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Donald Sterling Calls Wife a ‘Pig’ During Probate Trial

Donald Sterling Calls Wife a ‘Pig’ During Probate Trial

Kirby Lee/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was combative Wednesday during his second day on the witness stand in a probate trial against his estranged wife Shelly, calling her a “pig” and testifying that he will “never, ever, ever” sell the team.Sterling said, “Get away from me you pig,” when she approached him after she testified.During his testimony, Sterling said, “Make no mistake today, I will never, ever sell this team. Until I die, I will be suing the NBA.”The trial will determine if Shelly Sterling can proceed with her sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.Judge Michael Levanas must determine whether Shelly Sterling properly complied with the terms of the Sterling Family Trust when she removed her estranged husband as a co-trustee, or was the disgraced owner defrauded by her and two doctors who say they determined him to be mentally incapacitated.Judge Levanas must also determine if Shelly Sterling had the right to proceed with the sale of the Clippers to Ballmer after Donald Sterling revoked the trust agreement in June.Shelly Sterling testified Wednesday that she acted properly when she took control of the family trust.  She said her husband was becoming more forgetful and she feared he was developing Alzheimer’s disease.During his testimony, Donald Sterling said his estranged wife had “deceived” him. “I trusted her. I believed in her. I never thought that a woman wouldn’t stand by her husband,” Sterling told the court.The NBA banned Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million dollars for racist comments he made to an assistant in April. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also demanded that Sterling sell the L.A. franchise.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Juvenile Suspect Identified in Connection with May Fire in California

Juvenile Suspect Identified in Connection with May Fire in California

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) — The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department says it has identified a suspect in the Washingtonia/Cocos Fire in San Marcos, California in May, which has been deemed arson.The sheriff’s department would not release information about the suspect, except that the individual they believe is responsible is a juvenile. An investigation conducted by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Bomb/Arson Unit, Cal Fire, the San Marcos Fire Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, has been closed in regards to the May 14 fire. Investigators did not link the suspect to any of the other destructive California fires from earlier this year.
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Six Dead in Texas Shooting, Suspect Surrenders After Standoff

Six Dead in Texas Shooting, Suspect Surrenders After Standoff

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SPRING, Texas) — Six people were shot to death, including at least four children, and a seventh person was injured at a home in Spring, Texas, late Wednesday, police said.A standoff between police and a suspect in the shootings ensued after a brief car chase. Police brought in two trucks and wedged the suspect’s vehicle between them on a cul-de-sac near the site of the shooting.Harris County Precinct 4 Assistant Chief Deputy Mark Herman told ABC station KTRK this was a “domestic disturbance.”According to police, a woman at the 711 Leaflet Lane house who was shot said a family member was responsible and that person had left to kill another family member who worked at a nearby restaurant. Police were able to intercept the suspect before he got to the restaurant. The woman who was shot was clinging to life at a local hospital.
As the trucks blocked the suspect’s car, the man visibly engaged with police from the driver’s seat. Police said the suspect, in his mid-40s, had a handgun and was holding it to his head. They were speaking with the man by cell phone as darkness fell over the scene. Nearby homes were evacuated.
At about 10 p.m. CT, authorities swarmed the vehicle, and the suspect was taken into custody.
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Jury Finds Los Angeles Dodgers Negligent in 2011 Beating at Dodger Stadium

Jury Finds Los Angeles Dodgers Negligent in 2011 Beating at Dodger Stadium

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — A jury found in favor of the baseball fan who was beaten outside of Dodger Stadium in 2011, awarding him $18 million in the civil verdict.Bryan Stow, a San Francisco Giants fan, was beaten outside of Dodger Stadium following a game between the Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011. Earlier this year, Louie Sanchez, 31, and Marvin Norwood, 33, agreed to plead guilty to beating Stow following the March 31, 2011 game. Sanchez knocked Stow unconscious, without provocation, causing Stow to suffer severe brain trauma. Stow’s attorneys claimed that the team failed to provide adequate security on the day he was attacked.While the judge found the Dodgers, under former ownership, will have to pay the majority of the $18 million award — about $14 million. Former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt was not found to be liable, however.
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Woman Who Rescued Subway Baby Believes Mom Counted on Her

Woman Who Rescued Subway Baby Believes Mom Counted on Her

NYPD(NEW YORK) –  The woman who rescued a baby abandoned on a New York City subway platform believes the child’s mother targeted her, assuming she would take good care of the child.Catherine Goodman told ABC News that she held the door of the front car for Frankea Dabbs when Dabbs got on the train with her baby in a stroller at 42nd Street Monday. When Goodman got off a few minutes later at the 59th Street station, she noticed the stroller by itself on the platform.“I look up, and the subway doors had just closed, and there’s [the mom] standing in the doorway,” Goodman said. “And her face is just blank.”Goodman, an actress also known as Catherine Boursier, believes Dabbs targeted her, seeing someone she could leave her daughter with.”My heart goes out to her (the mom). It’s hard and I’m glad she didn’t hurt the baby,” Goodman said.Convinced it was a terrible accident, Goodman went to a transit worker and carried the stroller over to the downtown platform, waiting for the mom to return and singing to the 10-month-old infant, who had socks on her hands.“The little girl was in such good spirits,” said Goodman. “She was sweet, happy, very pleasant.”“I was certainty in a little bit of shock. I didn’t know what to think,” she said.When the mother didn’t return after 20 to 25 minutes, Goodman went to the police.Goodman, who is a mother herself, does not solely blame the mother.“She felt overwhelmed,” Goodman said. “Being a mom is hard, and especially with a little child, it can be very isolating and difficult. I feel bad that she doesn’t have the support. A lot of moms feel that.”Goodman also said that baby seemed happy and well taken care of.Dabbs, 20, was arrested shortly after midnight on Tuesday and police said she told them that she was homeless and couldn’t handle being a mother. She was charged with abandoning a child and committing actions injurious to a child less than the age of 17.Dabbs’ father, Franklin Dabbs of Wilmington, North Carolina, told ABC News that his daughter has been erratic since she saw her boyfriend shot dead by three men while she hid under a bed. She was two months pregnant at the time, he said.Since rescuing the infant, Goodman has thought about the little girl and is relived she’s in good hands. “I know she’s safe. I know she’s being taken care of.”She doesn’t consider herself a hero though. “Anyone else would do the same thing.”
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Feds Spied on Prominent Muslim-Americans, Report Claims

Feds Spied on Prominent Muslim-Americans, Report Claims

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — A new report based on National Security Agency documents taken by Edward Snowden has revealed the names of prominent American Muslims whose emails it claims were monitored by the FBI and the NSA for years — the most specific allegation yet of the U.S. government’s domestic spying and one that officials said could compromise ongoing operations.The report, published overnight by Glenn Greenwald at the fledgling news outlet The Intercept, identifies five of some 202 “U.S. Persons” listed in NSA documents whose emails were allegedly swept up over a six-year period ending in 2008: Nihad Awad, Executive Director of CAIR, the largest Muslim civil rights organization in the country; Faisal Gill, who served with the Department of Homeland Security and ran for public office in Virginia as a Republican; Asim Ghafoor, a defense attorney who has taken on terrorism-related cases; Hooshang Amirahmadi, an international relations professor at Rutgers University; and Agha Saeed, a former political science professor at California State University and National Chairman of the American Muslim Alliance.”There is absolutely no question in my mind that the reason I was being surveilled is because I am a Muslim. There is nothing in my background. I have always carried a security clearance,” Gill told ABC News in an interview broadcast Wednesday on Good Morning America.The disclosure by The Intercept of Americans allegedly once spied on secretly, and possibly under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, is unprecedented, according to some officials in national security positions who say they urged Greenwald not to use the names of any individuals because it could compromise ongoing operations or wrongly implicate the people cited.All five named by Greenwald have denied involvement in terrorism and none have ever been charged with any terrorism-related crimes.The new disclosures raise a host of questions — namely why these individuals’ emails were collected by U.S. spies inside the homeland in the first place, given the layers of legal review such intelligence warrants undergo. Current and former officials said the Attorney General and the FBI director would have been personally involved in overseeing any FISA warrant targeting the leader of a civil rights group such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which is protected by the First Amendment speech protections of the Constitution.In his potentially explosive story, Greenwald admits he only has a list of thousands of email addresses which may have been targets of intelligence collection, adding that because other files he does not possess are still classified, “it is impossible to know why their emails were monitored, or the extent of the surveillance.””It is also unclear under what legal authority it was conducted,” Greenwald writes.Any spying inside the U.S. linked to terrorism or espionage must be approved with a warrant from the super-secret federal court that oversees classified FISA surveillance and clandestine FBI searches.In June last year, with Greenwald’s help, Snowden leaked the first known copy of a FISA court order since the court’s inception 35 years ago.Greenwald also concedes in his online article that The Intercept’s reporters and editors do not know “what, if anything, authorities found that permitted them to continue spying on the men for prolonged periods of time,” but said the five shared a “Muslim heritage.””It is entirely false that U.S. intelligence agencies conduct electronic surveillance of political, religious or activist figures solely because they disagree with public policies or criticize the government, or for exercising constitutional rights,” said a joint statement by the Department of Justice and Office of the Director of National Intelligence Tuesday night.While the reasons for surveillance aren’t known, some of the men named had public associations that may have raised questions. Gill, for instance, once worked as a consultant for the American Muslim Council, which was founded by Abdulrahman Alamoudi, a man who pleaded guilty in 2004 to charges related to his “activities… with nations and organizations that have ties to terrorism.” Gill was investigated for this connection twice by the DHS and was cleared both times, The Intercept reported, yet the surveillance continued.A senior government official said without knowing the underlying probable cause presented to a federal judge from the FISA court in each case, Greenwald and The Intercept cannot know why the e-mails of the purported targets were collected.As a result, the official said, Greenwald and Snowden cannot know whether the surveillance revealed evidence or intelligence in each case that was incriminating or exculpatory — or whether some targets later cooperated with the FBI. Several officials said it was “irresponsible” to name individuals as surveillance targets when no public court record exists. The identified targets could be guilty or innocent or even cooperating with the government, the officials said.”You don’t know if somebody was later approached to become an informant,” the senior official said. “To the extent any of these people were targets, [The Intercept report] is a serious compromise. And if they weren’t targets, they shouldn’t be named.”The Intercept said many of the emails on the spreadsheet titled “FISA Recap,” which they said Snowden provided, “appear to belong to foreigners whom the government believes are linked to al Qaeda, Hamas and Hezbollah.” But the report says their three-month investigation showed that “in practice, the system for authorizing NSA surveillance affords the government wide latitude in spying on U.S. citizens.”However, current and former U.S. officials told ABC News that Snowden or Greenwald may have misunderstood some of the NSA documents, which they reported are spreadsheets with 7,485 email addresses, including many among multiple accounts by individuals.”You should not assume all of the names Glenn Greenwald has were targets of surveillance,” a senior official familiar with Snowden’s pilfered cache told ABC News last week.A former senior official once closely involved in the FISA warrant process told ABC News that The Intercept’s reporters were repeatedly warned by him that they “were getting it wrong” in how they interpreted what the NSA spreadsheets from Snowden signified. The documents also were curiously absent of the markings secret files typically carry which denote its specific level of classification and distribution limitations.”The documents indicated to me that they were not targets,” the former official said.Greenwald, who delayed his announced publication date last week by several days while seeking additional clarification from the U.S. government, reported the Department of Justice refused to comment and he was ultimately unable to determine under what legal authority the surveillance was conducted or whether the men were formally targeted under FISA warrants.“Unlike some other nations, the United States does not monitor anyone’s communications in order to suppress criticism or to put people at a disadvantage based on their ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation or religion,” the joint statement provided to ABC News by the government offices said. “Our intelligence agencies can collect communications only when they have a legitimate foreign intelligence or counterintelligence purpose. This work is done to help protect Americans.”“Moreover, no U.S. person can be the subject of surveillance based solely on First Amendment activities, such as staging public rallies, organizing campaigns, writing critical essays or expressing personal beliefs. On the other hand, a person who the court finds is an agent of a foreign power under this rigorous standard is not exempted just because of his or her occupation,” the statement said.The Intercept also reported that Snowden provided a 2005 training document that instructed “intelligence community personnel” to file memos correctly to justify a FISA warrant. “In the place where the target’s real name would go,” Greenwald writes, “the memo offers a fake name as a placeholder: ‘Mohammad Raghead.’”Another senior government official, who is not authorized to speak to the press, told ABC News that the offensive document was produced by a low-level “knucklehead” who only shared it with a few fellow government or military employees, not thousands of intelligence workers.Vanee Vines, a spokesperson for the NSA, told ABC News that while the agency would not comment on the “authenticity of any allegedly leaked material,” the NSA “has not and would not approve official training documents that include insulting or inflammatory language.”“Any use of racial or ethical stereotypes, slurs or other similar language by employees is both unacceptable and inconsistent with NSA policy and core values,” Vines said.
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Alarming Stats from Congressional Campus Sex Assault Report

Alarming Stats from Congressional Campus Sex Assault Report

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Many institutions of higher education are failing at addressing sexual assaults on their campuses, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said Wednesday as she released a new report on how colleges and universities are responding to sexual assault cases.“This survey shows that there are way too many schools that are failing and just about every institution in the country has room for improvement,” McCaskill said at a news conference Wednesday.Here are some of the most alarming figures from the report:

41% of institutions did not conduct a single investigation of campus sexual assault in the past five years
43% of the nation’s largest public schools allow students to help adjudicate sexual assault cases
22% of institutions permit athletic departments to have oversight of sexual assault cases involving athletes
21% of institutions do not provide sexual assault response training to their faculty and staff
31% of schools do not provide any type of sexual assault training for their students
33% of schools did not provide basic sexual assault training to the people who adjudicate claims of sexual assault
30% of law enforcement officials at the institutions received no training on responding to reports of sexual violence
Only 16% of schools conduct climate surveys of students to assess sexual assaults on college campuses

The findings come from a survey of a national sample of 350 institutions of higher education, which were granted anonymity in order to receive the most candid information.
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Teachers, Doctor Accused of Prescription Drug Ring, Police Say

Teachers, Doctor Accused of Prescription Drug Ring, Police Say

iStock/Thinkstock(CHINA GROVE, N.C.) — An elementary school teacher and her doctor husband hatched an elaborate prescription pill scheme to feed their own drug habits, police said.Five other school employees and another person in Rowan County, North Carolina, were also charged with being involved in the drug ring.Police say this how the scheme happened: The teachers filled bogus prescriptions for hydrocodone written by the husband, Dr. Orrin Walker, and then brought the pills right back to him and his wife, Abby Walker, the China Grove Police Department said.The Walkers obtained about 25,000 pills from about 200 illegal prescriptions over 17 months, according to police.ABC News could not reach the Walkers for comment. It is not clear if they have an attorney.Abby Walker is accused of convincing two fellow teachers at Bostian Elementary School in China Grove to join the pill ring. She also lured a teacher from Southside Christian Academy in Salisbury, an administrative assistant from McKnight School in Kannapolis and a friend to help fill the illegal prescriptions, police said.The suspects exchanged information at the schools but students were never in danger, Police Chief Eddie Kluttz said.Orrin Walker worked at the Main Street Family Practice in Salisbury. His medical license is now inactive, according to the North Carolina Medical Board.His wife was suspended from her position at Bostian Elementary School in March when the school learned of the police investigation and she later resigned, the school said in a statement.Orrin and Abby Walker were charged with Level III Trafficking Opiates By Possession. The other six suspects were charged with multiple counts each of Conspiracy to Commit Prescription Fraud/Forgery, police said.Authorities expect the Walkers and the other suspects to turn themselves in on Wednesday.
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Police: Prostitute Injected Google Exec with Heroin, Left Him to Die

Police: Prostitute Injected Google Exec with Heroin, Left Him to Die

Santa Cruz Police Dept.(SANTA CRUZ, Calif.) — More than seven months after a Silicon Valley executive was found dead on his yacht of an apparent overdose, police said they have uncovered new video evidence that reveals he may have been murdered.Alix Tichelman, 26, who police describe as a high-end call girl, is believed to be the woman in the video injecting Forrest Hayes, 51, with heroin during a date together last November, according to Santa Cruz, California police.It was initially thought that Hayes, who had worked at Apple and was employed by Google at the time of his death, died of an overdose on his yacht, “The Escape.”The newly uncovered surveillance video shows a woman, who Santa Cruz police say is Tichelman, administering the drugs and never trying to help Hayes or to call authorities when it was clear something had gone terribly wrong, Deputy Chief Steve Clark said.”She was so callous that in gathering her things, she was literally stepping over the body and at one point stepped over the body to grab a glass of wine and finish the glass of wine,” Clark told ABC’s San Francisco owned station KGO-TV.Police said the woman believed to be Tichelman even drew the blinds to the bedroom on the 50-foot yacht before leaving.Investigators took Tichelman’s fingerprints from the wine glass, according to KGO-TV. Posing as a potential client, police said they met up with Tichelman at a hotel on July 4 and arrested her on suspicion of second-degree murder, destruction of evidence and transporting and providing narcotics.It was unclear if Tichelman has hired an attorney.An obituary posted in the Santa Cruz Sentinel describes Hayes as a husband and father to five children.”More than anything else he enjoyed spending time with his family at home and on his boat,” the obituary said. “His brilliant mind, contagious smile, and warm embrace will be missed and cherished in memories by his friends and family.”
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Colorado Man’s Close Call with Lightning Caught on Video

Colorado Man’s Close Call with Lightning Caught on Video

iStock/Thinkstock(ARVADA, Colo.) — A Colorado man using his phone to capture a video of hail and lightning outside his house Monday got a little too close to the action when he was suddenly thrown to the floor by a bolt of lightning, catching the whole thing on camera.Chad Greenlees, of Arvada, had thought he was safe from a strike when standing underneath the protection of his garage. Taking out his phone, he panned across the dark and cloudy sky before a lightning strike knocked him down.“I kind of stumbled back and fell through the door,” Greenlees told ABC News affiliate 7NEWS.Greenlees’ daughter, Ileah, heard the crash and ran over to find her father convulsing on the floor.His wife, Emmy, immediately called 911.“I thought I was going to lose him,” she said. “It was scary.”At the hospital, doctors checked Chad Greenlees for entrance and exit wounds, but none could be found.While doctors have told Greenlees he’s going to be okay, he still reports hearing ringing in his ears and being generally achy.“I was scared to death,” said Greenlees. “I’m grateful that I survived.”

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Pretrial Date Set in Fla. Movie Theater Shooting; Trial Could Start in Early 2015

Pretrial Date Set in Fla. Movie Theater Shooting; Trial Could Start in Early 2015

iStock/Thinkstock(TAMPA, Fla.) — A retired police captain accused in a fatal movie theater shooting appeared in court Wednesday, and expected to learn when he’ll stand trial. The judge, however, set the date for another pretrial hearing to take place Sept. 10 with hopes for the trial to begin in early 2015.Police say Curtis Reeves, 71, shot and killed Chad Oulson, 43, during a confrontation over Olson’s texting during the previews before a showing of “Lone Survivor” at a Wesley Chapel, Florida, theater.Attorneys for Oulson’s widow, Nicole, who watched her husband die at her side, say there’s no reason the trial should be delayed.“We are just delaying the inevitable,” attorney T.J. Grimaldi said. “No matter what occurs, there’s no way, the way we see it, that [Reeves] is going to be found not guilty.”Reeves became annoyed with Oulson’s using his cellphone and went to tell the movie theater managers, according to authorities.When he returned, the argument escalated, authorities said.Reeves, who’s in jail after his bail request was denied, is charged with second-degree murder and has pleaded not guilty, claiming he acted in self-defense. Reeves’ attorneys say that Oulson may have thrown a cellphone at Reeves.Witnesses say the only thing Oulson threw was a bag of popcorn.“He was hit in the face with an unknown object,” attorney Richard Escobar said. “At that point, he has every right to defend himself.”In audiotapes played by prosecutors in a February bond hearing, Reeves said he regretted the shooting immediately.”As soon as I pulled the trigger, I said, ‘Oh, this is stupid,’” he said in the tape. “There’s no justification for what happened in there. If I had to do it over again, it would have never happened. We would have moved.”The shooting has proved especially tragic because of the ramifications. Reeves was a decorated former law-enforcement officer. Oulson left behind a 2-year-old daughter, Alexis.Alexis misses her father, Grimaldi said.“She understands daddy isn’t home. She asks for daddy and he doesn’t show up,” Grimaldi said. “It’s almost a good thing that she’s so young, because she doesn’t quite comprehend where daddy is.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

UM Football Players Accused of Sexually Assaulting ‘Physically Helpless’ Classmate

UM Football Players Accused of Sexually Assaulting ‘Physically Helpless’ Classmate

iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) — Two University of Miami football players were arrested on sexual battery charges Tuesday, and kicked off the team and campus, for an alleged incident involving a 17-year-old girl.Court and jail records show JaWand Blue and Alex Figueroa, both 20-year-old linebackers, were booked Tuesday.The two admitted to getting the classmate intoxicated and then allegedly raping her several times in Figueroa’s dorm room over the 4th of July weekend.Blue and Figueroa turned themselves in.They confessed to buying several alcoholic beverages for the victim, leaving her “physically helpless to resist” as they allegedly performed sexual acts without her consent, according to an affidavit.The accuser reported the alleged incident to university police, and the Coral Gables Police Department investigated.Students on campus were stunned by the allegations. “I think that’s terrible,” graduate student Liz Chapel said. “I feel terrible for the girl.”In a statement, Miami athletic director Blake James said Blue and Figueroa have been barred from campus.“Any allegation of a sexual assault is extremely serious, and the University will not tolerate conduct that threatens the sanctity and safety of our students and our campus,” he said. “We hold all of our students — especially student athletes — to the highest standards of moral conduct.”University president Donna Shalala also issued a statement, stating that the school has “zero tolerance for sexual assault.”This is the fifth time in the past three years that a University of Miami football player has been booted from the team after run-ins with the law.Blue and Figueroa have been released on bond and are scheduled to be arraigned later this month. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Four Dead, Homes Destroyed by Storms in Central New York

Four Dead, Homes Destroyed by Storms in Central New York

iStock/Thinkstock(SMITHFIELD, N.Y.) — Four people died and four homes collapsed in Central New York Tuesday due to severe storms, authorities said.The deaths were reported after 7 p.m. in the community of Smithfield, Madison County, officials with the county sheriff’s office told ABC affiliate WSYR-TV.The storm brought down numerous trees and utility lines, with damage also reported in the towns of Sullivan and Lennox.The victims’ identities have not been released.Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley said authorities were searching the rubble and interviewing neighbors Tuesday, looking for any additional victims.“We got our search dogs out right now looking around,” he told WSYR-TV. “We’re just picking up parts of the house to see if anyone is underneath them.”Authorities have scheduled a 9 a.m. news conference to discuss the storm impact.
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ACLU, LGBT Groups Withdraw Support for Employment Non-Discrimination Act

ACLU, LGBT Groups Withdraw Support for Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Hisham Ibrahim/Photographer’s Choice RF/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A number of national social organizations withdrew their support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act on Tuesday citing the recent Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby as proof that the provision allowing religious organizations to, “discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity” is “no longer tenable.”In a joint statement, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, Lamda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and the Transgender Law Center said that the existing provision, “would prevent ENDA from providing protections that LGBT people desperately need and would make very bad law with potential further negative effects.”Under the Supreme Court ruling, the organizations claims that religiously affiliated organizations, such as hospitals, nursing homes and universities, could engage in workplace discrimination against LGBT people.”Given the types of workplace discrimination we see increasingly against LGBT people, together with the calls for greater permission to discriminate on religious grounds that followed immediately upon the Supreme Court’s decision last week…it has become clear that the inclusion of this provision is no longer tenable,” the joint statement read.
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Mom Who Left Baby on Subway Saw Boyfriend Killed, Dad Says

Mom Who Left Baby on Subway Saw Boyfriend Killed, Dad Says

NYPD(NEW YORK) — The woman accused of abandoning her baby on crowded New York City subway platform has been erratic since seeing her boyfriend shot to death while she hid nearby, the woman’s father told ABC News Tuesday.Frankea Dabbs, 20, left her 10-month-old daughter at a busy Manhattan subway station Monday and got back on the train without her.
Dabbs was arrested and charged Tuesday with abandoning a child and committing actions injurious to a child less than the age of 17. She told police she was homeless after arriving in the city on June 2 and couldn’t handle being a mother.”She felt she couldn’t take care of the baby and thought she was leaving her in a safe public space,” said Stephen Davis, spokesman for the New York Police Department.Her father told ABC News Tuesday that he had no idea that his daughter and granddaughter were in New York, but said she has been unnerved since the shooting.”She saw her boyfriend get killed,” Franklin Dabbs of Wilmington, North Carolina, told ABC News. “Three guys came to the house. She was hiding under the bed. She was two months pregnant then. I think that burden was still with her.”The father knew the boyfriend only as Demetrius, he said.Dabbs said that ever since the shooting his daughter wore sunglasses everywhere and wanted to be in dark rooms all the time, a possible indication of her emotional state.Dabbs said his daughter was once a great mom.”I’m very surprised — she was always a good mother to her baby,” he said.”I’ve seen her clean the baby, feed the baby, everything. I’m speechless, really,” he said.Her father says he learned about the arrest on the news and is planning a trip to New York.”I know she’s a good mother,” he said. “I don’t understand what happened. I love both of them. All I want is my kids back in North Carolina with me, especially my grandchild.”Dabbs’ last known address was in Raleigh, North Carolina, but she had identification indicating that she was from California. She told police that the baby’s father had recently died in California, contradicting her father’s account that he died in North Carolina.She has an active warrant out of North Carolina for marijuana possession, according to police records.”I’m just glad they found the mom and the baby’s fine,” said Catherine Boursier, the woman who found the stranded child on the subway platform alone in a red-and-white polka-dot stroller on Monday.Boursier stayed with the child until police arrived around noon.Frankea Dabbs admitted to police that she abandoned her baby, authorities said.She was arrested early Tuesday morning on Manhattan’s Upper West Side after the NYPD released a photo of the infant, shown sucking on a bottle and wearing a red-and-white blouse.Dabbs was taken into custody about 12:30 a.m. not far from where she is accused of leaving the infant.The baby was taken to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center for a check-up and is in stable condition. The baby is now in custody of the city’s Administration for Children’s Services.Police also released a video showing a woman wearing sunglasses and a white tank top dodging a fare by pushing the infant through the emergency exit to enter a subway station.
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Two Dead in Murder-Suicide at Spokane Cancer Treatment Center

Two Dead in Murder-Suicide at Spokane Cancer Treatment Center

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SPOKANE, Wash.) — Two people were killed in an apparent murder-suicide involving a husband and wife on Tuesday near Deaconness Medical Center.The Spokane Police Deparment says that a man entered the Rockwood Cancer Treatment Center inside Deaconness Medical center and shot a woman who was later determined to be his wife. He then proceeded to turn the gun on himself.Officers responded to the scene shortly after 9:30 a.m. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, while the man was taken to the emergency room for treatment. He was pronounced dead a short time later.Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub called the incident “a family and community tragedy.” The children of the victim and suspect are safe and in the care of relatives, police say.
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VA Announces Reorganization After Watchdog Criticism

VA Announces Reorganization After Watchdog Criticism

Photo by Laura Segall/Getty Images)(WASHINGTON) — The Department of Veterans Affairs announced on Tuesday that changes have been made after the agency received criticism from an internal watchdog. On June 23, the Office of Special Counsel sent a letter to President Obama regarding the VA, recommending an immediate review and briefing of the Office of the Medical Inspector’s operation, process and structure. The OMI had allegedly been playing down the effect of treatment errors and appointment delays.”At VA, we depend on VA employees and leaders to put the needs of Veterans first and honor VA’s core values of Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence,” said acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson. “Given recent revelations by the Office of Special Counsel, it is clear that we need to restructure the Office of medical Inspector to create a strong internal audit function which will ensure issues of care quality and patient safety remain at the forefront.”The VA said it will also appoint an interim Director of OMI from outside the current office, and all calls to OMI in the immediate future will be referred to the Office of Inspector General.Gibson decried “intimidation or retaliation…against any employee who raises a hand to identify a problem, make a suggestion, or report what may be a violation in law, policy, or our core values.”
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Pro-Pot Activists Hope to Roll Up Votes in 14 More States

Pro-Pot Activists Hope to Roll Up Votes in 14 More States

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — As pot dealers in Washington sell their first legal joints Tuesday, marijuana activists are targeting as many as 14 more states over the next two years.Two states, Alaska and Oregon, along with Washington D.C., will lik…

Mission Grammatical: CIA Has 185-Page Writing Style Book

Mission Grammatical: CIA Has 185-Page Writing Style Book

The Central Intelligence Agency(WASHINGTON) — The CIA will not say exactly how many civilians have been killed in its drone program, but if it did, it would know exactly how to write the figure. Guidance is found in Chapter 2, Section 2 “Numbers 10 or More” in the agency’s 185-page style manual.The document, along with the CIA’s new Twitter account, provides a glimpse into the very corporate side of the intelligence agency. Just as al Qaeda reportedly had to deal with expense reports, it seems America’s James Bonds must keep a sharp eye out for “streams of polysyllables and prepositional phrases.”The manual, titled Style Manual and Writers Guide for Intelligence Publications, was posted online, reportedly last week, by the National Security Counselors, a group of attorneys who requested it through the Freedom of Information Act.“Good intelligence depends in large measure on clear, concise writing,” says the 2011 document’s Foreword, written by Fran Moore, the head of the CIA’s analytical branch. “The information the CIA gathers and the analysis it produces mean little if we cannot convey them effectively.”Much of the guide will ring familiar to journalists, publishers or English teachers — the CIA even weighs in on controversial comma rules — and the agency goes further to encourage its employees to, basically, cut the crap in their reports.“Keep the language crisp and pungent; prefer the forthright to the pompous and ornate,” the guide says under the heading “Some Helpful Precepts.” “Do not stray from the subject; omit the extraneous, no matter how brilliant it may seem to even be.”It also asks that employees realize who their “customers” are.“Be aware of your reading audience; reserve technical language for technical readers,” it says. “Be objective; write as a reporter or analyst or administrator unless you are entitled to write as a policymaker.”The style document was posted online days before the CIA made another online splash with the same corporate outreach tool used by many clothing brands and fast food restaurants: Twitter.The CIA had jumped on Twitter the month before with a joke, and kept up the humor Monday when celebrating its first full month on the social network.“Today we take 10 mins to answer 5 of the top questions you’ve asked. #twitterversary,” the CIA tweeted.For one answer: “No, we don’t know where Tupac is.” And another: “No, we don’t know your password, so we can’t sent it to you. #sorrynotsorry”While the CIA’s tweets drew chuckles from some online, other critics of the agency didn’t find the flippant side to a serious organization very amusing.“Remember when @CIA kidnapped people from all over, sent them to torture camps, and shipped them to abusive regimes? #LOL #Twitterversary,” wrote author and privacy advocate Glenn Greenwald.
Greenwald has exposed the operations of the National Security Agency, another intelligence agency that works with the CIA, based on NSA documents provided by Edward Snowden, a former NSA contractor who also once worked for the CIA.The CIA’s jokes also came at an inopportune time — just days after German prosecutors reportedly accused a German intelligence employee of spying for the U.S. for years. The White House has declined to comment on the German prosecutors’ allegations.
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Washington State Marijuana Shops Opening Their Doors

Washington State Marijuana Shops Opening Their Doors

MIGUEL ROJO/AFP/Getty Images(SEATTLE) — Legal marijuana sales begin across Washington state Tuesday, an occasion that had some people camping out overnight to ensure a place in line.Deb Greene, a grandmother of three and competitive runner, showed up more than a day in advance.“I never thought I’d see it in my lifetime, and to be able to vote for it and to be able to enjoy it legally was just an awesome thing in my life,” Greene said.The state joined Colorado, where sales began Jan. 1, by voting in November 2012 to legalize marijuana for adults over 21. The vote also created state-licensed systems for the growth, sale and taxation on the pot. It turns out, voting for legal marijuana is easier than enacting it. While two dozen stores will open across the state, only one shop has been approved so far for Seattle – Cannabis City.Shop manager Amber McGowan expects lots of buzz Tuesday.“We anticipate 10,000 people,” McGowan said. “We hope to goodness we won’t get that much, because we don’t have that much product.”Along with the crowds, a shortage is expected, too. Less than 100 of the 2,600 people who applied to be pot growers have been approved, leaving a limited supply of the marijuana available.But stores will be ready Tuesday, with some managers arranging for food trucks and free water along with portable toilets to ensure that customers are comfortable during their wait.

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