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April 23 2015 (San Diego's East County)-- East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:



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Ohio cop's refusal to shoot: a model of police restraint? (+video) (CS Monitor)

Ohio rookie police officer Jesse Kidder didn't accept urging of a suspect to 'shoot me.' Instead, he backed up and said: 'No man. I'm not gonna do it.'

DEA chief to step down, Congress probes sex party leaks (Reuters)

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's chief will step down within weeks, the Obama administration said on Tuesday, as a congressional panel planned to examine whether DEA agents divulged secrets at sex parties that Colombian drug lords may have staged.

FBI says hair-match experts gave flawed testimony: Post (Reuters)

The FBI and U.S. Justice Department have acknowledged that almost all of the experts in a forensic unit dedicated to microscopic hair comparison gave flawed testimony against defendants before 2000,… The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Innocence Project found that 26 of the 28 examiners in the FBI's microscopic hair comparison unit overstated evidence in more than 95 percent of 268 trials examined so far. Defendants and prosecutors in 46 states, along with the District of Columbia, are being advised of the findings, which could result in appealing of convictions…cases with overstated evidence included 32 that resulted in death sentences..

Gravity Payments CEO Will Live on $70,000 Worker Wage, Thinks His Life Will Be Luxe Enough

The CEO of a credit-card payments company in Seattle said executive pay is "out of whack," so he's cutting his own pay and creating a minimum salary for his workers. Now, he will be earning $70,000 like many of them, and he's OK with it.

Hundreds gather for 20th anniversary of deadly Oklahoma City bombing  (Washington Post)

Former president Bill Clinton joined the director of the FBI, Oklahoma officials and nearly a thousand others in Oklahoma City on Sunday to mark the 20th anniversary of the bombing of a federal building there that killed 168 people.

Bankruptcy shields GM from some liability cases (APM Marketplace)

 A federal bankruptcy judge has ruled that General Motors is shielded from potential liability related to defective ignition switches that occurred before the company's 2009 bankruptcy.

What do Americans really think about abortion? The answer may surprise you. (CS Monitor)

In a Vox survey on abortion policy published earlier this month, careful questioning of more than 1,000 respondents suggests that plenty of Americans identify neither as only "pro-choice" nor as only "pro-life." On the contrary, 21 percent said they were neither, while 18 percent said they were both.  The poll’s findings unearth the nuances in public opinion often neglected when the media, politicians, and other opinion surveys frame the abortion debate as purely two-sided.

Feds Cancel Commercial Sardine Fishing After Stocks Crash (NPR)

 Federal regulators close commercial sardine fishing in an effort to rebuild the depleted populations of the fish. Sardine shortages are blamed for the high rates of starvation deaths of sea lion pups .

Rules For No-Fly List Disclosures Get An Update (NPR)

Hundreds of Americans are on the list, but often don't know it — or how they got there. The Washington Post's Adam Goldman explains the DOJ's new guidelines for informing people of their status.


In El Salvador, women thrown in jail for miscarriages and stillbirths (Associated Press)

When Guadalupe Vasquez became pregnant at 17 after being raped by a neighbor of the house where she worked as a maid, she decided she wanted the baby. She even picked out a name: Gabriel.  
Then, on a day in late 2007, pain shot through her back and abdomen. Vasquez says she started bleeding, but her employer wouldn’t let her leave the house to get medical care.

Iran releases ‘fact sheet’ of nuclear agreement at odds with US version (JPost)

 Besides differences in number of centrifuges that can operate and length of the deal, Iran's fact sheet also claims that there must be an immediate end to all US, EU sanctions and UNSC resolutions. Read. .

Migrants Threw Christians Overboard, Italian Police Say (Reuters)

 Italian police arrested 15 African men suspected of throwing about a dozen Christians from a migrant boat in the Mediterranean on Thursday, as the crisis off southern Italy intensified.  Forty-one more deaths were reported in a separate incident…The 15 were arrested on charges of multiple homicide motivated by religious hatred.

Turkish ‘documentary’ says Jews have been ‘mastermind’ for 3,500 years (JPost)

Turkish professor says that the Jews are destroying the entire world as they search for the ark containing the ten commandments.  Mastermind, a new anti-Semitic “documentary” film, is being repeatedly broadcast in Turkey and presents Jewish “domination of the world” as going back 3,500 years, since the days of Moses.  The film, which first aired on March 15, has also been spread online by media close to the ruling Islamist AK Party.

Media reports say Mexican police were involved in January killings (Reuters)

Three media outlets said on Sunday that Mexican federal police killed 16 unarmed people in two separate attacks in January, appearing to contradict an account by the federal government that the deaths could have been caused by friendly fire.

Up to 700 feared dead after migrant boat sinks off Libya (JPost)

 The boat is believed to have capsized when migrants moved to one side of the vessel when a merchant ship approached.

Colombia frees Chinese ship caught carrying weapons illegally (Reuters)

Colombia has authorized a Chinese ship to set sail after it was caught carrying 100 tonnes of explosives to Cuba illegally, the prosecutor's office said on Tuesday, though it continues to hold the vessel's captain pending a criminal investigation.

Auschwitz bookkeeper admits 'moral guilt' in trial (CS Monitor)

Oskar Groening is accused of assisting in the murder of 300,000 people at the Nazi camp although he did not kill anyone himself.


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