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Last Build Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:23:00 -0400

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Volkswagen Agrees To $14.7 Billion Settlement In Emissions Cheating Scandal

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:23:00 -0400

Nearly 500,000 dirty diesel vehicles could be taken off the roads under a settlement approved by a judge in the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal. VW has agreed to pay up to $14.7 billion to resolve claims from consumers and the U.S. government. Customers will be compensated under a VW buyback program, and the company will also pay to offset the pollution caused by the rigged diesel vehicles.

It Ain't Me, Babe: Researchers Find Flaws In Police Facial Recognition Technology

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 04:38:00 -0400

Nearly half of American adults have been entered into law enforcement facial recognition databases, a new report shows. But problems with the accuracy of the technology could affect innocent people.

Campus Cop On Trial For Shooting Death During Routine Traffic Stop

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 04:37:00 -0400

Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing shot and killed Sam DuBose in July 2015. Ten days after the shooting, Tensing was charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter.

Former Pa. Attorney General Sentenced To 10-23 Months In Jail For Perjury

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:53:00 -0400

She was once viewed as a rising star within the Democratic Party. In August, she was convicted on multiple counts after she leaked grand jury information about a rival, then lied about it under oath.

Adnan Syed, Subject Of 'Serial,' Asks To Be Released On Bail

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:20:00 -0400

Syed's lawyers say he poses no threat of violence or flight. Syed is waiting for a new trial, after a judge agreed that an attorney mishandled his 2000 murder case — the topic of the hit podcast.

Presidential Campaigns Blast AT&T-Time Warner Merger

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:25:00 -0400

Donald Trump said it put "too much concentration of power in the hands of too few" and Tim Kaine called for "less concentration, especially in the media."

U.S. Soldiers Told To Repay Thousands In Signing Bonuses From Height Of War Effort

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 14:43:00 -0400

Under threat of wage garnishes and tax liens, the California National Guard is pursuing bonuses it says it never should have paid.

Police Facial Recognition Databases Log About Half Of Americans

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:24:00 -0400

A new report from Georgetown Law's Center on Privacy and Technology says all it takes is a driver's license to be included in the searchable databases. Rachel Martin talks to co-author Alvaro Bedoya.

Dreadlocks Decision Raises Another Question: What Is Race?

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 07:07:00 -0400

Many experts agree with an appeals court's decision last month that dreadlocks aren't a common racial characteristic. But left undecided: What's a common racial characteristic?

Voice Actors Strike Against Video Game Companies

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:10:00 -0400

The strike of the SAG-AFTRA union went into effect Friday after failed negotiations between the union's voice actors and video game employers, particularly over compensation and secrecy.

Federal Appeals Court Considers Border Shooting Case

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:35:00 -0400

The family of a Mexican teen slain by a U.S. Border Patrol agent is seeking the right to sue in U.S. courts, claiming the shooting violated his constitutional protections.

Ex-NSA Contractor Accused Of Theft Must Remain In Federal Custody, Judge Orders

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:58:00 -0400

A federal judge said that Harold T. Martin III, who is accused of stealing classified government documents and property, "is a serious risk to the public" and presents a flight risk.

Federal Prosecutors: Former NSA Contractor's Alleged Theft Is 'Breathtaking'

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:19:00 -0400

Federal prosecutors allege a former contractor for the National Security Agency stole a massive amount of classified government material. The defendant appeared in court Friday.

How A Woman Serving Life In Prison Made The Judge Who Sentenced Her Proud

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:19:00 -0400

After the Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole for juveniles were unconstitutional, the Court ordered states to review the cases of prisoners given that sentence. We hear about one prisoner in that situation, Jennifer Pruit, and the connection she made with the judge that sentenced her.

Ex-Top Aide To Chris Christie Testifies In 'Bridgegate' Trial

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:19:00 -0400

A former top staffer to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie testified in Federal court that she told Christie about planned lane closures on the George Washington Bridge weeks before it happened. Christie has long denied any involvement in the closures, which were designed to punish his political opponents.