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TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2016

Vegas police paying $200,000 in use-of-force body camera case

LAS VEGAS – Las Vegas police have agreed to pay $200,000 to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by a woman who claimed a patrol officer used excessive force during her arrest on suspicion of littering and loitering, officials said. The case came to light when the officer’s body camera provided a differing account of the January 2015 arrest that led to the firing of the officer, Richard Thomas Scavone, and the dismissal of charges against Amanda Vizcarrondo-Ortiz of Los Angeles.

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Feds: NYC bank burglars stole $5 million in cash, diamonds

NEW YORK – Bank burglars reminded New York’s top police official of a Hollywood movie as they pulled off two nighttime heists, snatching about $5 million in cash, diamonds, jewelry, coins and baseball cards from safe deposit boxes before they were caught, authorities said Tuesday as they announced the arrest of three men. New York Police Department Commissioner William J. Bratton credited “painstaking persistence” by investigators left with few clues as they looked into a string of recent bank burglaries. He said they learned that plywood used by the burglars was bought at a nearby Home Depot and that torches from a Brooklyn welder were used to poke into bank vaults.

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Qualcomm to pay $19.5 million to settle gender discrimination suit

SAN DIEGO – Qualcomm has agreed to pay $19.5 million to settle a gender discrimination class action lawsuit involving 3,300 women who alleged they were denied equal pay and job opportunities to their male counterparts. The settlement reached Tuesday also stipulates that the San Diego-based chip maker implement policy changes and programs to better promote female employees working in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known as STEM.

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Court strikes down Missouri law cutting jobless benefits

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.– The Missouri Supreme Court has struck down a law that had cut the duration of the state’s unemployment benefits to one of the shortest periods in the nation. Since January, jobless workers have been limited to 13 weeks of benefits as a result of a measure that linked the duration to the state’s unemployment rate.

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Citing cyber ‘revolution,’ Obama issues attack response plan

WASHINGTON – The White House warned Tuesday of a “revolution” of computer-generated threats to the U.S. stoked by growing cyber aggression by traditional U.S. foes like Russia and North Korea, and issued a color-coded response plan for the federal government to use after major cyberattacks. Lisa Monaco, President Barack Obama’s homeland security and counterterrorism adviser, said while Russia and China grow “more assertive and sophisticated” online, Iran has attacked U.S. banks and North Korea is showing a willingness to attack companies and countries alike. She also warned that non-governmental actors, like the Islamic State group and “hacktivists,” are finding it easy to advance their goals through the internet.

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Response to Orlando club shooting costs $1.7 million

ORLANDO, Fla. – Officials in central Florida say the cost of responding to last month’s Pulse nightclub shooting by police officers, firefighters, hazmat crews and others comes to more than $1.7 million. Figures released Tuesday by the city of Orlando show the city’s expenses at under $600,000, with almost two-thirds of the costs from overtime outlays.

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Putin spokesman: U.S. politicians being ‘paranoid’ about Russia

MOSCOW – A Russian presidential spokesman on Tuesday accused U.S. politicians of being paranoid after Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign blamed Russia for an email hack and suggested the goal was to help Republican Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential race. Hacked emails posted by Wikileaks Friday suggested the Democratic National Committee was favoring Clinton over her primary rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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Nearly 3 dozen gang members indicted in Chicago area

CHICAGO – Nearly three dozen Chicago-area gang members have been indicted in an alleged racketeering conspiracy that includes arson, extortion and the attempted killing of a police officer. The indictments unsealed Tuesday say the gang operated across Chicago and nearby suburbs in Illinois and Indiana. The indictments name 34 individuals, including high-ranking gang leaders. Two other alleged gang members are facing separate charges.

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Indiana GOP panel backs Gov. Pence’s preferred successor

Indiana Republican leaders selected Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb on Tuesday to replace Gov. Mike Pence on the November ballot, backing the governor’s preferred successor over two members of Congress who also sought the nomination when Pence withdrew to become Donald Trump’s running mate.

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Major Democratic fundraiser, Clinton friend Mark Weiner dies

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A major Democratic fundraiser, Clinton supporter and provider of merchandise to the Democratic National Convention has died in Rhode Island. Mark Weiner was 62. Former Providence Mayor Joe Paolino said Weiner died Tuesday morning in Newport as he prepared to head to the convention, where his wife and son were delegates.

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Last charges dropped in case over Planned Parenthood videos

HOUSTON – A Texas judge on Tuesday dismissed the last remaining charge against two California anti-abortion activists who made undercover videos of themselves trying to buy fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood. District Judge Brock Thomas dismissed the tampering with government records charges against David Daleiden, 27, and Sandra Merritt, 63, at the request of the Harris County prosecutor’s office, which determined that the grand jury had exceeded its authority by investigating the activists after clearing Planned Parenthood of wrongdoing.

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Florida boy, 3, dies after spending hours inside hot car

NAVARRE, Fla. – Authorities say a 19-year-old Florida Panhandle woman was arrested after a child she was caring for spent several hours inside a hot car and died. The Pensacola News Journal reports surveillance video showed the 3-year-old boy getting into a vehicle parked in the driveway of a home in Navarre on Friday.

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Feds: Senate cafeteria workers will get $1 million back pay

WASHINGTON – The Labor Department says hundreds of Senate cafeteria workers will get back pay totaling more than $1 million because their private employers illegally underpaid them. The department’s Wage and Hour Division said Tuesday that two federal contractors improperly ...

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