$75M Settlement in NCAA Concussion Case

     (CN) – The NCAA has agreed to a $75 million settlement with college athletes who claimed the body put their health at risk by leaving concussion policies up to their individual schools.     The pro…

Naked man run over by LAPD officers in Jefferson Park Monday identified

LOS ANGELES – A naked man fatally run over by a Los Angeles police car in Jefferson Park was identified today.

Paul Burkons, 57, of Los Angeles was lying in the road at or near Adams Boulevard and Buckingham Road when an officer responding to a report of a naked man ran him over about 10:20 p.m. Sunday, according to police and coroner’s spokesman.

According to broadcast reports, the man was homeless.

Lt. Andy Neiman said detectives would try to determine if the man was mentally ill or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Officers drove up Buckingham Road but the call was for a naked man on Hillcrest Drive and Adams Boulevard about two blocks west, so they would not have expected to encounter a man lying in the street, police spokeswoman Liliana Preciado said.

  July 29, 2014  

New York Mayor Vows to Improve NYPD, Community Relations

JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press |

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a news conference on Monday, July 28, 2014 at City Hall in New York. Mayor de Blasio, facing his first significant test in trying to improve strained relations between the NYPD and communities of color, did not say whether or not he thought race played a role in the police custody death that has roiled the city. (AP Photo/Rachelle Blidner)

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio, facing his first significant test in trying to improve relations between police and minority communities, said Monday that he believes the troubles stem from racial tension that defined his predecessor’s 12 years in office.

He did not specifically say he thought race played a role in the recent death of a black, asthmatic father of six who died after being put in apparent chokehold by a white officer, an encounter that was caught on video. He did say that more trust was needed between police and residents.

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“If you talk about the last decade or so in the city, was race a factor and a problem in the relationship between police and community? Obviously it was,” de Blasio said Monday at a news conference in his first comments about the case since returning from a week-plus vacation in Italy. “There was a growing tension and a growing disconnect between police and community all over our city. And that is not an acceptable state of affairs.”

On July 17, the day before de Blasio was schedule to depart for Rome, a video emerged of police confronting Eric Garner, 43, for selling loose cigarettes on a Staten Island street. The video shows Garner being placed in an apparent chokehold and being knocked to the ground. Garner repeatedly screams, “I can’t breathe!” He died a short time later. The cause of the death has not been determined.

Two NYPD officers and four emergency medical workers have been reassigned while the case is under investigation.

De Blasio, who made improving relations between police and minorities a central part of his mayoral campaign last year, delayed his trip for a day but still faced criticism from some African-Americans for taking a vacation while tensions mounted.

On Monday, de Blasio never mentioned former Mayor Michael Bloomberg by name but repeatedly referred to his three terms in office as a flashpoint for racial tensions surrounding the New York Police Department. He has blamed much of it on the police tactic known as stop-and-frisk, which allows police to stop anyone they believe is acting suspiciously. The tactic’s critics believe it discriminates against black and Latino men, and de Blasio has toned down its usage.

“We’re not going to have racial profiling be part of our approach to policing,” said de Blasio, a Democrat, at City Hall as he stood with Police Commissioner William Bratton. He added that he took responsibility for improving things, saying “the buck stops here.”

Several City Council members have said they believed race was a factor in Garner’s death. Bratton said last week that he did not.

A spokesman for Bloomberg did not respond to a request for comment.

Though signaling support to minority communities that overwhelmingly backed him on Election Day, de Blasio also tried to perform a delicate balancing act; in an effort not to alienate the 34,00-person police force just seven months into the job, the mayor was quick to say that he believed that most NYPD officers “do their job well.”

“Anyone who is accused of anything, they deserve due process and democracy,” the mayor said. “That is true for any individual New Yorker, and that is true for any law enforcement professional.”

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  July 29, 2014  

Racine officer-involved shooting ruled justified

Racine officer-involved shooting ruled justifiedWDJTRACINE — The fatal shooting of Rajko Utvic by a Racine Police Department officer has been ruled justified. Utvic was shot and killed on July 6, 2014, after advancing towards police officers with a kn…

Expert testifies in Wisconsin baby kidnapping case

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(AP) — An FBI expert testified Monday in the trial of a Colorado woman accused of kidnapping her newborn nephew in Wisconsin and abandoning him in freezing temperatures, saying visits to websites about fake pregnancy bellies were found on computers …
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  July 29, 2014  

Pasco drug bust involves pill mills, doctor shopping and more

Pasco drug bust involves pill mills, doctor shopping and more
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The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office has busted a drug operation involving pill mills, doctor shopping and even little kids. Sheriff Chris Nocco released the operation’s preliminary details during a press conference Tuesday. He called the investigation a
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  July 29, 2014  

Charles Pray stabbed Monica Lino more than 20 times, prosecutor says

Charles Pray stabbed Monica Lino more than 20 times, prosecutor says
Newsday
A Bay Shore man is facing arraignment Tuesday on a murder charge in connection with the death of a woman who was found stabbed in her Farmingville home Sunday, Suffolk County police said. Homicide Squad detectives charged Charles Pray, 34, of 316 …
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Report: Long Island mom found dead a “victim of violence” CBS News

  July 29, 2014  

Judge Tosses Case against Palestinian Authority

     (CN) – A family cannot sue the Palestinian Authority for the murder of a family member during the Second Intifada because their evidence is “sheer hearsay,” a federal judge ruled.     Esh Gilmore, a U.S. citizen living in Israel, was a victim of the Second Intifada, a prolonged period of violence between Israelis and Palestinians.     He was killed in 2000 in a Palestinian attack on an office of the National Insurance Institute in East Jerusalem, where he worked as a security guard.     Israel never prosecuted anyone in connection with the attack, but the alleged gunman, Muhanad Abu Halawa, was assassinated by Israeli Defense Forces two years later.     Gilmore’s family sued the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian Liberation Organization in U.S. courts seeking compensation for Esh’s death under the Anti-Terrorism Act.     But U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler dismissed their action Monday, because the family failed to produce any admissible evidence that Abu Halawa killed Gilmore.     “At the outset, the court notes that, although plaintiffs sought and received more· than a year-long extension of time to file their opposition to the instant motion, their memorandum of law contains only nine pages, is almost entirely devoid of any citations to their statement of undisputed material facts for the record, consists largely of conclusory assertions, and, in many places, lacks any explanation whatsoever,” the judge said.     Plaintiffs rely on two Israeli government “reports,” but these documents are actually press releases published on the army’s website, and one of them does not even mention Abu Halawa.     They also cite inadmissible evidence of statements made to Times of Israel reporter Avi Issacharoff, and published in his book “The Seventh War.”     But these statements, in which Abu Halawa, claimed responsibility for the attack cannot be assumed true, because he “perceived public attribution for the attack to be in his interest, not contrary to it.”     The family’s only evidence is therefore “sheer hearsay,” incapable of being converted into admissible evidence that can be presented to a jury, Kessler said.

Police looking for suspect on Ashford Dunwoody Road

Police looking for suspect on Ashford Dunwoody RoadWXIA-TVDUNWOODY, Ga. — Two suspects were captured and one is at large after some police activity in DeKalb County Tuesday morning. The incident started as a car accident on Ashford Dunwoody Road near …

  July 29, 2014