivors weak and traumatized. Staff members said many have not eaten in days because the zoo lacks funds to buy food, and they're getting virtually no assistance. Show More Summary

Arrested Curfew Breaker Was at Home in Car

After leaving a Justice for Michael Brown march on Sunday, Joshua Hampton of Ferguson, Missouri, was sitting in his car smoking in his grandmother's driveway at 2 a.m. with two of his friends when they were surrounded and arrested by police for breaking the midnight curfew. Show More Summary

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