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U.S. cops out of control: Eugene, Oregon police officer punches 8 year old boy in the face

This was a disgusting incident in Eugene, Oregon, on August 4, 2013. The police department was helping Department of Human Services take this child from his mother because a former boyfriend had somehow obtained custody. The child was punched by the police officer for what he said was biting.

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Shocking Violence! Video shows Pembroke Pines cop punching mentally ill girl

The security video shows a 14 year-old mental patient being escorted down a hallway when a Pembroke Pines police officer reaches in and grabs the girl. The girl whirls and swats at the officer, and he proceeds to punch her in the face. The officer's blow to the mentally disturbed teen snapped her head back, and appeared to be delivered with full force. Other officers join in, wrestling the girl to the ground and spraying her with Mace.

"It was shocking to see the amount of violence that occurred. It was shocking," said Assistant Broward County Public Defender Jeff Hittlemen.

The incident happened at the Citrus Health System treatment center for mentally disturbed adolescents on April 28th. The place treats children, many under contract with Florida's Department of Children and Families.

The public defender's office got involved in the case of the disturbed girl slugged by the cop, after police subsequently charged her with resisting arrest.

Broward's Chief Assistant Public Defender, Gordon Weekes, Jr., said officers had to have known they were dealing with a deeply disturbed teen.


Shark found on New York subway

A dead shark has been discovered on the subway in New York City, transport officials have confirmed.

The unlikely passenger, about 1.2m (4ft) long, was found under a row of seats on a Queens-bound train.

The conductor asked passengers to leave the carriage and the train continued to the end of the line, where a supervisor disposed of the shark.

Pigeons and even an opossum have made their way on to the trains before, but never a shark, transit officials said.

However, where it came from remains a mystery.

Isvett Verde, of Brooklyn, New York, who took a photo of the shark, said she noticed that the empty carriage of the N train "smelled extremely fishy" when she boarded at 8th Street.

"It's hard to be surprised as there are always crazy things happening in this city, but even that was a bit much," she told the BBC.

Other pictures of the exotic discovery have also gone viral, including one of the shark with a cigarette in its mouth next to a fare card and a can of energy drink.



Murder by Breastfeeding? 8-month-old died of fatal cocktail of prescription medications, court documents reveal

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Sarah Ann Stephens is arraigned Friday at the Sacramento County jail. She is accused of giving her baby drugs through her breast milk.
Baby Ryder was 8 months old when he overdosed on Xanax, methadone and the painkiller Opana - a fatal cocktail knowingly administered to him through his mother's breast milk, according to police allegations detailed in Sacramento County court documents.

Ryder Salmen died in September, five months after Sarah Ann Stephens had been warned to stop breastfeeding because of high levels of methadone found in her baby's bloodstream, according to court documents.

Stephens, 32, was charged with murder and two felony counts of child endangerment when she appeared before a Sacramento Superior Court judge Friday. She did not enter a plea and is scheduled to appear in court again Aug. 30.

Her privately retained attorney, Michael Sganga, did not return a phone call seeking comment Friday.

Snakes in Suits

Feds move to terminate Nevada psychiatric hospital's Medicare funds

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The Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas on May 2, 2013

A federal agency is moving to terminate Medicare funding for Nevada's embattled state psychiatric hospital, which has been under fire for sending hundreds of patients on buses to states across the nation for the past five years.

In a letter to state health officials issued late Friday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said that recent surveys of Las Vegas' Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital have concluded that it is not in compliance with certain conditions required to receive payment for patients covered by Medicare.

As a result, "we are initiating a process which could result in termination of the hospital's Medicare provider agreement," said the letter.


Loophole shows that, yes, NSA has 'authority' to spy on americans - directly in contrast with public statements

Right, so remember that claim yesterday from Barack Obama about how there is no domestic surveillance program? And remember in our post we noted that such a statement might come back to bite him, seeing that Snowden had leaked somewhere between 15,000 to 20,000 more documents to Glenn Greenwald and somewhere in there, it seemed like there was a decent chance there was evidence that Obama was lying? Right, so, funny story... this morning, James Ball and Spencer Ackerman over at the Guardian have published the details of a neat little loophole that does, in fact, give the NSA "authority" to run searches on Americans without any kind of warrant. This is due to a "rule change" in 2011.


Bizarro Earth

'Evil' seagulls held us hostage

Jim and Penny Freeman
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Living in Fear: Jim Fudge and Penny Freeman in their garden in Bridlington.
A brother and sister say they were too scared to leave their home because of "evil" seagulls.

Penny Freeman, 69, and her brother, Jim Fudge, 67, claim they could not leave their Bridlington home for four days due to two aggressive seagulls guarding their chick. Mrs Freeman, of Vernon Road, said: "I was held hostage in the house, too afraid to go out for four days.

"It was absolutely terrifying for us. I felt like a prisoner in my own home."

The seagulls' chick had fallen into Mrs Freeman's garden from their nest on her roof. She says they would squawk and behave aggressively whenever she or her brother stepped into the garden.


Americans giving up passports jump sixfold as tougher rules loom

US Passport
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The stamps in a U.S. passport are displayed for a photograph in New York.

Americans renouncing U.S. citizenship surged sixfold in the second quarter from a year earlier as the government prepares to introduce tougher asset-disclosure rules.

Expatriates giving up their nationality at U.S. embassies climbed to 1,131 in the three months through June from 189 in the year-earlier period, according to Federal Register figures published today. That brought the first-half total to 1,810 compared with 235 for the whole of 2008.

The U.S., the only nation in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development that taxes citizens wherever they reside, is searching for tax cheats in offshore centers, including Switzerland, as the government tries to curb the budget deficit. Shunned by Swiss and German banks and facing tougher asset-disclosure rules under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (Fatca), more of the estimated 6 million Americans living overseas are weighing the cost of holding a U.S. passport.

"With the looming deadline for Fatca, more and more U.S. citizens are becoming aware that they have U.S. tax reporting obligations," said Matthew Ledvina, a U.S. tax lawyer at Anaford AG in Zurich. "Once aware, they decide to renounce their U.S. citizenship."

Fatca requires foreign financial institutions to report to the Internal Revenue Service information about financial accounts held by U.S. taxpayers, or held by foreign entities in which U.S. taxpayers hold a substantial ownership interest. It was estimated to generate $8.7 billion over 10 years, according to the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation.

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Chinese doctor detained over baby trafficking

Beijing - Local authorities have detained nine people, including an obstetrician, on suspicion of baby trafficking at a hospital in northwestern China, state media reported.

Three government officials and three hospital managers at Fuping County Maternal and Child Health Care in Shaanxi province were also fired over the baby trafficking scandal, the official Xinhua News Agency reported late Friday.

Among the detained suspects is Zhang Shuxia, an obstetrician at the hospital who abducted newborns by sometimes falsely claiming the infants were born with congenital problems, it said. Xinhua said police had received 55 reports of child abductions and that Zhang allegedly was involved in 26 of them.

It said police had rescued twin baby girls and located a third child, all taken from the Fuping hospital.

Despite severe legal punishments, including the death penalty, child trafficking is a big problem in China. It is very profitable for the traffickers, and demand is strong, driven partly by the traditional preference for male heirs, a strict one-child policy and ignorance of the law.

Source: Associated Press


DOT officials trying to stop 9/11 graffiti on bridges, overpasses

Some graffiti popping up on highways has a lot of people talking, and the state isn't too happy about how a group of vandals are trying to get their message across.