National Guard begins withdrawing from Ferguson after 2nd calm night in a row

Ferguson, Missouri remained relatively calm for the second night in a row. With only isolated arrests Wednesday and Thursday nights, a drawdown of the National Guard troops assigned with keeping the peace began Friday.

“[A] sense of normalcy” returned to the area along West Florissant Avenue ‒ the epicenter of continued protests against the police ‒ on Thursday. “People strolled to stores and city buses were back on schedule,” USA Today reported.

Local clergy and civic leaders worked to keep the events of the night orderly, urging protesters to remain peaceful and to return to their homes after dark, the Associated Press wrote. Demonstrations have occurred since the death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson last Saturday.

Firefighters get electrocuted during Ice Bucket Challenge as US officials, Catholics warn against trend

Four firefighters were shocked by a nearby power line on Thursday in the process of helping students at Campbellsville University participate in the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge,’ a social media-fueled fundraiser for ALS research.

Two of the Kentucky firefighters on the ladder of a fire truck used to dump water on the students had to be airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital to be treated for severe burns. The first, Capt. Tony Grider, is in critical condition, according to WHAS11, while the other, Simon Quinn, has been "upgraded from serious to fair condition."

"[It] appears energy arced over and ladder didn’t actually hit lines. If you get within certain radius that can happen," officials said Thursday.

Wall Street wins again: Bank of America settlement with US gov’t is insufficient, critics say

While the US government touted its “record” settlement reached this week with Bank of America for mortgage fraud that helped fuel the 2008 recession, the details of the agreement indicate yet another light punishment for an offending Wall Street titan.

Bank of America agreed to a $16.65 billion settlement with federal authorities for selling toxic mortgages and misleading investors, the US Justice Department announced Thursday.

“This historic resolution - the largest such settlement on record - goes far beyond ‘the cost of doing business,’” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.

Researchers claim TSA ‘nude’ body scanners can be easily fooled

Weapons are easily smuggled through so-called nude body scanners, according to new research released Thursday. The devices are no longer used at airports in the United States but remain in other government facilities worldwide.

The Rapiscan Secure 1000 Single Post "backscatter" scanner - called the “naked scanner” by critics because of the images it produced of those inside - cannot detect a weapon hidden on the side of one’s body, according to the team of researchers from the University of California-San Diego, University of Michigan, and Johns Hopkins University.

“We performed several trials to test different placement and attachment strategies. In the end, we achieved excellent results with two approaches: carefully affixing the pistol to the outside of the leg just above the knee using tape, and sewing it inside the pant leg near the same location. … In each case, the pistol is invisible against the dark background, and the attachment method leaves no other indication of the weapon’s presence.”

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