Turkey—Jordan Matson, a U.S. military veteran who quit his job to fight the Islamic State, was wounded in battle shortly after getting to Syria.
But rather than discourage other Americans from coming to the front lines, the 28-year-old from Wisconsin instead turned to Facebook, becoming an intermediary between Kurdish forces and Americans eager to join the battle against jihadi militants. - Full Article
South African athlete Oscar Pistorius was given a maximum five-year prison sentence Tuesday for the Valentine's Day killing last year of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Judge Thokozile Masipa delivered the ruling more than seven months after the Olympic runner's trial started in a case that has riveted South Africa and brought intense media attention to the 27-year-old double-amputee who was already well known for his sporting achievements. - Full Article
The bodies of seven women have been found in northwestern Indiana after a man confessed to killing one woman who was found strangled at a motel and led investigators to at least three of the bodies, authorities said Monday.
The Lake County coroner's office said three of the bodies were found Sunday night at two locations in Gary... - Full Article
Forensic evidence shows Michael Brown’s blood on the gun, on the uniform and inside the car of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, law enforcement officials said, information they believe potentially corroborates the officer’s story that the unarmed 18-year-old tried to take his gun.
The evidence will make it harder for the Justice Department to prosecute Wilson on federal charges that he violated Brown’s civil rights, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case. - Full Article
Hong Kong police said Sunday that a protester had been arrested and accused of encouraging others on an online message board to confront police officers, the first arrest of that kind since large street demonstrations began in late September.
The 23-year-old man arrested Saturday is accused of inciting others to “join the unlawful assembly in Mong Kok, to charge at police and to paralyze the railways,” according to a police statement issued Sunday. - Full Article
The white police officer who shot dead Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in August, sparking protests which continue in October, reportedly told investigators he feared for his life in an altercation with the teenager just before the shooting.
The New York Times reported that officer Darren Wilson told authorities he was pinned in his vehicle during an altercation with Brown, and that the teenager reached for his gun. - Full Article
The new Texas Voter ID Law rejects idenification from federally recognized tribes, in-state four year colleges and IDs issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Bill 14 aimed to ward off, and the means adopted by the State to that end. Between 2002 and 2011, there were only two in-person voter fraud cases prosecuted to conviction in Texas.
The potential magnitude of racially discriminatory voter disenfranchisement counseled hesitation before disturbing the District Court’s findings and final judgment. Senate Bill 14 may prevent more than 600,000 registered Texas voters (about 4.5% of all registered voters) from voting in person for lack of compliant identification. Id., at 50–51, 54. A sharply disproportionate percentage of those voters are African-American or Hispanic.