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Prison psychologist to take over Chicago's jail

Chicago prisonA prison psychologist will take the reins of Chicago’s Cook County Jail on Tuesday with a mandate to help reduce the number of mentally ill inmates who find themselves behind bars because of non-violent criminal behavior. It is the first appointment of a psychologist as a jail director anywhere in the United States, county officials say.

Nneka Jones Tapia’s appointment as executive director comes as Cook County and Illinois are experiencing deep cuts to mental health services. The first round of cuts came in 2012 under Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who closed six of the city's free mental health clinics.

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Cleveland, Justice Department Reach Deal On Policing Violations

Cleveland deal with DOJThe city of Cleveland has reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department over a pattern of excessive force and civil rights violations by the police department, a senior federal law enforcement official said Monday.

The official was not authorized to speak publicly of the settlement ahead of the official announcement, expected this week, and spoke on condition of anonymity.

News of the settlement comes two days after a white police officer was acquitted of manslaughter for firing the final 15 rounds of a 137-shot police barrage through the windshield of a car carrying two black, unarmed suspects in 2012.

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U.S. fighter jets escort Air France flight to New York after threat

air france airbusAn Air France (AIRF.PA) flight from Paris was escorted by two U.S. F-15 fighter jets to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday after an anonymous threat was made against the flight, the U.S. military said.

Air France flight 22, traveling from Charles de Gaulle Airport, landed safely in New York, officials said.

The anonymous threat came in a telephone call to a Maryland State Police barracks on Monday morning, and the caller made a bomb threat involving commercial aviation, Maryland State Police said.

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Actress Anne Meara, mom of Ben Stiller, dies

Anne Meara diesActress and comedian Anne Meara, whose comic work with husband Jerry Stiller helped launch a 60-year career in film and TV, has died. She was 85.

Jerry Stiller and son Ben Stiller say Meara died Saturday. No other details were provided. The Stiller family released a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday describing Jerry Stiller as Meara's "husband and partner in life."

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Mathematician who inspired 'A Beautiful Mind' killed in auto accident

John Nash killed in accidentMathematician John Nash, a Nobel Prize winner who inspired the movie "A Beautiful Mind," was killed in an auto accident along with his wife in New Jersey, ABC News reported.

The couple were in a taxi cab whose driver lost control and crashed into a guard rail, the network reported, citing state police.

The Oscar award-winning film "A Beautiful Mind" starring Russell Crowe was loosely based on Nash’s longtime struggle with schizophrenia.

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US court to hear suit accusing Adelson of graft in China

Sheldon EdelsonA judge ruled Friday that a lawsuit accusing casino magnate Sheldon Adelson of graft and ties to organized crime will be heard in a U.S. court.

Las Vegas Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez ruled that a hearing over the full case will take place in a Nevada courtroom, according to The Guardian, dealing a blow to Adelson, the owner of Las Vegas Sands and a major GOP political donor.

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Arkansas police destroy Duggar's record

Josh DuggarArkansas police have destroyed the records of Josh Duggar's nearly decade-old molestation case.

Springdale Police spokesman Scott Lewis told the Associated Press that Judge Stacey Zimmerman ordered the 2006 offense report destroyed Thursday. Zimmerman didn't return a request for comment on Friday.

"The judge ordered us yesterday to expunge that record," Lewis said, adding that similar records are typically kept indefinitely. "As far as the Springdale Police Department is concerned this report doesn't exist."

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