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San Francisco Plans to Shame Landlords Into Complying with Earthquake-Safety Ordinance

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Chinese court sentences three to death for railway station knife attacks

Knife attack at train station in Kunming, Yunnan province

By: Jonathan Kalman

A court in southern China sentenced three people to death and one to life in prison on Friday for perpetrating a gruesome knife attack on a railway station this spring, an incident that shocked the country and underscored the severity of ethnic conflict in the north-western region of Xinjiang.

At the end of a one-day trial, prosecutors in Kunming, the capital of south-west China’s Yunnan province, found four defendants guilty of orchestrating the attack on 1 March, in which eight black-clad assailants indiscriminately hacked at bystanders with knives and machetes, killing 29 people and injuring 141.

Police shot four attackers dead at the scene, and captured one. State media has offered conflicting accounts of when the remaining four attackers – three men and one woman – were detained.

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Texas set to execute Lisa Coleman for gruesome murder of child

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By: Tom Dart

When emergency services arrived at the home Lisa Coleman shared with her lover they found the bruised and emaciated dead body of nine-year-old Davontae Williams clad only in bandages and a diaper.

Ten years later, Coleman is set to be executed in Texas for her role in the boy’s death. Barring the unlikely success of a last-minute appeal to the supreme court, on Wednesday at 6pm CT the 38-year-old will become only the 15th woman put to death in the US since capital punishment was restored in 1976.

Though women commit about one in 10 murders in the US they account for only 1% of executions. But the jury in Tarrant County was persuaded to hand down the ultimate punishment after hearing testimony at Coleman’s trial that indicated the gruesome treatment the child suffered at a low-rent apartment complex a short drive south of the Dallas Cowboys’ NFL stadium. Read the rest of this entry »

Khodorkovsky Links Yevtushenkov’s Arrest to Fight Over Bashneft, Contrasts to Yukos Case

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Former director of Yukos Oil Company MikhailKhodorkovsky linked the criminal case against Vladimir Yevtushenkov with the conflict with state-owned Rosneft over the shares of Bashneft and advised to seek compromise, media reported Wednesday.

“Vladimir Yevtushenkov was stubborn, he did not want to pass his property at the conditions he was apparently offered. So it was decided to use the familiar old method. I think, there is nothing else here,” Khodorkovsky told Vedomosti business daily.

One of Russia’s richest men and the head of Sistema conglomerate, Yevtushenkov was arrested on alleged charges over his suspected involvement in money-laundering. The prosecutors are probing into Sistema’s unlawful acquisition of Bashneft oil company’s shares. The court is to determine whether the shares Yevtushenkov legalized had been stolen from Russian Bashkotorstan Republic’s oil companies. Read the rest of this entry »

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Russia Calls Law on Special Status of Donbas ‘Step in Right Direction’

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Russia views the recent Ukrainian law on special status of parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk region as a step in the right direction, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, approved a law submitted by President Petro Poroshenko to introduce self-administration in parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The bill states that local elections are to take place in the regions on December 7 and also guarantees the right to use Russian or any other language in Ukraine. Read the rest of this entry »

US Justice Department to Look Into Racial Bias in Law Enforcement: Reports

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By: Reuters

The US Justice Department is launching a study into racial bias in law enforcement structures in five American cities, to be selected later, US Attorney General Eric Holder revealed in an interview with the Associated Press.

“What I saw in Ferguson confirmed for me that the need for such an effort was pretty clear,” Holder said Tuesday.

The attorney general noted that the three-year project, which will involve training, data analysis and interviews with community residents, could be a “silver lining” if it helps ease racial tensions and “pockets of distrust that show up between law enforcement and the communities that they serve.” Read the rest of this entry »

CBS Must Pay $1.3 Million for Violating Podcasting Patent

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A Texas jury delivers its verdict after a five-day trial

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What Kate Upton’s Nude Photo Hack Reveals About Google

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Only half of the model-actress and pitcher Justin Verlander’s private photos are removed from indexes as the search engine grapples with legal theories over “selfies,” copyright and fair use

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Tellers At Multiple Banks Charged With Stealing From Customers In Fraud Scheme

By: CBS

Prosecutors Tuesday said hundreds of customers at White Plains bank are victims of theft – and the thieves are tellers who allegedly took their money.

As CBS 2’s Dick Brennan reported, bank robbers usually walk in the front door and announce a stick-up, or hand the teller a threatening note. But this time, prosecutors said it was the tellers themselves who were up to no good.

Customers were stunned to find that their personal information might not be safe – even with bank tellers.

“It’s crazy. It’s insane,” said Bonnie Vulaj of Yorktown. “I mean, how could someone do that?”

“I don’t feel safe not knowing that this was going on, no, I don’t,” said Dawn Marie Rabelye of White Plains. Read the rest of this entry »

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