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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Vice News obtained the complete inventory of military leftovers secured since 2007 by the Ferguson, Missouri, police department under the Pentagon Defense Logistics Agency 1033 program. Nothing on the list matched up with the militarized equipment police deployed during the protests. What Ferguson did receive from the DLA were non-tactical items like laptop computers, utility trucks, a generator, and mittens for "extreme cold weather." The obvious question: Where did Ferguson police get the military equipment it allegedly used during the protests, and how did the department purchase it? When Vice posed the question to the Ferguson Police Department, an officer hung up the phone on us. Three subsequent calls back resulted in the same response. read more


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Federal authorities say an East Texas man has admitted to deliberately driving his $1 million car into Gulf waters so that he could collect insurance on the vehicle. Authorities announced Tuesday that 39-year-old Andy Lee House of Lufkin has pleaded guilty to wire fraud. They say he purchased a Bugatti Veyron and had it insured for $2.2 million. The elegant vehicle is considered one of the fastest in the world. Authorities say House initially claimed in November 2009 that he was reaching for his cell phone when the vehicle swerved into water near Galveston. The salt water flooded the engine, ruining the Bugatti.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Cal State San Marcos last Wednesday was stormed by law enforcement and placed on lockdown for more than 30 minutes after reports of a suspicious person armed with a gun on campus. After holding the man at gunpoint, cops learned it was only an umbrella. Bill Craig, who has been a staff member at the university for 17 years, was walking with his umbrella on campus that morning because of the rain. "I guess you always think that when someone's pointing a gun at you, you're really going to freak out but I think I was just more focused on doing exactly what the officer said," Craig told 10News.


A Baton Rouge ordinance banning the possession of guns at bars or any other place that sells alcohol was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge on Monday. The ordinance also applied to parking lots of places that sell alcohol, including those at restaurants and grocery stores.

Chief U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson, in an order issued Monday (Aug. 25), struck down the city ordinance that was successfully challenged by a plaintiff who was arrested in 2012 after Baton Rouge Police Department officers pulled him over, searched his car and arrested him for violating the ordinance.

The plaintiff, Ernest Taylor, says that around 1:30 a.m. Oct. 13, 2012, he was pulled over for a traffic stop after exiting Romeo's Lounge parking lot. After telling the officer he had two rifles in his car along with the proper permits, the officer forcibly retrained him on the hood a car before arresting him.


Friday, August 22, 2014

The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office said the Defense Department failed to notify the relevant congressional committees at least 30 days in advance of the exchange -- a clear violation of the law -- and used $988,400 of a wartime account to make the transfer. The GAO also said the Pentagon's use of funds that hadn't been expressly appropriated violated the Antideficiency Act.

"In our view, the meaning of the (law) is clear and unambiguous," the GAO wrote to nine Republican senators, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and various committees. "Section 8111 prohibits the use of 'funds appropriated or otherwise made available' in the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2014, to transfer any individual detained at Guantanamo Bay to the custody or control of a foreign entity' except in accordance" with the law.


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