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FBI Joins State, Local Police In Investigating 3 Shootings On Michigan Roadways

PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - The FBI has joined Michigan and local police in investigating three shootings involving vehicles on southeast Michigan roadways.

The shootings happened Monday evening in Washtenaw County within roughly 15 minutes of each other. Two were in Bridgewater Township and one was in nearby Pittsfield Township, about 40 miles southwest of Detroit. No one was injured.

Pittsfield Township safety director Matt Harshberger tells MLive.com investigators think the shootings are related.

Forty-three-year-old Raulie Casteel is jailed on attempted murder and other charges on accusations he fired on two dozen people on and near Interstate 96 in southeastern Michigan last year.



Sounds like we have a copy-cat here...

Israeli Defense Officials Worried Over Cuts To US Military Aid

Defense officials expressed concern Wednesday that American financial cutbacks may result in drastic cuts to military aid to Israel and could put anti-missile defense projects such as David’s Sling and the Arrow 3 on the chopping block.

Israeli and American officials are expected to begin negotiations over a new, multi-year military aid package in the wake of US President Barack Obama’s visit in the region last week.

“Our current agreement lasts through 2017, and we’ve directed our teams to start working on extending it for the years beyond,” Obama said at a joint press conference in Jerusalem with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week.

Israeli officials hope that the basic outline of the current US military aid agreement will be preserved in a future multi-year defense deal with the US. There is grave concern over possible cuts in aid, however, because of the American economic crisis and the effects of sequestration – the across-the-board cuts mandated by 2011 legislation – on the US defense budget, Maariv reported on Wednesday.



Why A BA Is Now A Ticket To A Job In A Coffee Shop

There's a growing perception out there that a college degree no longer delivers the value that it used to.

Too many college kids are living in Mom's basement, or working at Starbucks. Like most personal finance columnists, I get the letters from them: what do I do? How do I fix this? For many, the answer is grad school. But I get the letters from grad students too. A while back, I found myself talking to a professor whose school has a number of impressive-sounding graduate programs that were originally conceived as add-ons for a professional degree in law or medicine or business. They are now attracting a number of students who just go for the standalone degree. He didn't understand what the career path was for these kids, and he wasn't sure that they did either.

"It sounds good, so they can persuade their parents to pay for it," he said, a touch guiltily.

A new paper from Paul Beaudry, David Green, and Benjamin Sand argues that these worried kids--and their worried parents--are not just imagining things. The phenomenon is all too real. Skilled workers with higher degrees are increasingly ending up in lower-skilled jobs that don't really require a degree--and in the process, they're pushing unskilled workers out of the labor force altogether.



US-Israeli Stuxnet Cyber-attacks against Iran: “Act of War”

NATO research team calls Stuxnet attack on Iran an 'act of force'

By Russia Today

A group of 20 law and technology experts has unanimously agreed that the Stuxnet worm used against Iran in 2009-2010 was a cyberattack. The US and Israel have long been accused of collaborating on the virus in a bid to damage Iran’s nuclear program.

While that accusations against Washington and Tel Aviv have never been confirmed by either government, a NATO Commission has now confirmed it as an “act of force.”

Last year anonymous government officials came forward to tell The New York Times that researchers at the Idaho National Laboratory, which is overseen by the US Department of Energy, passed technical information to Israel regarding vulnerabilities in cascades and centrifuges at Iran’s Natanz uranium enrichment plant.

That information, it is believed, was used to design the Stuxnet worm that set Iran’s nuclear program back an estimated two years.

“Acts that kill or injure persons or destroy or damage objects are unambiguously uses of force,” according to the Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare, which lead author Michael N. Schmitt said was written to outline “how does existing law apply to cyberspace.”



NYPD Officer Says At Stop-And-Frisk Trial That He Taunted Crying Boy, 13, After Detaining Him

NEW YORK (AP) -- A police officer testified Wednesday that he taunted an innocent 13-year-old boy after he detained the teen under the New York Police Department's disputed program of stopping, questioning and frisking people on city streets.

Called as a witness in a civil rights case in federal court in Manhattan, Officer Brian Dennis conceded that he had told a handcuffed Devin Almonor to stop "crying like a little girl."

Asked on cross-examination if he thought the comment was appropriate, Dennis responded, "Looking back, no."

The Center for Constitutional Rights brought the lawsuit on behalf of four black plaintiffs who claim they were stopped by police because of their race. The center alleges that many of the 5 million stops in the past decade, mostly of black and Hispanic men, were made without cause.



NJ To Investigate Agency Visit To Home Of Man Who Posted Photo Of Son With Military-Style Gun

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey's governor is asking his attorney general to investigate the state's visit to the home of a man who had shared a photo of his son holding a military-style rifle.

The state child welfare agency and local police went to the Carneys Point home of Shawn Moore on March 14 following what police say were anonymous calls expressing concern about the safety of a child.



Limits Sought On Information From Newtown Warrant

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- A Connecticut prosecutor is seeking to black out some information from search warrants in the Connecticut school shooting that are due to be released Thursday.

State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky III filed the motions Wednesday in Danbury Superior Court. An order to seal the documents related to the massacre in December in Newtown expires Thursday.

Sedensky asked a judge not to release the name of a witness, saying the person's safety may be jeopardized if the name were disclosed. He also asked that other information be redacted, such as telephone numbers and a few paragraphs of an affidavit.



"saying the person's safety may be jeopardized"...WTF?

Ex-Florida GOP Chairman Gets 1 1/2 Years For Stealing

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida was sentenced Wednesday to one-and-a-half years for stealing $125,000 in party funds, completing the fall of a man who once was one of the most powerful political figures in the state.

Jim Greer was sentenced in Orlando, more than a month after he pleaded guilty to four counts of theft and a single county of money laundering. The guilty pleas ended Greer's trial before it even started.

Circuit Judge Marc Lubet handed down a sentence that was less severe than the three-and-a-half years in prison requested by prosecutors. Lubet explained that he went with a more lenient sentence because Greer had agreed to pay restitution.

The trial had threatened to expose the underbelly of Florida's dominant political party and its formerly high-spending ways. Some of Florida's most powerful politicians were scheduled as witnesses, including former Gov. Charlie Crist, former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, former Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum and several state House and state Senate leaders.



Obama Israel Trip Destroyed Any Pretense U.S. Can Be 'Honest Broker'

Catching up on some of the news stories I missed about President Barack Obama's visit to Israel and Ramallah, it struck me how offensive his words and gestures must have been to Palestinians.

At every stop, he made clear that the United States is 100 percent on Israel's side. Almost in so many words, he said that the United States and Israel are one.

Just read what Obama said upon his arrival in Israel last Wednesday. This is no mere statement of U.S. policy; it is America's embrace of the Zionist narrative, right down to the references to the Biblical Abraham and his Israeli progeny (via his wife Sara), without reference to the Arabs who the same Bible tells us descended from Abraham (via his other wife, Hagar).

More than 3,000 years ago, the Jewish people lived here, tended the land here, prayed to God here. And after centuries of exile and persecution, unparalleled in the history of man, the founding of the Jewish State of Israel was a rebirth, a redemption unlike any in history.
Today, the sons of Abraham and the daughters of Sarah are fulfilling the dream of the ages -- to be "masters of their own fate" in "their own sovereign state." And just as we have for these past 65 years, the United States is proud to stand with you as your strongest ally and your greatest friend.

This except was no more effusively pro-Israel than any other Obama remark or gesture doing the trip, whether at Herzl's tomb, or Yad Vashem, at the dinner hosted by President Shimon Peres or anywhere else he spoke. Yes, as I noted in an earlier piece about the trip, there were also strong references to the necessity of establishing a Palestinian state and even to the legitimacy of non-violent protest against the occupation, but, looking back, it is clear that these were drowned out by the overall tone of the trip.



Idaho Boy Detained After List, Weapons Found

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) -- Authorities have detained an Idaho junior high school student who compiled a list of students and police officers they believe he was planning to kill.

Rigby Police Chief Keith Hammon says the boy's parents called police Monday when they found the list on an electronic tablet.

The Post Register reports ( HTTP://BIT.LY/XBTCRB ) officers found a bag of weapons at the boy's home, including multiple knives, handguns and ammunitions.

Hammon says bullying at the boy's school, Rigby Junior High, was a factor. The parents of the students on the list have been notified, and the police officers on the list were not identified.


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