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Texas grand jury refuses murder indictment on man who killed deputy on no-knock raid

A grand jury in central Texas refused Wednesday to indict a man on murder charges after he killed a sheriff’s deputy who stormed his house while executing an early-morning no-knock warrant looking for marijuana in December. Henry Goedrich Magee will still face a charge for possession of marijuana while in…

DNA evidence frees two men after 21 years in Attica

Pressed into signing a confession they knew was false, two New York teenagers received sentences of nine years to life and 75 years to life for murders they didn’t commit. Now, nearly 21 years and seven months later, Antonio Yarbough and Sharrif Wilson are free. Exculpatory DNA evidence emerged from…

George Zimmerman fight with DMX called off by promoter

A river of public revulsion has washed away plans for a celebrity boxing match between George Zimmerman and rapper DMX. Damon Feldman, promoter of the fight, abruptly announced Saturday via Twitter that he had canceled the fight. “The George Zimmerman fight is canceled I’m sorry for anyone I hurt with…

Red-light camera firm bribed officials in 13 states, says fired sales exec

A fired executive from a national red-light camera vendor claimed in an Arizona lawsuit that the company provided lavish gifts and bribes to government officials in 13 states to secure new contracts. The New Jersey Star-Ledger reported Saturday that the bombshell allegations made a 13-page counterclaim by Aaron Rosenberg, former…

Teen charged with distributing underage explicit photos for Tweeting nude selfies

A Virginia 16-year-old will face child pornography charges after police allegedly found nude cell phone self-portraits posted to her Twitter account. According to Norfolk, Va. NBC affiliate WAVY.com, the James City County Police Department received an anonymous tip about nude selfies on the unnamed teenager’s account. A police spokesman said…

Chris Christie aide resigns before answering state subpoena on bridge scandal

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s director of intergovernmental affairs resigned Friday, a day before a deadline to answer a subpoena from state lawmakers investigating the evolving bridge closure scandal threatening Christie’s administration and presidential ambitions. An attorney for Christina Genovese Renna told POLITICO on Sunday that Renna left her position…

President Obama, Bill O’Reilly spar in combative pre-Super Bowl interview

President Barack Obama and Fox News host Bill O’Reilly grew testy with one another in a 10-minute live interview aired Sunday ahead of the Super Bowl. Things began tense and remained so throughout, with O’Reilly asking Obama if telling Americans that they could keep their insurance if they liked it…

How Rio’s residents are fighting World Cup inflation with fake currency

GUARDIAN NEWS SERVICE Stephen Moss (Guardian staff writer), The Guardian The residents of Rio have had enough. Fed up with high inflation and rip-off prices ahead of this year’s World Cup and the Olympics in 2016, they have set up a Facebook page called “Rio $urreal – Don’t Pay” dedicated…

Woody Allen’s team responds to renewed child sexual abuse allegations

Woody Allen’s attorney and publicist on Sunday answered claims of child sexual abuse made in a New York Times column Saturday by his daughter Dylan Farrow. It is tragic that after 20 years a story engineered by a vengeful lover resurfaces after it was fully vetted and rejected by independent…

Karl Rove’s 2012 election crash and burn closed donor wallets in 2013

Democrats have a “sizeable advantage” over Republicans in fundraising through the end of 2013, end-of-year Federal Election Commission reports filed Friday show. The Wall Street Journal examined FEC data for the most competitive senate and congressional races, and found that Democratic candidates had raised $42.3 million in 2013 compared to…

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