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  • Immigration Court Gives First Approval of Asylum for Domestic Abuse

    Monday, September 01, 2014
    Aminta Cifuentes fled Guatemala in 2005 with her two children after enduring abuse from her husband including weekly beatings, rape and being doused with burning paint thinner. She sought help from Guatemalan police, but was told they wouldn’t intervene in a domestic dispute. For now, the ruling applies only to women from Guatemala and those applying for asylum will have to meet strict requirements to get it.   read more
  • Military Weapons Given to Police have Gone Missing

    Monday, September 01, 2014
    An investigation by Fusion shows that 184 law enforcement agencies have been suspended by the program for losing the equipment and other violations of program guidelines. In some cases, the equipment’s not merely missing, but has been sold by department personnel. Most of the missing items are weaponry, such as M14 and M16 rifles, but some Humvees are also unaccounted for.   read more
  • Pennsylvania Finally Releases List of 243 Cases of Water Contaminated by Oil and Gas Drilling

    Monday, September 01, 2014
    The list released Thursday by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reveals 243 instances in which drilling contaminated water wells. Some of the causes of contamination were methane gas contamination, spills of wastewater and other pollutants, and wells that went dry or were otherwise undrinkable.   read more
  • Government Printing Office Wins Dubious Title of Federal Agency with Highest Discrimination Complaint Rate

    Monday, September 01, 2014
    The good news: Complaints about workplace discrimination by federal employees fell in fiscal 2012 by 6.7%. The bad news is that the Government Printing Office (GPO) still led the list of complaints with 1.22% of its workforce filing complaints, according to a report by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). It was the second year in a row the GPO led the list.   read more
  • Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing: Who Is Lourdes Castro Ramírez?

    Monday, September 01, 2014
    Castro Ramírez was recruited in 2009 to become the chief executive officer of the San Antonio Housing Authority, which gives housing assistance to 25,000 households. There has been some controversy during her tenure. In 2011, local news reports detailed high travel expenses for Castro Ramírez and other employees of the authority. She was found to have spent five nights in a Washington, D.C., Ritz-Carlton hotel at taxpayer expense. The total bill for that trip was $7,400.   read more
  • Border Patrol Sued for Killing a Picnicker in Mexico

    Sunday, August 31, 2014
    Witnesses say the agents were harassing a swimmer who had apparently tried to cross to the United States and then went back toward the Mexican side of the river. When Mexican families shouted at the agents to leave the swimmer alone, the agents fired into Mexico, according to the complaint.   read more
  • More than 800,000 Foreign Students in U.S.; Most Study Business, Science and Engineering

    Sunday, August 31, 2014
    China was the single greatest source of students holding F-1 visas; representing one-quarter of all foreign students. Next is India at 15%, followed by South Korea at 10%. These students don’t all go home at the conclusion of their studies. Many take part in the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program. Under OPT, F-1 visa holders may apply to work in their fields in the United States after graduation.   read more
  • Can You be Charged with Murdering Someone You Didn’t Kill?

    Sunday, August 31, 2014
    After Roach failed to comply with an order to lie down on the ground, Sanguino fired nine times at Roach, who had allegedly discharged his handgun inside the bar. Roach’s gun, however, was not loaded, police later determined. Five of Sanguino’s shots hit Roach, who was hospitalized and is expected to survive. But one of the officer’s bullets struck bystander Maria Fernanda Godinez Castillo, killing the 22-year-old university student.   read more
  • Belgium’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Johan Verbeke?

    Sunday, August 31, 2014
    . He was named the secretary general’s special coordinator in Lebanon, but left after a few months because of concerns for his safety. He was then sent to Georgia in a similar role and was head of the UN Observer Mission until 2009. He returned to Belgium’s foreign service in 2010 as its ambassador to the United Kingdom, serving there until being tapped for the Washington post.   read more
  • Qatar’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari?

    Sunday, August 31, 2014
    Al Kuwari was born May 20, 1958, one of 13 children of parents who could not read or write. Gaining a scholarship, he attended college in the United States, at the University of Portland in Oregon, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 1980. He joined Qatar’s foreign service the following year, with his first posting coming in Washington, D.C.   read more
  • Brain-Eating Amoeba Found in Louisiana Drinking Water

    Saturday, August 30, 2014
    CDC officials say ingesting water containing the amoeba is harmless because it cannot infect a person through the digestive system, but the contaminated water can prove fatal if it comes into contact with nasal passages, which is how it travels to the brain. A four-year-old Mississippi boy contracted the amoeba while visiting St. Bernard Parish last year and later died.   read more
  • Justice Dept. Sues Minnesota Village over Refusal to Allow Islamic Center

    Saturday, August 30, 2014
    City officials voted 4-1 in 2012 to prevent the Abu Huraira Islamic Center from using the basement of the St. Anthony Business Center as a worship space while reserving other areas for business, rejecting a recommendation made by the city’s planning commission. The Center was founded by immigrants from Somalia.   read more
  • India’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Subrahmanyam Jaishankar?

    Saturday, August 30, 2014
    Jaishankar accused the United States government in January 2003 of having an “obsession with Iraq” while ignoring the terrorist training and support pipeline that ran through Pakistan and Afghanistan. His father, K. Subrahmanyan, was considered by many to be the “father of Indian strategic thought,” and was the author of India’s nuclear doctrine.   read more
  • Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Jalil Abbas Jilani?

    Saturday, August 30, 2014
    Jilani comes from a family of public servants; his father was a Public Service Commission officer, one brother was chief secretary of Punjab; an uncle recently stepped down as chief justice of Pakistan and a cousin, Yousuf Raza Gilani, was the country’s prime minister from 2008 to 2012. Jilani’s posting to the United States is somewhat of a rarity; Pakistan’s envoys to Washington are usually political appointees.   read more
  • More than 1 Million U.S. Children Live in Households with Income of Less than $2 a Day per Person…Including Public Assistance

    Saturday, August 30, 2014
    The number of households surviving on $2 per person a day went from 636,000 in 1996 (the year Congress and President Bill Clinton reformed federal welfare programs) to 1.65 million by 2011, an increase of 159%. Those households contain more than 3.5 million children. The authors then factored in those receiving food stamps, tax credits and housing subsidies, and calculated that this assistance still wasn’t enough to keep almost 1.2 million children out of extreme poverty.   read more
  • Judge Clashes with Defense Dept. over Release of Abu Ghraib Photos

    Friday, August 29, 2014
    Congress gave the secretary of defense authority to conceal the photos for three years if their publication was deemed a threat to American soldiers’ lives. Robert Gates did just that in 2009. In 2012, then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta asked for another three-year authorization to withhold the photos. Hellerstein ruled this week that circumstances have changed and the photos can now be released without endangering U.S. military personnel.   read more
  • Black Unemployment Rate is Twice that of White and Asian Unemployment Rates

    Friday, August 29, 2014
    For blacks, the jobless rate in 2013 was twice that of whites, and even greater compared to that of Asian-Americans, according to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The unemployment rate for African-Americans was 13.1%; for whites, it was 6.5%. American Indians and Alaska Natives also had a high jobless rate of 12.8%, while the unemployment rate among Hispanics was 9.1%. Asians had the lowest unemployment rate at 5.2%.   read more
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