April 21, 2016

Norwegian court finds solitary confinement, frequent strip searches, inhumane. “Since (Anders Breivik’s) arrest, he has been separated from other inmates, and virtually his only visits have been with professionals, who meet with him separated behind a glass screen.” http://edition.cnn.com/2016/04/20/europe/norway-anders-breivik-wins-suit/

Harriet Tubman to replace Andrew Jackson on $20. “Tubman, an African-American and a Union spy during the Civil War, would bump Jackson — a white man known as much for his persecution of Native Americans as for his war heroics and advocacy for the common man — to the back of the $20, in some reduced image along with the White House.” http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/21/us/women-currency-treasury-harriet-tubman.html?_r=0

Japanese automaker admits it fudged mileage tests. “Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Wednesday says it found evidence its employees intentionally falsified fuel mileage test data for several models of vehicles (by over-inflating the tires during testing).” http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/mitsubishi-mileage-nissan-1.3544311

South Korean authorities allegedly rounded up, abused the homeless prior to 1988 Olympics. “Police officers, assisted by shop owners, rounded up children, panhandlers, small-time street merchants, the disabled and dissidents. They ended up as prisoners at 36 nationwide facilities, and numbered 16,000 by 1986, according to government documents obtained by AP.” https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/04/19/south-korea-covered-up-mass-rapes-killings-of-child-vagrants-in-70s-80s.html

State and city employees charged over Flint, Michigan water contamination. “The Flint water crisis became a criminal case Wednesday when two state regulators and a city employee were charged with official misconduct, evidence-tampering and other offenses over the lead contamination that alarmed the country and brought cries of racism.” http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-04-20/officials-3-to-be-charged-in-flint-water-crisis-in8h4it7

U.S. moves up in press freedom ratings, still at 41 however. “Countries ahead of the U.S. in the rankings include Canada (18), Ghana (26), Chile (31) and the U.K. (38). The U.S. is ranked higher than France (45) and Italy (77).” http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/04/20/475017281/u-s-ranks-41st-in-press-freedom-index-thanks-to-war-on-whistleblowers

As many as 500 migrants may have died when their ship sank in the Mediterranean. “Last year more than 3,770 people drowned or went missing en route to Italy, Greece, and other European countries.” http://time.com/4301285/migrant-boat-sinks-mediterranean-500-dead/

German journalist headed for Syrian border to interview refugees is reportedly denied entry into Turkey. “German public broadcaster SWR wrote on Twitter that its correspondent Volker Schwenck had landed in Cairo, his base, after being detained for several hours in Turkey.” http://gulfnews.com/news/mena/turkey/german-reporter-denied-entry-to-turkey-1.1717857

Five former New Orleans area police officers reportedly plead guilty in Danziger Bridge shootings to reduced sentences after original convictions were overturned by judge. “Two people died in the Sept. 4, 2005, shooting: James Brissette, 17, and Ronald Madison, 40. Four other people were left seriously wounded. They had been part of a group of people trying to cross the Danziger Bridge to get help during the catastrophic days that followed the arrival of Hurricane Katrina.” http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/04/20/474973779/5-former-new-orleans-police-officers-enter-guilty-pleas-over-danziger-bridge-kil

Six Baltimore residents file lawsuit against police after their arrests, alleged mistreatment during Freddie Gray protests, curfew. “Albert Tubman, 45, said he wasn’t participating in any protests on April 25 when an officer approached him as he was getting out of his car and knocked him to the ground, struck him with a baton and arrested him, the suit says.” http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/arrested-freddie-gray-unrest-sue-baltimore-police-38555579

Britain issues travel advisory for citizens visiting North Carolina and Mississippi. “Some hotels,” the government also warns, “especially in rural areas, won’t accept bookings from same sex couples – check before you go.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/04/20/britain-issues-warning-for-lgbt-travelers-visiting-north-carolina-and-mississippi/

Rights group sues government for information on forced decryption orders. “”If the government is obtaining FISC orders to force a company to build backdoors or decrypt their users’ communications, the public has a right to know about those secret demands to compromise people’s phones and computers,” EFF attorney Nate Cardozo said in a statement.” http://www.pcmag.com/news/343876/doj-sued-over-access-to-requests-for-encrypted-data

New York Attorney General to investigate New York primary election. ““If any New Yorker was illegally prevented from voting, I will do everything in my power to make their vote count and ensure that it never happens again,” (Attorney General Eric Schneiderman) said.” http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/new-york-voting-irregularities-investigation-primary-article-1.2609007

Surprisingly low voter turnout in New York primary election. “…only 19.7 percent of eligible New Yorkers cast a ballot, the second lowest voter turnout in the primaries after Louisiana, according to elections expert Michael McDonald.” http://www.thenation.com/article/new-york-had-the-second-lowest-voter-turnout-so-far-this-election-season/

NASA loses video feed from Space Station after apparent UFO appears. “The only time when the feed tends to get cut is oddly when these UFOs appear.” http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/nasa-feed-goes-down-horseshoe-7783713

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April 21, 2016

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