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DHS Anti-Terrorism Dossier for the Super Bowl Left on a Commercial Plane

DHS Superbowl security plans left on corrercial planeThe Department of Homeland Security documents critiquing the response to a simulated anthrax attack on Super Bowl Sunday were marked "For Official Use Only" and "important for national security."

Recipients of the draft "after-action" reports were told to keep them locked up after business hours and to shred them prior to discarding. They were admonished not to share their contents with anyone who lacked "an operational need-to-know."
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She Was Assaulted by the Head of the National Archives. Then the Bush White House Helped Cover It Up.

Bush admin. covered up sexual assault by head of Archives

Late in the afternoon of Dec. 5, 2007, the reception room in the National Archives Building on Pennsylvania Avenue was full and noisy. Maryellen Trautman wasn’t wearing her hearing aid, and she was having trouble making out what some at the holiday party were saying.

As the host, Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein, began his brief introductory remarks, Trautman sat down on a loveseat by herself. She wasn’t shy, she was just better in smaller groups.

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Democrats urge panel, Trump to release rebuttal memo

Nunes memo: Dems ask for release of their rebuttal A rebuttal memorandum from Democrats that answers a controversial Republican document that was released last week now has approval from some Republican members in the House.

The House intelligence committee will meet Monday afternoon to vote whether the rebuttal should be released.

The four-page GOP memo it addresses, on alleged Justice Department surveillance abuses concerning a campaign adviser of President Donald Trump, said federal law was broken in spying on the adviser. The committee and Trump approved its full release last week, without allowing a confidential memo by committee Democrats to also be released.

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U.S. ivory trade investigator found dead in Kenya

Esmond Bradley Martin found stabbed to death in Kenya One of the United States' leading conservationists and ivory trade investigators was found dead Monday in his home in Nairobi, Kenya.

Police found the body of Esmond Bradley Martin in his house with a stab wounds to neck. His wife found him dead after she returned from a walk.

"We have launched investigations into the murder of the American conservationist who was found dead in his house in Karen," Nairobi Police Chief Japheth Koome told Capital FM news.

Nairobi's Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss, Ireri Kamwende, said the attacker hasn't been identified.

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California to oversee San Francisco's police reforms

California Att. Gen BecerraCalifornia's attorney general announced Monday that his office will oversee reforms at the San Francisco Police Department that were recommended by federal officials after the U.S. Department of Justice's decision to scale back a program that helped departments improve community relations.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the California Department of Justice will evaluate and publicly report how the department is applying the 272 recommendations made by the DOJ under the Obama Administration.

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Mexico protesters fear US-owned brewery will drain their land dry

Mexico protesters fear US will drain them dry

Carmelo Gallegos used to sow wheat in the cool winters and cotton in scorching-hot summers of the Mexicali valley. These days, water is so scarce he can only plant one crop a year.

But on top of drought and a sinking water table, the 61-year old farmer now has another preoccupation. A huge brewery is being built in the nearby city of Mexicali, and Gallegos – like many others – fears it will suck up what little water remains to make beer for export to the US.

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Gowdy: Memo has no impact on Russia probe

Trey Gowdy: memo has no impact on Russia probe

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said during an interview airing Sunday that the previously classified memo alleging abuse of government surveillance powers by the Justice Department has no impact on the ongoing Russia probe.

During an interview on CBS's "Face The Nation," Gowdy — the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee — was asked about the recent comments of President Trump, who claimed the memo "totally vindicates" him in the Russia probe.

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Appeals court CFPB ruling a big win for consumers

Appeals court CFPB ruling a big win for consumers

In 2016, a panel of three judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held that the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was unconstitutional.

The CFPB has a single executive (unlike some agencies, which are headed by a multi-person commission), and the CFPB’s head can only be removed by the president for a good cause, not just any political reason. The panel found that this was an infringement upon the president’s proper constitutional powers.

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2 dead, 70 injured as Amtrak train collides with freight train in South Carolina

Amtrak collisionAt least two people were killed and 70 injured early Sunday when an Amtrak passenger train collided with a CSX freight train in South Carolina — the third deadly wreck involving Amtrak in less than two months.

Amtrak Train 91 heading from New York to Miami appeared to be on the wrong track, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said at a news conference.

“They weren’t supposed to be meeting like that, clearly," he said. "It appears that Amtrak was on the wrong track.”

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