Texas 'Cop Watcher' bill under fire from legal experts, law enforcement groups
A Texas lawmaker's proposal to establish a 25-foot "buffer zone" around police engaged in keeping the peace is drawing fire from both legal experts and law enforcement groups, but for different reasons.
Dallas-area House representative Jason Villalba introduced HB 2918, which would make it a misdemeanor to photograph police within 25 feet -- raising serious concerns that the bill, if passed, would violate the First Amendment and prevent individuals from holding police accountable. For Texans legally carrying a firearm, the buffer zone required would be 100 feet under Villalba's proposal.
Obama to slow US drawdown in Afghanistan, keep open bases amid security concerns
President Obama plans to keep most of the 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan in the country through 2015 -- and keep open two key airfields -- as part of an effort to slow the U.S. withdrawal and help prop up Afghan forces, sources told Fox News.
Eager to avoid a repeat of Iraq, where Islamic State militants have filled a void left by U.S. forces, the Obama administration could announce the changes in the coming days as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani visits Washington, D.C., and meets with key leaders.
Ghani has urged a slower drawdown, warning about the security environment in his country and even the emergence of ISIS-affiliated fighters.
Yemen: Bombs kill 137 at mosques; ISIS purportedly lays claimhttp://www.cnn.com/2015/03/20/middleeast/yemen-violence/index.html
The Sunni terror group ISIS purportedly claimed it committed Friday's bombings that killed scores of people at two mosques frequented by Shiite rebels in Yemen's capital -- an attack that would mark ISIS's first large-scale attack in the Arabian Peninsula country.
At least 137 people were killed and 357 were injured when suicide bombers -- pretending to be disabled and hiding explosives under casts -- attacked the mosques in Sanaa, according to Yemen's state-run Saba news agency.
Video distributed by Reuters showed people removing bodies from one of the mosques, where a carpeted floor was littered with debris.
ISIS claims responsibility for deadly Tunisia museum attack
The Islamic State claimed responsibility Thursday for an attack on a popular museum in Tunisia that left 23 people dead a day earlier, according to an audio recording posted online.
Thursday's statement described the attack as a "blessed invasion of one of the dens of infidels and vice in Muslim Tunisia," and appeared on a forum that carries messages from the group, The Associated Press reports.
The statement said there were two attackers and they weren't killed until they ran out of ammunition and it promised further attacks.
2 gunmen captured following deadly Tunisian museum attack; 1 may still be at large
Two of the gunmen involved in an attack on a popular museum in Tunisia Wednesday -- which left 21 dead, including 17 tourists -- have been captured and one may still be at large, the country's Ministry of the Interior said.
The gunmen had opened fire on the National Bardo Museum in Tunis earlier Wednesday. Authorities said at least 21 people were killed, including 17 tourists. At least 21 people were wounded, according to a Fox News source in Tunis.
Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid had said earlier Wednesday that two or three other gunmen had escaped and were possible at large.
Essid told national television that people from Poland, Italy, Germany and Spain were among the tourists.
ISIS kidnaps 20 medical workers in Libya
ISIS kidnapped about 20 medical workers with the Ibn Sina Hospital in Sirte, Libya, on Monday during an attack on the facility, according to a hospital official.
A group of more than 30 gunmen from the Islamic State attacked the hospital while a bus was waiting to take the workers, who are not Libyan, to the capital of Tripoli.
Most of the abductees are from the Philippines. Others are from Ukraine, India and Serbia, said the hospital official. The official believes the ISIS gunmen didn't want the staff to leave the city because they are the only medical team there if they needed them for the group's wounded and injured.
Police arrest Missouri man, 20, in shooting of two officers in Ferguson
A 20-year-old Missouri man has been arrested in last week's shooting of two St. Louis County police officers, county officials announced Sunday.
Jeffrey Williams was arrested Saturday night and is charged with two counts of assault in the first degree, three counts of armed criminal action and firing a weapon from a vehicle, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch said during the afternoon press conference.
McCulloch said Williams was “out there earlier that evening as part of the demonstration” and told police that he fired shots at someone he had a dispute with, and hit the officers, who he alleges were not his intended target.
Ferguson police shooter on the loose
Two police officers standing guard outside the Ferguson, Missouri, police station were shot early Thursday in what St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar called an "ambush," spurring a manhunt for the person or persons who shot at the line of officers.
"We could have buried two police officers," Belmar told reporters. "... I feel very confident that whoever did this ... came there for whatever nefarious reason that it was."
The shots rang out shortly after midnight, at the end of a protest against the maligned Ferguson Police Department. That department has been under fire ever since one of its officers, Darren Wilson, shot and killed black teenager Michael Brown last August, and more recently since the release of a scathing Justice Department report documenting a pattern of racial discrimination.
ICE arrests more than 2,000 fugitive immigrants
The U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency said Monday it arrested more than 2,000 people as part of a five-day sweep aimed at detaining fugitive immigrants associated with gangs and other criminal backgrounds.
The enforcement operation was called "Cross Check" and targeted "the worst of the worst criminals," said Alejandro Mayorkas, deputy secretary of Homeland Security, at a Monday news conference.
Of the 2,059 arrested, nearly half had felony convictions; 400 of them were for aggravated felonies. Fifty-eight were known gang members and 89 are convicted sex offenders. Nearly 500 individuals snared by the operation had re-entered the U.S. after previous deportations.
The arrestees came from 94 different countries and 163 of the cases will be presented to the U.S. Attorney's Office for prosecution, including a Polish citizen convicted in Hartford, Connecticut, for possession of cocaine; a Jamaican man in Atlanta, Georgia, who was convicted of a number of criminal charges, including assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer; and a Finnish citizen in Illinois convicted of possessing child pornography.
Ottawa gunman explains motive for shooting in newly released video
The Ottawa gunman who killed a soldier and then stormed Parliament before being shot to death last October said in a video made moments before the attack that Canada's military had no business in Afghanistan and warned soldiers were "not even safe in your own land."
That's what 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau said in a cell phone video he made in his car just before the attack on Oct 14.
"Canada’s officially become one of our enemies by fighting and bombing us and creating a lot of terror in our countries and killing us and our innocents," Zehaf-Bibeau says in the video, which was released by police on Friday. "So we [are] just aiming to hit some soldiers just to show you’re not even safe in your own land and you got to be careful."
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