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Friend of Boston bombing suspect unarmed when killed by FBI


Ibragim Todashev, who was killed during an FBI interview last week, was unarmed when he was fatally shot, fueling speculation that his association with Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was enough, in the eyes of police, to be fatal.

The death of Ibragim Todashev has been shrouded in mystery since he was mortally wounded during an interview with FBI agents on May 22. Before Wednesday's admission that the 27-year-old was unarmed at the time of his death, investigators offered conflicting accounts of what happened in Todashev's final minutes.

Todashev associated with Tamerlan Tsarnaev from mixed martial arts and boxing circles in the Boston area before he moved from Cambridge, Massachusetts to Orlando, Florida. FBI officials maintained he was never a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Investigators did say, however, that the matter would be the subject of a probe that is expected to last for several months.

"The FBI takes very seriously any shooting incidents involving our agents and as such we have an effective, time-tested process for addressing them internally," FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said in a statement Wednesday.

"The review process is thorough and objective and conducted as expeditiously as possible under the circumstances."

Black Cat

Lost trigger-happy cops kill 72-year-old Texas man inside his garage across the street from the burglary call

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The widow of a 72-year-old Texas man is searching for answers after Fort Worth police shot and killed him on Tuesday while responding to a burglary call involving a house across the street.

"Married 46 years, and, you know, somebody gets a little trigger-happy and away they go," Kathy Waller said to WFAA-TV on Tuesday after her husband, Jerry Waller, was shot inside the couple's garage.

Kathy Waller told KHOU the couple noticed police in their Fort Worth neighborhood just after 1 a.m. Tuesday morning. Her husband grabbed his .38-caliber handgun and went downstairs to see what was happening. She said to the station she heard six gunshots afer he opened the garage door.

The Dallas News reported on Tuesday that authorities said in a statement that the two officers were "engaged by an adult male armed with a handgun" and shot him in fear for their safety. Jerry Waller was pronounced dead at the scene.

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America the only developed country with no guaranteed paid vacation or holidays

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Happy Memorial Day! If your employer is giving you the day off, with pay, pat yourself on the back. You're one of the lucky ones! As this graph from the Center for Economic and Policy Research shows, the United States is the only developed country that doesn't guarantee its workers either paid vacation or holidays:

Stormtrooper

Miami-Dade police choke black teenager because he was giving them "dehumanizing stares"

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Florida - Fourteen-year-old Tremaine McMillian didn't threaten police. He didn't attack them. He wasn't armed. All the black teenager did was appear threatening by shooting Miami-Dade police officers a few "dehumanizing stares," and that was apparently enough for the officers to decide to slam him against the ground and put him in a chokehold.

During Memorial Day weekend, McMillian was rough-housing with another teenager on the sand. Police approached the teen on an ATV and told him that wasn't acceptable behavior. They asked him where his parents were, but MicMillian attempted to walk away. The officer jumped off the ATV, and tried to physically restrain the teen. According to CBS Miami, police say the 14-year-old kid gave them "'dehumanizing stares,' clenched his fists and appeared threatening."

McMillian says he was carrying a six-week old puppy at the time and couldn't have been clenching his fists because he was feeding the dog with a bottle. He claims that during the confrontation the dog's front left paw was injured while officer forcibly separated him from the dog.

The officer then forced McMillian to the ground and put him in a choke hold.

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Tea kettle or Adolf Hitler? JCPenney billboard stirs controversy


Culver City - Was it a stroke of advertising genius or much ado about nothing?

A billboard in Culver City that promoted a designer tea kettle from JCPenney and has had bloggers buzzing about its uncanny resemblance to former German Nazi Chancellor Adolf Hitler has been taken down.

The ad, which was able to be seen off the 405 Freeway near Centinela Boulevard, was for the Bells and Whistles Stainless Steel Tea Kettle, part of a line of exclusive Michael Graves-designed kitchenware for the department store.

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Shoe

Cambodian factory workers clash with police

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Nike has said that it is "concerned" about the allegations.
At least 23 workers were hurt in Cambodia when police used stun batons to end a protest over pay at a factory that makes clothing for sportswear company Nike, a worker and a trade union representative said.

Police with riot gear were deployed on Monday to move about 3,000 workers, mostly female, who had blocked a road outside their factory owned by Sabrina (Cambodia) Garment Manufacturing in Kompong Speu province, west of the capital, Phnom Penh.

A Nike spokeswoman in the United States told Reuters by e-mail that the company was "concerned" about the allegations and was investigating.

Nike requires contract manufacturers to respect employees' rights to freedom of association, the spokeswoman added.

Sun Vanny, president of the Free Trade Union (FTU) at Sabrina, told Reuters news agency the injured had included a woman who was two months pregnant and who had lost her child after military police pushed her to the ground.

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German finance minister Schaeuble warns of revolution

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German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has warned that failure to win the battle against youth unemployment could tear Europe apart.
Let the austerity backlash begin. Who knew that an excel error could cause so much social strife. Granted common sense would have got you there, but this is politics. German Finance Minister Schaeuble warned on Tuesday that unless Europe wins the battle against youth unemployment, revolution is a distinct possibility.

The dreaded r-word came about as some corners push to reform the welfare standards to closely correlate with American standards. This would be a monumental mistake according the German finance minister. Youth unemployment as it stands now across the EU is at 25%, double the rate of older citizens.

Eu countries such as Germany, Italy and France are backing urgent action to tackle the issue before it becomes even more systemic than it already is. Anecdotes out of Spain have college graduates turning 30 without ever having a job. The problem is definitely have a social spillover as evidenced by the riots in Stockholm.

Labor ministers out of Italy are saying that they have the best educated generation and policies are essentially putting their future on hold. Schaeuble told a conference that if US welfare standards were enacted in the EU, the revolution would start the same day. It is completely untenable to adopt that set of rules.

Granted the youth unemployment picture here stateside is not exactly the best. Most of the job creation in recent months have gone to the older populace with the younger generation looking more and more like a carbon copy of an EU nation.

The solutions to the problem are not known, but the central banks willingness to continue the QE policies that have failed to generate any real job growth. If you broke down the amount injected by QE and applied it on a per job it works out to $500k per job created. Enough to give a person a 50k a year salary for ten years. Which is the better model, Dow 15k or systemic unemployment? Not really a trick question.

Black Cat

Police and citizen brutality: Man dies in custody after beating by Sacramento police and onlookers

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A man who was hit 10 times with a baton by a Sacramento police officer on Friday evening later died in custody. A bystander recorded the incident on video, showing the unidentified man being beaten by a female officer while a male officer restrained him.

The video obtained by CBS13 shows a man in his early 40s outside a Metro PCS store. He is hit with a baton while being held down. Eventually, officers realized he was not breathing.

According to a statement released by the Sacramento Police Department, officers responded to a call from a female employee at 5:46 p.m. on Friday, after the man entered her store speaking unintelligibly. She claimed she feared for her safety. When officers arrived, the suspect reportedly re-entered the store and attempted to barricade himself inside with the female employee.

When he resisted officers, pepper spray and batons were used. Additional officers were called in. As they tried to place the man in custody, a violent struggle allegedly ensued. He assaulted an officer, the release says, and another officer struck him with the baton and sprayed pepper spray in order to free the other officer. Neither measure, reportedly, had any effect on the man.

Bad Guys

Marines investigated for threatening and lewd social media posts

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Incident comes at a time when top military officers say they are facing a crisis of sexual harassment and abuse within the ranks

Federal law enforcement officials are investigating a former Marine and several active-duty Marines after they allegedly posted threatening and lewd messages on social media sites that targeted President Obama and a California congresswoman, according to a government official informed of the investigations.

The former Marine was interviewed last week by the Secret Service for the threatening post against President Obama, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigations are ongoing.

The Secret Service does not discuss its protective actions, said spokesman George Ogilvie.

Investigators from the U.S. Capitol Police have been investigating several threatening posts against Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., the Capitol Hill source said. Capitol Police do not comment on their investigations.

Several Marines also have been referred to their commanders for non-judicial punishment in recent months, said Marine Capt. Eric Flanagan, a spokesman. That punishment can range from raking leaves to loss of rank to dismissal from the service, he said.

Red Flag

Ramping up hysteria! Police detonate pressure cooker left at hotel

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Police in Dearborn are trying to understand why a pressure cooker was left in the restroom of the Adoba Hotel, forcing the evacuation of guests until the early morning hours.

The evacuation also canceled Sunday night's banquet of the University of Muslim Association of America.

Asgar Zaidi of Washington D.C. has been attending the organization's conference for the past 11 years. He says it's the first time it's ever been held in Dearborn.

"We all look forward to this time of year, Memorial Day weekend ... we have fun, we learn and it's just disheartening to see this type of stuff happen here," said Zaidi.

The pressure cooker discovered at the hotel was detonated by police as a precaution, but contained no explosives.

Dearborn officers have determined that the pressure cooker had not been converted into any type of explosive device.