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Missouri ACLU, authorities reach agreement on recording of police

FERGUSON, Missouri — The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri on Friday reached an agreement with state authorities on the rights of journalists and members of the public to record police activity.<p>The St. Louis county government, the city of Ferguson, and the superintendent of the Missouri …

Residency trumps wealth in Stinson Beach water rationing plans

Sarah Butler crammed garbage bags packed with laundry into her old Volkswagen van on her weekly run "over the hill" to Mill Valley.<p>Some of the 630 or so permanent residents of this Marin County town have recently begun to make this trek, thanks to the statewide drought. But these weren't Butler's …

New FAA ruling effectively bans ridesharing for planes

A recent FAA ruling has left Uber of air travel-hopeful AirPooler and other startups like it in a legal bind. The agency yesterday stated that private pilots who don't hold a special government-issued certificate are banned from publicly offering seats on their planes for a fee. The ruling is meant …

SeaWorld upgrades killer whale habitats amid controversy

SeaWorld announced big news Friday about one of its most iconic attractions: Killer whales. It said it will build larger habitats for the enormous creatures, starting with its park in San Diego.<p>But the negative publicity surrounding these whales' lives in captivity still casts a dark shadow on the …

US shooting sparks debate on police diversity

U.S. doctor risks her life to fight Ebola

Court: Poland culpable for CIA secret prisons | Europe

<b>Haarlem, Netherlands -</b> On July 24, seven judges on the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled against Poland in a landmark case, making it the first European Union country to be held accountable for its involvement in the United States' systematic, extrajudicial detention of suspects, known as …

Chinese human rights lawyer starved in solitary confinement, his wife says

The Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng was kept in isolation for two and a half years and starved before his release from prison a week ago, his wife says.<p>Gao lost about 50 pounds (22.6kg) while in prison and now can barely eat or talk, Geng He said by telephone from San Francisco on …