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Obama commutes sentences of 79 inmates

Obama commutes 78 sentencesPresident Obama on Tuesday commuted the prison sentences of 79 inmates as part of a clemency effort that appears to be moving at rapid speed.

Obama has shortened the prison stays of 351 federal inmates since the beginning of October. The pace indicates that Obama is intent on using his remaining time in office to aggressively pursue the clemency initiative he started in 2014.


Multiple fatalities reported in school bus crash in Chattanooga

Chattanoga school bus accidentMultiple people were killed in a school bus crash in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Monday, Assistant Police Chief Tracy Arnold said.

The bus was carrying 35 children ranging in age from kindergarten to fifth grade. It wasn't immediately clear if children were among the dead. Arnold could not provide a specific number of people killed, saying only "multiple fatalities" occurred.


Dakota Access Pipeline: Protesters clash with police

Dakota pipeline protesters

Protesters clashed with law enforcement officials near the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline, with at least one person arrested as protesters sought to push past a bridge on a state highway that had been blockaded since late October.

The Morton County Sheriff's Office estimated that 400 protesters were trying to cross the bridge on state highway 1806 in what they called "an ongoing riot".

The Backwater Bridge has been closed since late October, when activists clashed with police in riot gear and set two trucks on fire, prompting authorities to forcibly shut down a protesters encampment nearby.


Bloody Sunday: Four police officers shot across nation

Black Sunday - 4 cops shotA manhunt was underway Monday for the unidentified man who fatally shot a San Antonio police officer at a traffic stop, one of four officers shot across the nation in separate attacks Sunday.

Three police officers were wounded and two suspects killed in shootings in St. Louis and Gladstone, Mo., and Sanibel, Fla.


Officer shot, killed outside SAPD Headquarters

San Antonio police officer killedAn officer who was shot at the downtown SAPD headquarters Sunday morning has died, police Chief William McManus said.

"This is everyone's worst nightmare," McManus told reporters.  The fallen officer is a 20-year veteran of the force. His name has not been released.


'They are scared': teachers grapple with fear and bullying after Trump victory

US teachers are scared after election of TrumpAs students filed into Spanish class at a high school outside Seattle on Tuesday, their teacher, Antonio, stood at the door greeting them.  One girl – “one of my LGBTQ kids”, Antonio called her – seemed unhappy.

He assured her they would talk about it in class. But just two minutes later, with students still arriving, Antonio turned around to find another classmate consoling the girl, who had “exploded in tears”. She missed class and went to the school counsellor. 

“She has a transgender boyfriend and they are scared,” said Antonio, who asked for his full name not to be published.  Her fear? Donald Trump.


Senior U.S. officials recommend removal of NSA director: sources

Admiral Michael RogersThe heads of the Pentagon and the U.S. intelligence community have recommended to President Barack Obama that the director of the National Security Agency, Admiral Michael Rogers, be removed from his position, sources familiar with the matter said on Saturday.

The recommendation by Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, first reported by The Washington Post, was delivered to the White House last month.


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