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After unrest over shooting, Ferguson police now wear body cameras

Ferguson police to wear camerasPolice officers in Ferguson, Missouri, have begun wearing body cameras after weeks of unrest over the shooting death of an unarmed black teen by a white officer and sharply differing accounts of the incident, officials said on Sunday.

Michael Brown, 18, was shot multiple times by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, sparking nearly three weeks of angry protests in the St. Louis suburb and drawing global attention to race relations in the United States.

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The Cyber-Terror Bank Bailout: They're Already Talking About It, and You May Be on the Hook

Mary GalliganBankers and U.S. officials have warned that cyber-terrorists will try to wreck the financial system’s computer networks. What they aren’t saying publicly is that taxpayers will probably have to cover much of the damage.

Even if customers don’t lose money from a hacking assault on JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), the episode is a reminder that banks with the most sophisticated defenses are vulnerable. Treasury Department officials have quietly told bank insurers that in the event of a cataclysmic attack, they would activate a government backstop that doesn’t explicitly cover electronic intrusions, two people briefed on the talks said.

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49er Arrested For Domestic Violence

'49er arrestedIt might not take NFL commissioner Roger  Goodell very long to test his new get-tough-on-domestic-violence stance.

NBC Bay Area's Damon Trujilo is reporting that San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald has been arrested for domestic abuse.

Per sfgate.com, Santa Clara County records show that McDonald, who was also arrested for a DUI back in 2010, was booked early Sunday morning. No bail has been set.

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How Organizers in One City Are Trying to Stop Militarization From Slipping Into Their Community

Oakland tries to keep mlitants outHeavily armed officers, weapons drawn, move across a bridge draped with a banner reading “No war for oil” and “We are the 99%." One corner of the banner sports the A anarchist symbol. Shortly after, they capture their targets: protesters.

This scene may be all too familiar to protesters. But it’s actually a staged police training put on by Urban Shield, a SWAT team training program and weapons expo that has taken place in the Bay Area for the past seven years. This year, as last, Urban Shield’s weapon show takes place in the Oakland Marriot Convention Center in downtown Oakland, CA, September 4-8.

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Showboat closes after 27 years in Atlantic City

Showboat Casino closesThe show is over for the Showboat Casino Hotel.

The Mardi Gras-themed casino shut down Sunday after 27 years on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. It was one of three casinos closing within the next two weeks as Atlantic City deals with the impact of increasing competition from casinos in neighboring states. Revel will begin a two-day closing Monday, and Trump Plaza is closing Sept. 16.

One of the final songs piped in over the Showboat's loudspeakers: Queen's "Another One Bites The Dust."

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Israel confiscates nearly 1,000 acres of Palestinian land in the West Bank

Israel grabs more landThe Israeli authorities have announced the confiscation of 4,000 dunam of land near the Jewish settlement of Gush Etzion in Hebron province, southern West Bank, the Israeli radio reported.

The confiscation order was taken by the Israeli authorities as a response to the kidnapping and subsequent killing of three Jewish settlers two months ago in Hebron, according to the Israeli radio.

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Kurdish oil tanker 'vanishes' with $100M cargo off Texas

Kurdish oil tankerThe U.S. Coast Guard has lost track of a Kurdish tanker carrying $100 million in disputed oil off the coast of Texas, the Independent reports.

Headed for Galveston, the United Kalavyrvta was anchored at least 60 miles off-shore when it vanished from radar screens. The ship's haul fell under legal dispute when Iraq filed a lawsuit in U.S. courts, urging American officials to grab the ship's oil in Galveston because it belongs to Iraq, not the Kurdish National Government.

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US trained Alaskans as secret 'stay-behind agents'

j edgar hooverFearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly declassified Air Force and FBI documents show.

Invasion of Alaska? Yes. It seemed like a real possibility in 1950.

"The military believes that it would be an airborne invasion involving bombing and the dropping of paratroopers," one FBI memo said. The most likely targets were thought to be Nome, Fairbanks, Anchorage and Seward.

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Islamic State siege of Amerli, Iraq, broken

Iraqi soldierAfter a two-month siege by Islamic State militants, the town of Amerli, Iraq, received some relief as the Iraqi military entered the town and the United States carried out airstrikes nearby.

IS fighters had surrounded the town of about 17,000 ethnic Turkmen Shiites, leaving the residents without power, food, water and other supplies.

The Sunni militants, also known as ISIS or ISIL, had taken control of strategic locations throughout Iraq and Syria, including several villages surrounding Amerli.

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