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January 24, 2015 10:15 AM Did Prison Life Create Charlie Hebdo, Kosher Supermarket Terrorists?

As France searches for answers in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, the spotlight has fallen on the role of prison life in the creation of new terror cells. In Europe and the Middle East, jailed extremists have long been known to recruit vulnerable fellow inmates for future attacks and spread their hardline version of Islam to moderate Muslims 32

January 24, 2015 4:01 AM Why the Supreme Court is acting on lethal injection and what that could mean for the death penalty

The Supreme Court’s announcement Friday that it would consider lethal injection, potentially reshaping the way executions are carried out in the United States, comes just a week after the justices declined to stop an execution in Oklahoma. But it also comes after several erratic years of executions around the country, as states have changed their protocols 33

January 24, 2015 2:00 AM Bitter anniversary for Egyptian women

The streets are empty. The prisons are full. The fourth anniversary of Egypt's "25 January Revolution" is passing largely in silence, with many of the young activists who led it now firmly behind bars. For many women in Egypt, this Sunday will bring back particularly bitter memories - of a brief moment when it seemed that a better future was finally 36

January 24, 2015 1:26 AM Weekend Roundup: One Year On, The WorldPost Has 28 Million Monthly Views

The WorldPost was launched one year ago in Davos. It was born out of a contradiction and a paradox. The contradiction is that while the world is growing more interdependent, the media is fragmenting -- re-nationalizing, re-localizing and even tribalizing. The resulting paradox is that the information age is becoming the age of non-communication across 36

January 24, 2015 12:21 AM Fred Grimm: In Florida, candor has a very short shelf life

She spoke with startling candor. The governor’s newly appointed secretary of corrections admitted that private contractors “cherry-pick” the kind of inmates housed in the seven Florida prisons under corporate management. Sen. Greg Evers, at a Senate Justice Committee hearing on Tuesday, had asked Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones about 40

January 23, 2015 11:48 PM Surprise: Florida lawmaker drops in on prisons, finds problems

The chairman of a key legislative committee and an entourage of Senate staffers dropped in for an evening of surprise inspections at two of North Florida’s troubled prisons late Thursday. The initial findings after touring Suwannee Correctional and Jefferson Correctional: dormitories that had been abandoned because of leaking roofs, facilities dependent 37

January 23, 2015 7:44 PM Panel exonerates Joseph Sledge in 1976 murders

WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) -- For the first time in about four decades, Joseph Sledge is a free man. A three-judge panel exonerated Sledge this afternoon for the 1976 murders of a mother and her daughter in Bladen County. The panel of Judges Thomas H. Lock, Anna Mills Wagoner and Kevin Bridges today heard testimony from a court clerk, who helped find previously 44

January 23, 2015 4:35 PM Portable X-ray services becoming more common

Proponents say-home X-ray services help frail patients avoid difficult and potentially hazardous trips to hospitals. Other patients seek in-home providers out of convenience, as an ankle or chest X-ray can take less than 20 minutes. “We go to the patient and take the X-ray, rather than having the patient go to the doctor’s office,” said Paul Fowler 53

January 23, 2015 1:44 PM Review: ‘The Yankee Comandante’ by Michael Sallah and Mitch Weiss

In a tomb in the far corner of a Havana cemetery lie the remains of William Morgan, an American adventurer who became a hero of the Cuban revolution before he was executed by a firing squad on the orders of Fidel Castro in 1961. Morgan’s saga reads like a spy vs. spy Cold War thriller too improbable for Hollywood. A misfit, an AWOL Army soldier, a circus 51

January 23, 2015 2:12 AM Mexico removes security envoy from troubled Michoacan

The federal security commissioner appointed a little over a year ago for the troubled western state of Michoacan confirmed Thursday that he is being withdrawn by Mexico's government. Security envoy Alfredo Castillo will be replaced by an army general, Felipe Gurrola, who will play a more limited role leading federal security forces in Michoacan, a largely 40