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Michigan residents deplore plan to let Nestlé pump water for next to nothing

Michigan residents deplore deal with Nestle for waterMichigan regulators were deluged with angry comments this week, after reports that the state had drafted a permit approval for Nestlé to nearly double the amount of groundwater it pumps from a plant in Evart, Michigan to 210m gallons a year.

The pumping increase is only expected to cost the Swiss food giant $200 a year, and possibly the price of a permit fee, because its bottling plant in Evart is considered a private well under state law, regulators said.


Vanderbilt U football player sentenced to 17 years in prison for orchestrating gang rape of cheerleader

Vanderbilt U player gets 17 yrs. for rape
A former college football player in Tennessee who encouraged his teammates as they raped an unconscious cheerleader will spend the next 17 years in prison — and prosecutors said his long sentence ensures "that justice is going to be served."

Brandon Vandenburg was found guilty on a slew of aggravated rape and sexual battery charges at a Nashville courthouse Friday for carrying the female student into his Vanderbilt University dorm room before gang-raping her for 30 minutes together with three of his teammates.


New York City police officer killed in Bronx shooting: media

Bronx gunman shoots two police officersA New York City police officer was fatally shot on Friday while investigating a report of a robbery in the Bronx and a second officer was wounded before the shooter was killed in an exchange of gunfire, according to authorities and local media.

One of the officers died of his wounds after being taken to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, the New York Daily News reported. A spokeswoman for the New York City Police Department said she could not confirm the death, and she could provide no details on the condition of the officers.


Dakota pipeline: At Standing Rock, women lead fight in face of Mace, arrests and strip searches

Standing Rock womenSitting inside a small tipi where she is camped out while protesting the Dakota Access pipeline, she took a drag of her cigarette and recounted how officers took her to a North Dakota jail last month where, she says, a group of male and female guards forcibly removed her clothes when she refused to strip in front of them.

“I’m beyond traumatized,” the 33-year-old Native American woman said through tears.  But, when asked if she was prepared to keep defending the Standing Rock tribe’s water, McLaughlin’s face hardened. “Everyone needs to stand up,” she said.


Obama commutes sentences for 72 inmates

Ovama commutes more prisonersPresident Obama on Friday commuted the sentences of 72 inmates, the latest sign he is accelerating his clemency push during his final months in office.

It was the second time in the past eight days the White House announced that a large group of mostly non-violent drug offenders will be released from federal prison. The two batches totaled 170 inmates.

In total, 944 people have had their sentences cut short by Obama — more than the last 11 presidents combined — with 760 receiving commutations this year alone.



Ohio officer who shot Sam DuBose wore Confederate flag T-shirt under uniform

Ohio officer had Confederate flag under uniformFormer University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing was wearing a T-shirt featuring a Confederate flag under his police uniform at the time he fatally shot Sam DuBose. The shirt was part of the presentation of evidence Friday in the murder trial.

The T-shirt was submitted as evidence during the testimony of Cincinnati police crime scene investigator Jimmy Nghia Duc Pham. Pham testified investigators found a jar containing marijuana within the 1998 Honda Accord DuBose was occupying, three bags of marijuana in the Accord and a "couple" of bags in DuBose's pockets.

Court took a 10-minute recess following the introduction of evidence gathered by crime scene investigators.


Bridgegate verdict: Bill Bridgegate: Baroni and Bridget Kelly guilty on all counts

Bridgegate guilty verdictsTwo former Christie administration insiders charged in a bizarre scheme of political retaliation against a mayor who refused to endorse the governor for re-election were found guilty Friday on all counts in the long-running Bridgegate saga.

In a seven-week trial that saw their own words used against them, Bill Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly were convicted of helping orchestrate massive traffic tie-ups at the George Washington Bridge in September 2013. The plot was hatched to send a pointed message to Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, after he stepped back from his earlier public support of Gov. Chris Christie.


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