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Mistrial for officer and no justice for unarmed man: family vows to fight on

Ferrell family“It’s very disheartening, very anticlimactic and very frustrating,” said Charlotte resident Theresa McCormick-Dunlap of the mistrial announcement in the voluntary manslaughter case of a white North Carolina police officer who killed an unarmed black man in 2013.

McCormick-Dunlap was one of many supporters of the victim, Jonathan Ferrell, who held vigil in the Charlotte courtroom during the more than two-week trial of suspended Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Randall Kerrick.


Congressman: New York gunman was whistleblower who got 'raw deal'

Gunman was whistleblowerA New Jersey congressman said on Saturday a man who shot dead a security guard at a federal building in Manhattan on Friday evening, before killing himself, was a whistleblower who had been given “a raw deal” by the agency that fired him.

Representative Bill Pascrell said several members of his staff worked with the gunman, Kevin Downing, to resolve his case. He said Downing never showed any violent tendencies, and said he had no idea why Downing acted as he did on Friday.


Migrants crisis: Up to 3,000 people being rescued near Libya coast

Migrant rescue augaust 2015Italy's coastguard says a major operation is under way to rescue up to 3,000 migrants off the coast of Libya.

The coastguard received SOS calls from 18 vessels - four boats and 14 rubber dinghies, Italy's state news agency Ansa said.

Seven boats are involved in the rescue, having already helped many others in trouble this weekend.  The route from Libya to Italy is one of the busiest for migrants trying to enter Europe.


Federal judge orders release of detained immigrant children, mothers

Judge orders release of detainee mothers and childrenA federal judge ordered the Obama administration to begin releasing hundreds of immigrant mothers and children being held in government family detention centers as they await asylum hearings.

U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles gave the government until Oct. 23 to begin releasing hundreds of immigrant children, repeating her July ruling that found the same. In Friday's ruling, Gee granted the government additional time, as much as 20 days, to continue to hold mothers and children under extenuating circumstances.


Nuclear waste site bid makes waves in Lake Huron

Nuclear waste site lake HuronIn nearly every way, this 2-acre clearing dotted with wild purple asters is the ideal place, relatively speaking, to dig a third of a mile into the earth, blast a space the size of a Walmart, load it with radioactive nuclear waste and then seal it. The power plant that produces most of that waste, after all, looms within walking distance. Legions of geologists and nuclear physicists insist it would be entombed safely in layers of rock that haven’t shifted in 50,000 millennia.

There’s just one big problem. The “future home of the planned deep geological repository project for low & intermediate level waste,” as the sign on the site announces, is about a mile from the shores of Lake Huron. And the prospect of burying something so toxic in such proximity to the vast and essential Great Lakes has sparked international outrage and is turning the matter into a wedge issue in Canada’s federal elections this fall.


Stun grenades again fired at refugees on Greece-Macedonia border

Macedonia immigrants fired onPolice and soldiers deployed along Macedonia's southern border with Greece fired stun grenades on Saturday at a growing crowd of refugees and migrants, many of them fleeing Middle East conflicts in attempt to reach Western Europe.

A crowd of people — who had apparently tried to rush past police through the border into Macedonia — could be seen fleeing into nearby fields as security forces fired to drive them back.


EPA knew of 'blowout' risk for tainted water at gold mine

gold mine wasteInternal documents released late Friday show managers at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency were aware of the potential for a catastrophic "blowout" at an abandoned mine that could release "large volumes" of wastewater laced with toxic heavy metals.

EPA released the documents following weeks of prodding from The Associated Press and other media organizations. EPA and contract workers accidentally unleashed 3 million gallons of contaminated wastewater on Aug. 5 as they inspected the idled Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado.


White supremacist convicted in plot to kill Obama with 'death ray' device

White supremacist convictedA New York white supremacist was convicted by a federal jury on Friday of plotting to use a remote-controlled radiation device he called “Hiroshima on a light switch” to harm Muslims and President Barack Obama.

After less than three hours of deliberation in US district court in Albany, New York, the jury unanimously found Glendon Scott Crawford guilty of all three charges against him.

Crawford, 51, wearing a gray suit and eyeglasses, showed no emotion as judge Gary Sharpe read the verdict.


Stocks Fall Most in 4 Years as China Dread Sinks Global Markets

Stocks fallInvestors are selling the biggest winners of 2015. Companies that have come to be known as the Fab Five -- Netflix Inc., Facebook Inc., Inc., Google Inc. and Apple Inc.--have seen $97 billion in market value erased over two days.

Losses have pushed the Nasdaq 100 Index down 7 percent, the biggest two-day decline since 2008. Apple entered a bear market, dropping 20 percent from a February high.

To Apple and energy shares already snared in a bear market, add semiconductor stocks. Meanwhile, the Dow joins biotechnology, small-caps, media, transportation and commodity companies in a correction.


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