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Zapping Taser: The Lawsuits

While Heston plays out—the plaintiffs are fighting for attorneys’ fees—Taser International still faces about 40 lawsuits against it alleging wrongful death or personal injury. Five of those have 2009 trial dates, the first beginning in March, according to Taser’s latest filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. A brief summary of the upcoming cases: Bolander […]

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Secret video raises questions about journalist Chauncey Bailey’s killing

On August 2, 2007, journalist Chauncey Bailey was gunned down in Oakland, California. Bailey was investigating Your Black Muslim Bakery, a once prominent Oakland African-American organization. The next day, Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV was arrested during a raid for a separate kidnapping case. Police placed Bey and two associates involved in the case, his […]

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The High Price of Diplomacy with China

The Bush administration is trying to scuttle a federal human rights lawsuit that threatens to embarrass one of China’s top political leaders. The administration says the case could jeopardize trade and “has already had a chilling effect on U.S.-China relations,” documents show. The lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. district court, accuses Bo Xilai—a member […]

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Business of the Bomb: Resources

Nonproliferation regime Nuclear fuel cycle Raw uranium goes through a series of steps to become enriched uranium, used to fuel either in a nuclear power plant or in a bomb. Here is a step-by-step introduction to the “nuclear fuel cycle.” Timeline The International Atomic Energy Agency provides a detailed chronology of nonproliferation-related events, treaties and […]