A police training slideshow shown to the Ohio grand jury in John Crawford III's case was released to the media this week. The slideshow urges officers to "enter the building and find the threat as fast as possible," and includes photos of children crying while leaving school buildings at Sandy Hook. Ohio officer Sean Williams -- who testified that he fired the rounds that ultimately killed Crawford -- saw the presentation just 12 days before the incident, the Guardian reported. Was an emotionally charged slideshow enough training to prepare the Ohio officers to gauge and handle an active shooter incident? read more
A Twitter account run by the U.S. State Department tweeted a photo of four dead men Thursday it identified as Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS) fighters and boasted the deed as a "major step towards getting job done." The rather tasteless tweet -- more what you'd expect to find on militants' own gruesome accounts than on an official one run by the U.S. government -- was promptly removed with no explanation, but not before the Telegraph snapped a screenshot of it.
Before they can drive off the lot, many subprime borrowers must have their car outfitted with a so-called starter interrupt device, which allows lenders to remotely disable the ignition. Using the GPS technology on the devices, the lenders can also track the cars' location and movements. The devices, which have been installed in about two million vehicles, are helping feed the subprime boom by enabling more high-risk borrowers to get loans. But there is a big catch. By simply clicking a mouse or tapping a smartphone, lenders retain the ultimate control. Borrowers must stay current with their payments, or lose access to their vehicle. read more
Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza was sentenced on Tuesday to spend eight months in a community confinement center during five years of probation after pleading guilty to a campaign finance law violation. The defendant, a frequent critic of President Barack Obama, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan. He was also given a $30,000 fine and ordered to do one day of community service a week during his probation. D'Souza, 53, admitted in May to illegally reimbursing two 'straw donors' who donated $10,000 each to the unsuccessful 2012 U.S. Senate campaign in New York of Wendy Long, a Republican he had known since attending Dartmouth College in the early 1980s.
A major new study of warfare in chimpanzees finds that lethal aggression can be evolutionarily beneficial in that species, rewarding the winners with food, mates and the opportunity to pass along their genes. The findings run contrary to recent claims that chimps fight only if they are stressed by the impact of nearby human activity -- and could help explain the origins of human conflict as well. Ever since primatologist Jane Goodall's pioneering work at Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania in the 1970s, researchers have been aware that male chimps often organize themselves into warring gangs that raid each other's territory, sometimes leaving mutilated dead bodies on the battlefield. Primatologists have concluded that their territorial battles are evolutionarily adaptive.