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Thursday, August 21, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - Bank of America has reached a record $17 billion settlement to resolve an investigation into its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis, officials directly familiar with the matter said Wednesday. Read more


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The theft of personal data belonging to about 4.5 million healthcare patients earlier this year was made possible because of the Heartbleed bug, according to a leading security expert.


The video you're about to see shows Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg being pulled over for driving drunk, given ample opportunity to show she isn't drunk, and finally being absolutely out of control during the booking process. So out of control, in fact, that she was locked into a restraint chair for her protection and that of those around her.

Yes, this is the DA at the center of the political attacks coming out against Texas Governor Rick Perry. Perry wanted her to step down after this incident. Perry later vetoed significant funding requested by the DA, but no laws were broken and he was completely within his state constitutional rights to do so.

Keep in mind this is the same DA that prosecutes others for the exact same thing she's doing here. Read more


The Ice Bucket Challenge just got the presidential treatment.

President George W. Bush accepted the challenge -- with a little help from former first lady Laura Bush -- after he was called out by a number of people, including his daughter, TODAY's Jenna Bush Hager.


U.S. special operations forces early this summer launched a secret, major rescue operation in Syria to save James Foley and a number of Americans held by the extremist group ISIS, but the mission failed because the hostages weren't there, senior administration officials told ABC News today.

President Obama authorized the "substantial and complex" rescue operation after the officials said a "broad collection of intelligence" led the U.S. to believe the hostages were being held in a specific location in the embattled Middle Eastern nation.


The ALS Association received $8.6 million in donations Tuesday as proceeds from the ice bucket challenge continued to pour in at record rates. The association has begun posting daily tallies from the fundraiser on its website, stating on Wednesday that since July 29 it had raised $31.5 million. That's an $8.6 million jump over the previous day's tally, and more than 16 times the amount it had received over the same period last year.


The graphic video shows Foley reciting threats against America before he is killed by an Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) militant. The voice narrating the video speaks fluent English and the U.K.'s foreign secretary suggested he might be British -- a troubling but not altogether surprising development. Western officials have been sounding alarm bells for months over the flood of foreign fighters taking up arms in Syria and Iraq. Read more


Steven Nelson, U.S. News and World Report: State data shows Colorado high school kids getting high at lower rate than national average in 2013. Marijuana use among Colorado high school students appears to be declining, despite the state's pioneering voter-approved experiment with legalization.

According to preliminary data from the state's biennial Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, in 2013 - the first full year the drug was legal for adults 21 and older - 20 percent of high school students admitted using pot in the preceding month and 37 percent said they had at some point in their lives.

The survey's 2011 edition found 22 percent of high school students used the drug in the past month and 39 percent had ever sampled it.

It's unclear if the year-to-year decline represents a statistically significant change, but data from 2009 suggests a multiyear downward trend. Read more


"The Assistant (Police) Chief took him to the hospital, his face all swollen on one side," said the insider. "He was beaten very severely."

According to the well-placed source, Wilson was coming off another case in the neighborhood on Aug. 9 when he ordered Michael Brown and his friend Dorain Johnson to stop walking in the middle of the road because they were obstructing traffic. However, the confrontation quickly escalated into physical violence, the source said..


It was an unprecedented headline in Iceland this week -- a man shot to death by police.

"The nation was in shock. This does not happen in our country," said Thora Arnorsdottir, news editor at RUV, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.

She was referring to a 59-year old man who was shot by police on Monday. The man, who started shooting at police when they entered his building, had a history of mental illness.

It's the first time someone has been killed by armed police in Iceland since it became an independent republic in 1944. Police don't even carry weapons, usually. Violent crime in Iceland is almost non-existent. Read more


Many outside the sport of football have criticized the Washington Redskins due to their objectionable nickname. As it turns out, at least one well-respected NFL employee took a stand against the organization beginning in 2006.

According to Mike Wise of The Washington Post, former NFL official and current CBS rules analyst Mike Carey admitted that he requested to not be assigned to Redskins games because of his strong feelings against the moniker.

"The league respectfully honored my request not to officiate Washington," Carey said. "It happened sometime after I refereed their playoff game in 2006, I think. ... It just became clear to me that to be in the middle of the field, where something disrespectful is happening, was probably not the best thing for me." Read more


Remember cute little toddler, Bounkham Phonesavah, who was burned and put in a coma after a SWAT Drug Raid by police in Habersham County, Georgia? Here's a reminder if you don't recall the story:

A family says a SWAT team raided their home in the middle of the night and seriously injured a 19-month-old boy with a stun grenade.
Alecia Phonesavanh told Channel 2's Ryan Young her child is at the Grady Memorial Hospital burn unit and is in a medically induced coma. [...]

"Everyone's sleeping. There's a loud bang and a bright light," Phonesavanh said. "The cops threw that grenade in the door without looking first, and it landed right in the playpen and exploded on his pillow right in his face." Read more


EXCLUSIVE: Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of demonstrations, suffered severe facial injuries, including an orbital (eye socket) fracture, and was nearly beaten unconscious by Brown moments before firing his gun, a source close to the department's top brass told FoxNews.com.

"The Assistant (Police) Chief took him to the hospital, his face all swollen on one side," said the insider. "He was beaten very severely." Read more


With the nation gripped by the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, seemingly every political leader has weighed in, from President Barack Obama to ideological leaders like Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. But there's one conspicuous exception – Hillary Clinton. Read more


I grew up in a rich, Republican household, but after Katrina and Iraq, I realized my priorities were out of order

I used to be a serious Republican, moderate and business-oriented, who planned for a public-service career in Republican politics. But I am a Republican no longer. Read more


The Internet may be losing the war against trolls, a broad term for destructive agitators who torment and heckle others online.

Robin William's daughter, attacked by Twitter followers, quit the service, and the writers and editors of the feminist website Jezebel published an open letter, pleading for a technical solution to graphic images that were anonymously posted in droves in the comments section.

Does anonymity on the web give people too much license to heckle and torment others?


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