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Federal grand jury indicts Alabama cop who paralyzed Indian man with body-slam

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A U.S. federal grand jury has indicted an Alabama police officer captured on video throwing an Indian man to the ground on a charge related to the use of unreasonable force, federal prosecutors said on Friday.

Eric Parker, 26, then an officer with the Madison Police Department, was seen on video recorded from inside a patrol vehicle on Feb. 6 throwing Sureshbhai Patel to the ground after attempting to question him.

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Patel has said he was left partially paralyzed by the officer’s actions. His lawyer says Patel speaks no English and moved to northern Alabama from India about two weeks before the incident to help his son’s family care for a young child.

Patel last month filed a civil rights complaint against Parker, another officer and the city of Madison, alleging that race played a role in the incident.

The Madison Police Department said it has recommended Parker’s termination, which is currently under appeal.

The grand jury indicted Parker late on Thursday, the U.S. Justice Department said.

(Reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky in New Orleans; Editing by Will Dunham)

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BUSTED: Trump’s new spy chief worked for foreign politician the US accused of corruption

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by Isaac Arnsdorf

President Donald Trump’s new acting intelligence director, Richard Grenell, used to do consulting work on behalf of an Eastern European oligarch who is now a fugitive and was recently barred from entering the U.S. under anti-corruption sanctions imposed last month by the State Department.

In 2016, Grenell wrote several articles defending the oligarch, a Moldovan politician named Vladimir Plahotniuc, but did not disclose that he was being paid, according to records and interviews. Grenell also did not register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which generally requires people to disclose work in the U.S. on behalf of foreign politicians.

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Air pollution kills thousands of Americans every year – here’s a low-cost strategy to reduce the toll

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About 1 of every 25 deaths in the U.S. occurs prematurely because of exposure to air pollution. Dirty air kills roughly 110,000 Americans yearly, which is more than all transportation accidents and shootings combined.

When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency weighs decisions about air pollution regulations, it typically selects candidate actions from one or more sectors, such as electric power generation and industry. For each strategy considered, the agency carefully estimates the costs and benefits, then decides which actions to pursue.

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Rosie O’Donnell hilariously responds to attacks from ‘demented liar’ Donald Trump

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President Donald Trump lashed out at Rosie O'Donnell during a campaign rally in Las Vegas on Friday.

During his third rally in as many days, Trump alleged that O'Donnell had committed crimes.

O'Donnell, who had been friendly with Trump before he began publicly feuding with her, responded to the news on Twitter.

fuck off u demented liar #TrumpRussiaCollusion https://t.co/GJIGne4WI7

— ROSIE (@Rosie) February 21, 2020

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