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Breaking: Grand Jury Issues No Indictments of Police Officers in Fatal Shooting of Wal-mart Shopper

Source: NBC News / Raw Story

@BreakingNews: Grand jury issues no indictments of Beavercreek, Ohio, police officers in fatal shooting of Wal-Mart shopper John Crawford III - @NBCNews

Grand jury declines to charge two officers involved in fatal Walmart shooting

24 SEP 2014

grand jury declined to indict two police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a black man carrying a toy gun at an Ohio Walmart store.

One of the officers shot 22-year-old John Crawford at the store Aug. 5 after a 911 caller reported he was pointing what appeared to be an assault rifle at other shoppers at the Beavercreek retailer.

Grand jurors heard evidence from 18 witnesses Wednesday in the special hearing convened by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, who refused to release surveillance video from the incident prior to the hearing.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/09/grand-jury-declines-to-charge-two-officers-involved-in-fatal-walmart-shooting

@RichardEngel: Syrian rebels angry airstrikes against isis also hit fighters opposing Assad

@RichardEngel: Syrian rebels angry airstrikes against isis also hit fighters opposing assad. Frustration and confusion, And this is only day two


BREAKING: Israel military says shot down Syrian aircraft that entered its airspace in Golan Heights

Source: Associated Press

Sep 23, 3:30 AM EDT



JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military says it has shot down a Syrian aircraft that infiltrated its airspace over the Golan Heights.

The military says a "Syrian aircraft infiltrated into Israeli air space" on Tuesday morning. It says the military "intercepted the aircraft in mid-flight, using the Patriot air defense system."

The military wouldn't say what type of aircraft was downed and says the circumstances of the incident are "unclear."

A defense official identified the plane as a Syrian MIG fighter jet. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

Israel has largely stayed on the sidelines of Syria's civil war raging across the border. But Israeli leaders appear increasingly nervous about the possibility of al-Qaida-linked fighters occupying the Golan's high ground over northern Israel.

Read more: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_ISRAEL_SYRIA_

BREAKING: US Has Begun Airstrikes in Syria Against ISIS

Source: CBS News

@CBSNews: BREAKING: The US has begun airstrikes in Syria against ISIS, CBS News confirms http://t.co/rKiSAz4ddM/s/-Vxg

@CBSNews: Decision to conduct strikes made today by the US Central Command commander under authorization from the president, says @PentagonPresSec

@CBSNews: ISIS wasn't the only target of U.S. airstrikes in Syria, U.S. military officials say http://t.co/Qr4pwg0i8e/s/RV3K

@CBSNews: "Given that these operations are ongoing, we are not in a position to provide additional details at this time." http://t.co/EuZMuDz8I7/s/o8Bu

U.S. launches first airstrikes against ISIS in Syria

Sep 22, 2014 9:35 PM EDT

The U.S. military has begun airstrikes against ISIS in Syria, CBS News has confirmed.

Pentagon Press Secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement Monday evening that a mix of fighters, bombers and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles were engaged in the attack.

"The decision to conduct theses strikes was made earlier today by the U.S. Central Command commander under authorization granted him by the Commander-in-Chief," Kirby said.

Details about the targets were unclear, but according to social media chatter coming out of Syria, strikes were conducted in the city of Raqqa. Video purporting to show the strike there was surfaced on YouTube, although its authenticity has not been independently verified.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/u-s-launches-first-airstrikes-against-isis-in-syria

TOM TOMORROW: Building Blocks of War ("Manic Pixie Dream Insurgents")

DAILY KOS LINK: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/22/1330850/-Cartoon-Building-blocks-of-war

BREAKING: Secret Service says fence-jumper made it through North Portico doors of White House

@AP: BREAKING: Secret Service says fence-jumper made it through North Portico doors of White House


Remember #BringBackOurGirls? This Is What Has Happened In The 5 Months Since


Remember #BringBackOurGirls? This Is What Has Happened In The 5 Months Since

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Not one student has been rescued

In the first days after the abduction, 57 of the girls managed to escape from their captors. But not one has escaped or been rescued since then.

Even though they were reportedly located months ago

In May, a Nigerian military official claimed he knew where the girls were being held. A month later, U.S. surveillance planes also spotted a group that officials believed to be the girls.

Stephen Davis, an Australian cleric and mediator, said in June that a deal to free the girls had fallen apart three different times in one month. He says that powerful people with "vested interests" are working to sabotage a deal, and he has accused Nigerian politicians of funding Boko Haram. Nigeria's government has defended its approach to the crisis and warned that a rescue effort might risk the girls' lives.

Other countries have made little progress

According to the Associated Press, it took more than two weeks for Nigeria to accept offers of international assistance to find the schoolgirls.

When other countries did start to help, they didn't get very far. The U.S. sent 80 troops in late May to coordinate an aerial search from neighboring Chad. Canada, France, Israel and the U.K. also sent special forces to Nigeria. But six weeks later, the Pentagon press secretary announced that the U.S. mission would be scaled back, saying: "We don't have any better idea today than we did before about where these girls are.
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While the country worries about its image problem

Nigeria's government paid a Washington public relations firm more than $1.2 million to change the media narrative surrounding the schoolgirls' abduction, according to a June report by The Hill. The country's president, Goodluck Jonathan, recently faced severe backlash after a group campaigning for his reelection started using the hashtag #BringBackGoodluck2015, sparking outrage among groups still campaigning for the girls' return


@MatthewWells: And that's it. The Glasgow Yes vote isn't enough. It's all over for Yes

@GregMitch: RT @MatthewWells: And that's it. The Glasgow Yes vote isn't enough. It's all over for Yes #indyref http://t.co/9lbIKKZ2d2/s/B2Uu

BREAKING: Scotland Rejects Independence

Source: Bloomberg

Scotland Rejects Independence as U.K. Wins Reprieve

By Rodney Jefferson
September 19, 2014 1:02 AM EDT

Scotland voted to remain in the U.K. after an independence referendum that put the future of the 307-year-old union on a knife edge and risked years of political and financial turmoil.

After counting through the night, 55 percent of Scottish voters supported the “no” campaign compared with 45 percent who backed independence. The pound surged ahead of the result, which gave the Better Together campaign a wider margin of victory than suggested in opinion polls. The result was based on 29 of the 32 local authorities declared after a record turnout of more than 90 percent in some regions.

“I am deeply disappointed like the thousands across the country who put their heart and soul into this campaign,” Nicola Sturgeon, the deputy first minister in Scotland’s devolved government, said on BBC Television. “Our country is never going to be the same after this campaign.”

The referendum outcome follows two years of increasingly bitter arguments over the economic viability of independence, the currency to be used, custody of the health service and North Sea oil revenue, leaving a legacy of a divided Scotland while inspiring self-determination movements across Europe.

Scotland Decides

29 of 32 counts

Read more: http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-19/scotland-rejects-independence-as-u-k-wins-reprieve.html

Bloomberg: LIVE RESULTS: Scotland independence vote: Yes 45.2% No 54.8% with 5 results out of 32

@BloombergNews: LIVE RESULTS: Scotland independence vote: Yes 45.2% No 54.8% with 5 results out of 32 http://t.co/iLOT6vatz2/s/DT_X #indyref
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