Politics and Such

VIDEO: Woman who had 100 catcalls in 10 hours

BBC News (Headlines) - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 13:02
A video director has filmed an actress as she walked the streets of New York City to highlight the harassment women face in the city.
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Efforts to clear 2,000-tonne landslip

BBC News (Headlines) - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:28
Engineers have been tackling more than 2,000 tonnes of landslip debris in efforts to reopen the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful in Argyll.
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Squash to merge in bid for equality

BBC News (Headlines) - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:26
The governing bodies of men's and women's squash will merge to address disparities over prize money.
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Man, 82, guilty of puppy farm murders

BBC News (Headlines) - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:02
A dog breeder who shot dead his partner and her daughter after police returned confiscated guns to him is found guilty of two counts of murder.
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Tesco in criminal fraud probe

BBC News (Headlines) - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 11:40
The Serious Fraud Office is carrying out a criminal investigation into accounting irregularities at supermarket giant Tesco.
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Wales confident over Bale injury

BBC News (Headlines) - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 11:17
Wales are confident Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale will be back in action before November's Euro 2016 qualifier against Belgium.
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White leader appointed in Zambia

BBC News (Headlines) - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 11:03
Guy Scott is appointed Zambia's interim leader, Africa's first white head of state for many years, after the death of President Sata.
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VIDEO: Should MPs wear slogans on T-shirts?

BBC News (Headlines) - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 11:01
Harriet Harman wore one in PMQs, but the PM chose not to wear a T-shirt with a slogan in support of gender equality.
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Government 'to match £5m Ebola cash'

BBC News (Headlines) - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:58
The UK government is to match the first £5m of public donations made to a Disasters Emergency Committee appeal for the Ebola crisis in Africa.
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Police conduct inquiry after death

BBC News (Headlines) - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:54
An inquiry into the conduct of police officers gets under way following a fatal incident where stun guns had been fired in a Cardiff house.
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Killers fail to quash convictions

BBC News (Headlines) - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:27
Two men jailed for life for the first murder on the Western Isles in more than 40 years fail in their bids to have their convictions quashed.
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Lib Dem urges local pacts with Greens

BBC News (Headlines) - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:26
Andrew George, former Lib Dem environment spokesman, calls for "local pacts" between his party and the Greens in the 2015 election.
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Have there been lions in London since 1210?

BBC News (Headlines) - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:24
The capital's three remaining lionesses are being temporarily relocated to Bedfordshire.
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Protest death could stop French dam

BBC News (Headlines) - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:19
The death of a young protester, which has shaken the French government, could put a halt to work on a controversial dam in southern France, officials say.
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Source For Controversial Wash. Post Story On Secret Service Resigns Amid Prostitution Allegations

Media Matters - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:18

The lead investigator in the Department of Homeland Security's 2012 review of the Secret Service prostitution scandal -- which was sensationalized by conservative media -- has reportedly resigned after being accused of soliciting a prostitute himself.

According to recent reports, David Nieland resigned from DHS in August after refusing to answer questions about whether he solicited a prostitute in Florida. His 2012 inquiry into how the Secret Service handled the prostitution scandal that resulted in the firing of eight agents was the source of right-wing media claims of a political cover-up, as Nieland told Congress that he felt pressure from superiors to delay his investigative report until after the 2012 election and to "withhold and alter certain information." According to the Senate Homeland Security subcommittee's subsequent review of the investigation process, however, there was "no evidence to substantiate" Nieland's allegations.

Still, The Washington Post cited Nieland's unverified claims for its controversial October 8 story on the investigation, which relied heavily on an anonymous source to implicate then-White House volunteer and Yale law student Jonathan Dach in the prostitution activity. The Post printed his name despite the fact that the White House cleared him of wrongdoing in 2012 (Notably, the Post's recent coverage of Nieland's resignation does not use Dach's name, instead simply explaining that Nieland had mentioned a White House "volunteer").

The paper was roundly criticized for its decision to print the White House volunteer's name -- as Huffington Post senior media reporter Michael Calderone pointed out, the Post's story relied on uncorroborated claims from a single anonymous "eyewitness" who said "he saw Dach with a woman he believed was a prostitute," but failed to mention any attempts to confirm the anonymous woman's existence or identity. Calderone slammed the paper for "craft[ing] its story in a way that could give the impression of guilt or impropriety":

So why then did the Post decide to name him now, two and a half years after it broke the news of the scandal and 9 months since reporters began communicating with his attorney? Letters obtained by The Huffington Post show the attorney, Richard Sauber, rebutted the claims and offered countervailing evidence in letters sent to top Post editors. The decision to publish Dach's identity regardless raises questions about the threshold news organizations must meet when revealing the name of someone accused of lurid activity without independently confirming the claims.

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Though The Post did not conclude that Dach hired a prostitute, it nevertheless crafted its story in a way that could give the impression of guilt or impropriety. ...  Sauber denied the allegations and expressed concern that the inclusion of Dach's name in a story on the prostitution scandal could significantly damage his professional future. Sauber wrote on Jan. 16that the publication of the charge "will be devastating to this young man just as he embarks on his career after law school."

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Android smartwatch 'runs for a week'

BBC News (Headlines) - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:18
New Android-powered smartwatches should last for a week or longer between charges thanks to their use of both e-ink and LCD screens.
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EU Warrant vote 'before by-election'

BBC News (Headlines) - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:15
David Cameron says a vote on the future of the European Arrest Warrant will be held before the crunch Rochester and Strood by-election on 20 November.
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IS 'kills Sunni tribesmen' in Iraq

BBC News (Headlines) - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:15
Islamic State militants have shot dead 30 Sunni Arab tribesmen in a town west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, officials say.
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Combat soldiers guarding Whitehall

BBC News (Headlines) - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:12
Soldiers with assault rifles in combat gear are seen guarding the entrance to Horse Guards Parade, in central London's Whitehall.
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Firms lodge probation service bids

BBC News (Headlines) - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:09
The government names the private companies they expect to take over the role of managing criminals from next year.
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