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Indonesian maid says she was tortured with vacuum cleaner

An Indonesian maid has told a Hong Kong court that she was tortured for six months by her former employer, who shoved a vacuum cleaner tube into her mouth, tearing her mouth.<p>In two days of disturbing testimony, Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, a 23-year-old domestic helper, said through an interpreter she …

Wisconsin police chief compares gun violence to Ebola, asks residents to volunteer for searches

Police Chief Norm Jacobs' idea that residents of Beloit, Wisc., should volunteer to let his officers search their homes for guns is drawing fire from Second Amendment advocates and homeowners alike.<p>Jacobs, the top cop in the southern Wisconsin city of 40,000, admits his novel notion that residents …

UN human rights expert: US legally obliged to prosecute senior Bush officials for torture crimes

A U.N. human rights expert said a report that the U.S. Senate released on Tuesday revealed a “clear policy orchestrated at a high level within the …

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Mom Who Drove Kids into Ocean Won't Face Attempted Murder Charges

The woman who drove a minivan into the ocean with her three children inside no longer faces attempted murder charges.<p>Prosecutors say that Ebony Wilkerson has agreed to plead not guilty by reason of insanity.<p>Back in March, authorities say Wilkerson locked the van’s windows and doors, told her …

Cleveland police's fatal shooting of Tamir Rice ruled a homicide

The death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy who was shot last month by a Cleveland police officer who authorities say mistook the child's air gun for a real firearm, has been ruled a homicide, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office said Friday.<p>The November 22 shooting outside a Cleveland …

Isis releases abhorrent sex slaves pamphlet with 27 tips on capturing and raping female slaves

The Islamic State (Isis) militants have allegedly released a pamphlet listing 27 tips on how to capture and sexually abuse female slaves.<p>The pamphlet …

Family of black man fatally shot by police in Ohio Walmart files lawsuit

The family of a young black man fatally shot by police as he held an unloaded air rifle inside an Ohio Walmart has filed a federal lawsuit against the officers involved in his death and the retail store, calling it a “first step” toward justice for their son.<p>The team of attorneys for the family of …

America, nation of torturers: Stop saying “this isn’t who we are” — here’s the real truth

<b>John Yoo, Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer in "24: Live Another Day," John Brennan (AP/Susan Walsh/Fox/Reuters/Larry Downing/Photo collage by Salon)</b><p>Terrible findings in the torture report “are not who we are,” John Kerry claims. Well, here’s a U.S. history lesson<p>Charles Davis<p>December 16, 2014 5:15pm …