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Razor Blades, Vodka, Heroin Easy to Smuggle Into NY's Rikers Island Prison: Probe

Riker's Island security breachContraband is so easy to get inside Rikers Island that just about any inmate with money can get their hands on drugs or weapons, a city Department of Investigation probe revealed.

DOI released its findings Thursday after a large-scale undercover investigation into the screening and security protocols at the city’s sprawling jail complex.

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Prosecutors plan to throw out 28 drug indictments

FBI crime labFederal prosecutors plan to dismiss charges against 28 defendants in drug cases because an FBI agent may have been involved in tampering with evidence including firearms and narcotics.

The FBI is in the process of investigating the alleged misconduct, according to court papers in the matter.

At a court hearing Thursday for four of the defendants, a federal judge said he will review the government's plan to dismiss the cases without prejudice, which leaves the door open for the government to refile charges at a later date.

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GM tells court it not liable for claims over pre-bankruptcy cars

GM 'not liable' for pre 2009 deathsGeneral Motors (GM.N) said in a court filing on Wednesday that it should not have to face lawsuits based on safety issues in cars made before its 2009 bankruptcy, including a faulty ignition switch that led to the recall of 2.6 million cars earlier this year.

The brief, filed in Manhattan bankruptcy court, lays out GM’s legal arguments and is the opening salvo in litigation from GM drivers who say the automaker should make them whole for losses related to recalls this year.

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36 more priests named in new Chicago Archdiocese abuse files

36 priests accused of abuseThe Chicago Archdiocese released the files on 36 more priests accused of sexually abusing children Thursday morning, adding to a list of 30 other priests identified in January.

Cardinal Francis George said the voluntary release of the internal files, coming just two weeks before his retirement, is part of an effort to rebuild trust with the community.

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Feeding the homeless in Florida: Act of charity or a crime?

feeding the homelessDespite being charged with violating a new law by feeding the homeless in South Florida, 90-year-old Arnold Abbott said he's not deterred and even went back out to serve more food at a public park.

The faceoff in Fort Lauderdale over the ordinance restricting public feeding of the homeless has pitted those with compassionate aims against residents and businesses trying to protect their neighborhoods.

Abbott, affectionately known as "Chef Arnold," and two South Florida ministers were charged last weekend as they handed out food. They were accused of breaking the ordinance and each faces up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

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Legal pot wins in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, DC

Legal pot wins in 3 statesResidents of Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, D.C. voted in midterm elections to legalize recreational marijuana use — key victories that could further fuel the legalization movement as mainstream America increasingly recognizes cannabis usage.

The Oregon and Alaska measures will create a network of retail shops similar to those operating in Washington state and Colorado, which in 2012 voted to become the first U.S. states to allow marijuana use beyond medical prescription.

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Facebook's government user data requests up 24%

FacebookRequests by governments for Facebook's user data are up by nearly a quarter in the first half of this year compared to the previous six months.

Global government requests were up by 24% to almost 35,000 in the first six months, the social media giant said. The amount of Facebook content restricted because of local laws also rose about 19% in the same period.

News of the increase comes as Facebook fights its largest ever US court order to hand over data from 400 people.

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