Monday, December 11, 2017
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Civil trial begins for Arizona sheriff accused of racial profiling

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Racial profiling civil trial for sheriff begins

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio's anti-illegal immigration patrols took center stage Thursday in federal court as a group of Latinos set out to prove that his deputies racially profiled them as part of a systemic policy of discrimination. Opening arguments were made in the civil lawsuit. Instead of money, the plaintiffs are seeking a declaration that the Maricopa County department racially profiles and an order requiring it to make changes to prevent discriminatory policing.

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$268K GSA awards event investigated

The General Services Administration spent more than $268,000 on a one-day awards ceremony, an inspector general told Congress on Thursday, the latest revelation of lavish government conferences on taxpayers' tab. In a letter to a House subcommittee, GSA Inspector General Brian Miller said he is investigating the Nov. 17, 2010, event in two Washington hotels that featured a drum band exercise and more than $50,000 in gifts and awards to attendees. The GSA said all spending for events was suspended in April.

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GOP's Boehner defends Abedin

Calling accusations from conservatives in Congress against a top Muslim aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton "pretty dangerous," House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday became the second top GOP official to stand by Huma Abedin. The secretary of state's longtime adviser was singled out by conservative Rep. Michele Bachmann and four other rank-and-file Republicans who want a federal investigation to determine if Abedin is using her State Department influence to further the goals of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Elsewhere

Washington: The Defense Department said Thursday it is allowing service members to march in uniform in a gay pride parade for the first time in U.S. history, at San Diego's gay pride parade Saturday.

University Park, Pa.: Steve Garban resigned Thursday from the Penn State Board Of Trustees, the first board member to do so in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

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Father of Seminole Heights victim repairing damage after vandals hit son’s memorial

Father of Seminole Heights victim repairing damage after vandals hit son’s memorial

TAMPA — Weeks after burying his son Anthony Naiboa, one of four people gunned down over the span of 51 days in Seminole Heights, Casimar Naiboa has a new and unwanted ritual.He drives past a makeshift memorial his family made for his son, set up wher...
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Ruth: Legislation turns crime victims into criminals

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Saturday’s sonic booms likely from F-15 fighters, NORAD says

Saturday’s sonic booms likely from F-15 fighters, NORAD says

Those sonic booms heard across the state Saturday afternoon? The North American Air Defense Command now says they were likely the result of a decision to allow two F-15 fighter jets to hit supersonic speeds that day.That decision, first reported by t...
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Judge denies former Clearwater fire chief’s motion for a new trial

Judge denies former Clearwater fire chief’s motion for a new trial

A Pinellas circuit judge denied a bid for a new trial in the case of Jamie Geer, the former Clearwater fire chief serving a life sentence for sexually abusing a girl throughout her childhood.Geer, now 63, was in court in October seeking the new tria...
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How Lightning coach Jon Cooper reinvented himself

How Lightning coach Jon Cooper reinvented himself

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HSBC says U.S. will dismiss criminal charges against it

HSBC says U.S. will dismiss criminal charges against it

HSBC said Monday that U.S. authorities were preparing to dismiss criminal charges against the bank, five years after it reached an agreement to avoid prosecution related to lapses in its money-laundering controls.In 2012, the bank, one of the world’s...
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Transgender people can enlist in military Jan. 1

Transgender people can enlist in military Jan. 1

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is allowing transgender people to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, despite President Donald Trump’s opposition. The new policy reflects growing legal pressure on the issue, and the difficult hurdles the federal gover...
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Major auto manufacturer offers longer hours, incentives to fix airbags

Major auto manufacturer offers longer hours, incentives to fix airbags

TAMPA — With nearly 200,000 people around Tampa Bay still driving around with defective airbags that could kill them, a major automaker is trying to dramatically cut that number down this week.Fiat Chrystler Automobiles U.S. has launched Airbag Recal...
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Bomb strapped to man explodes in New York subway; 3 hurt

Bomb strapped to man explodes in New York subway; 3 hurt

NEW YORK — A man inspired by the Islamic State group set off a crude pipe bomb strapped to his body Monday in a crowded subway corridor near Times Square, injuring the man, slightly wounding three others and sending New York commuters fleeing in terr...
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This 6-year-old kid made $11 million in one year reviewing toys on You Tube

This 6-year-old kid made $11 million in one year reviewing toys on You Tube

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