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The Latest: Spain fears Britain will crash out of EU

Spain’s caretaker government says that Theresa May’s announcement she is stepping down as leader of Britain’s Conservative Party is “bad news” because it will make a “hard Brexit,” where the country leaves the EU without a deal on future relations, more likely.

The pound and British st...

Bank CEO Stephen M. Calk Charged With Corruptly Soliciting A Presidential Administration Position In Exchange For Approving $16 Million In Loans

Audrey Strauss, the Attorney for the United States, Acting Under Authority Conferred by 28 U.S.C. § 515, William F. Sweeney Jr., the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), and Patricia Tarasca, the Special Agent-in-Charge of th...

NYPD officer says he inflated charge against Eric Garner

NEW YORK (AP) — After Eric Garner’s death following a confrontation with New York City police five years ago, one officer involved in the struggle wrote up paperwork that exaggerated the seriousness of the dead man’s suspected crime, that officer testified Tuesday.

Officer Justin Damic...

San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Technology

The action, which came in an 8-to-1 vote by the Board of Supervisors, makes San Francisco the first major American city to block a tool that many police forces are turning to in the search for both small-time criminal suspects and perpetrators of mass carnage.

The authorities used the ...

Alabama abortion law passed: Alabama just passed a near-total abortion ban with no exceptions for rape or incest one week after controversial Georgia abortion law

The legislation -- House Bill 314, "Human Life Protection Act" -- bans all abortions in the state except when "abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk" to the woman, according to the bill's text. It criminalizes the procedure, reclassifying abortion as a Class A felony,...

California reporter vows to protect source after police raid

Bryan Carmody told the Los Angeles Times that officers banged on his door Friday and confiscated dozens of personal items including notebooks, his cellphone, computer, hard drives and cameras. A judge signed off on search warrants, which stated officers were investigating “stolen or embezzled”...

Woman, 81, killed herself after pension was frozen in error

In July 2017, her situation was reassessed. Instead of only her credits being frozen, her entire pension was stopped, with the result that she had no income at all. The DWP told Mr Worrall that her basic pension should have continued but had not done so due to an “administrative error”.

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San Francisco to join list of those banning cashless stores

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco is about to require brick-and-mortar retailers to take cash as payment, joining Philadelphia and New Jersey in banning a growing paperless practice that critics say discriminates against low-income people who may not have access to credit cards.

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Porsche fined $598M for diesel emissions cheating

The prosecutor's office in Stuttgart, responsible for investigating carmakers with headquarters in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, said deficiencies at Porsche's development center led to a failure to prevent unauthorized software from being installed from 2009 onwards.