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Feds censure local police, yet give lethal weapons

Feds arm policeA Pentagon program that distributes military surplus gear to local law enforcement allows even departments that the Justice Department has censured for civil rights violations to apply for and get lethal weaponry.

That lack of communication between two Cabinet agencies adds to questions about a program under review in the aftermath of the militarized police response to protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Florida fires 32 prison guards after spate of inmate deaths

Florida prison systemThe secretary of Florida's prison system has fired nearly three dozen guards in the wake of the recent scrutiny given to inmate deaths across the state over the past few years, the Miami Herald newspaper reported.

Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Crews dismissed 32 guards on Friday, according to the newspaper. All of them had been accused of criminal misconduct or wrongdoing stemming from inmate deaths at four different prisons, the report said.

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GM recalls 221,000 Cadillacs and Impalas

Impala recalledGeneral Motors is recalling 221,000 Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala cars after a problem with the electronic parking brake arm was discovered. The recall includes 205,000 vehicles within the United States.

The car manufacturer said the parking brake's piston actuation arm may not fully retract when released and may partially engage with the rotor. This could cause excessive heat and poor performance.

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Polly Bergen, first screen woman president and Sopranos star, dies aged 84

Polly BergenEmmy-winning actress and singer Polly Bergen, who in a long career played the terrorised wife in the original Cape Fear and the first woman president in Kisses for My President, died on Saturday, according to her publicist. She was 84.

Bergen died at her home in Southbury, Connecticut, surrounded by family and close friends, publicist Judy Katz said. She had battled emphysema and other ailments in the late 1990s, a result of 50 years of smoking.

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Defendant faces retrial in loud-music shooting case

defendent faces retrial in Fla. shootingFlorida software developer Michael Dunn has been jailed since November 2012, and the 47-year-old will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars for firing 10 bullets at a quartet of black teenagers in a sport-utility vehicle.

But this week, Dunn returns to the courtroom. The former oceanfront condominium resident will be retried on a charge of first-degree murder for killing one of the teens: Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old who was sitting in the right rear passenger seat.

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Florida court shuts down diploma mill business at request of federal regulators

diploma fraudA U.S. District Court in Florida on Friday shut down a diploma mill business that federal regulators say earned more than $11 million selling fake high school diplomas online.

The court’s order, which came in response to a lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission, puts a temporary stop to business operations of Diversified Educational Resources LLC, based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Motivational Management & Development Services Ltd., based in Nogales, Ariz. Owners of both companies _ Maria T. Garcia and Alexander Wolfram _ also are named as defendants in the lawsuit.

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ESPN Report: Ravens Knew Full Ray Rice Story All Along

Ravens knew about RiceJust hours after Roger Goodell gave a press conference in which he said he absolutely believed NFL officials had not seen the full tape of the Ray Rice incident inside the elevator, ESPN dropped a major report claiming that the Baltimore Ravens had a complete picture of the incident along — and assumed Goodell had seen the video tape of the incident.

According to an Outside the Lines investigation, reporters "found a pattern of misinformation and misdirection employed by the Ravens and the NFL since that February night," and that league and team executives seemingly went out of their way to avoid gathering the necessary information on the case.

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