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Documents show the secret violence of Chicago's Homan Square

Homan Square violence by policeInternal documents from the Chicago police department show that officers used physical force on at least 14 men already in custody at the warehouse known as Homan Square.

Police used punches, knee strikes, elbow strikes, slaps, wrist twists, baton blows and Tasers at Homan Square, according to documents released to the Guardian in the course of its transparency lawsuit about the warehouse. The new information contradicts an official denial about treatment of prisoners at the facility.

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Court restores ban on polygamy in Utah, handing defeat to Sister Wives family

Sister Wives defeated in courtA federal appeals court restored Utah’s ban on polygamy Monday, handing a defeat to the family from TV’s Sister Wives and other polygamists who say the ruling could send plural families back into hiding out of fear of prosecution.

Others cheered the decision that they say will help authorities prosecute people for crimes tied to the practice, such as underage marriage and sexual assault.

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Feds charge Texas AG Ken Paxton with fraud

Ken PaxtonThe U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday charged Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton with civil securities fraud for promoting a North Texas tech firm, adding to the first-term Republican’s growing legal woes.

Paxton was charged with persuading others to buy stock in North Texas tech firm Servergy, Inc. without disclosing he was being paid to promote the company. The attorney general, a Republican from McKinney, also faces criminal fraud charges in Texas for these same allegations.

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Tesla Recalls 2,700 Model X SUVS to Fix Third-Row Seats

Tesla recallTesla Motors Inc. is recalling 2,700 Model X sport utility vehicles, the first such action for the SUV, to repair the third-row seats after strength tests done by the automaker found a potential problem.

“Recently, during an internal seat strength test that was conducted prior to the start of Model X deliveries in Europe, the recliner in a third row Model X seat unexpectedly slipped,” Tesla said Monday in an e-mail to affected customers, all of whom are in the U.S. “Until the recall is performed, you may make full use of your Model X, although we ask that you temporarily not have anyone sit in the third row seats while the car is in use.”

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Top secret documents may hold clues to Saudi backing for 9/11

Saudi connection to 9/11President Obama is due to visit Saudi Arabia in 10 days. His visit comes at a time of deep suspicion between the two allies. The United States also doubts the commitment of the Saudis to fight violent Islamic extremism.

Following is a summary from CBS’ 60 minutes report on “28 pages” that holds clue to the Saudi connection and an interview with Bob Graham, who at the time was chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and co-chair of the bipartisan joint congressional inquiry into intelligence failures surrounding the attacks.

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Oil Giants Spend $115 Million A Year To Oppose Climate Policy

american petroleum instituteMajor fossil fuel companies and trade groups shell out nearly $115 million a year to oppose efforts to reduce carbon emissions, according to a new report from the British research organization Influence Map.

The largest share of the money comes from the American Petroleum Institute, the country’s largest trade organization for oil and gas producers. It reportedly spends $65 million annually in efforts to block climate policy. API is followed by Exxon Mobil, which spends $27 million, and Shell, which spends $22 million a year on anti-climate advocacy.

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Trump’s Charitable Donations Mostly Free Rounds of Golf, Other People’s Money

TrumpSince the beginning of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has prided himself in the more than $102 million he's reportedly given to charity in the past five years. "It's one of the things I most like doing and one of the great reasons to have made a lot of money," he told the Associated Press back in August.

But even in that August interview, something seemed off — the AP noted that "the Trump campaign did not respond to a request that it identify donations that Trump himself gave." Now, it appears the campaign had a very good reason to keep mum. According to a Washington Post investigation into an exhaustive list of Trump's charitable donations — 4,844 contributions filling 93 pages — not a single donation was of Trump's own money.

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Report: West Has Assad’s Torture Documents

Assad torture The investigator in Syria had made the drive perhaps a hundred times, always in the same battered truck, never with any cargo. It was forty miles to the border, through eleven rebel checkpoints, where the soldiers had come to think of him as a local, a lawyer whose wartime misfortunes included a commute on their section of the road.

Sometimes he brought them snacks or water, and he made sure to thank them for protecting civilians like himself. Now, on a summer afternoon, he loaded the truck with more than a hundred thousand captured Syrian government documents, which had been buried in pits and hidden in caves and abandoned homes.

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Goldman Sachs to pay $5 billion in U.S. Justice Dept mortgage probe

Goldman SachsGoldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) has agreed to pay $5.06 billion to settle claims that it misled mortgage bond investors during the financial crisis, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Monday.

The settlement, which Goldman disclosed in January, stems from Goldman's conduct in its packaging, securitization, marketing and sale of residential mortgage-backed securities between 2007 and 2009, the Justice Department said.

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