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Houston fires four cops and dismisses 6,000 tickets in overtime scheme

City of Houston prosecutors have decided to dismiss over 6,000 traffic tickets issued by four police officers after investigators discovered the men were involved in a ticket-rigging ring in order to get more overtime.
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Judges so angered by NCIS spying on civilians they’re willing to let child sex offender go free

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals threw out evidence last week against convicted sex offender Michael Allan Dreyer, who was targeted by the elite Naval Criminal Investigative Service during a child pornography sweep.
Democrat Chad Taylor listens to arguments before the Kansas Supreme Court on Sept. 16, 2014, in his petition to remove his name from the ballot after he withdrew from the U.S. Senate race. (Reuters)

Kansas Democrat asks court to require new US Senate candidate

A Kansas Democrat has asked the state Supreme Court to order his own party to name a new U.S. Senate candidate for the November election after the court ruled the name of a county prosecutor who withdrew must be pulled from the ballot.
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Convicted rapist used Skype to urge teen victim to kill herself while he watched

Michael John Morlan, 21, is currently serving seven years in Montana State Prison after being convicted on two felony counts of sexual intercourse without with a minor.
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‘This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate’ by Naomi Klein: review

Klein wants this book to be read by people who don’t read climate-change books.
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Rand Paul panders to the libertarians Ann Coulter said she’d ‘drown’ if GOP doesn’t take Senate

Despite his penchant for pandering to them, libertarians are increasingly unwilling to trust Rand Paul’s commitment to their principles.
A conservative Tea Party Express protest of big government and Obamacare in Dallas. Taken September 04, 2009 in Dallas, TX. (Ken Durden / Shutterstock.com)

Angry with Washington, 1 in 4 Americans open to secession

The failed Scottish vote to pull out from the United Kingdom stirred secessionist hopes for some in the United States, where almost a quarter of people are open to their states leaving the union.
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Cops say they gunned down handcuffed man because he was armed — but we’re skeptical

Police in Savannah, Georgia, fatally shot a handcuffed man who they say kicked out a patrol car window and tried to escape with a gun.