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February 21, 2014

Venezuela threatens to expel CNN over protest coverage

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Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has threatened to expel the US news network CNN from the country over its reporting of recent protests there. Mr Maduro said he would take action if CNN did not “rectify its coverage”. Earlier, Mr Maduro said he was sending troops to the western state of Tachira, where there has been continuing unrest. With tensions running high, the leader of the opposition, Henrique Capriles, has called…

American flags made in China now banned in U.S. military – CBS News

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Soldiers carry them into battle, fly them high over foreign bases, and triumphantly carry them in processions, but those stars and stripes, until now, have often been made in China. That irony spurred North Bay Congressman Mike Thompson to write legislation requiring flags purchased by the Department of Defense be 100 percent “Made in America,” reports CBS San Francisco. That legislation is now law, signed as part of the 2014 omnibus appropriations bill. “I…

Woman told she was committing a felony by recording the police

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A Davie woman plans to sue the Broward Sheriff’s Office after she was forced to spend the night in jail for using her cellphone to record a deputy during a traffic stop. Last March, 33-year old Brandy Berning was pulled over by Lt. William O’Brien after she reportedly drove in the HOV lane at the wrong time, according to The Sun-Sentinel. As O’Brien approached her vehicle, Berning hit the record…

Petition to Split California Into Six States Gets Green Light

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A venture capitalist who feels colossal California is too unwieldy to govern is proposing to split it into six separate states, and Secretary of State Debra Bowen has given him the green light to start collecting petition signatures. Tim Draper filed a ballot initiative in December stating that because of recent social and economic changes California has become “nearly ungovernable.” He proposed dividing California into six states. San Diego and…