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FL man distracts cops with fake 911 murder call to get out of speeding ticket: ‘It almost worked’

A Florida man is facing the possibility of prison time for phoning in a phony report of an imminent murder in an attempt to get out of a speeding ticket. West Melbourne police arrested Julius Lupowitz, who now faces up to five years in prison in addition to a $209…

Police seek CA hate crime suspect who ripped hijab from Iraqi woman’s head and choked her

Police are seeking a man who ripped a hijab from an Iraqi immigrant’s head and then choked her earlier this month in California, reported the Los Angeles Times. The man ran up behind the woman as she loaded groceries into her car July 2 in the parking lot of a…

Website allows donors to pay Detroit residents’ overdue water bills

Widespread water shutoffs in Detroit have led to the creation of a website that allows donors to anonymously pay the overdue bills of residents in the bankrupt city, a site organizer said on Thursday. Recent efforts by the cash-strapped municipal water authority to collect tens of millions of dollars in…

White House alarmed by ‘extraordinary’ inaction by Congress on border crisis

White House officials expressed growing alarm on Thursday that Congress may not soon approve President Barack Obama’s emergency request for $3.7 billion to tackle the child migration crisis on the southern border of the United States. The stalemate over the request comes as Obama prepares on Friday to host the…

Navajo president calls beating deaths of homeless Native American men a hate crime

The president of the Navajo Nation condemned the beating deaths of two Native American homeless men in New Mexico as a hate crime, and called on Thursday for a federal investigation into slayings that police have blamed on three teenagers. Prosecutors have charged three Hispanic teens, ages 15, 16 and…

‘Economic patriotism’: Obama calls on corporations to stay in US, pay their taxes

U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday hammered U.S. companies that avoid federal taxes by shifting their tax domiciles overseas in deals known as “inversions” and called on Congress to pass a bill to curb the practice. During remarks to a rowdy crowd at the Los Angeles Technical College, Obama promoted…

Groundwater disappearing in southwest, prompting fears it may become depleted

Underground stores of water in the southwestern United States have receded dramatically amid ongoing drought that has parched states from Oklahoma to the Pacific Coast and is costing California billions in lost crops and jobs, a new study shows. The study released Thursday by the University of California, Irvine, shows…

Colorado appeals court denies bid to block same-sex marriages in Boulder County

A Colorado appeals court on Thursday denied a motion by the state’s top lawyer seeking to block a county clerk from issuing same-sex marriage licenses until the long-running legal battle is resolved by higher courts. In its ruling, the Colorado Court of Appeals said Attorney General John Suthers had not…

Walmart fires CEO after weakest year of growth since 2009

Zoe Wood, the Guardian In the second major personnel change among the global supermarket elite this week, Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, has replaced the boss of its ailing US chain. Bill Simon will be replaced by Greg Foran, a 53-year-old New Zealander who is currently running its Asian business.…

Seattle man arrested for threatening gay and lesbian shoppers with knife

A Seattle man was arrested and charged with a hate crime after he allegedly harassed a gay man and a lesbian and threatened them with a knife in a QFC grocery store. KOMO News reported that the two shoppers were accosted by the 29-year-old suspect around 1:00 a.m., when he…

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