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Cop who pepper-sprayed students at occupy protest wants worker's compensation for 'psychiatric injury'

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© AP/Wayne Tilcock/The EnterpriseIn this Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, photo University of California, Davis Police Lt. John Pike uses pepper spray to move Occupy UC Davis protesters while blocking their exit from the school's quad Friday in Davis, Calif. Two University of California, Davis police officers involved in pepper spraying seated protesters were placed on administrative leave Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, as the chancellor of the school accelerates the investigation into the incident.
Davis, California - The former police officer who pepper-sprayed students during an Occupy protest at the University of California, Davis is appealing for worker's compensation, claiming he suffered psychiatric injury from the 2011 confrontation.

John Pike has a settlement conference set for Aug. 13 in Sacramento, according to the state Department of Industrial Relations' website.

Pike was fired in July 2012, eight months after a task force investigation found that his action was unwarranted.

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4 dead immigrants washed ashore on Greek island after smuggler abandoned them and boat sunk

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The dead bodies of four immigrants, a man, two women and a 10-year-old girl, were found on a coast on the Greek island of Kos. It is assumed that they are Syrian immigrants, who were aboard the boat that sank on July 25, between the islands of Kos and Pserimos.

The testimony of a Syrian that was collected on July 25 by a fishing boat, according to which he was aboard with 11 more individuals on a boat that began its journey from Turkey and headed to one of the Greek islands, caused the mobilization of the local port authorities.

The aforementioned Syrian managed to save himself because he hooked on a life jacket. He was transferred to the hospital, where he is being hospitalized. As he said, the Turkish smuggler abandoned them and the boat sank.

Two Port Authority vessels, a Navy boat, a Super Puma helicopter, as well as a Port Authority aircraft, are participating in the investigation that is held to locate the remaining seven missing immigrants.


Unexplained oil leak in Alberta, Canada causing uproar among first nations, activists

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A series of unexplained leaks in Alberta, Canada, have continued unabated for more than 2 months, leading to outrage among residents of surrounding areas and environmentalists.

The Primrose site uses a controversial method of extracting bitumen called "cyclic steam stimulation," or simply "huff and puff."

Because the spills have occurred on a military testing site, media and public access to the affected areas have been restricted.


Zimmerman juror comes forward and says he 'got away with murder'

Juror B29 spoke to Good Morning America and cited the lack of evidence as the reason George Zimmerman walked free.

A second juror in the trial of George Zimmerman has given a TV interview saying the former neighborhood watch volunteer "got away with murder" when he was acquitted earlier this month in the shooting death of black, unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

The woman, identified in court as juror B29, who is part Hispanic, said she would have liked to convict Zimmerman of murdering Martin but said her hands were tied by a lack of evidence.

"You can't put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty," she told ABC's Robin Roberts in an interview due to be aired on Friday morning. "But we had to grab our hearts and put it aside and look at the evidence," the woman said.


Five charged in US$300m hacking case

© Nicholas Rigg/GettyFive men from Russia and Ukraine are charged in a US$300m hacking case involving stolen credit card details.
Three suspects still at large in alleged global racket involving credit card details being stolen and traded online.

Federal prosecutors in the US have charged five men blamed for a hacking and credit card fraud spree that cost companies more US$300million. Two of the suspects are in custody in the biggest cybercrime case filed in US history.

Authorities also disclosed a new security breach against Nasdaq but provided few details.

Other companies alleged to have been targeted by the men include a Visa licensee, JC Penney Co, JetBlue Airways and the French retailer Carrefour, according to an indictment unveiled in New Jersey.

Authorities had been pursing the men for years. Many of the breaches had previously become public, though it appeared the one involving Nasdaq OMX Group Inc was being disclosed for the first time.


Shocking moment Dutch man sprawls on a rail track as train speeds over his body

Video shows masked man lie on train track in Holland as train approaches

Passenger train suddenly speeds past with man still on the track

Police are now hunting for the man after the video was posted online

This is certainly one way to put your life on the line... and at the very least is a fast-track to an early grave.

But somehow the masked daredevil in this video survived after lying on a railway in Holland as a high-speed train sped over his body.

Police are now hunting the unidentified prankster whose stunt was filmed by a friend and posted online.

The footage begins with the young man talking to the camera wearing a white mask before walking over to the rail line.

Moments after he lies down, the train whooshes over him. He then stands up with obvious delight and performs a victory dance for the camera.

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How we are impoverished, gentrified and silenced - and what to do about it

I have known my postman for more than 20 years. Conscientious and good-humoured, he is the embodiment of public service at its best. The other day, I asked him, "Why are you standing in front of each door like a soldier on parade?"

"New system," he replied, "I am no longer required simply to post the letters through the door. I have to approach every door in a certain way and put the letters through in a certain way."


"Ask him."

Across the street was a solemn young man, clipboard in hand, whose job was to stalk postmen and see they abided by the new rules, no doubt in preparation for privatisation. I told the stalker my postman was admirable. His face remained flat, except for a momentary flicker of confusion.

In Brave New World Revisited, Aldous Huxley describes a new class conditioned to a normality that is not normal "because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been silenced so early in their lives, that they do not even struggle or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does".

Surveillance is normal in the Age of Regression - as Edward Snowden revealed. Ubiquitous cameras are normal. Subverted freedoms are normal. Effective public dissent is now controlled by police, whose intimidation is normal.


Spanish train crash driver called operator BEFORE crash to say: "I'm at 190kmph and we're going to derail"

The driver of the train that crashed in northern Spain, killing at least 78 people, made a panicked phone call moments before the crash saying that the train was going too fast.

"I'm at 190 (kmph) and I'm going to derail!" the engine driver told the controllers of RENFE, the rail network.

Two men were at the controls of the train at the time, and it was not clear who had made the call.

Police sources told Spanish newspaper El Pais that, moments after the crash, the traumatised driver made another call to the operator.

Comment: This odd detail needs to be explained. If the driver knew he was going too fast, and had time to contact his operator to inform them that he was about to derail, why was he unable to do anything to avoid the outcome he foresaw?

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Police threaten to jail and fine man posting flyers for lost medical alert dog

A Washington man posted flyers in his Marysville neighborhood after his service dog, Nanna, went missing. When police called him, instead of giving him good news, they told him if he put up any more flyers, they would fine him $250 and he would recieve a day in jail for each one.

Shawn Slater, 34, suffers from post traumatic stress disorder. He suffered seizures and took a great deal of anxiety medication before he got Nanna. Nanna is a certified medical alert and therapy dog.

"With Nanna, I didn't take any medication at all," Slater said. "I was two years clean off all those drugs. I didn't have problems. I didn't even have to take her everywhere I went. I'm finally employed again."

On July 4, the fireworks in the neighborhood frightened the dog. Nanna forced her way through a hole in the fence and ripped off her dog tags as she escaped.

After Slater and friends put up signs looking for Nanna, he received a phone call from police. Posting the signs to utility poles and other city property is apparently illegal.

"If I were to put another sign up, I will be getting a $250 fine and a day in jail per sign," Slater said the caller told him.


Bank wrongfully repossesses Ohio woman's home, tosses her possessions then refuses to pay her back

Ohio resident Katie Barnett is understandably furious after she came home from a two-week trip only to find her house had been accidentally repossessed.

Barnett became suspicious of something when her key would no longer open her door. She was forced to crawl through a window into her house. Once inside, she saw that everything was gone.

Barnett soon found out that First National Bank in Wellston, Ohio had accidentally repossessed her home.

"They repossessed my house on accident, thinking it was the house across the street," Barnett said. "They told me that the GPS led them to my house. My grass hadn't been mowed and they just assumed."

As if having all of your belongings taken from you isn't bad enough, Barnett says the bank is now refusing to pay her back enough money to replace her items, most of which have been thrown away or sold by the bank.

Barnett estimated that she would need $18,000 to replace her belongings, but the bank won't pay up.