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Sinkhole discovery suggests ancient humans in Florida 14,500 years ago

Humans in Florida @ 15000 years agoA stone knife, mastodon bones and fossilized dung found in an underwater sinkhole show that humans lived in north Florida about 14,500 years ago, according to new research that suggests the colonization of the Americas was far more complex than originally believed.

Archaeologists have known of the sinkhole in the Aucilla river, south of Tallahassee, for years. But they recently dived back into the hole to excavate what they call clear evidence that ancient mankind spread throughout the Americas about 1,500 years earlier than previously thought.


New immigration raids to target Central American moms, children

Immigrant raids target Central American mothers and childrenThe Obama administration is planning a new round of immigration raids to focus on Central American mothers and children who have entered the country illegally and evaded deportation orders.

The Department of Homeland Security said the raids will focus on those who illegally crossed the border after Jan. 1, 2014, including single adults, mothers with young children and unaccompanied youths who turned 18 after entering the United States. It will focus on those who already have deportation orders from immigration court.


Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona found in contempt of court

Sheriff held in contemptThe six-term sheriff of metro Phoenix has been found in contempt of court for disobeying a federal judge's orders in a racial profiling case, bringing the lawman who calls himself "America's Toughest Sheriff" a step closer to a possible criminal contempt case that could expose him to fines and even jail time.

Friday's ruling marked one of the biggest legal defeats in long career of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is known for cracking down on illegal immigration, and was expected to lead to greater court oversight of his office.


Israeli academic to use cash prize to help Palestinians

Israeli gives cash prize to PalestiniansA professor who won the Israel Prize - considered one of the country's highest honours - has pledged to donate a cash award to an Israeli group dedicated to helping Palestinians.

American-born Israeli David Shulman, a professor of Asian studies at the Hebrew university in Jerusalem who won the award for academic work, said he would donate the $20,000 prize to Ta'ayush - or Living together - an organisation he helped to found that advocates for Palestinians.


Pfizer to block its drugs from being used in lethal injections

PfeizerPfizer, one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, has announced that it will no longer allow its products to be used for lethal injections and the death penalty. Effective immediately, Pfizer will closely screen and restrict the wholesale distribution of seven products that can be used for lethal injection, demanding that companies pledge not to resell them to corrections agencies.

"Pfizer makes its products to enhance and save the lives of the patients we serve and strongly objects to the use of its products as lethal injections for capital punishment," the company said in a statement. The news was first reported by The New York Times.


Brief FBI raids of Hasidic Kiryas Joel reportedly part of sex abuse probe

FBU raid of Hasidic communityFBI raids in the Hasidic village of Kiryas Joel are reportedly part of a child abuse investigation stemming from two recently released videos in which a yeshiva principal intimately touches two young boys.

The Journal News reported Friday that an unidentified law enforcement source said Thursday’s raids, targeting the United Talmudical Academy and the town’s public safety building, were investigating abuse allegations.


Yet Another Oil Spill Wreaks Havoc On The Gulf Of Mexico And Nearby Coastal Communities

another oil spill in gulfA Shell oil facility has leaked nearly 90,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, according to federal authorities. The spill has left a two-mile by thirteen-mile sheen in the Gulf, approximately 165 miles southwest of New Orleans.

A helicopter first noticed the spill near Shell’s Brutus platform on Thursday morning, according to Shell spokeswoman Kimberly Windon.


US gives directive to schools on transgender bathroom access

DOJ directive on trans gender bathroom usePublic schools must permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity, according to an Obama administration directive issued amid a court fight between the federal government and North Carolina.

The guidance from leaders at the departments of Education and Justice says public schools are obligated to treat transgender students in a way that matches their gender identity, even if their education records or identity documents indicate a different sex.


High-ranking NYPD cop kills himself after being questioned in massive corruption probe

NY{D cop in corruption probe commits suicideA high-ranking NYPD officer embroiled in a police corruption probe took his own life at a Long Island golf course Friday, police sources said.

Inspector Michael Ameri, 44, was found dead at the Bergen Point Golf Course in West Bablyon about 12:45 p.m. Friday.  He was found inside a vehicle with a gunshot wound to his head, officials said.

Ameri joined the NYPD in 1993 and was the commanding officer of the 78th Precinct in Park Slope, Brooklyn, before being named the head of the NYPD’s Highway Patrol.


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