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Dec 22, 2014

Two more Colorado foreclosure law firms charged with fraud

DENVER (Reuters) – Colorado’s Attorney General John Suthers
has sued two more law firms in the state for fraud, accusing
them of inflating foreclosure costs charged to homeowners, his
office said.

As part of an ongoing investigation, Suthers has filed eight
civil law enforcement actions against Colorado foreclosure law
firms in 2014, five of which resulted in settlements totaling
nearly $12 million.

Dec 19, 2014

Journalist sues over arrest at protest in Ferguson, Missouri

Dec 18 (Reuters) – A Washington-based journalist has sued
St. Louis County and one of its police lieutenants, saying his
rights were violated when he was arrested while covering
protests over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a
white police officer in Ferguson, court papers showed.

Gerald Yingst, a reporter and producer with News2Share, also
accuses police of defaming him by announcing his arrest on
Twitter and saying he had refused a commander’s order to clear
the street, damaging his professional reputation.

Dec 18, 2014

Neighboring states challenge Colorado pot laws in top U.S. court

DENVER (Reuters) – Nebraska and Oklahoma challenged neighboring Colorado’s recreational marijuana laws in the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday amid complaints its pot was seeping across their borders, and Colorado vowed to defend its laws.

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said he joined Oklahoma in filing the action against Colorado, where voters chose to legalize recreational marijuana in a landmark 2012 vote even as the drug remains federally outlawed. 

Dec 18, 2014

American accused of counterfeiting $2 million in Uganda

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – An American man has been arrested in Uganda and accused by U.S. prosecutors of counterfeiting more than $2 million in fake dollars, some of which were to be mailed to the United States hidden in charity pamphlets, court papers showed.

Ryan Andrew Gustafson, 27, is charged with conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States, according to a criminal complaint filed on Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Dec 15, 2014

Los Angeles porn actors must wear condoms, appeals court rules

Dec 15 (Reuters) – A regional U.S. federal appeals court
ruled on Monday that pornographic movie actors in Los Angeles
must wear condoms during sex scenes, upholding a lower court
decision that was challenged by the adult film industry.

In 2012, voters in Los Angeles County approved a measure to
require condom use during sex scenes in pornographic movies, as
well as the regular testing of actors for sexually transmitted

Dec 11, 2014

Judge in Colorado cinema massacre case won’t delay trial again

DENVER (Reuters) – A judge overseeing the Colorado movie theater massacre case said on Wednesday he will not delay the trial of gunman James Holmes again, rejecting a request by the defense for more time to study the results of a second court-ordered sanity exam.

Jury selection in the trial of Holmes, 26, is due to start next month, and Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour has previously told lawyers for both sides to be ready to present their opening statements in late May or early June.

Dec 10, 2014

Oakland city and police sites down, Anonymous hackers claim credit

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – The Oakland police department and city websites were offline on Wednesday and activist hackers from the Anonymous collective who threatened to take action against law enforcement over the Bay Area demonstrations claimed responsibility for the outage.

Oakland and neighboring Berkeley have been the site of nightly protests against decisions by two grand juries not to charge white police officers in the killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City.

Dec 8, 2014

Judge in Colorado theater shooting case to rule on trial delay soon

CENTENNIAL, Colorado (Reuters) – A judge overseeing the case of a mass shooting at a Colorado theater in 2012 said Monday he would rule within a couple of days on a defense request to delay the trial again.

Lawyers for the gunman, James Holmes, made their latest request for the trial to be delayed last week, adding on Monday that medical emergencies had also affected two members of the defense team.

Dec 4, 2014

Phoenix police officer shoots dead unarmed black man during scuffle

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – A Phoenix police officer shot to death an unarmed black man during a struggle and authorities said the officer believed the individual had a gun, in the latest fatal incident amid national turmoil over the policing of black communities.

The Phoenix Police Department said Rumain Brisbon, 34, was sitting in a black Cadillac SUV outside a convenience store on Tuesday evening, and that two witnesses told the officer the occupants of the vehicle were selling drugs.

Nov 30, 2014

Missouri officer in fatal shooting resigned without severance: mayor

By Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister

FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – The white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, this summer, got no severance deal when he resigned from the force, the mayor of the St. Louis suburb said on Sunday.

The officer, Darren Wilson, announced his resignation late Saturday, saying he feared for his own safety and that of his fellow police officers after a grand jury decided not to indict him in the fatal Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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      "Daniel used to work for The Times newspaper and PA News agency in London before joining Reuters in 2003. Since then he has reported on political, general and economic news from across east Africa, Iraq and Latin America."
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