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Perry met with ‘suspicious’ Chinese tycoons behind Texas methanol plant

Perry and Chinese methane plant Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry traveled to Beijing in September 2014 and met with a pair of controversial Chinese politician-entrepreneurs behind a massive methanol plant in Texas City, a document obtained in a public information request shows.

During an Al Jazeera investigation into the business deal over the plant earlier this year, former Perry administration officials declined to acknowledge that Perry had any role in the deal that allowed Communist Party officials Song Zhiping and Zhang Jun to park billions of their dollars in the United States after coming under fire in Chinese media for alleged illegal activity.


Man who said Chicago police tortured him is released after two decades

Shawn WhirlA man who alleged he was tortured by Chicago police into confessing to a murder he did not commit was released from prison on Wednesday after spending a quarter of a century behind bars.

Shawn Whirl walked out of Hill correctional center in Galesburg shortly after noon, two months after an Illinois appeals court overturned his 1991 murder conviction in the fatal shooting of Chicago cab driver Billy G Williams and one day after a Cook County judge dismissed the charges against him.


Union: Critical, chronic shortage of air traffic controllers

Air controller shortageA chronic shortage of controllers has reached a crisis that will lead to widespread flight delays if left unchecked, officials for the union that represents air traffic controllers said Tuesday.

The Federal Aviation Administration has failed to meet its hiring goals for controllers for five consecutive years, leaving the number of controllers at its lowest level in 27 years at a time when air traffic is increasing, National Air Traffic Controllers Association officials said at a news conference.


Jury orders Wisconsin gun shop to pay $5M to police officers wounded in '09 shooting

Wis. gunshop to pay $5mA Wisconsin jury on Tuesday handed down its verdict in a civil suit brought by two Milwaukee police officers who were injured by gunfire six years ago, and had argued that a gun shop bore some responsibility in their wounding.

Jurors ruled that the gun shop indeed was partially responsible for the injuries received by officers Bryan Norberg and former officer Graham Kunisch in June 2009. The policemen were each shot in the face by Julius Burton, 18, after they stopped him for riding a bicycle on the sidewalk and a fight ensued.


Cops Almost Got Away With Torturing Matthew Ajibade to Death

matthew ajibadeMathew Ajibade died alone in an isolation cell, bound by the hands and feet, strapped into a restraint chair.

He had been brutally beaten, his body covered with bruises and abrasions. There were scrapes and bumps on his upper body and head, the result of being repeatedly punched and kicked by his jailers. Minutes later, secured and compliant in a special unit, a Taser was pressed directly into his genitals. Hit with 50,000 volts, the young man is heard on video screaming in pain.

And then, they left him there to die.

This was not a Guantanamo Bay or Abu Ghraib but South Georgia.


Planned Parenthood ends reimbursement for tissue donations

Planned ParenthoodPlanned Parenthood says its clinics will no longer accept reimbursement for fetal tissue donations, a decision the organization says is an attempt to shield itself from critics’ attacks.

The organizations says its health centers follow federal law, which allows the clinics to recoup procurement costs for fetal tissue donation. But following a series of undercover videos alleging that some clinics illegally profited from the donations, Planned Parenthood said on Tuesday its affiliates will no longer accept any payment for such expenses. Before the announcement, one of the two Planned Parenthood clinics participating in tissue donation already didn't accept reimbursement.


Terror Charges for Confederate Flaggers

Terroro charges for confederate flagA Douglas County grand jury has charged a Confederate flag group with making terroristic threats against an African-American family during a birthday party in July.

Fifteen members of the group, known as “Respect the Flag,” were charged with violations of Georgia’s Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act and Terroristic Threats.

Channel 2 Action News spoke to a woman who was at the birthday party.


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