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Bill allowing police to withhold body camera video passes Indiana House

Video from police body cameras would not be subject to Freedom of Information laws if a bill passes the legislature. Police departments around the country are investing in body cameras in light of cases like Michael Brown in Ferguson and Laquan McDonald in Chicago.

Coordinated Paris Terror Attacks Leave 150+ Dead

On Friday the 13th, 2015, a series of attacks in downtown Paris sent the city into panic. France shut its borders within hours of the suicide bombings and armed takeover of the Bataclan theater. With multiple suicide bombings and armed gunmen running the street,

Smartphones can be hacked with an unseen text, says Snowden

The spy agencies of at least Europe and the U.S. (but also likely China), have tools that allow them to take over smartphones with just a text message, and according to Edward Snowden. He added that there is “very little” that their owners can

Protests and government response escalate in “garbage crisis”

Anti-government protesters began a sit-in inside the Environmental Ministry building in Beirut on Tuesday, calling on minister to resign over the garbage crisis that has ignited violent protests in Beirut. The minister has refused to resign even though piles of garbage have been left uncollected for weeks since

New Law Allows Weaponized Police Drones

It’s now legal for police in North Dakota to fly armed drones with tasers, tear gas, rubber bullets, sound cannons, and pepper spray thanks to a last-minute push by a pro-police lobbyist. House Bill 1328 wasn’t drafted to allow “less than lethal” weapons, but then a lobbyist

Victory: Ag-gag law struck down in Idaho…14 more states to go

Agricultural gag laws, also known as ag-gag, are designed to prevent, among other things, the publishing of video taken within slaughterhauses and factory farms. The laws work primarily to silence and intimidate whistleblowers, and have spread out over the United States into 14 states

US Authorities find Palmer, may extradite him to Zimbabwe

A representative of Dr. Walter Palmer, you know the dentist from Minnesota who illegally killed the Zimbabwe lion Cecil by baiting him out of a national park one night in July, was in contact with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement late on

5 news stories you probably missed this week

This week was a busy week in the news, but if you weren’t paying close attention you could have easily missed some of the most important stories. It might sound surprising, but an attempt to ban WhatsApp and all other forms of end-to-end encrypted

Rachel, Race, Identity, and Truth

Rachel Dolezal has been all over the news, sometimes misrepresented and frequently without a real hard look at the whole story. In some circles it hasn’t even been clear about what exactly the criticism was, and a misportrayal of it being about her “whiteness”

Mammoth toxic algae bloom growing off the West Coast

One of the biggest toxic algae blooms in recent history can be seen off the West Coast of the US right now, stretching from central California to Alaska. NOAA has been mobilizing scientists and experts to take control of the situation, and publicly says marine