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Anti-Drone Activist Sentenced To 6 Months In Jail For Peaceful Protest

Anti drone activist sentenced to 6 months in jailA peace activist who was arrested while photographing an anti-drone protest at an upstate New York air base has been sentenced to six months in jail.

Mary Anne Grady Flores, a grandmother of three from Ithaca, New York, was found guilty in 2014 of violating a protection order that barred her and other activists from going near Col. Earl Evans and his workplace, the Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse, New York. Evans, mission support group commander for the 174th Attack Wing, requested the order after an anti-drone demonstration at the base in 2012. (Drone missions are operated out of Hancock, and the airfield is home to a drone training center.)

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Auschwitz price-fixing claims: Israel police arrest nine

Auschwitz tickets inflated by Israeli execsNine executives at Israeli travel agencies have been arrested on suspicion of fixing the price of high school students' trips to former Nazi death camps, including Auschwitz.

Police say they are investigating allegations of a secret price-fixing arrangement by companies who organise the trips for students.

Investigators have raided the homes of executives and frozen bank accounts.

At least six travel agencies are accused of violating competition rules. They are suspected of colluding on prices before responding to an education ministry tender to take students to Holocaust memorials.

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Navy SEAL Turns Over Picture of Bin Laden’s Body, Faces Investigation of Business Ties

matthew BissonetA former Navy SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden and wrote a bestselling book about the raid is now the subject of a widening federal criminal investigation into whether he used his position as an elite commando for personal profit while on active duty, according to two people familiar with the case.

Matthew Bissonnette, the former SEAL and author of No Easy Day, a firsthand account of the 2011 bin Laden operation, had already been under investigation by both the Justice Department and the Navy for revealing classified information.

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1 Out of 10 College Graduates Thinks Judge Judy Sits on Supreme Court

1 in 10 grads think Judge Judy is on Supreme CourtAll rise for Judge Judy — the Supreme Court justice?

A new report from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni reveals that nearly 10 percent of college graduates think that the TV personality Judge Judy [real name: Judge Judith Sheindlin] belongs to the highest judicial body in the United States.

Sheindlin, 73, stars in the court reality show Judge Judy, which debuted in 1996 and is currently in its 19th season. Sheindlin is a retired New York City judge and reportedly earns $47 million a year for handling small claims cases on the daytime program.

TVNL Comment: Read the ACTA report here, and weep for the 'exceptional' country some claim we are.

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Bomb threats at more than a dozens schools in U.S. Northeast, Midwest

Schools evacuated in several statesBomb threats were phoned in to more than a dozen schools in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Delaware and Iowa early on Tuesday, forcing evacuations or lockdowns, law enforcement officials and media reports said.

At least nine schools in New Jersey received phone call threats starting at about 8:50 a.m. EST, said Bergen County Sheriff spokesman Anthony Cureton, adding that four had later been given the all clear.

Searches were still underway at five other schools, he said.

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UN: Islamic State holds 3,500 slaves in Iraq, mostly Yazidi women and children

ISIS holds women and children as slavesThe United Nations estimates the Islamic State has about 3,500 people held as slaves in Iraq who are mostly women and children from the Yazidi Kurdish religious group.

The Islamic State -- also known as ISIS, Daesh and ISIL -- is accused of various international human rights abuses.

In some cases, actions by the Islamic State may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and "possibly genocide," according to a report released Tuesday by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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CDC, doctors group issue advice for not taking antibiotics

CDC warns against antibioticsAcute respiratory tract infections bring adults to the doctor's office the most often, and antibiotics are the most common treatment. A physician's group and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention contend, however, that antibiotics are generally not necessary for the infections.

The American College of Physicians and CDC issued a set of recommendations for the treatment of ARTIs -- which include acute uncomplicated bronchitis, pharyngitis, rhinosinusitis, and the common cold -- moving away from antibiotics because they do not treat the conditions.

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Officers who rape: The police brutality chiefs ignore

Police officers who rapeIt was 1 a.m. on a Monday in March 2013 when Bronx resident Erica Noonan, 31, saw flashing blue lights in her mirror. She was driving home and figured it had to be a mistake. She hadn’t been speeding, she says.

Carlos Becker, the officer who stopped her, says otherwise. Not only had she been driving too fast, but she’d changed lanes without signaling and had run a red light, and her breath smelled of alcohol. He administered a breath test and then arrested her for drunk driving. (Noonan denies that any of Becker’s reasons for stopping her were true — she hadn’t had anything to drink and broke no traffic laws, according to her lawyer.)

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SF's Bay Bridge reopens after protesters chain themselves, shut down span

Bay Bridge protestersCalifornia Highway Patrol officers arrested 25 demonstrators after the group used the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday Monday to chain themselves and their vehicles across all five lanes of the westbound Bay Bridge, bringing traffic to a standstill as they demanded racial equity.

The activists froze traffic for about 30 minutes before they were arrested on suspicion of public nuisance, unlawful assembly, and obstructing free passage, CHP Officer Vu Williams said.

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