Friday January 30, 2015

Archive for the ‘Law’ Category

Detainee swapped for Bergdahl returns to terrorist activities

The U.S. military and intelligence community now suspect that one of the five Taliban detainees released from Guantanamo Bay in return for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in May of last year has attempted to return to militant activity from his current location in Qatar by making contact with suspected Taliban associates in Afghanistan.  More…

Seattle to fine people for throwing food out with the trash

Seattle is the first city in the nation to fine people for not properly sorting food from their garbage. The law took effect on Jan. 1 as a bid to keep food out of landfills. Other cities like San Francisco and Vancouver mandate composting, but don’t penalize homeowners directly.  More…

All Coloradans may get pot-tax refund

Colorado’s marijuana experiment was designed to raise revenue for the state and its schools, but a state law may put some of the tax money directly into residents’ pockets. The state constitution limits how much tax money the state can take in before it has to give some back. That means Coloradans may each get their own cut of the $50 million in recreational pot taxes collected in the first year of legal weed.  More…

Mom Sues Target Over Son’s Suicide

Target is facing a lawsuit filed by a mother who says her son committed suicide after he was forced to take part in a humiliating disciplinary event in front of co-workers and customers. The suit claims a 22-year-old former cashier at the retail chain’s Pasadena store, was humiliated when he was subjected to what the family’s attorney called a "walk of shame," a ritual during which the employee is paraded around the store in handcuffs.  More…

White House drone crash caused by drunk government ‘intelligence’ worker

It was 42 degrees and raining lightly around 3 a.m. on Monday when an drunk off-duty employee for a government intelligence agency decided it was a good time to fly his friend’s drone, a 2-foot-by-2-foot “quadcopter” that sells for hundreds of dollars and is popular among hobbyists. Officials describe the breach as nothing more than a drunken misadventure.  More…

Obamacare program costs $50,000 for every American who gets health insurance

It will cost the federal government – taxpayers, that is – $50,000 for every person who gets health insurance under the Obamacare law, the Congressional Budget Office said. The numbers are daunting: It will take $1.993 trillion to provide insurance subsidies to poor and middle-class Americans. Offsetting that massive outlay will be $643 billion in new taxes, penalties and fees related to the Obamacare law.  More…

Cuba leaves talks on US ties insisting it won’t make changes to its system

The start of talks on repairing 50 years of broken relations appears to have left President Raul Castro’s government focused on winning additional concessions without giving in to U.S. demands for greater freedoms, despite the seeming benefits that warmer ties could have for the country’s struggling economy.  More…

Judges free 70-year-old wrongly convicted of murder 40 years ago

A 70-year-old man wrongly convicted of the 1976 stabbing deaths of a mother and daughter walked out of prison Friday, saying he was looking forward to sleeping in a real bed and maybe swimming in a pool.  More…

Teacher says students in alleged sex abuse should have kept ‘stupid mouths shut’

A high school art teacher who allegedly posted Facebook comments condoning sexual relations between teachers and students has been put on paid leave. Teacher Sean Kane works at the same school — South Hills High in West Covina — where two female educators were arrested on suspicion of having sex with students.  More…

UPS Driver Arrested In Theft Of Gold, Silver Bars

Officials say a driver with United Parcel Service has been arrested on suspicion of grand theft after several packages containing silver coins and silver and gold bars worth more than $200,000 went missing during the shipping process.  More…

Man Pleads Guilty to Putting Boy in Dryer

A man from New Hampshire accused of putting a two-year-old boy in Bangor in a dryer pleaded guilty Tuesday to assault. Police say 27-year-old Adam Morton admitted he put his girlfriend’s son in the dryer and turned it on while he was babysitting.  More…

Senator’s husband stands to profit big from USPS deal

Ever wonder how lowly paid lawmakers leave office filthy rich? Sen. Dianne Feinstein is showing how it’s done. The US Postal Service plans to sell 56 buildings — so it can lease space more expensively — and the real estate company of the California senator’s husband, Richard Blum, is set to pocket about $1 billion in commissions.  More…