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NM House committee to investigate charges vs Sec of State Duran

Dianna DuranThe speaker of New Mexico's House of Representatives said Wednesday that he has created a special committee to investigate charges of fraud, embezzlement and money laundering against Secretary of State Dianna Duran.

Don Tripp, a Republican, said in a statement that he believes it's the "appropriate and responsible next step" for the House "to begin the process of determining whether the charges have merit and rise to the level of impeachment."

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California data shows racial disparity in arrests, deaths

California DOJJust 6 percent of Californians are African American, yet they are involved in 17 percent of all arrests in the state and a quarter of in-custody deaths, according to what officials called a nationally unprecedented release of data Wednesday.

The data paints a clearer picture of the racial disparity in arrests and deaths across California and comes as a number of high-profile, police-involved deaths of young black men has ignited a national debate on police practices.

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On barren hilltop, Israeli settler vigilantism blurs into Jewish theocracy

Israeli settler theocracyClinging to a barren hillside, the “Baladim” outpost was little more than a solitary trailer, a farming tractor, a makeshift tent for shade, and a flock of goats.

But Israeli security authorities say Baladim and other hilltop outposts served as a base for a new generation of Jewish militants, disaffected youths who allegedly vandalized Holy Land churches and carried out a deadly arson attack in the nearby Palestinian village of Duma on July 31. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the attack, which killed Saad Dawabsha and his 18-month-old son Ali, as an act of “Jewish terrorism.”

 

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Alabama police officer testifies against colleague who beat Indian man

Eric Sloan ParkerA police officer didn’t need to use a leg sweep to take down an Indian man because he didn’t pose a threat, one of the officer’s colleagues said on Wednesday.

Madison officer Charles Spence testified that he drove up to the scene and saw officer Eric Parker holding the man’s hands behind his back. Parker shouldn’t have handcuffed Sureshbhai Patel unless he had probable cause that he was committing a crime or had been resisting officers, Spence said.

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UN: This El Nino to be among the strongest since 1950

David CarlsonThe current El Nino weather pattern may be on track to become one of the strongest in more than half a century, experts at the World Meteorological Organization said Tuesday.

The El Nino event involves a shift in winds in the Pacific Ocean along the equator every few years, warming the water more than usual and triggering a change in global weather patterns.

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You Might As Well Ignore the Photos of Dead Refugee Kids

refugee childred washed up on shoreDo not look closely at the photographs here. Do not look at them at all. They will, in an instant, inspire pity, revulsion, anger and calls to “do something…now!”

How else might one react to photographs of toddlers washing up in the waves that lap the Libyan shore? Or for that matter the tangle of bodies, as twisted and tortured as those piled into the mass graves of Nazi death camps, crammed instead into the back of a truck in Austria to die, and not of Zyklon B, but of suffocation?

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Obama gets Iran deal win as Senate Dems amass enough votes

Iran deal sewn upPresident Barack Obama secured a landmark foreign policy victory Wednesday as Senate Democrats amassed enough votes to ensure the Iran nuclear deal survives in Congress, despite ferocious opposition from Republicans and the government of Israel.

Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the crucial 34th vote in favor of the agreement.

“No deal is perfect, especially one negotiated with the Iranian regime,” Mikulski said in a statement. She called the accord “the best option available to block Iran from having a nuclear bomb. For these reasons, I will vote in favor of this deal.”

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Gunman kills Red Cross workers in Yemen

Red Cross workers ambushed in YemenTwo Red Cross employees were shot dead in the northern Yemeni province of Amran by an unknown attacker on Wednesday, the international aid group said, in a rare case of violence against humanitarian workers in a five-month war.

The pair were Yemeni nationals and returning from aid work in the far northern province of Saada, said Adnan Hizam, spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

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Baltimore judge refuses to drop charges in Freddie Gray case

Freddy Gray officers to stand trialA Baltimore judge refused Wednesday to dismiss charges against six police officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who died after suffering a spinal injury in custody.

During a hearing, Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams denied a defense motion for the charges to be dropped because of prosecutorial misconduct on the part of State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

Williams said that while he was “troubled” by some of the comments Mosby made during a May 1 news conference, they did not compromise the defendants' right to a fair trial.

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