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DOJ REPORT DETAILS FERGUSON POLICE DEPARTMENT'S TRANSGRESSIONS "A damning report released by the Justice Department on Wednesday heavily criticized the operations of the police department and municipal court in Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, was shot and killed by a white police officer in August. DOJ’s civil rights investigation into the Ferguson criminal justice system found that authorities have routinely violated the rights of black citizens and have used tickets to generate revenue for the city." Read the most shocking parts of the report. So far, one police department employee has been fired and two more are on leave in light of the investigation. [Ryan Reilly and Mariah Stewart, HuffPost]
U.S. AMBASSADOR TO SOUTH KOREA ATTACKED U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert required 80 stitches for a four-inch gash in his face and surgery on his wrist after an attacker yelling about uniting the Koreas slashed him with a ten-inch knife at a public forum in Seoul. [Sam Levine, HuffPost]
HILLARY CLINTON: I WANT THE PUBLIC TO SEE MY EMAIL "I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible," Clinton wrote on Twitter in her first statement on the controversy regarding her private email account and home server. A Congressional committee has already issued subpoenas for information regarding Clinton's private account as the Democratic establishment comes to the presumptive 2016 nominee's defense. And here's who had a clintonemail.com email address. [Igor Bobic, HuffPost]
JUSTICES SPLIT AS OBAMACARE ARGUMENTS CONTINUE Of the two expected swing votes in the King v. Burwell case, Justice Anthony Kennedy appears to be "in play," while Chief Justice John Roberts said little. Read the highlights from the oral arguments. [Jonathan Cohn and Jeffrey Young, HuffPost]
A THIRD OF AMERICANS SAY THEY HAVEN'T RECOVERED FROM THE RECESSION So much for all those uplifting job reports. [Emily Peck, HuffPost]
CHINA LOWERS GROWTH RATE TARGET "China lowered its economic growth forecast to about 7% for 2015 at the opening of the country’s biggest political event of the year, ushering in what leaders have dubbed a 'new normal' of slower growth in the world’s second-largest economy. The move signaled Beijing won’t take dramatic action to raise the growth rate above last year’s level, which at 7.4% was its lowest level in nearly a quarter-century." Despite the slowdown, China is boosting military spending by 10%. [WSJ]
ONLY 8.6% OF ANGELENOS VOTED IN LA'S LAST MUNICIPAL ELECTION Talk about civic engagement. [Lydia O'Connor, HuffPost]
PEYTON MANNING WILL DON THE DENVER BRONCOS JERSEY ONCE MORE Despite rumors that this season was the legendary quarterback's last, Manning took a pay cut to remain Denver's go-to man. [AP]
EMMA WATSON HAS FOUND HER BEAST "Beauty and the Beast" casting update: Dan Stevens of "Downton Abbey" fame will be the prince turned beast, while Luke Evans of "Dracula" will play the devilish villain, Gaston. [Elle]
THE INVENTOR OF THE K CUP IS FEELING A BIT GUILTY The guy who made a gazillion dollars on Keurig machines is starting to worry about the environmental impact of all those disposable cups. [HuffPost]
ETSY FILED FOR A $100-MILLION IPO So much for small-time crafts. [HuffPost]
THE ANATOMY OF A HACK Prepare to be terrified at how easily you can be hacked. [The Verge]
WHY THE OSCARS SHOULDN'T RETURN TO FIVE BEST PICTURE NODS "From 1932 to 1943, the Academy was willing to recognize ten Best Picture contenders, and movies like 'The Wizard of Oz,' 'Grand Illusion,' 'The Adventures of Robin Hood,' 'Ninotchka,' 'Wuthering Heights,' 'The Great Dictator,' and 'The Maltese Falcon' all made it in. None of those films received a Best Director nod, which suggests that they all might have had their bubble popped if the Best Picture category had only included five contenders. Venture that sobering statistic next time someone suggests that ten nominees does no good." [Vulture]
HOW TO ENJOY RUNNING It's possible (allegedly). [HuffPost]
THE COMPANIES WORKING TO ELIMINATE THE INSECURE PASSWORD "The trouble is, passwords are horrible. Many people don’t use them properly. While security experts recommend using a strong, unique password for every service, most users don’t do that, leaving them vulnerable to hacking … But take heart: The race to kill the dreaded password is on. Tech giants are battling to replace it with biometric technology -- using your face, eyes, fingerprint or heartbeat to identify you -- which could mean more security and convenience for consumers." [HuffPost]
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CHELSEA CLINTON: STOPPING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS "From domestic violence to sexual harassment, human trafficking to harmful practices such as female genital mutilation/cutting, far too many women in far too many places face violence or threats of violence on a daily basis. Today, estimates show that nearly 1 in 3 women has experienced some form of physical and/or sexual violence -- an astounding and unacceptable statistic and one of the most challenging barriers to women's full participation." [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ When you cover people in honey, things get weird.
~ Kelly Clarkson had an awesome response to a slew of fat-shaming tweets.
~ This is quite the pitcher's wind-up.
~ Prince William faces a growing controversy after his tour of China.
~ Silicon Valley's drugs of choice.
~ Seth Rogen debunked those pot-smell rumors.
~ Will you be seeing Shania Twain on her final tour?
~ The history of death threats in sports.
~ Lily James defended her small waist in "Cinderella."
~ People are loving the grey hair movement.
~ How to keep yourself from tweeting stupid things.
~ And Ellen Pompeo's daughter wants to be a surgeon just like her "Grey's Anatomy" character.
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