Reports reveal safety violations at many bioterror labs

Recent glaring safety lapses involving anthrax, smallpox and a dangerous strain of bird flu are the latest violations at a half-dozen laboratories run by federal health agencies, 11 labs run by universities and eight more operated by state, local or private entities, according to government reports stamped “restricted” obtained by USA TODAY under the Freedom…

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Extra Extra Monday: Fatal flaws in Oklahoma’s execution system, absent city council members, teacher misconduct

Fatal Flaws: How Oklahoma’s lethal injection process went wrong | Tulsa World Nearly 15 years after Stephanie’s murder, Lockett lay dying as her family watched along with a gallery of law enforcement officials, prison administrators and journalists through the window of Oklahoma’s execution chamber. State officials had promised in court records and interviews that Oklahoma’s…

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Extra Extra Monday: Nebraska releases prisoners early; Koch brothers hold secret summit; Missile defense system proves unreliable

$40-billion missile defense system proves unreliable | Los Angeles Times The Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, or GMD, was supposed to protect Americans against a chilling new threat from “rogue states” such as North Korea and Iran. But a decade after it was declared operational, and after $40 billion in spending, the missile shield cannot be relied…

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Extra Extra Special Edition: Vehicle recalls, police misconduct, U.S. Border Patrol tactics

We took a break from publishing Extra Extra during the 2014 CAR Conference. Here are some of the stories that ran while we were away:   Fords with faulty transmissions not recalled | WTAE Pittsburgh Following the redesign of Ford Fiesta and Focus transmissions in 2011, hundreds around the country said they’re concerned about the safety…

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Stretch of Nogales, Ariz. a ‘flashpoint’ of rocking attacks

“A short stretch across the fence from this road, just a few hundred yards long, is perhaps the one spot along the entire U.S.-Mexico border where Border Patrol agents are most likely to be attacked with rocks and to respond with force,” the Arizona Republic reported. “Roughly one in every six incidents along the entire…

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Extra Extra Monday: Abuse at private youth prisons, fertilizer plant blast could happen again, little accountability in Southwest Border killings

Gun license numbers don’t tell whole story | Daily HeraldState data paints an imperfect picture of gun ownership across the suburbs. Prisoners of Profit | The Huffington PostFlorida’s Lax Oversight Enables Systemic Abuse At Private Youth Prisons. Broken Bonds | Chicago TribuneDespite borrowing $10 billion to fund school construction, Chicago still has an overcrowding problem.…

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Blair administration allowed NSA to spy on UK citizens

“The phone, internet and email records of UK citizens not suspected of any wrongdoing have been analysed and stored by America’s National Security Agency under a secret deal that was approved by British intelligence officials, according to documents from the whistleblower Edward Snowden and published in a joint investigation by the Guardian and Britain’s Channel…

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The NYPD Division of Un-American Activities

After 9/11, the New York Police Department built in effect its own CIA — and its Demographics Unit delved deeper into the lives of citizens than did the NSA. The appointments of David Cohen, a former senior CIA officer, and Larry Sanchez, a CIA analyst, represented a major shift in mind-set at the NYPD. Cohen and Sanchez’s guiding idea was…

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