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I am Tyra Patterson: celebrities and activists call for release of Ohio woman

I am Tyra PattersonCelebrities, activists and criminal justice officials have called for the release from prison of Tyra Patterson, an Ohio woman who was convicted of murder over 20 years ago despite the fact that she and her co-defendants all vehemently deny she was involved.

In a new video entitled I am Tyra Patterson, figures such as Michelle Alexander and former Ohio attorney general Jim Petro lend their names to Patterson’s cause.


Meet The New Leader Of The Oregon Standoff

Jason PatrickWith the Oregon standoff's leaders either dead or in custody, a Georgia man has emerged overnight as the new leader of the occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge.

If federal law enforcement had hoped taking out the standoff's leaders while they were away from the refuge would decapitate the movement, the emergence of Jason Patrick as the new leader may not be welcome news. According to the Anti-Defamation League's Mark Pitcavage, Patrick–a sympathizer with the Three Percenter movement– has a history of right-wing extremism.


The World’s Favorite New Tax Haven Is the United States

US tax haven Last September, at a law firm overlooking San Francisco Bay, Andrew Penney, a managing director at Rothschild & Co., gave a talk on how the world’s wealthy elite can avoid paying taxes.

His message was clear: You can help your clients move their fortunes to the United States, free of taxes and hidden from their governments.

Some are calling it the new Switzerland.


Former Auschwitz prisoners mark Holocaust Remembrance Day

Holocaust Remembrance DayInternational Holocaust Remembrance Day was observed Wednesday, with several dozen surviving prisoners returning to the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz in southern Poland.

"I came to pay tribute to those who did not make it out of here. As long as I have the strength I will continue to come here. Thank God that I survived," said Jadwiga Bogucka, who was a teenager in 1944 when she was taken to Auschwitz from Warsaw.


Activists sue to replace Flint, Mich., water lines

Flint water piipelines object of activist suitA group of Flint, Mich., activists filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday to demand the city's water lines be replaced with no cost to local residents after toxic levels of lead were found in the city's drinking water supply.

The coalition says city and state leaders have repeatedly violated the federal Safe Drinking Water Act by failing to operate and maintain anti-corrosive treatments on the lead water pipes, adequately monitor household tap water for lead, and correctly report any problems. The complaint was filed by Concerned Pastors for Social Action, the Michigan American Civil Liberties Union, the Natural Resources Defense Council and local resident Melissa Mays.


Shinzo Abe: Japan won't fight Islamic State

Japan PM AbeJapan does not plan to join the international coalition against the Islamic State, the armed group also known as Daesh, ISIS and ISIL.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday Japan's Self-Defense Forces would not be joining others in combat in the Middle East, TIME reported.

Tokyo's assistance would be limited to humanitarian needs instead, according to the Mainichi Shimbun.


Virginia resident who traveled abroad tests positive for Zika virus

Zika virus in USA Virginia resident who traveled outside the United States has tested positive for the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus, state health officials said on Tuesday.

The adult resident had recently traveled to a country where Zika virus transmission was ongoing and the infection was confirmed through testing by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Virginia Department of Health said in a statement.


Oregon standoff ends with 1 dead, 8 arrests: FBI

Oregon militia standoffA nearly month-long standoff in Oregon appears to have ended with a deadly shootout and several arrests.

The standoff began on Jan. 2 when an armed group occupied Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and ended in a shootout on an Oregon highway on Tuesday.

Ammon Bundy, a spokesperson for the armed militia that took control of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, said Monday the move was forced by a government failure to protect ranchers.


Documents Uncover NYPD’s Vast License Plate Reader Database

NYPD Data baseLast year, we learned that the NYPD was hoping to enter into a multi-year contract that would give it access to the nationwide database of license plate reader data owned by the company Vigilant Solutions.

Now, through a Freedom of Information Law request, the NYCLU has obtained the final version of the $442,500 contract and the scope-of-work proposal that gives a peek into the ever-widening world of surveillance made possible by Vigilant.


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