Objection Before Phone-Cracking for Feds Is OK

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Just in time for Halloween, a federal magistrate gave the government a fright by restricting its prodigious power to surveil cellphones.     U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel Gorenstein's five-page order Friday does not identify any information about the manufacturer, suspect or alleged crime at issue in the case of on his docket. But his ruling is nonetheless notable for the hoops it will make the government jump through to cra...
  October 31, 2014  

Tennis Court Electricution Leads to Lawsuit

     NASHVILLE (CN) - An apartment complex where a 23-year-old man was electrocuted while playing tennis last month failed to properly maintain the lighting around the court, the dead man's family says in a lawsuit.     Kevin Salazar was playing tennis at Meadowood Village in Antioch, Tenn. on Sept. 24, 2014, when he went to retrieve a tennis ball that had been hit out of the court. Salazar was walking near a light pole on his way back with the b...

Albuquerque PoliceAbuse Settlement Near

      (CN) - The Department of Justice and Albuquerque agreed Friday on reforms intended to ameliorate the city police's use of force against civilians, the Justice Department said.     Albuquerque came under intense criticism from its citizens after a series of police shootings - 40 of them since 2009.     The Department of Justice began investigating in November 2012, and in April this year said it had found " reasonabl...
  October 31, 2014  

Paramount Cleared Over Big-Budget Flops

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Scoffing at the idea that Paramount pulled a fast one on high-powered insurers and hedge funds that invested in a slate of films that flopped a decade ago, a federal judge had three pointed words.     "Not these guys," U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest said of the investors in a bench ruling on Thursday.     Allianz Risk Transfer, Munich Re Capital Markets New York, Marathon Structured Finance Fu...

NY Schools Shut Out Immigrants, Study Says

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Although the Supreme Court ordered public schools across the nation to open their doors to all children, regardless of immigration status, more than three decades ago, dozens of New York districts may not have gotten the message.     Releasing a survey covering one-fifth of statewide districts on Thursday, the New York Civil Liberties Union found that 73 out of 159 districts still required applicants to have a valid birth ce...
  October 31, 2014  

Claim Over Icelandic Conversion Rate Revived

     (CN) - The 9th Circuit resurrected a class action challenging the handling of certificates of deposit denominated in Icelandic krona after that country's banking crisis.     California resident Ek Vathana filed a class action for breach of contract against Florida-based EverBank after it closed his "WorldCurrency" CD, over his protests, in response to the 2008 collapse of Iceland's banking system.     Vathana said he...
  October 31, 2014  

1 shot in mid-day home invasion

1 shot in mid-day home invasionJackson SunInterim Police Chief Julian Wiser said a “strong” police response to a report of a home invasion with injuries on Whitehall Street helped lead to quick arrests Thursday. Three teenagers and one adult, all males, were arrested within an hour of the home ...Police arrest four in East Jackson shooting WBBJ-TV
  October 31, 2014  

Two Headed to Prison for $258.5M Medicare Fraud

     (CN) - The owner of a community mental health centers in Baton Rouge, La., and a patient recruiter for a center in Houston were sentenced to prison today for engaging in a $258.5 million Medicare fraud scheme.     Roslyn Dogan, 53, of Baton Rouge, and James Hunter, 48, of Houston, were found guilty after a six day trial in May of conspiracy to commit health card fraud. Dogan was also convicted of two counts of health care fraud, while Hunter...
  October 31, 2014  

Feds, Albuquerque Reach Deal on Police Reform

Feds, Albuquerque Reach Deal on Police Reform Feds, Albuquerque Reach Deal on Police ReformABC NewsThe U.S. Justice Department and New Mexico's largest city have reached an agreement to overhaul Albuquerque's police department amid several accusations of excessive force, agreeing to reforms that include new training and protocols for investigating ...Albuquerque Police, Justice Department Reach Legal Settlement Wall Street JournalJustice Department issues use of force reforms for Albuquerque Police ReutersFeds, Albuquerque reac...
  October 31, 2014  

Oct. 31 3:31 pm

Oct. 31 3:31 pmLake County News SunA former Zion resident, convicted of killing a woman in Georgia, was found guilty in Lake County Circuit Court on Friday of kidnapping and sexual assault charges related to the murder. A jury returned guilty verdicts against Cristian De La O Hernandez ...
  October 31, 2014