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NYC’s Police Chief: Largest-ever gun seizure by an undercover cop was really because of ‘stop and frisk’

At a press conference this morning, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Department Commissior Ray Kelly announced the largest gun seizure in the history of the city. Nineteen people were arrested on charges that they were running “a gun pipeline” that led from the Carolinas into New York…

Government asks for 60-year sentence for Bradley Manning

The US government has urged a military judge to sentence Bradley Manning to 60 years in prison, arguing that the solider, who leaked a huge collection of classified documents to WikiLeaks, “deserves to spend the majority of his remaining life” in custody. The request was made by military lawyers on…

Detroit’s unions file challenge to city’s bankruptcy filing

(Reuters) – Detroit’s unions filed a challenge on Monday to the city’s historic bankruptcy filing, contending that the city has not met key requirements to seek protection from its creditors. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 25 and other unions said Detroit has not proven it…

Former Disney ‘Jett Jackson’ star Lee Thompson Young dead at 29

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Former Disney star Lee Thompson Young, best known for his lead role in the 1990s series “The Famous Jett Jackson,” has died in Los Angeles, a police spokeswoman said. The actor was 29. Young was found dead by police at his home in the North Hollywood…

U.S. officials: We didn’t ask the UK to detain Greenwald’s partner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. officials did not ask the British government to question the partner of the journalist who first reported secrets leaked by fugitive U.S. intelligence agency contractor Edward Snowden, the White House said on Monday. British authorities did, however, give their U.S. counterparts a “heads up” before detaining…

British social network clamps down on bullying after 14-year-old girl hangs herself

By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Reuters) – Online social network Ask.fm said on Monday it would clamp down on bullying after coming under fire from child safety campaigners for a string of suicides in Britain that were linked to the website popular with teenagers. Earlier this month Hannah Smith, 14, hanged…

Death toll from China flooding tops 100

Devastating floods at opposite ends of China have left 105 people dead and another 115 missing in recent days, state media said Monday. Flooding in the northeast which left 72 people dead was described as “the worst in decades” by state news agency Xinhua, while another 33 people died in…

Bloomberg ‘might feel differently’ about ‘stop and frisk’ if he had a black or Hispanic son

In an editorial published in Sunday’s Washington Post, Mayor Michael Bloomberg vigorously defended the New York City Police Department’s “stop and frisk” policy on the grounds that the practice prevented 21,651 murders in 2012, before adding that “more than 90 percent of [the victims] would have been black and Hispanic.…

Australian man forced to go to ER to have a dessert fork removed from his urethra

In the latest issue of the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports, Doctors Krishanth Naidu, Amanda Chung and Maurice Mulcahy used the unfortunate experience of one Canberra man [Ed. note: Medical pictures at link are NSFW] to illustrate the importance of training doctors to remove self-inserted foreign objects from people’s…

Lawmakers travel the world on lobbyists’ dime

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers are once again taking advantage of their summer recess to race around the globe on privately financed tours to places like China, the Middle East and Scotland – trips watchdog groups cite as evidence that congressional ethics reforms are unraveling. Critics of…

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