Sunday, August 31, 2014

New York Times

New York Times

Monday, August 25, 2014

California earthquake strikes San Francisco Bay area

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 has shaken northern California, causing injuries and damage to buildings.

The USGS said it struck at 03:20 local time (10:20 GMT) four miles (6km) north-west of the town of American Canyon, at a depth of 6.7 miles.

At least 87 people have been taken to hospital in the Napa area, a renowned wine-producing region and tourist area.

California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in order to deal with the effects of the quake.

Officials in Napa said in a statement that the quake - believed to be the biggest in the region in 25 years - had destroyed four mobile homes and made 16 buildings "uninhabitable", as well as causing "approximately 50" gas main breaks and around 30 leaks from water mains.

The clear-up operation will begin in earnest on Monday.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Key Factor in Police Shootings: ‘Reasonable Fear’

National Guard soldiers stood watch away from protests on Thursday in Ferguson, Mo.CreditLarry W. Smith/European Pressphoto Agency

Each time police officers draw their weapons, they step out of everyday law enforcement and into a rigidly defined world where written rules, hours of training and Supreme Court decisions dictate not merely when a gun can be fired, but where it is aimed, how many rounds should be squeezed off and when the shooting should stop.

The Ferguson, Mo., police officer who fatally shot an unarmed African-American teenager two weeks ago, setting off protest and riots, was bound by 12 pages of police department regulations, known as General Order 410.00, that govern officers’ use of force. Whether he followed them will play a central role in deliberations by a St. Louis County grand jury over whether the officer, Darren Wilson, should be charged with a crime in the shooting.

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Sonny Dayan, who owns St. Louis Cordless in Ferguson, Mo., cleaning up at his store, which had been damaged by looters.As Law Enforcement Presence Eases, ‘Small Gains’ Are Noted in FergusonAUG. 22, 2014
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A protestor had her eyes washed out after being tear-gassed by police along West Florissant Road in Ferguson, Mo. slideshow Outcry and Confrontation in FergusonAUG. 18, 2014
But as sweeping as restrictions on the use of weapons may be, deciding whether an officer acted correctly in firing at a suspect is not cut and dried. A host of outside factors, from the officer’s perception of a threat to the suspect’s behavior and even his size, can emerge as mitigating or damning.



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