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White House: U.S. criminal justice system can handle suspected Benghazi ringleader

The White House said on Tuesday the U.S. criminal justice system could prosecute the captured suspected ringleader of the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and that he would be questioned for intelligence. The comments came in response to criticism from some Republicans that President Barack…

California bill would bar jail time for minors in truancy cases

A bill that would prohibit the jailing of minors who habitually skip school passed a legislative hurdle in California on Tuesday amid a wave of measures aimed at offering second chances to offenders in the most populous U.S. state. The bill is designed to close a loophole that allows students…

Florida company welcomes clients with AK-47

MIAMI — A Florida company is giving new clients a voucher to buy an AK-47 assault rifle to defend themselves from violent crime. Sarasota-based MerchantService.com is a business that provides small stores and businesses with cash machines and credit card processing services. Its “No Merchant Victim” program now offers a…

Winehouse’s father pleads with government over rehab

LONDON — Amy Winehouse’s father went to parliament on Monday to plead for more state-funded drug rehabilitation centres as his family waits for toxicology test results on the British singer’s death. Mitch Winehouse discussed plans to tackle a gap in treatment services and wider drugs policy with Crime Minister James…

U.S. soldier wins new hearing in Afghan murder case

SEATTLE (Reuters) – A military judge has granted a defense request to reopen pretrial evidentiary proceedings for one of the five soldiers in Washington state charged with killing Afghan civilians in cold blood. Dan Conway, the civilian lawyer for Army Private Andrew Holmes, said he was notified on Monday that…

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