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Top News Stories for Today – September 23 2016

 

Tulsa police officer charged with manslaughter

Tulsa police officer charged with manslaughterTulsa police officer Betty Shelby turned herself in early Friday for the shooting death of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma. On Thursday, Shelby was charged with first-degree manslaughter for the incident on Sept. 16, during which Shelby fatally shot Crutcher after approaching him outside his stalled SUV.

After reviewing footage that indicated Crutcher, an unarmed black man, had his hands up when he was shot, District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler determined Shelby “reacted unreasonably.” Shelby was booked in the Tulsa County jail at 1:11 a.m. and released 20 minutes later, after posting $50,000 bond. If convicted, she could face at least four years in prison. The Associated Press, The Week

 

 

500 million Yahoo accounts hacked

500 million Yahoo accounts hackedYahoo confirmed Thursday that at least 500 million user accounts were compromised in a massive data breach in late 2014. The hack is suspected to be the work of a “state-sponsored actor,” Yahoo said in a statement.

Information including names, email addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, select passwords, and some security questions and answers may have been stolen, though the company said bank account information and payment card information likely was not accessed. Yahoo said it will be notifying users who may have been affected and that it has “taken steps” to improve security. Evidence suggests the hacker is no longer in Yahoo’s network. Yahoo, The Wall Street Journal

 

 

Obama to veto September 11 legislation

Obama to veto September 11 legislationPresident Barack Obama will veto legislation Friday that would allow survivors and relatives of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States to sue Saudi Arabia’s government for damages. Obama has said the legislation would expose Americans overseas to legal risks. Congress is expected to try to override the president’s veto, which would require votes by two-thirds of lawmakers to complete.

Riyadh has denied any involvement in the attacks, the worst terrorism ever in the US However, 15 of the 19 airline hijackers who commandeered four passenger jets to carry out assaults in New York and Washington were identified as Saudis.

The French News Agency reports it has seen a letter to US lawmakers from a number of high level security advisors, including former secretary of defense William Cohen, former CIA chief Michael Morell and Stephen Hadley, George W. Bush’s national security advisor, warning that the measure would hurt US interests. VOA

 

 

700000 Firms in Nigeria in tax crackdown

700000 Firms in Nigeria in tax crackdownNigeria has hunted down 700,000 firms that have never paid taxes as the country seeks new revenue sources to offset low oil prices that have pushed Africa’s biggest economy into its first recession in more than 20 years, its tax chief said.

Tunde Fowler, executive chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), said in a rare interview that he also expected 10 million individuals to be discovered by December and made to pay taxes for the first time.

The OPEC member slid into recession in the second quarter and militant attacks on oil facilities in its Niger Delta region have cut crude production, which provides 70 percent of government revenues, by around a third. VOA

US Presidential election

Donald Trump was paid at least $1.6 million for his Secret Service protection: Federal Election Commission records show that Donald Trump’s campaign has been paid roughly $1.6 million to cover the cost of flying Secret Service agents with him on a plane owned and operated by TAG Air Inc., one of the Republican nominee’s companies, Politico reports. The agency reimburses presidential campaigns for the cost of traveling with them, and the campaign of Hillary Clinton, who primarily charters planes through a company she does not have any ownership in, has been reimbursed $2.6 million. “The taxpayers are actually reimbursing Trump for the travel of the Secret Service agents,” Brett Kappel, a campaign finance lawyer, told Politico. “It’s just another example of how the Trump campaign has taken an unprecedentedly large amount of its money and spent it at Trump-owned facilities.” Trump’s spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, told Politico “everything was done in accordance with FEC guidelines and regulations.” Trump’s hotels may also have received taxpayer money for Secret Service agents guarding Trump.

 

Donald Trump was paid at least $1.6 million for his Secret Service protection: Federal Election Commission records show that Donald Trump’s campaign has been paid roughly $1.6 million to cover the cost of flying Secret Service agents with him on a plane owned and operated by TAG Air Inc., one of the Republican nominee’s companies, Politico reports. The agency reimburses presidential campaigns for the cost of traveling with them, and the campaign of Hillary Clinton, who primarily charters planes through a company she does not have any ownership in, has been reimbursed $2.6 million. “The taxpayers are actually reimbursing Trump for the travel of the Secret Service agents,” Brett Kappel, a campaign finance lawyer, told Politico. “It’s just another example of how the Trump campaign has taken an unprecedentedly large amount of its money and spent it at Trump-owned facilities.” Trump’s spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, told Politico “everything was done in accordance with FEC guidelines and regulations.” Trump’s hotels may also have received taxpayer money for Secret Service agents guarding Trump. Politico, The Week

 

Trump campaign coordinator resigns after blaming Obama for racism: A volunteer coordinator for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in Ohio resigned on Thursday afternoon after the Guardian published a video interview in which she said there was “no racism” until President Obama came into office and that black people who’ve struggled to succeed since the 1960s have no one to blame but themselves. She said “I don’t think there was any racism until Obama got elected. We never had problems like this. … Now, with the people with the guns, and shooting up neighborhoods and not being responsible citizens, that’s a big change, and I think that’s the philosophy that Obama has perpetuated on America.” Her resignation comes as Trump continues his attempted outreach to African-American voters in crucial swing states like Ohio. Yahoo

 

Trump wants guns taken away — in Chicago, at least: After the Republican nominee called for a revival of “stop-and-frisk” policing, Trump Thursday clarified on Fox News that he only meant police officers should stop and search people deemed suspicious in the Windy City. And people who carry guns? They should be stopped, Trump said. This is the same Trump who, after the Orlando nightclub shooting, lamented that the victims who’d been partying inside weren’t carrying guns, a statement the NRA disagreed with. USA Today

 

 

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