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Facebook users jailed for 4 years over 'riot that never was'
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Two British men have been sentenced to four years in prison for trying to organize riots on Facebook, according to reports. Jordan Blackshaw, 20, created an event called "Smash Down Northwich Town" on Aug. 8 as the worst unrest in 30 years spread across England, Britain's Daily Telegraph reported. Nobody showed up to the event except for police officers who arrested Blackshaw at the appointed meeting place outside a McDonalds restaurant, the Guardian reported. More

After nearly $8 trillion for security, feel any safer?
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The killing of Osama Bin Laden did not put cuts in national security spending on the table, but the debt-ceiling debate finally did. And mild as those projected cuts might have been, last week newly minted Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta was already digging in his heels and decrying the modest potential cost-cutting plans as a "doomsday mechanism" for the military. Pentagon allies on Capitol Hill were similarly raising the alarm as they moved forward with this year's even larger military budget. More

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Miami declaring 'financial urgency' prepares for wage cuts
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Miami, facing a $61 million fiscal 2012 deficit, declared a state of "financial urgency" for a second-straight year, moving toward wage and benefit cuts. The declaration gives unions for municipal workers two weeks to agree to contracts for the year that starts in October or be subject to actions imposed by the City Commission. More

Past safety issues at scene of firefighter death
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The Dallas apartment complex where a firefighter died recently has a history of "numerous and persistent" code violations, city officials said. Lt. Todd Krodle fell through a second story roof of the Ridgecrest Terrace Apartments on Walton Walker Boulevard near Keeneland Parkway on Sunday. He fell as he tried to approach a fire that started in a ground-floor unit, Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman said. More

Arlington, Texas, expects to receive $2.7 million from state this week for Super Bowl expenses
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The city expects to be fully reimbursed $2.7 million from a special state trust fund this week for public safety, ice and snow removal, and other costs related to hosting Super Bowl XLV. About half those expenses, roughly $1.3 million, went to pay salaries and overtime for police and firefighters to secure Cowboys Stadium and the city's entertainment district for the Feb. 6 game. More

Niagara Falls deaths highlight visitors ignoring safety rules    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A 19-year-old Japanese student apparently fell to her death after climbing over a safety railing for a photograph at Niagara Falls. When local police and firefighters went searching for her, they instead uncovered the body of an unidentified, unrelated man from the whirlpools at the bottom of the falls. More

Analysis: India risks facing its own Arab Spring
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An anti-corruption movement led by a feisty 74-year-old social activist is snowballing into one of the biggest challenges in decades for the ruling Congress party and if not contained risks sparking India's own version of an Arab Spring revolt. More

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