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Pay-to-Play Cop Bob Bates Found Guilty in Fatal Shooting of Black Man

Bob Bates sentenced to 4 yearsA jury Wednesday recommended that Bob Bates, a Tulsa volunteer sheriff’s deputy, serve four years in prison for fatally shooting an unarmed black man last year when he mistook his gun for a Taser.

Bob Bates was a wealthy insurance executive turned volunteer cop when he killed an unarmed black man in Tulsa. The grandpa deputy claimed he mistook his gun for a Taser when he delivered the fatal blast.

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Study: Oxygen drain will be apparent in oceans by 2030s

Oxygen drain on oceansClimate models suggest climate change is slowly sapping oxygen from the world's oceans. In some places, declining oxygen levels are already discernible, but in most oceanic regions, scientists struggle to differentiate between climate change-related losses and natural fluctuations.

A new model, developed by researchers at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, suggests scientists' differentiation difficulties won't last much longer. By the 2030s, oxygen losses caused by climate change will be widespread and readily apparent.

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Former House speaker sentenced to more than a year in prison

Denny Hastert sentenced to 15 months- Dennis Hastert, the Republican who for eight years presided over the House and was second in the line of succession to the presidency, was sentenced Wednesday to more than a year in prison in the hush-money case that revealed accusations he sexually abused teenagers while coaching high school wrestling.

The case makes the former speaker one of the highest-ranking American politicians ever sentenced to prison. The visibly angry judge repeatedly rebuked the 74-year-old before issuing the 15-month sentence, telling him that his abuse devastated the lives of victims and would probably make it harder than ever for parents to trust other adults with their children.

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Iraq shuts down Al Jazeera Baghdad bureau

Al Jazeera shut down in IraqThe Iraqi Communications and Media Commission has shut down the Baghdad bureau of Al Jazeera Media Network and banned its journalists from reporting in the country.

In a letter to Al Jazeera on Wednesday, the CMC said it was withdrawing the license that allowed Al Jazeera to operate in Iraq due to "violations of the official codes of conduct and broadcasting rules and regulations."

The Network said it was “shocked and bewildered” by the decision, and promised to continue its coverage of Iraq for its audience there and around the world.

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Deadly air strike hits hospital in Syria's Aleppo

Air strike hits hospitalAt least 16 people have been killed in a Syrian government air strike on a hospital in the city of Aleppo, a source in the war-torn city told Al Jazeera.

The attack on Al Quds hospital on Wednesday evening left a number of medical staff and other civilians dead, including Dr Wasem Maaz, one of the last remaining pediatricians in the rebel held area of the city.

Rescue workers are working on removing bodies and survivors from the rubble of the building in the Sukkary neighbourhood and there are fears the death toll will go up, the source told Al Jazeera.

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Michigan ‘Covered Up Lead’ in 2nd City

Second City in MichiganA Michigan environmental official suggested a technician collecting samples for a suburban Detroit private water system “bump ... out” a test result that found very high levels of lead by testing more homes, according to a 2008 email reviewed by the Guardian. Doing so could avert a “lead public notice”, the email reasoned, which would alert residents of dangerously high levels in their water.

“Oh my gosh, I’ve never heard [it] more black and white,” said Marc Edwards, a Virginia Tech professor and lead expert who helped uncover the Flint water crisis. “In the Flint emails, if you recall, it was a little bit implied … this is like telling the strategy, which is: ‘You failed, but if you go out and get a whole bunch more samples that are low, then you can game it lower.’

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What became of 1,400 people who disappeared in Nepal?

Disappeared in NepalMore than 10 years after a bloody civil war ended in Nepal, the country has finally started a process of transitional justice.

Some 16,000 people were killed in a decade of Maoist rebellion and at least 1,400 went missing, most at the hands of security forces.

The families of those who disappeared during the 1996-2006 conflict have finally started to register their complaints, but the response has been lukewarm.

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UN rejects Israel's claim over Syria's Golan Heights

Golan remains occupied territory: UNThe UN Security Council has rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claim that the annexed Golan Heights in Syria would "for ever" remain under Israeli control.

The 15-member council agreed on Tuesday that the status of the Golan, which Israel seized from Syria in 1967, "remains unchanged", Chinese Ambassador Liu Jieyi, who holds this month's council presidency said.

Liu recalled a 1981 resolution which states that Israel's "decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights was nul and void and without any international legal effect."

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Mumps cases hit 40 as Harvard begs students: Stop infecting each other

Mumps cases hit 40 in HarwardA mumps outbreak that began two months ago at Harvard University is getting worse.  More than 40 students and staff have been struck, despite efforts to isolate patients.

The university's Health Services Director Paul J. Barreira told the Harvard Crimson newspaper that the rise in cases is worrying.

"I'm actually more concerned now than I was during any time of the outbreak," he said. "I'm desperate to get students to take seriously that they shouldn't be infecting one another."

The rapid spread of mumps could even affect graduation ceremonies and other end of school year events, Barreira said.

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