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Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson Will Avoid Civil Rights Charges

Jan 22, 2015

The Justice Department is poised to announce it will not bring civil rights charges against police officer Darren Wilson for shooting unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The New York Times reports Attorney General Eric Holder will have the final say, but will almost certainly side with investigators who are recommending no charges. A wider Justice Department probe into Ferguson police over reports of racial profiling in traffic stops and use of excessive force remains underway. Meanwhile, a judge has rejected an NAACP Legal Defense Fund request for a new grand jury to consider criminal charges against Wilson. The group raised concerns over the actions of prosecutor Bob McCulloch, including his decision to let a witness provide false testimony.

Video: New Jersey Police Fatally Shot Man Who Had His Hands Up

Jan 22, 2015

Newly released video from a police dashboard camera shows officers in New Jersey shot and killed an African-American man who had his hands in the air. The video from December 30 shows Bridgeton police officers Braheme Days and Roger Worley pulling over a car. After apparently removing a gun from the car’s glove compartment, Officer Days warns the passenger, Jerame Reid, not to move, saying, “I’m going to shoot you,” and “If you reach for something, you’re going to be (expletive) dead.” Reid appears to say, “I’m getting out and getting on the ground,” before standing up with both hands raised in apparent surrender. Both police officers then open fire, shooting at least six times.

Braheme Days: “You reach for something, you’re going to be (expletive) dead. I’m telling you!”

Jerame Reid: “I ain’t even reaching for nothing, bro. I ain’t got no reason to reach” —

Days: “I’m telling you! Keep your (expletive) hands right there! Hey Jerame, you reach for something, you’re gonna be (expletive) dead!”

Reid: “I ain’t reaching.”

Days: “He’s reaching! He’s reaching!”

Reid: “I ain’t reaching.”

Days: “Show me your (expletive) hands.”

Reid: “I’m getting out and getting on the ground.”

Roger Worley: “Yo!”

Reid: “I’m getting out and getting on the ground.”

Days: “No, you’re not. No, you’re not.”

Worley: “Don’t get out of the car!”

Reid: “I’m getting out.”

Days: “No, you’re not. Don’t (expletive) move!”

Reid: “I’m getting out.”

Days: “Don’t you” — (Officers open fire.)

Both officers have been placed on paid leave amid a probe.

Donetsk Bus Blast Kills 13 as Ukrainian Forces Retreat from Airport

Jan 22, 2015

In eastern Ukraine, a mortar blast on board a bus has killed up to 13 people in the pro-Russian rebel stronghold of Donetsk. Each side in the conflict has accused the other. The bombing comes after Ukrainian forces announced they had surrendered the Donetsk airport to the rebels.

Yemen: Houthi Rebels Remain at President’s Home After Reported Deal

Jan 22, 2015

In Yemen, Shiite Houthi rebels have reportedly reached a deal to retreat from key positions including the president’s home in return for increased political power. But witnesses say the rebels still surround the residence of U.S.-backed President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Germany: Pegida Leader Resigns After Photo Shows Him Posing as Hitler

Jan 22, 2015

The head of Germany’s anti-Islam Pegida movement has stepped down after a controversy over a photo that showed him posing as Adolf Hitler. Lutz Bachmann had also come under fire for his messages on social media referring to immigrants as “scumbags” and “trash.”

Files from Late Prosecutor’s Probe Show Argentina Offered to Shield Iran in Bid for Oil

Jan 22, 2015

Newly unveiled documents show an elaborate plot between Argentina and Iran to shield Iranian officials accused in a 1994 bombing of a Jewish center, in exchange for Iranian oil. The transcripts of secret communications are part of the probe by prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who was found dead of a gunshot wound Sunday, hours before he was due to testify on his findings. Officials have called his death a suicide amid initial claims his apartment was locked from inside. But a locksmith who was called to the scene says the service door was easily opened, and there are reports of a third entrance through a neighboring apartment.

In Breach of Protocol, Boehner Invites Netanyahu to Speak on Iran

Jan 22, 2015

In what the White House has called a departure from diplomatic protocol, Republican House Speaker John Boehner has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress on Iran. Boehner’s announcement comes one day after President Obama vowed in his State of the Union address to veto any new sanctions on Iran. Boehner acknowledged he did not tell the White House before inviting Netanyahu.

House Speaker John Boehner: “I did not consult with the White House. The Congress can make this decision on its own. I don’t believe I’m poking anyone in the eye. There is a serious threat that exists in the world, and the president, last night, kind of papered over it. And the fact is, is that there needs to be a more serious conversation in America about how serious the threat is from radical Islamic jihadists and the threat posed by Iran.”

Protesters Interrupt Supreme Court on Citizens United Anniversary

Jan 22, 2015

Protesters interrupted a U.S. Supreme Court hearing Wednesday to mark the fifth anniversary of the court’s decision in Citizens United, which opened the floodgates for unlimited political spending. Seven people were arrested after rising to their feet one by one, shouting “Overturn Citizens United” and “One person, one vote.”

Republicans Drop Vote on 20-Week Abortion Ban After GOP Women Dissent

Jan 22, 2015

House Republicans have dropped plans to vote today on a bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks, following dissent from women within their own party. Republican leaders planned to vote on the measure today on the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling, Roe v. Wade, but women lawmakers reportedly raised concerns in closed-door talks, particularly over a requirement that rape and incest survivors seeking an exemption to the ban report to police first.

Half of Senate Refuses to Formally Acknowledge Man-Made Climate Change

Jan 22, 2015

Half of the United States Senate has refused to formally acknowledge the existence of man-made climate change. Forty-nine Republicans voted against a measure noting “human activity significantly contributes to climate change.” The Senate did overwhelmingly approve a resolution acknowledging that climate change is not a hoax; just one person voted against it — Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker.

North Dakota: Pipeline Leaks 3 Million Gallons of Brine from Oil Drilling

Jan 22, 2015

In North Dakota, nearly three million gallons of saltwater created as a byproduct of oil drilling have leaked from a pipeline. According to the Associated Press, the spill is the largest since the state’s oil boom began and nearly three times worse than the previous record. This comes after up to 50,000 gallons of oil spilled into the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana, where residents of Glendive and the surrounding area have been told not to drink their water.

New Senate Intel Committee Chair Seeks Return of CIA Torture Report

Jan 22, 2015

The new Republican chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee has asked the Obama administration to return all copies of the Senate’s landmark report on CIA torture. Sen. Richard Burr has also indicated he will return a secret CIA internal report, known as the Panetta Review, which found the agency inflated the importance of information gained through torture.

Guantánamo Naval Commander Fired After Suspicious Death of His Wife’s Alleged Lover

Jan 22, 2015

The commanding officer in charge of the U.S. naval base at Guantánamo Bay has been fired due to a “loss of confidence in his ability to command.” Unnamed officials told the AP Captain John R. Nettleton is under investigation in connection with the mysterious death of a man whose wife Nettleton was having an affair with.

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Arrested for Corruption

Jan 22, 2015

The New York Times is reporting New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will be arrested today on charges of corruption. Silver has been speaker for over 20 years. [Update: Silver was arrested shortly after this broadcast.]

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