Judge Deals Blow To Ohio Village’s Use Of Speeding Traffic Cameras

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Sage said he could reconsider his ruling if New Miami changed the speeding cameras system to allow motorists to challenge tickets in court. Attorney Wil Weisenfelder said afterward he would confer with village officials about their plans. He had told the judge in court that more than half of the motorists who did challenge their tickets in the current system had them dismissed. The village’s attorneys wanted the judge to reject the claims or wait until the Ohio Supreme Court rules in a lawsuit pending before it challenging Toledo cameras. But attorney Josh Engel argued for the motorists that waiting on that case, which likely will take months more, would unfairly continue to subject people to an unconstitutional system in the meantime. The New Miami lawsuit was filed last year in the aftermath of a ruling against speed camera use in neighboring Hamilton County. There, Judge Robert Ruehlman ordered a similarly sized village, Elmwood Place, to stop using cameras, calling them a scam against motorists. He also has ordered refunds of fines and fees, but pending an appellate court’s ruling on his grant of class action.
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Battlefield 4 Rolls Out Platoons During Player Appreciation Month

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The Oklahoma-based compounding pharmacy Apothecary Shoppe agreed last week that it wouldn’t supply the pentobarbital for Taylor’s execution, which left Missouri to find a new supplier. But Attorney General Chris Koster’s office disclosed that a new provider had been found. Koster refused to name the pharmacy, citing the state’s execution protocol that allows for the manufacturer to remain anonymous. Taylor’s attorneys said use of the drug without naming the compounding pharmacy could cause the inmate pain and suffering because no one could check if the operation was legitimate and had not been accused of any violations. Pete Edlund doesn’t want to hear it. The retired Kansas City police detective led the investigation into the teenager’s death. “Cruel and unusual punishment would be if we killed them the same way they killed Annie Harrison,” Edlund said. “Get a damn rope, string them up, put them in the gas chamber. Whatever it takes.” Ann stepped out of her home the morning of March 22, 1989, to wait in her driveway for her school bus. Authorities said Nunley and Taylor, then in their early 20s, drove past in a car they had stolen after a night of binging on crack cocaine. One of the men jumped out of the car and grabbed Ann, forcing her into the vehicle. Both claimed the other did it.
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Could violence in Venezuela impact US energy prices?

The following features of platoons were rolled by Electronic Arts recently in the Battlefield forums . The ability to create and join a Platoon for up to 100 members. Basic Platoon management such as inviting, applying, and promoting/demoting members. A private and public Platoon feed, where you can communicate and coordinate. A Platoon emblem and tag that all members can easily apply. The ability to earn stats for your Platoon and rank it up, and see all the matches you played together. EA had this to say about the new Battlefield platoon system, Our goal is to make it both fun and easy for you to get organized and be part of the best Battlefield 4 Platoon ever created. Whether you want to discuss your past games and plan the next, or get competitive and see who your Platoon is up against, the feature will be as powerful and intuitive as possible. Most of these features are familiar to anyone who played Battlefield 3. The last one on the list is new to Battlefield 4. This is the first time in the series that players earn XP collectively to rank their platoon higher.
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Bumgarner named San Francisco Giants’ opening day starter

San Francisco Giants’ starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) throws against the Philadelphia Phillies in the second inning at AT&T Park in San

Monday’s vote came as a larger debate plays out over e-cigarettes and whether they are a gateway to tobacco products or a means to escape their addictive hold. Sellers of e-cigarettes said the ordinance would set back efforts of some smokers to kick the tobacco habit. “If we make it difficult for them to get this product, they’re just going to go to the local 7-Eleven and buy a pack of cigarettes,” said Elaine Ruggieri, co-owner of Natural Vapes in West Los Angeles. Backers of new restrictions in Los Angeles pointed to a study by the Centers for Disease Control , which found e-cigarette use rising among middle and high school students. Fielding, the county health officer, said some e-cigarette flavors are especially appealing to children, such as chocolate or gummy bear. City Atty.
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Ukraine minister disbands Berkut riot police blamed for violence

An anti-government protester stands guard on a barricade in central Kiev on Sunday.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced plans Tuesday to cut 8,000 positions, more than previously forecast, as fewer Americans refinance their mortgages because of rising interest rates. The cuts will hit its mortgage and retail banking businesses, according to a Tuesday presentation, reports said . QUIZ: How much do you know about Bitcoin? JPMorgan, the country’s largest bank, also increased its target for annual net income to $27 billion. That would be a significant improvement from last year’s $18-billion net income, which took a hit because of legal costs associated with regulatory enforcement actions. The bank said it expected to reduce its head count to 260,000 in 2014, down from 265,000 in 2013. This will be the third straight year the bank has trimmed its work force. ALSO:
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North Carolina journalist claims she was recruited by human trafficker for Sochi Olympics

Radio host Brittney Cason says she should have never contacted the ‘talent acquisitions agent’ directly. Instead, she should have let her management handle it.

Cason, who said the case is currently under investigation by the FBI, wrote Monday in an essay for xojane.com how a man who purported to be a “talent acquisitions agent” of a Los Angeles production company almost succeeded in luring her and another female friend travel to Russia and become ensnared in his scheme. Cason told the Daily News said an arrest has not been made. She said she cant reveal details of the investigation but said human trafficking is the most likely reason she was targeted by this suspect. That is the one that makes the most sense, she said, but added there are other reasons (why he contacted her) that would have been even more dangerous. An FBI spokeswoman said the bureaus policy is it does not confirm or deny the existence of active investigations. RELATED: FEDS RESCUE 16 JUVENILES IN SUPER BOWL PROSTITUTION STING Cason, a former NFL cheerleader and radio host in Charlotte, N.C., said a man contacted her through her website and fabricated a broadcasting contract “with a major network” to cover the Winter Olympics. “Had it not been for our instincts that led to an investigation, the only TV show we’d have ended up on would’ve been Nancy Grace,” she wrote. @BrittneyCason via Twitter Brittney Cason went through a four-month process interviewing for the job covering the 2014 Olympics but in the end, it was all a sham. The man seemed professional and thorough as Cason said she had to go through a four-month interview process and Cason was certainly qualified having hosted a number of sports programs in her career.
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Bumgarner will be the Giants’ youngest opening day starter since 1984, when 23-year-old Mark Davis kicked off the season. “He had a real nice year and he hasn’t done it before,” Bochy said. “We’ll check that box off in his career. We wanted to reward Madison for his great year.” In announcing his decision, Bochy said there “are no egos” in the starters meetings and applauded all five of them. But this was only a two-horse race. Cain recovered from a rough first half to post a 2.36 ERA after the All-Star break, but Bumgarner was a rock throughout the 76-86 season, going 13-9 with a 2.77 ERA and making his first All-Star team. Bumgarner had gone home for the day when Bochy made the decision public, but Cain said the usually stoic southpaw was “kind of in shock and a little bit in awe” during a staff meeting. “It’s going to be a cool moment for him and I think he’s going to really enjoy it,” Cain continued. “He’s going to be a good guy to have leading the rotation.” In Cain and Bumgarner, the Giants have for several years had one of the league’s top tandems. With the order reversed, they’re expecting the same fireworks. “We’ve had a lot of success with Matt being the No. 2 guy,” Bochy said. The manager spoke to Cain about the decision and said he took the change in stride.
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Missouri executes man in 1989 rape, killing of 15-year-old girl

Fox News National Security Analyst KT McFarland spoke to Eric Farnsworth , the vice president at the Council of the Americas and Americas Society. Farnsworth sees the current protests as going beyond frustration with Maduro. These demonstrations are deep-seated. They are born of a real frustration of an economy unable to produce and supply basic goods, Farnsworth said. Everything from common staples to more sophisticated services, like healthcare and thats been going on longer for a lot longer than just the past year. Experts have warned former President Hugo Chavezs socialist reforms, known as Bolivarian Revolution, could have a negative impact on Venezuelas economy. Farnsworth says we could be seeing those effects now. These demonstrations are deep-seated. They are born of a real frustration of an economy unable to produce and supply basic goods – Eric Farnsworth Expropriation of private enterprises, spending that is way out of control not supported by revenues gifts of petroleum to Cuba in the course of doing that, Venezuela has become bankrupt, Farnsworth said. Currently the U.S. and Venezuela have a weak diplomatic relationship — but when it comes to energy, both nations continue to depend on one another for the sale and export of oil. We [U.S.] still get a lot of our petroleum from Venezuela, its bought at market rates that probably wont stop, Farnsworth said. Farnsworth says Washington still has a vested interest in keeping contact with Venezuelas leadership.
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As the mood soured among the thousands rallying in front of the Crimean parliament building, some scuffles broke out. One group waved Ukrainian flags and shouted “Crimea is not Russia,” while the other held Russian flags aloft and shouted “Crimea is Russia,” images broadcast by Crimean TV channel ATR showed. As the crowd became more agitated, a line of police moved in to divide the groups. While those protesting are not calling for separation, the demonstrations signal the broad divide between those who support what is going on in Kiev, where the new government is leaning toward the West, and those who back Russia’s continued influence in Crimea and across Ukraine. The speaker of the Crimean parliament, Volodimir Konstantinov, denied Wednesday that there were plans for the body to discuss “radical issues” such as the separation of Russia-oriented Crimea from Ukraine. In a statement on the parliament website, Konstantinov dismissed “rumors” reported by local media, saying they were “a provocation aimed at discrediting and de-legitimizing the Crimean parliament.” He also urged the Crimean people to remain calm and not be provoked, the statement said. In the nearby port city of Sevastopol, where about 60% of the population is Russian and Moscow has a key naval base, residents told CNN they were angry that President Viktor Yanukovych has been forced out and fear that they will be oppressed by the country’s new leaders. Small pro-Russian protests were taking place in the Black Sea city Wednesday. A CNN team in the area encountered more than one pro-Russian militia checkpoint on the road from Sevastopol to Simferopol.
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