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UK: "Bizarre" Bail Ruling Stuns Police

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Tens of thousands of murderers, rapists and violent criminals could escape prosecution following a "bizarre" legal ruling.

The ruling, made by a district judge at Salford Magistrates' Court and backed by the High Court, means an end to the practice of releasing people on bail and calling them back for further questioning later - a common practice in most major inquiries.

Police forces can no longer put anyone out on bail for more than 96 hours without either being in a position to charge or release them.

After the four days is up, officers can no longer question suspects and can only re-arrest them if they have new evidence, the ruling says.

Police chiefs have been left baffled by the "bizarre" ruling and both the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) are currently considering the ramifications for forces across England and Wales.

Home Secretary Theresa May said: "I think this is a matter of great concern.


US: Copwatch and Infoshop on Missouri's bizarre threat watch list


Copwatch, Infoshop and Christian vegetarians are all under police surveillance because they pose a "significant domestic terrorist" threat.

Why? Because they are anarchists, according to the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) of the Division of Drug and Crime Control.

Well, actually, due to a misspelled word, it says they all pose a "significant domestic terrorist 'treat' at this time."

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US: Plea Deal For TSA Agent Charged With Assaulting Coworker Over Body Scanner Genital Jokes

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The TSA agent charged with assaulting a coworker who teased him about the size of his penis after it was exposed by a full-body scanner reached a plea agreement, reports The Smoking Gun.

Rolando Negrin, who was accused of striking fellow Transportation Security Administration employee Hugo Osorno with a police baton while demanding an apology, has agreed to attend anger management classes and write a letter of apology to Osorno.

The 46-year-old Miami resident must also perform 50 hours of community service and make a $100 charitable donation to Do The Right Thing of Miami in order to comply with the terms of a pre-trial program, which if completed, will dismiss the felony battery case, reports TSG.

According to the police report from the incident in May, Negrin told investigators that he "could not take the jokes anymore and lost his mind."


US: Rapture teasing fueled shooter, victim's mom says

© DreamstimeOn the day of "rapture," Christian tradition has it that believers will ascend to heaven.

Eugene, Oregon - The motive in a workplace shooting in Eugene is reportedly the ribbing one employee took from a co-worker after the predicted May 21 rapture failed to occur.

The mother of the victim told The Register Guard that her son said Dale O'Callaghan took it personally when he was needled about his belief that he would be taken to heaven by the return of Jesus Christ.

O'Callaghan is accused of shooting Jerry Andrews on Friday at LHM Hydraulics, where they worked. Andrews suffered a fractured shoulder.


US: New York rape suspect Adam Croote was high-profile missing boy in 1990s

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Albany, New York - Upstate N.Y. man Adam Croote, now accused of raping a 10-year-old girl, was the subject of a missing child case that received national attention in the 1990s, including getting his photograph taken with President Bill Clinton at the White House, authorities said Thursday.

Croote has a troubled past that includes his father killing his mother, his abduction by his grandmother and a sex crime conviction in Massachusetts.

The 23-year-old was charged last Monday with attacking a young girl he was babysitting at a home in Berne, near Albany, police said. He pleaded not guilty Monday to attempted murder, rape and other counts.


US: Feds tweak airport screening rules for kids

© YouTube/CBSA photo taken from the YouTube video of a 6-year-old girl getting a patdown.

Washington - The government has made a change in its policy for patting down young children at airport checkpoints, and more are promised.

Airport security workers are now told to make repeated attempts to screen young children without resorting to invasive pat-downs, the head of the Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday.

There was public outrage in April over a video of a 6-year-old girl getting a pat-down in the New Orleans airport, even after she said, "I don't want to do this." She was patted down, Pistole said, because she moved during the electronic screening, causing a blurry image.

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Newsweek's "Diana's Ghost" Issue in Poor Taste?

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© AP PhotoPrincess Diana and Kate Middleton on the cover of the July 4, 2011, issue of Newsweek magazine.
On the cover of Newsweek this week, Princess Diana is alive, well and walking with her daughter-in-law, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. It's an interesting idea but the computer-generated image is being called "creepy" and "cheap."

The accompanying article is written by Diana biographer and longtime provocateur Tina Brown. She's also Newsweek's editor-in-chief, having taken over after her online publication, the Daily Beast, merged late last year with the decades-old publication.

"What would she have been like?" Brown writes of Diana, who would have turned 50 on Friday, nearly 14 years after her death in a Paris car crash. "Still great-looking: that's a given."


Amanda Knox lawyers: DNA could overturn verdict

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© CBSAmanda Knox in court

Rome - Amanda Knox won a crucial legal victory Wednesday as an independent forensic report said that much of the DNA evidence used to convict the American student and her co-defendant in the murder of her roommate is unreliable and possibly contaminated.

The review's findings that DNA testing used in the first trial was below international standards will undoubtedly boost Knox's chances of overturning her murder conviction.

The review by the two court-appointed independent experts had been eagerly awaited: With no clear motive for the brutal murder of Meredith Kercher and contradicting testimony heard in court, the DNA evidence was key to the prosecution's case.


Alcoholics Anonymous killed my marriage

My husband and I met in a war zone in Sarajevo at the height of the siege. They were hardly ordinary circumstances in which to meet and fall in love - but, then again, neither one of us was an ordinary person.

Both in our late 20s, and just starting out in our careers as war correspondents, both of us had already been tear-gassed in angry crowds in the Middle East, travelled with rebel armies in Algeria, and passed checkpoints at night, hoping we would not get shot.

We had both decided we wanted to live a life that was fuelled partially by adrenaline, partially by the desire to report from the worst places on earth, to tell the human story of war.


Forget fists: Why BOYS not girls are using the internet to bully others

Boys are more likely than girls to use the cover of the internet to bully others, a study has found.

Half of the boys and young men polled admitted to 'cyber-bullying', something that had been thought to be favoured by girls as they are less likely to use their fists to settle disputes.

In addition, almost 70 per cent of the males surveyed had been victims of electronic bullying, ranging from the forwarding of embarrassing photographs without permission to adding humiliating information to someone's Facebook account without their knowledge.