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NY Cracks Down on Toy Gun Sellers
Offbeat  (tags: Law, Police, Security, Shooting, USA )

Ray
- 2 hours ago - rt.com
Giants of American retail such as Walmart and Amazon have announced they will comply with New York Attorney General�s order to stop selling realistically looking toy guns, unless their barrels are clearly marked with clearly visible orange markings.
Obama: Keystone XL Pipeline Does Not Benefit Americans
Offbeat  (tags: Canada, Ecology, Global economy, Global warming, Law, Protest, USA )

Ray
- 8 hours ago - rt.com
Republican leadership in Congress has said authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline will be its first order of business next year, but President Barack Obama said the project would be of small benefit to Americans.
$3mn Awarded in Lawsuit to Family of Prisoner Who Died as Guards Watched Laughing
Offbeat  (tags: USA )

Ray
- 11 hours ago - rt.com
The Colorado Department of Corrections will pay $3 million to the family of a mentally ill inmate who died after guards and nurses at the facility for several hours watched his fatal seizures without helping him.
Obama Stops Social Security Payments to Nazi War Criminals
Offbeat  (tags: History, Law, USA )

Ray
- 16 hours ago - rt.com
President Barack Obama signed Thursday a new law that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving US Social Security benefits. The legislation came in response to reports that suspects continued to receive benefits long after losing citizenship.
Whites the New Minority in America By 2044
Offbeat  (tags: Global economy, Globalization, History, Immigration, Information Technology, Mass media, Politics, USA )

Ray
- 18 hours ago - rt.com
New population projections by the US Census Bureau show that whites will become a minority by 2044. The US will be home to a youthful, growing minority population juxtaposed against an aging, slow-growing, and soon to be declining white population.
America's Wealthiest Families Smash Income Ceiling, Middle-Class Left Far Behind
Offbeat  (tags: Bailout, Crisis, Economy, Finance, Global economy, Globalization, Robert Bridge, USA )

Ray
- 1 day ago - rt.com
Despite, or because of, the fallout from the 2007 Great Recession, annual earnings between the richest Americans and everybody else have exploded to record levels. Meanwhile middle- and lower-class wealth growth remains stagnant.
14-Year-Old Exonerated for Double Murder 70 Years After His Execution
Offbeat  (tags: Court, Human rights, Law, Politics, USA, Violence )

Ray
- 1 day ago - rt.com
It took 70 years, but a 14-year-old African American boy from Alcolu, South Carolina who was executed for allegedly killing two white girls has now been exonerated of murder.
'Scathing': Clamor Grows for Iraq War Inquiry Redactions From Senior Whitehall Figures
Offbeat  (tags: Iraq carnage, Islamic State, Europe, Human rights, Iraq, UK, USA, Violence, War )

Ray
- 2 days ago - rt.com
Draft reports of a public inquiry into the UK's 2003 Iraq war have rattled Britain's establishment, with senior Whitehall figures battling to sanitize its findings. Critics say the war was central to the rise of ISIS, and the fragmentation of Iraq.
New York Bans Tattoos and Piercings for Pets
Offbeat  (tags: Animals, Crime, Law, Politics, USA )

Ray
- 3 days ago - rt.com
New York pets already have to contend with being dressed up in embarrassing outfits by their owners, but thanks to a new law they wonâEUR(TM)t have to worry about getting any unwanted tattoos or piercings.
Tony Blair, Jack Straw 'Should Give Evidence About Torture Claims'
Offbeat  (tags: CIA, Terrorism, UK, USA )

Ray
- 4 days ago - rt.com
Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair should appear before the parliamentary committee examining if Britain was complicit in the CIA's brutal torture methods, leading Labour politicians say.
CIA and FBI Used 'Over 1,000 Ex-Nazis and Collaborators' as Spies During Cold War
Offbeat  (tags: CIA, FBI, Intelligence, USA )

Ray
- 4 days ago - rt.com
CIA and FBI used at least 1,000 ex-Nazis of all ranks and collaborators as anti-Soviet spies during the Cold War overlooking their war crimes and concealing it even from the US Justice Department, The New York Times reports citing newly disclosed files.
Alcatraz 1962 Escapees Had Small Chance of Success
Offbeat  (tags: Inmates, Escapees, Alcatraz, USA )

Ray
- 4 days ago - bbc.co.uk
Three inmates who famously escaped from the US island prison Alcatraz had a small chance of making it to land alive - but the odds were stacked against them, a new study suggests.
'I'd Do It Again!' Cheney Defends CIA Torture, Calls Interrogators Heroes
Offbeat  (tags: Al-Qaeda, Bush, CIA, Crime, Human rights, Military, Politics, Robert Bridge, Terrorism, USA, War )

Ray
- 4 days ago - rt.com
Former VP Dick Cheney expressed no regret over CIA torture techniques employed against detainees in the "war on terror," even as a judge considers forcing the White House to release the remainder of the damning photos.
CIA Chief Challenges Torture Report Claims, Defends Bush-Era Tactics
Offbeat  (tags: CIA, Crime, Human rights, Intelligence, Scandal, Terrorism, USA, Violence )

Ray
- 4 days ago - rt.com
The head of the Central Intelligence Agency defended his office's past use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" on Thursday, two days after a Senate panel published a grim account of the torture tactics used on detainees under the Bush administration.
A Whiff of Hypocrisy About CIA Report?
Offbeat  (tags: CIA, 9/11, intelligence committee report, Bush-era officials, interrogation techniques, Al-Qaeda terrorists, USA )

Ray
- 4 days ago - bbc.co.uk
America has not come under serious attack since 9/11 on its home soil - so you would think that would be a source of celebration.
 

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