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Ferguson city manager leaving in response to DOJ report

Ferguson city manager resignsThe city manager of Ferguson, Missouri, has resigned in the wake of a U.S. Justice Department probe that found a range of systemic racially biased practices by the police and municipal court, the city said on Tuesday.

Ferguson City Council voted unanimously at a meeting on Tuesday to accept the resignation of City Manager John Shaw effective immediately. The city manager is the highest-ranking, non-elected municipal official and oversees the police department.

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Utah Lawmakers Vote To Allow Execution By Firing Squad

Utah votes for firing squadUtah's state Senate voted Tuesday to allow execution by firing squad in instances where lethal injection drugs are not available.

The bill, which passed by a vote of 18-10, would call for the use of a firing squad if lethal drugs could not be obtained at least 30 days in advance of a scheduled execution.

The state's House of Representatives passed the legislation last month. The measure now heads to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R), who has not said whether or not he will sign the bill into law.

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FBI testimony in Boston Marathon bomb trial pulled apart by defense

FBI testimony ripped apart at Boston marathon trialSparks flew in a federal courtroom in Boston on Tuesday in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev – the younger and only survivor of two brothers accused of perpetrating the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing – as the testimony of an FBI agent and witness for the prosecution collapsed under cross-examination by the defence.

Tsarnaev’s defence attorney Miriam Conrad surgically deconstructed testimony given late on Monday by an FBI agent that looked at Tsarnaev’s Twitter accounts – and embarrassed the FBI by showing them to have misidentified a picture of a mosque in Grozny, Chechnya, as the Muslim holy site of Mecca.

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CIA sought to hack Apple iPhones from earliest days: The Intercept

CIA spying in IPhonesESEARCHERS WORKING with the Central Intelligence Agency have conducted a multi-year, sustained effort to break the security of Apple’s iPhones and iPads, according to top-secret documents obtained by The Intercept.

The security researchers presented their latest tactics and achievements at a secret annual gathering, called the “Jamboree,” where attendees discussed strategies for exploiting security flaws in household and commercial electronics. The conferences have spanned nearly a decade, with the first CIA-sponsored meeting taking place a year before the first iPhone was released.

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Missouri Supreme Court takes over cases in Ferguson; judge resigns

Judge Ronald BrockmeyerThe Missouri Supreme Court announced Monday that it will take the “extraordinary action” of reassigning all Ferguson municipal court cases to the circuit court, starting next week.

In a news release, the court announced the move was intended “to help restore public trust and confidence in the Ferguson municipal court division.”

Ferguson municipal Judge Ronald J. Brockmeyer resigned his position Monday afternoon. Dellwood Mayor Reggie Jones said Brockmeyer also resigned Monday as prosecutor there.

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UN expert slams US as only nation to imprison kids for life without parole

UN slams US for jailing kids for lifeThe United States was singled out Monday by a United Nations expert on torture for being the only country in the world that continues to sentence children to life in prison without parole.

“The vast majority of states have taken note of the international human rights requirements regarding life imprisonment of children without the possibility of release,” Juan Méndez, the United Nations special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment, said in his report, before noting that the United States is the only country to continue the practice.

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Amtrak Train Derails In North Carolina After Hitting Truck

Amtrak derails in NCAn Amtrak train in North Carolina derailed Monday after hitting a transfer truck on the tracks.  Halifax County Sheriff Wes Trip told The Daily Herald that multiple people were injured, but none of the injuries were life-threatening.

Charlotte Story, a passenger on the train, told WRAL that she saw multiple people with minor injuries.

"There was a massive jerk and we were kind of thrown forward a little bit, and the train came to a sudden stop," Story told the station. "I couldn't tell you if it was trying to slow down or not. There was no whistle. It came completely out of the blue."

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