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In Texas, Police in Schools Criminalize 300.000 Each Year | ChildreninPrison

In Texas, hundreds of thousands of students are winding up in court for committing very serious offenses such as cursing or farting in class. Some of these so-called dangerous criminals (also known as teenagers) will face arrest and even incarceration, like the honors student who spent a night in jail [3] for skipping class, or the 12-year-old who was arrested for spraying perfume on her neck [4]. These cases have at least one thing in common in that they were carried out by special police officers walking a controversial beat: the hallways and classrooms of public schools.

via In Texas, Police in Schools Criminalize 300.000 Each Year | ChildreninPrison.

 

Verdicts in Steubenville high school rape trial – U.S. News

By Andrew Welsh-Huggins, The Associated Press

Two Ohio high school football players have been found guilty of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl in a case that roiled a small city and stirred reaction from activists online.

Judge Thomas Lipps ruled Sunday in juvenile court that Steubenville High School students Trent Mays and Ma’Lik Richmond are guilty of attacking the girl after an alcohol-fueled party last August.

The 17-year-old Mays and 16-year-old Richmond were charged with digitally penetrating the West Virginia girl, first in a car and then in a house.

via Verdicts in Steubenville high school rape trial – U.S. News.

 

Afghan bombers strike during US official’s visit – Yahoo! News

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Militants staged two suicide attacks that killed at least 19 people on Saturday, the first full day of U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel‘s visit to Afghanistan. They were a fresh reminder of the challenges posed by insurgents to the U.S.-led NATO force as it hands over the country’s security to the Afghans.

“This attack was a message to him,” Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said of Hagel, in an email to reporters about the bombing outside the country’s Defense Ministry in Kabul.

via Afghan bombers strike during US official’s visit – Yahoo! News.

 

Too much money spent in Iraq for too few results – Yahoo! News

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten years and $60 billion in American taxpayer funds later, Iraq is still so unstable and broken that even its leaders question whether U.S. efforts to rebuild the war-torn nation were worth the cost.

In his final report to Congress, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen‘s conclusion was all too clear: Since the invasion a decade ago this month, the U.S. has spent too much money in Iraq for too few results.

The reconstruction effort “grew to a size much larger than was ever anticipated,” Bowen told The Associated Press in a preview of his last audit of U.S. funds spent in Iraq, to be released Wednesday. “Not enough was accomplished for the size of the funds expended.”

In interviews with Bowen, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said the U.S. funding “could have brought great change in Iraq” but fell short too often. “There was misspending of money,” said al-Maliki, a Shiite Muslim whose sect makes up about 60 percent of Iraq’s population.

via Too much money spent in Iraq for too few results – Yahoo! News.

 

NYC woman: Husband wanted to kill me, eat others | CNS News

NEW YORK (AP) — The wife of a New York City police officer on trial on charges that he conspired to kidnap, torture, kill and eat women objected to a defense lawyer‘s characterization of what she saw on her husband’s computer as pornography.

“It wasn’t porn. That was dead people,” 27-year-old Kathleen Mangan-Valle told defense attorney Julia Gatto Monday in an emotion-packed opening day of testimony that took a federal court jury in Manhattan into some of the darkest corners of sexually driven activity on the Internet. “I don’t know why you keep calling that stuff porn.”

via NYC woman: Husband wanted to kill me, eat others | CNS News.

 

Cannibal Cop’s Dark Fetishes Detailed in Grisly Trial Testimony – The Daily Beast

Testimony in the trial of an NYPD officer accused of conspiring to kill and eat women featured talk of ‘Southern-Fried Belle,’ ‘Girl Soup,’ foot fancies, asphyxiation fetishes, and other fantasies the cop raised in emails. Michael Daly reports.

via Cannibal Cop’s Dark Fetishes Detailed in Grisly Trial Testimony – The Daily Beast.

 

Pope presides over final general audience

VATICAN CITY (AP)Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional send-off Wednesday from an estimated 150,000 people at his final general audience in St. Peter’s Square, recalling moments of “joy and light” during his papacy and also times of difficulty when “it seemed like the Lord was sleeping.”

The crowd, many toting banners saying “Grazie!” (“Thank you!”), jammed the piazza to bid Benedict farewell and hear his final speech as pontiff. In this appointment, which he has kept each week for eight years to teach the world about the Catholic faith, Benedict thanked his flock for respecting his retirement, which takes effect Thursday.

via Pope presides over final general audience.

 

AP Newsbreak: Drop in Taliban attacks incorrect – Yahoo! News

The 7 percent figure had been included in a report posted on the coalition’s website in late January as part of its monthly update on trends in security and violence. It was removed from the website recently without explanation. After The Associated Press asked last week about the missing report, coalition officials said they were correcting the data and would re-publish the report in coming days.

via AP Newsbreak: Drop in Taliban attacks incorrect – Yahoo! News.

 

NATO: No evidence for Afghan claim of misconduct – Yahoo! News

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan has so far found no evidence to support Afghan allegations of misconduct by American special forces in a strategic eastern province, the alliance’s spokesman said on Monday.

German Gen. Gunter Katz said the International Security Assistance Force will work with the government to find a solution to the concerns of Afghans, but could not yet comment on the allegations that Afghans connected with U.S. special forces were involved in abuses that include torture, killings and illegal detentions.

via NATO: No evidence for Afghan claim of misconduct – Yahoo! News.

 

A year after Martin’s death, Sanford is healing – Yahoo! News

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — One year after the shooting of Trayvon Martin thrust this small central Florida city into the national spotlight, life in Sanford is returning to its regular rhythm.

After the death of the black 17-year-old at the hands of a neighborhood watch leader, civil rights leaders warned that Sanford risked its reputation as an upscale Mayberry and could become a 21st century version of civil rights flashpoints like Selma, Ala.

It seems Mayberry won out — at least for now. Downtown is abuzz with the activity of 1st Street shops and restaurants, not the sounds of marching protesters.

via A year after Martin’s death, Sanford is healing – Yahoo! News.