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Sheriff’s Office Removes Protesters From Dakota Access Pipeline Site

Sheriff removes Dakota protestersAuthorities in North Dakota began arresting Dakota Access Pipeline opponents on Thursday afternoon at a protest camp built on private land.

Many of the protesters had refused earlier orders to leave. Some prayed in circles while others yelled at advancing members of law enforcement, according to The Associated Press.

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Obama commutes sentences of 98 inmates

Obama commutes 98 sentencesPresident Obama has commuted the sentences of 98 inmates, the White House announced Thursday.

It was Obama’s eighth round of commutations this year, bringing him to a total of 872 since taking office — more than the past 11 presidents combined. He's commuted the sentences of 688 inmates this year alone.

Obama has eclipsed Calvin Coolidge, who commuted 773 sentences, but has yet to beat Woodrow Wilson, who holds the record with 1,366 commutations, according to P.S. Ruckman Jr., a political scientist tracking the data.

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U.S. charges 61 over India-based impersonation scam

US charges 61 in India based scamThe U.S. Justice Department charged 61 people and entities on Thursday with taking part in a scam involving India-based call centers where agents impersonated Internal Revenue Service, immigration and other federal officials and demanded payments for nonexistent debts.

The scam, which had operated since 2013, targeted at least 15,000 people who lost more than $300 million. Twenty people were arrested in the United States on Thursday, while 32 individuals and five call centers in India have been charged, the department said in a statement.

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Nearly all emergency funds for pipeline protest costs used

Dakota pipelineNearly all of the $6 million in emergency funding earmarked for law enforcement costs related to the Dakota Access pipeline protest in North Dakota has been used up.

The state's Emergency Commission approved the money in late September, but North Dakota Department of Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily Fong says nearly $5.8 million has already been used.

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Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Officially Charged With Criminal Contempt of Court

Sheriff Joe ArpaioThe longtime and controversial sheriff of metropolitan Phoenix was formally charged Tuesday with criminal contempt-of-court for ignoring a judge's order in a racial-profiling case.

Prosecutors promised two weeks ago that they would prosecute Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

But the misdemeanor count wasn't officially filed against the 84-year-old lawman until U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton signed it.

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Judge blocks Obama contracting rules that disclose labor and safety violations

Obama contractor regulation haltedAnother day, another Obama administration regulation blocked nationwide by a federal court in Texas.

A federal judge in Beaumont issued an order Monday night halting enforcement of new rules requiring many U.S. government contractors to disclose labor law violations, including workplace safety violations, when bidding for contracts.

The policy, ordered by President Barack Obama, was to kick in Tuesday for contracts of $50 million or more and next April for contracts worth more than $500,000. The administration's goal was to deny federal contracts to firms with a history of such infractions.

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Giants release Josh Brown following months-long domestic violence saga

Josh BrownMore than three months after Josh Brown's domestic violence history became public, the Giants cut ties with their embattled kicker.

Big Blue announced it had waived Brown on Tuesday, shortly after the kicker released an initial statement claiming he never "struck" his wife — and after players had already finished speaking with the media and left the facility for the team’s bye week.

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