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US: Police in New York investigate arson attacks

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An apartment complex that was burned in a spree of arson fires lies in ruins on January 2, 2012 in Los Angeles
Police in New York are investigating a series of bottle bomb attacks on five houses in the city that followed 53 arson fires across Los Angeles over the weekend, New York Daily News said on Tuesday.

The Queens arsons, including one at a mosque, took place within a mile of each other in Jamaica between 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. on Sunday, the paper said.

Police are handling the Queens bottle-bombings as possible hate crimes, officials said.

On Monday, police released a sketch of the suspect and dramatic video showing the man hurling a flaming bottle at a private home on 170th St. that doubles as a Hindu place of worship.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg condemned the attacks in Jamaica.

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US, California: Two Navy Pilots Among Those Killed in Murder-Suicide

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A police sergeant stands near the condominium on Park Place in Coronado, Calif., where four people were found dead early Sunday morning, Jan. 1, 2012. Officers found a man in the doorway of the condo, and the bodies of two men and a woman were discovered inside. Homicide investigators have not determined how any of the four died, though police officers who were the first to arrive believe the man found in the doorway was shot.
Two Navy pilots were among four people killed in an apparent New Years Day murder-suicide on the wealthy island of Coronado off the coast of San Diego, officials said on Monday.

The two were F/A-18 pilots training at the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, the base said.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office initially posted on its website that the both were male, and both 25 years old. The Medical Examiner's information said the third deceased man was a 31-year-old resident of nearby Chula Vista.

The Office later took the information off the website.

Authorities in Coronado, a wealthy island enclave off the coast of San Diego, were called to a condo shortly after 2 a.m. on Sunday to investigate a report of shots fired at the residence, according to the sheriff's department.

Phoenix

Arson Mystery: Who Is Setting Los Angeles, US on Fire?

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A Los Angeles Fire Department firefighter is shown at a fire in West Hollywood, Calif., on Friday Dec.30, 2011.
Troy Patruno drove his 2011 Volkswagen Eos convertible from his hometown of Las Vegas to Los Angeles to celebrate New Year's. He won't be able to drive it back. With only a few hours to go until midnight, Patruno was in his friend's living room in West Hollywood getting ready to go out when he heard his car alarm go off. He approached the kitchen window, looked out at the carport and saw a giant orange glow engulfing his car. Minutes later, there was nothing left but a melted frame. "It was a raging fire," said Patruno, 44, a retail manager. "I just had my hands on my head. I think I was in shock."

Patruno's car was one of 55 unsolved fires set around Los Angeles over the past four nights, the worst wave of arson since the 1992 riots. While most fires have occurred in Hollywood and West Hollywood, they have spread to a wider area including the San Fernando Valley and even an area near Los Angeles International airport. Almost all of them started with vehicles being set aflame, and some spread to apartment buildings. One blaze even damaged a home where The Doors' Jim Morrison once lived. So far, there have been no deaths or serious injuries.

Stormtrooper

Police State: 2011 Worst US Police Misconduct Video of the Year Poll

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Once again it's time for our annual "Worst Police Misconduct Videos of the Year" reader's poll. Here we post some, but not all, of the over 80 videos associated with claims of police misconduct that we were able to present on our site in 2011. While some of the incidents tied to these videos did not occur in 2011, the videos for those reports weren't released to the public until this year so they are included.

Each video is associated with a number and are listed in no specific order. At the end of the post there is a poll where each visitor may select up to three of the videos that they consider the worst examples of police misconduct caught on video for the year. At the end of the voting period, 11:59pm on Friday, January 6, we will begin tallying the votes and present the five worst videos of the year on the weekend of January 7-8, 2012.

[To take part in the poll visit the Injustice Everywhere site HERE.]

If you believe there is a video that we cut from the list that is worse than these, please send us an email through our contact link and we'll add it as a late entry. But remember, it must be a video that was not released to the public before 2011 to qualify. Also, if you wish to change your votes at some point, let us know and we'll see what we can do.

Results from the previous Worst Police Misconduct Video Reader's Polls can be found at the following locations: Worst Police Misconduct Videos of 2010 and Worst Police Misconduct Videos of 2009

Be warned, many of these videos are very graphic and should be disturbing to watch, viewer discretion is advised... with that said, here is the list of final candidates:

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Texas airport explosives find: US military man charged

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The explosives have been sent for testing to determine their specific grade, say officials
A member of the US military has been charged with trying to take explosives onto a plane at a Texas airport, says the FBI.

Thirty year-old Trey Scott Atwater was detained at a security checkpoint at Midland International airport, as he tried to board a flight on Saturday.

He was carrying explosives in military-grade wrapping, say detectives.

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US: When a Child Is Abused by a War Veteran

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I'm torn between the pleasure of having just read a brilliant and moving first-person stream-of-consciousness account of a true story of one woman's childhood, and the deep sadness that comes from learning about the absolutely horrific hell that this woman is extremely lucky to have survived - a hell that many others have known and will know, despite the ease with which it might be prevented.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: "These novels will give way, by and by, to diaries or autobiographies - captivating books, if only a man knew how to choose among what he calls his experiences that which is really his experience, and how to record truth truly." Set aside the old-fashioned metaphysical vocabulary and the sexism. Factor in the world-changing force now developing called self-publishing. Emerson is being proved right, and there is no better example than This Girl's Life: Being the Child of a War Veteran, by Michelle Brown.

Brown begins her masterpiece thus:
"I lived a rough life with my dad. He abused us physically all the time. There were four of us who lived in our home, my brothers and sisters, along with my mom and dad. My older sister had already left home. She'd had enough. My dad took a lot of my life from me, and I still have nightmares about the things that went on in that home. We were afraid to tell anyone, afraid of what would happen to us. My dad was a war veteran and we really did not know how to treat someone like that."

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Ron Paul Community demand apology from MSNBC over Slanderous article misquoting Ron Paul


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So MSNBC must have heard the Ron Paul community.They changed the previous misquote.
There was no apology.It is unfortunate.Mr Griffin.

Here is Phil Griffin's email, feel free to flood his inbox

phil.griffin@nbcuni.com

Direct Phone # For MSNBC : (212) 664 - 3720

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Che Guevara

Year of Global Uprisings, from the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street: A Special Look Back at 2011

Today we look back at 2011 - a year that saw the U.S. killing of Osama Bin Laden, the ouster of a dictator in Egypt and the death of one in Libya, the meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan and the expansion of the secret U.S. drone war in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Arabian Peninsula. As U.S. troops leave Iraq, thousands of private security contractors remain to guard the U.S. embassy - the largest in the world. The Horn of Africa was hit by the region's worst drought in decades as the devastating impact of extreme weather was felt across the globe, while the world's most powerful countries continue to refuse to join in a pact to address climate change. However, 2011 may be most remembered as a year of global uprisings. From the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street, millions of people took to the streets to oppose repressive regimes and an unjust economic system. We spend the hour today looking back at the protest movements that shaped 2011.


Dominoes

Keiser Report: Outrageous Predictions for 2012

In this episode Max Keiser and co-host, Stacy Herbert, present a New Year's special featuring outrageous predictions, bloopers and Berlusconi's 2012 Bunga Bunga Guide to finance. They look back to some 2010 predictions that came true in 2011 and look at the future of European bank runs, rising US treasury yields and the Jim Rogers - Marc Faber Chinese showdown.


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UK: Nearly 1,000 serving police officers and PCSOs have a criminal record

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More than 900 serving police officers and community support officers have a criminal record, official figures show.

Forces across England and Wales employ policemen and women with convictions including burglary, causing death by careless driving, robbery, supplying drugs, domestic violence, forgery and perverting the course of justice.

Those with criminal records include senior officers, among them two detective chief inspectors and one chief inspector working for the Metropolitan Police.

At least 944 currently serving officers and police community support officers (PCSOs) have a conviction, according to figures released by 33 of the 43 forces in England and Wales in response to Freedom of Information requests.