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Radioactive material sent to Texas A&M via FedEx gone missing

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A package containing radioactive material sent via Federal Express to Texas A&M University has been reported missing by the school. The 27lb (12.2kg) package was signed for nearly two weeks ago, but the university says the relevant office didn't receive it.

On Friday, the university's Office of Safety and Security sent out an internal email seeking assistance in locating the package, according to KBTX. The medium-sized cardboard box -- each side measuring 20 inches in length -- was sent from Edina, Minnesota, by the Science Engineering and Education Company's radioactive material producer Ritverc.

"The outside of the package has a logo from RITVERC and has UN2910 marking," Christopher Meyer, an assistant with the school's Office of Safety and Security, wrote in the internal email.


Death of man pinned down by three Texas deputies ruled homicide

The Dallas County Medical Examiner ruled that the death of a man who was pinned down by three deputies in a Texas jail lobby was a homicide. Other contributing factors to his death were drugs, heart problems and stress to the body.

The cause and manner of death of Joseph Hutcheson, 48, was homicide with "combined effects of cocaine and methamphetamine, compounded by hypertensive cardiovascular disease and physiologic stress associated with struggle and restraint," according to the medical examiner's office.

A full autopsy report is pending but it will include toxicology results.

Scott Palmer, an attorney for Hutcheson's family, said the medical examiner's findings corroborate what the video shows: that deputies were responsible on some level for the man's death.

"It is apparent from the ruling that Mr. Hutcheson died at the hands of another," Palmer said in a statement, according to The Dallas Morning News. "We believe without the assault by the Sheriff's deputies, Mr. Hutcheson would still be alive today."

Palmer told the paper that the family hired a private pathologist to conduct a second autopsy. The doctor couldn't determine what had killed Hutcheson, but told the family that the organs in his throat were missing.

Hutcheson died on August 1 after a struggle with three deputies on the lobby floor. Authorities said the man walked into the building that morning, yelled for help, was placed in handcuffs, lost consciousness and died.

Comment: Injured man comes to jail lobby asking cops for help, but deputies pile on him and kill him instead


Australian cop faces 7 years for leaking CCTV showing fellow officers brutally beating handcuffed man

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Sgt Rick Flori and protesters who support him
A Gold Coast police officer who leaked the CCTV video footage showing police brutally beating an innocent man is now facing seven long years behind bars. Sergeant Rick Flori is being threatened with seven years in prison after the leaked video surveillance footage was released, which clearly showed his fellow officers beating a young chef named Noa Begic.

Begic was handcuffed in the Surfers Paradise Police Station basement during the entire ordeal. There was simply no way the officers could get away with claiming self-defense on this one... at least not once the video was released. That's why they hoped it never would be.

Officers for the Gold Coast, Australia Police Department had expected Sergeant Flori to be like the rest of them and cover up the police brutality. But instead, Flori took a stand - and now they are trying to lock him up for it.

Flori leaked the footage to the Brisbane Courier-Mail. For this "crime" he was charged with "misconduct in public office".

The footage he revealed was taken in 2012, and it clearly shows police officers slamming Begic's face into the concrete floor. They then shove him in the back of a van and punch him over and over while he is cuffed and being held down.

Watch the video below and see for yourself...

Comment: It seems that cops everywhere are being trained in the dark art of oppression.


Google under investigation in India over rigging search results

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Internet heavyweight Google is under investigation by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) over alleged rigging of search results in the country - a violation that could potentially be punished by up to 10 percent of the company's income, running into billions of dollars.

The CCI director general filed a report following initial complaints by Consumer Unity and Trust Society, a local nonprofit organization, and the Bharat Matrimony website, who accused Google of ranking its own websites above its competitors, even those more relevant and those which showed a stronger traffic flow.

In total some 30 internet companies reportedly signed up to the CCI complaints list, including Flipkart, Facebook, Nokia's maps division, MakeMyTrip and Hungama Digital.

Comment: It's likely that this kind of search result rigging is happening in many other countries besides India. There's a reason Google is so secretive about their algorithm.


Police manhunt underway for 3 suspects in connection with shooting death of police officer

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Police in Fox Lake, Illinois are searching for three men in connection with the shooting death of a police officer in the village, local news reports. The officer's gun and pepper spray were taken.

The manhunt is underway for two white men and a black man who are considered to be armed and dangerous, authorities said.

The Fox Lake officer was pursuing people described as suspicious around 8 a.m. local time Tuesday when he was shot, Lake County Undersheriff Raymond Rose told reporters. Police responding to the scene to help found him in a marshy area. He died at the scene.

An officer who responded to the call could be heard on the scanner saying: " ... send everybody you possibly can ... officer is down ..." the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Red Flag

Migrant crisis: Railway in Hungary closed to migrants after hundreds try to take train to Vienna

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Migrants face Hungarian police in the main Eastern Railway station in Budapest, Hungary, September 1, 2015
The main railway in Budapest got closed for an "undetermined time" for migrants Tuesday after hundreds of them attempted to board a train to Vienna, the latest event in the spiraling migrant crisis that's engulfing Europe.

Hundreds of refugees - most of them from conflict areas like Syria - are now waiting at the station, with the entrance blocked by police, and are demonstrating, urging the authorities to let them in, shouting "Germany, Germany."

The station remains open for other passengers, local media report. Earlier in the morning, clashes took place between security forces and hundreds of migrants as they were pushing towards platform gates.

Several told AP that they had spent hundreds of euro to buy the train tickets.


Georgia police officer shoots homeowner, kills dog after responding to call at wrong house

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DeKalb County police officers work at the scene where an Atlanta-based officer was shot Monday evening, Aug. 31, 2015, five miles from Atlanta. DeKalb County police spokeswoman Mekka Parrish did not immediately have any details about the circumstances of the shooting.
A police officer was shot and critically wounded Monday when he responded to a call of a suspicious person and showed up at the wrong house, authorities said.

The homeowner was also shot in the leg and his dog was killed in what DeKalb County police Chief Cedric Alexander is calling a complicated shooting. Officers fired their weapons, the chief said, but it's not clear if the homeowner had a gun.

DeKalb County police officers work at the scene where an Atlanta-based officer was shot Monday evening, Aug. 31, 2015, five miles from Atlanta. DeKalb County police spokeswoman Mekka Parrish did not immediately have any details about the circumstances of the shooting. (Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Alexander said his department would typically handle the investigation since it did not involve a fatality, but because of the unusual situation, he asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to look into it.

"We did respond to the wrong residence tonight and then these other circumstances unfolded," he said.

Alexander said the situation happened like this: A neighborhood resident called 911 at 7:34 p.m. to report a suspicious person and described a home to the dispatcher. Three officers responded to a house that fit the description the caller gave 911. The officers went to the back of the home and found that a screen door and a rear door were unlocked.

"That in and of itself would probably suggest to anyone that it is possible that there could be intruders inside, but it turned out not to be the case," Alexander said. "Somewhere at the rear of that home, some things happened that have yet to be determined."

Comment: US court rules you need to be dumb to be a cop

Arrow Down

Planned Parenthood - Live baby 'just fell out,' parts sold for profit

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The ninth video released by the Center for Medical Progress provides a glimpse into the murky and cutthroat world of the baby-harvesting business, with rival companies competing for valuable livers, hearts and kidneys.

On the video StemExpress CEO Cate Dyer describes starting her private for-profit company after working as a procurement specialist for non-profit Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR). She says ABR used to collect specimens for free until she started StemExpress and began offering payments for collection.

That seems to have changed profoundly because Dyer now charges that ABR pays an "advisor fee" to abortion clinic board members in order to have exclusive access to aborted fetal baby parts. Moreover, according to documents provided by the Center for Medical Progress, ABR now pays $340 per second trimester specimen.

According to CMP, "ABR is the oldest baby-parts company in the U.S., founded in 1989 by Linda Tracy. For twenty-six years they have partnered with multiple Planned Parenthood affiliates to harvest fetal tissue to sell for experimentation."

In conversation with an investigator posing as a representative of a start-up procurement company, Dr. Katherine Sheehan, long time medical director of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, is on camera explaining "We have already a relationship with ABR. We've been using them for over 10 years, really a long time, just kind of renegotiated the contract."


Video footage shows man, killed by police, with hands up when officers shot him

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A man who was killed by sheriff's deputies in San Antonio last week appeared to have his hands raised when officers delivered the fatal shots, according to newly released video footage.

When the video begins, 41-year-old Gilbert Flores is seen running shirtless in the front yard of a house. Moments after he appears to put his hands up, two shots can be heard. Flores doubles over and falls to the ground. He died later in hospital.

However, it is not entirely clear whether Flores put one or both hands up, as his left arm is hidden by a pole.

"Certainly what's in the video is a cause for concern," Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said at a press conference. "But it's important to let the investigation go through its course so that we can assure a thorough and complete review of all that occurred."

Bexar County District Attorney Nicholas LaHood called the video "disturbing" and said investigators are also reviewing 911 calls and statements from people inside the house, according to local news outlet KSAT 12 News.

Snakes in Suits

Dentist accused of unnecessary dental procedures on children to defraud Medicaid

Girl whose teeth were removed by Florida dentist
Florida dentist is accused of unnecessarily pulling children's teeth and ripping off Medicaid for millions of dollars.

Protests have raged for three weeks outside the Jacksonville offices of Dr. Howard Schneider after he was served with 58 notices of intent to sue — which the dentist threw to the ground and fled in his vehicle after trying to grab a journalist's camera.

Former patients have accused the 78-year-old Schneider of performing unwanted and unneeded dental procedures — and the Florida Attorney General's Office has opened a Medicaid fraud investigation of claims that date back decades, reported WTVR-TV.

The lawsuits and investigations were launched after Brandi Motley posted a photo of her 6-year-old daughter on Facebook in May accusing the dentist of pulling seven teeth from the girl's mouth after ordering her from the examination room.

"The nurse suggested that it's best, that kids act better when parents aren't in the room, so they said, 'We don't like parents back here for the procedures," Motley said.