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Justice Department Accuses Ferguson Officials of ‘Inappropriate Effort to Influence Opinion’

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department accused some Ferguson officials of leaking information to the media in an effort to support Officer Darren Wilson, the Los Angeles Times reports.

In recent days, details of the investigation have appeared in local and national news coverage at a time when a grand jury decision is imminent on whether Wilson will be charged in the killing of an unarmed black teenager.

The Justice Department called the leaks “irresponsible and highly troubling.”

“There seems to be an inappropriate effort to influence opinion about this case.”

The information is supposed to remain a secret through the Grand Jury process.

“There is no way there should be reports from all these anonymous sources and these ‘leaks’ ….This is supposed to play out in the courts and the justice system, and not the media,” said Ferguson protester and resident Patricia Bynes. “The whole damn system is guilty as hell.”

 


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Secret Service Dogs Tackle Unarmed Man Who Jumped White House Fence

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Yet another man has jumped the White House fence.

This time an unarmed man, Dominic Adesanya, hopped the fence around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Huffington Post reports.

The 23-year-old man was tackled by Secret Service dogs.

He was the seventh White House fence jumped this year.

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FBI Alleges That Three American Girls May Have Been Trying to Join ISIS


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Number of Migrant Children, Families Crossing into U.S. Declines Sharply

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The number of migrant children and families from Central American crossing the border in the U.S. has dropped significantly since the crisis this summer, the Arizona Republic reports.

The number of crossings have dropped to the lowest level this year, Customs and Border Protection said.

The crossings peaked in June but began to fell because of the media attention.

In September, agents apprehended 2,402 unaccompanied children, compared to 10,622 in June. That’s a 77% decline.

The number of families taken into custody also declined sharply.


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FBI: 3 Teenage Girls from Suburban Denver Detained on Way to Join ISIS

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI believes three teenage girls from suburban Denver were headed to Syria to join Islamic State militants in Syria.

The Associated Press reports that two sisters, ages 17 and 15, and their friend, age 16, were stopped at the Frankfurt, Germany en route to Turkey and then Syria.

The sisters are of Somali descent, while their friend is of Sudanese descent.

Now the FBI is trying to determine whether any of their friends may try to join Islamic State.

The sisters were reported missing by their father after they skipped school Friday.

The families expressed shock and said they hadn’t had problems with the girls.


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Jury Deliberations begin in Trial of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect’s Friend

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A jury has begun deliberating in the trial of a friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect.

The Boston Globe reports that the fate of Robel Phillipos is now in the hands of a jury.

In closing arguments, Phillipos’ attorney said the government failed to show that he “knowingly and intentionally” made false statements during the investigation. The attorney said Phillipos’ memory was clouded by marijuana.

But U.S. attorneys said Phillipos intentionally lied to protect his friend.

“This case is about someone who lied, not about someone who didn’t remember,” Assistant US Attorney Stephanie Siegmann said.

 

 


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Homeland Security Announces Flight Restrictions to Stem Ebola Spread

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

To stem the spread of Ebola, the Department of Homeland Security has limited the number of flights coming from affected countries in West Africa, NPR reports.

“Today, I am announcing that all passengers arriving in the United States whose travel originates in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea will be required to fly into one of the five airports that have the enhanced screening and additional resources in place,” Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said in a statement.

Beginning today, passengers will be subject to “secondary screening and added protocols, including having their temperature taken, before they can be admitted into the United States,” the statement said.

The airports are New York’s JFK; Newark, N.J.; Washington, D.C.’s Dulles; Atlanta; and Chicago O’Hare.

“We are working closely with the airlines to implement these restrictions with minimal travel disruption,” Johnson said on Tuesday. “If not already handled by the airlines, the few impacted travelers should contact the airlines for rebooking, as needed.”


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Homeland Security Raids Lingerie Boutique for Selling Kansas City Royals panties

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security raided a lingerie boutique for selling panties celebrating the Kansas City Royals’ presence in the World Series, Pitch.com reports.

“We’ve had so many cops come in and buy these,” the artist at Birdies, Peregrine Honig, said.

The panties were selling for about $30.

Homeland Security agents issued a cease-and-desist order and confiscated the remaining undies, which was emblazoned with the words, “Take the crown.”

The problem, the shop owner said, was that the “K” and “C” were connected, much like it is on the Royals emblem.

“We’d just restocked, and they were literally hot off the press,” Honig said.

Homeland Security officers claim the panties infringed on major league baseball copyright.

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