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deer's head freed from pretzel container in maryland


bel air, md. — a deer that had a plastic pretzel container stuck on its head for several days has been freed in maryland.the baltimore sun (http://bsun.md/2jv0qwe ) reports that the maryland department of natural resources on sunday evening tranquilized and then freed the deer, nicknamed "jughead" by residents of bel air who had been tracking it since the container got stuck on its head since jan. 19. department officials also spotted the deer several times, but weren't able before sunday to capture it.department spokesman gregg bortz says the wildlife response team released the deer from the container, monitored him until he recovered from the tranquilizer and then released him into the wild with new ear tags.






deer’s head freed from pretzel container in maryland


bel air, md. (ap) — a deer that had a plastic pretzel container stuck on its head for several days has been freed in maryland.the baltimore sun (http://bsun.md/2jv0qwe ) reports that the maryland department of natural resources on sunday evening tranquilized and then freed the deer, nicknamed “jughead” by residents of bel air who had been tracking it since the container got stuck on its head since jan. 19. department officials also spotted the deer several times, but weren’t able before sunday to capture it.department spokesman gregg bortz says the wildlife response team released the deer from the container, monitored him until he recovered from the tranquilizer and then released him into the wild with new ear tags.






jet makes emergency landing in denver after severe turbulence – the denver post


a boeing 737 was diverted and landed in denver on monday evening after encountering severe turbulence over the rockies.american airlines flight 1296, from san diego to chicago, touched down at denver international airport at 5:36 p.m., according to josh freed, an airlines spokesman.five passengers asked for medical evaluations, and two were taken to a hospital, freed said. further details on injuries were not available.there were 148 passengers and six crew members aboard the plane, which landed without incident. medical workers greeted the plane, and a maintenance crew is checking over the boeing jet.freed said the “fasten-seat-belt warning” was on when the plane encountered severe turbulence.as of 7:15 p.m., american airlines workers were trying to determine whether the plane would conti






'wrongly jailed for 23 years, but it didn't destroy me'


robert jones was wrongly jailed for the killing of british tourist julie stott in new orleans, in 1992.he was freed in 2015, when his convictions were quashed. officials have now exonerated him of all the charges.he tells the victoria derbyshire programme that 23 years in prison did not destroy him.watch the victoria derbyshire programme on weekdays between 09:00 and 11:00 on bbc two and the bbc news channel.us man freed after 23 years in jail over another's crime






nigerian governor says 2 kidnapped germans are freed


kaduna, nigeria (ap) — nigerian security agents have freed two german archaeologists kidnapped by gunmen from a remote dig, the governor of northern kaduna state said sunday.governo nasir ahmad el-rufai “commended the security agencies for their efforts in securing the release of the germans,” said a statement. it gave no details of the rescue or where the germans are now. nor did it say whether anyone has been arrested.gunmen had been demanding a ransom of 60 million naira (about $200,000) for the release of professor peter breunig and his assistant, johannes behringer. the two were abducted at gunpoint wednesday and walked into the bush from an archaeological dig near jenjela village in kaduna state. two villagers who tried to help the germans were shot and killed by the kidnappers, the






nigerian governor says 2 kidnapped germans are freed


kaduna, nigeria — nigerian security agents have freed two german archaeologists kidnapped by gunmen from a remote dig, the governor of northern kaduna state said sunday.governo nasir ahmad el-rufai "commended the security agencies for their efforts in securing the release of the germans," said a statement. it gave no details of the rescue or where the germans are now. nor did it say whether anyone has been arrested.gunmen had been demanding a ransom of 60 million naira (about $200,000) for the release of professor peter breunig and his assistant, johannes behringer. the two were abducted at gunpoint wednesday and walked into the bush from an archaeological dig near jenjela village in kaduna state. two villagers who tried to help the germans were shot and killed by the kidnappers, the polic






ex-inmates freed after 20 years sue detectives, prosecutors


cleveland — two ohio men who spent 20 years in prison for a murder before their convictions were overturned are suing prosecutors and east cleveland detectives.cleveland.com (http://bit.ly/2ms3jwg ) reports 38-year-old laurese glover and 39-year-old derrick wheatt allege detectives manipulated a 14-year-old girl into identifying them as culprits in the 1995 shooting and withheld potentially exonerating information. the lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.the county prosecutor's spokesman says the office is reviewing the suit. east cleveland's law director said she hadn't seen it.an attorney for the third defendant in the case, eugene johnson, says he'll probably file his own lawsuit.the three were convicted as teenagers, but denied killing 19-year-old clifton hudson. they were freed in 2015,






7 kenya medics union officials freed; strike continues


nairobi,kenya — a kenyan court has released seven doctors who are officials in the medics' union and who were jailed earlier this week for not calling off a strike by doctors working in public institutions.the decision to free the seven was made wednesday by three judges of the appellate court.about 1,000 doctors outside the court celebrated the officials' release and held a peaceful march to parliament and nairobi's freedom park. more than 5,000 doctors from public hospitals are on strike over pay and to protest kenya's dilapidated health care system.health minister dr. cleopa mailu told the senate committee for health that he had agreed to the release of the officials. the union had said that no negotiations would be held until the seven were freed.






mexico official apologizes to 3 jailed indigenous women


mexico city — mexico's attorney general has formally apologized to three indigenous women who were jailed for years on kidnapping charges that were later dismissed.attorney general raul cervantes apologized tuesday after mexican courts ordered the office to say it was sorry and make reparations for the women's imprisonment.the otomi women were arrested in 2006 during an anti-piracy raid at a traditional open-air market staged after six federal investigators said they were held against their will by angry vendors. the three women were initially convicted and sentenced to 21 years for kidnapping.jacinta francisco marcial was freed in 2009 and alberta alcantara juan and teresa gonzalez cornelio were freed in 2010, after mexico's supreme court ruled there was insufficient evidence in the case.






zimbabwe judge orders protesting pastor to be freed on bail


harare, zimbabwe — a zimbabwean judge has ordered that a pastor arrested for organizing anti-government protests be freed on bail.judge clement phiri said wednesday that evan mawarire should be released on $300 bail, surrender his p port and report twice a week to police.mawarire has been detained since friday at a maximum-security prison in the capital, harare, on charges of subverting a constitutionally elected government. he faces 20 years in prison if convicted.mawarire was arrested at harare's airport when he returned from the united states, where he had gone following his arrest and release in july.in zimbabwe, the pastor had launched the popular #thisflag protest movement on social media. while in the united states, he organized protests against the zimbabwean government at united n






ex-inmates freed after 20 years sue detectives, prosecutors


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russian opposition figure freed; says he was tortured


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texas student from jordan freed from immigration detention


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restraining order that blocked deportations at sea-tac airport dismissed after 2


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7 kenya medics union officials freed; strike continues


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court: woman freed after 42 years didn’t merit new trial


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man initially held on $4 billion bond freed on reduced bond


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family of british is bomber deny £1m compensation payout


media captionuk bomber's path from guantanamo bay to mosulthe family of a british is fighter who carried out a suicide attack in iraq deny he received £1m in compensation after being freed from guantanamo bay.it has been reported that jamal al-harith received the payout from the british government after being freed from captivity in 2004.the family say that figure was "a group settlement including costs for four innocent people including jamal". ex-pm tony blair has defended his government's decision to free him.al-harith, who was 50 and from manchester, was originally known as ronald fiddler.he took the name jamal al-harith when he converted to islam, but was known most recently by the nom-de-guerre abu-zakariya al-britani, given to him by so-called islamic state.who are britain’s jihadis






russian opposition figure freed; vows fight for human rights


moscow — a convicted russian opposition activist who says he was tortured in prison was freed sunday and has vowed to keep up the fight for human rights in russia.ildar dadin was released from his jail in the remote altai region in southern siberia after russia's supreme court annulled his 2½-year sentence last week because of procedural violations."i will continue to fight with this false regime so that human rights will be observed like in the civilized world. i don't understand how you can be a human one day and not the next," dadin said on being released, russia's novaya gazeta newspaper reported.dadin was convicted in december 2015 of breaking strict new legislations regulating public demonstrations. he is the only person to have been convicted under the legislation that was passed by






german archeologists freed after gunpoint abduction during dig in nigeria


nigerian security agents have freed two german archeologists kidnapped by gunmen at a remote dig, the governor of northern kaduna state said sunday.the two academics are now at the german embassy in abuja and are doing well considering the circumstances, according to the german foreign ministry.governo nasir ahmad el-rufai “commended the security agencies for their efforts in securing the release of the germans,” said a statement. it did it say whether anyone has been arrested for the kidnapping.gunmen had been demanding a ransom of 60 million naira (about us$200,000) for the release of professor peter breunig and his assistant, johannes behringer. the two were abducted at gunpoint wednesday and walked into the bush from an archaeological dig near jenjela village in kaduna state. two villa






nigerian governor says 2 kidnapped germans are freed


kaduna, nigeria (ap) — nigerian security agents have freed two german archaeologists kidnapped by gunmen at a remote dig, the governor of northern kaduna state said sunday.the two academics are now at the german embassy in abuja and are doing well considering the circumstances, according to the german foreign ministry.governo nasir ahmad el-rufai “commended the security agencies for their efforts in securing the release of the germans,” said a statement. it did it say whether anyone has been arrested for the kidnapping.gunmen had been demanding a ransom of 60 million naira (about $200,000) for the release of professor peter breunig and his assistant, johannes behringer. the two were abducted at gunpoint wednesday and walked into the bush from an archaeological dig near jenjela village in k






ex-inmates freed after 20 years sue detectives, prosecutors


cleveland — two ohio men who spent 20 years in prison for a man's death in 1995 before their murder convictions were overturned are suing prosecutors and east cleveland detectives.thirty-eight-year-old laurese glover and 39-year-old derrick wheatt allege that detectives manipulated a 14-year-old girl into identifying them as suspects in the shooting death of 19-year-old clifton hudson; they say detectives also withheld potentially exonerating information, cleveland.com (http://bit.ly/2ms3jwg ) reported.a third person convicted in hudson's death, eugene johnson, said he will probably file his own lawsuit.the three men, who all denied killing hudson, were convicted as teenagers. they were freed in 2015 after common pleas judge nancy margaret russo ordered a new trial when attorneys working f






nigerian governor says 2 kidnapped germans are freed


kaduna, nigeria — nigerian security agents have freed two german archaeologists kidnapped by gunmen at a remote dig, the governor of northern kaduna state said sunday.the two academics are now at the german embassy in abuja and are doing well considering the circumstances, according to the german foreign ministry.governo nasir ahmad el-rufai "commended the security agencies for their efforts in securing the release of the germans," said a statement. it did it say whether anyone has been arrested for the kidnapping.gunmen had been demanding a ransom of 60 million naira (about $200,000) for the release of professor peter breunig and his assistant, johannes behringer. the two were abducted at gunpoint wednesday and walked into the bush from an archaeological dig near jenjela village in kaduna






nigerian governor says 2 kidnapped germans have been freed – the denver post


by godwin isenyo, the associated presskaduna, nigeria — nigerian security agents have freed two german archaeologists kidnapped by gunmen at a remote dig, the governor of northern kaduna state said sunday.the two academics are now at the german embassy in abuja and are doing well considering the circumstances, according to the german foreign ministry.governo nasir ahmad el-rufai “commended the security agencies for their efforts in securing the release of the germans,” said a statement. it did it say whether anyone has been arrested for the kidnapping.gunmen had been demanding a ransom of 60 million naira (about $200,000) for the release of professor peter breunig and his assistant, johannes behringer. the two were abducted at gunpoint wednesday and walked into the bush from an archaeologi






"east cleveland three" members freed after 20 years sue cops, prosecutors


cleveland -- two ohio men who spent 20 years in prison for a man’s death in 1995 before their murder convictions were overturned are suing prosecutors and east cleveland detectives.thirty-eight-year-old laurese glover and 39-year-old derrick wheatt allege that detectives manipulated a 14-year-old girl into identifying them as suspects in the shooting death of 19-year-old clifton hudson; they say detectives also withheld potentially exonerating information, cleveland.com reported.a third person convicted in hudson’s death, eugene johnson, said he will probably file his own lawsuit.the three men, who all denied killing hudson, were convicted as teenagers. they were freed in 2015 after common pleas judge nancy margaret russo ordered a new trial when attorneys working for the ohio innocence pr






russian opposition figure freed; vows fight for human rights


moscow (ap) — a convicted russian opposition activist who says he was tortured in prison was freed sunday and has vowed to keep up the fight for human rights in russia.ildar dadin was released from his jail in the remote altai region in southern siberia after russia’s supreme court annulled his 2½-year sentence last week because of procedural violations.“i will continue to fight with this false regime so that human rights will be observed like in the civilized world. i don’t understand how you can be a human one day and not the next,” dadin said on being released, russia’s novaya gazeta newspaper reported.dadin was convicted in december 2015 of breaking strict new legislations regulating public demonstrations. he is the only person to have been convicted under the legislation that was pass






family of british is bomber deny £1m compensation payout


media captionuk bomber's path from guantanamo bay to mosulthe family of a british is fighter who carried out a suicide attack in iraq deny he received £1m in compensation after being freed from guantanamo bay.it has been reported by the daily mail that jamal al-harith received the payout from the uk government after being freed from captivity in 2004.the family say that figure was "a group settlement including costs for four innocent people including jamal". the daily mail says it stands by its story.al-harith, who was 50 and from manchester, was originally known as ronald fiddler.he took the name jamal al-harith when he converted to islam, but was known most recently by the nom-de-guerre abu-zakariya al-britani, given to him by so-called islamic state.who are britain’s jihadists?al-harith






family of british is bomber deny £1m compensation payout


media captionuk bomber's path from guantanamo bay to mosulthe family of a british is fighter who carried out a suicide attack in iraq deny he received £1m in compensation after being freed from guantanamo bay.it has been reported by the daily mail that jamal al-harith received the payout from the uk government after being freed from captivity in 2004.the family say that figure was "a group settlement including costs for four innocent people including jamal". the daily mail says it stands by its story.al-harith, who was 50 and from manchester, was originally known as ronald fiddler.he took the name jamal al-harith when he converted to islam, but was known most recently by the nom-de-guerre abu-zakariya al-britani, given to him by so-called islamic state.who are britain’s jihadists?al-harith






prosecutors investigating if corrupt chicago cop tainted other convictions


a south side man who spent more than a decade in prison on false drug charges filed a federal lawsuit thursday alleging he was framed by a corrupt chicago police sergeant and his crew — and that a code of silence within the department covered up the wrongdoing for years.ben baker, 43, was freed... (jason meisner)






baby chimp thriving after rescue from traffickers


last month we covered the the story of a baby chimpanzee who was freed from wildlife traffickers in ivory coast following a bbc investigation.two of the traffickers are now being prosecuted, in the first case of its kind, and the body responsible for trying to stop the illegal trade in endangered species has tightened up its procedures. but how is the chimp, nemley junior, getting on?






'third reconstruction' theory says nation still in progress on civil rights


"the third reconstruction: how a moral movement is overcoming the politics of division and fear," book by the rev. dr. william j. barber ii. handout [via merlinftp drop](photo: none) 31 connectlinkedinemailmorethose blindsided by the 2016 presidential election results -- and there were millions -- needed only to have considered one of our nation's most tumultuous eras, reconstruction, to understand that the seeds of donald trump's unanticipated victory were planted more than 150 years ago.born in the aftermath of the bloody civil war, reconstruction was america's attempt to make good on its founding promise of civil and political equality. the reconstruction years of 1865 to 1877 saw newly freed slaves in the south voting and holding office for the first time. the pre-eminent authority on






'third reconstruction' theory says nation still in progress on civil rights


"the third reconstruction: how a moral movement is overcoming the politics of division and fear," book by the rev. dr. william j. barber ii. handout [via merlinftp drop](photo: none) 20 connectlinkedinemailmorethose blindsided by the 2016 presidential election results -- and there were millions -- needed only to have considered one of our nation's most tumultuous eras, reconstruction, to understand that the seeds of donald trump's unanticipated victory were planted more than 150 years ago.born in the aftermath of the bloody civil war, reconstruction was america's attempt to make good on its founding promise of civil and political equality. the reconstruction years of 1865 to 1877 saw newly freed slaves in the south voting and holding office for the first time. the pre-eminent authority on






'third reconstruction' theory says nation still in progress on civil rights


"the third reconstruction: how a moral movement is overcoming the politics of division and fear," book by the rev. dr. william j. barber ii. handout [via merlinftp drop](photo: none) 54 connectlinkedinemailmorethose blindsided by the 2016 presidential election results -- and there were millions -- needed only to have considered one of our nation's most tumultuous eras, reconstruction, to understand that the seeds of donald trump's unanticipated victory were planted more than 150 years ago.born in the aftermath of the bloody civil war, reconstruction was america's attempt to make good on its founding promise of civil and political equality. the reconstruction years of 1865 to 1877 saw newly freed slaves in the south voting and holding office for the first time. the pre-eminent authority on






'third reconstruction' theory says nation still in progress on civil rights


"the third reconstruction: how a moral movement is overcoming the politics of division and fear," book by the rev. dr. william j. barber ii. handout [via merlinftp drop](photo: none) 3 connectlinkedinemailmorethose blindsided by the 2016 presidential election results -- and there were millions -- needed only to have considered one of our nation's most tumultuous eras, reconstruction, to understand that the seeds of donald trump's unanticipated victory were planted more than 150 years ago.born in the aftermath of the bloody civil war, reconstruction was america's attempt to make good on its founding promise of civil and political equality. the reconstruction years of 1865 to 1877 saw newly freed slaves in the south voting and holding office for the first time. the pre-eminent authority on t






'third reconstruction' theory says nation still in progress on civil rights


"the third reconstruction: how a moral movement is overcoming the politics of division and fear," book by the rev. dr. william j. barber ii. handout [via merlinftp drop](photo: none) 49 connectlinkedinemailmorethose blindsided by the 2016 presidential election results -- and there were millions -- needed only to have considered one of our nation's most tumultuous eras, reconstruction, to understand that the seeds of donald trump's unanticipated victory were planted more than 150 years ago.born in the aftermath of the bloody civil war, reconstruction was america's attempt to make good on its founding promise of civil and political equality. the reconstruction years of 1865 to 1877 saw newly freed slaves in the south voting and holding office for the first time. the pre-eminent authority on






'third reconstruction' theory says nation still in progress on civil rights


"the third reconstruction: how a moral movement is overcoming the politics of division and fear," book by the rev. dr. william j. barber ii. handout [via merlinftp drop](photo: none) 63 connectlinkedinemailmorethose blindsided by the 2016 presidential election results -- and there were millions -- needed only to have considered one of our nation's most tumultuous eras, reconstruction, to understand that the seeds of donald trump's unanticipated victory were planted more than 150 years ago.born in the aftermath of the bloody civil war, reconstruction was america's attempt to make good on its founding promise of civil and political equality. the reconstruction years of 1865 to 1877 saw newly freed slaves in the south voting and holding office for the first time. the pre-eminent authority on






'third reconstruction' theory says nation still in progress on civil rights


"the third reconstruction: how a moral movement is overcoming the politics of division and fear," book by the rev. dr. william j. barber ii. handout [via merlinftp drop](photo: none) 61 connectlinkedinemailmorethose blindsided by the 2016 presidential election results -- and there were millions -- needed only to have considered one of our nation's most tumultuous eras, reconstruction, to understand that the seeds of donald trump's unanticipated victory were planted more than 150 years ago.born in the aftermath of the bloody civil war, reconstruction was america's attempt to make good on its founding promise of civil and political equality. the reconstruction years of 1865 to 1877 saw newly freed slaves in the south voting and holding office for the first time. the pre-eminent authority on






'third reconstruction' theory says nation still in progress on civil rights


"the third reconstruction: how a moral movement is overcoming the politics of division and fear," book by the rev. dr. william j. barber ii. handout [via merlinftp drop](photo: none) 25 connectlinkedinemailmorethose blindsided by the 2016 presidential election results -- and there were millions -- needed only to have considered one of our nation's most tumultuous eras, reconstruction, to understand that the seeds of donald trump's unanticipated victory were planted more than 150 years ago.born in the aftermath of the bloody civil war, reconstruction was america's attempt to make good on its founding promise of civil and political equality. the reconstruction years of 1865 to 1877 saw newly freed slaves in the south voting and holding office for the first time. the pre-eminent authority on






yahya sinwar elected new leader of hamas in gaza strip


gaza's ruling hamas movement has chosen yahya sinwar, freed in a 2011 prisoner swap with israel after more than 20 years in jail, as its new chief in the palestinian enclave following an internal election, sources close to the group said.sinwar will be a key decision-maker for hamas and a member of the executive leadership that draws up policies, including towards israel.with the group's overall chief khaled meshaal in exile, gaza-based officials have wielded more clout in the past decade.hani habeeb, a gaza political analyst, said sinwar's victory sent a message of defiance to israel and was also likely to complicate efforts further to conclude a stalled reconciliation with rival palestinian president mahmoud abbas's fatah faction. read more: freed senior hamas leader vows to fight on isr






sudan's omar al-bashir pardons 259 rebels | sudan news


sudanese president omar al-bashir on wednesday pardoned 259 rebels captured in fighting with government forces, including dozens who had been sentenced to death.    bashir's order came three days after a prominent insurgent group freed dozens of prisoners, mostly soldiers, it had captured in fighting with government forces.    "the decision to pardon 259 rebels aims at preparing the environment for achieving lasting peace in the country," bashir's office said in a statement.    those pardoned include 66 rebels who had been sentenced to death. sudan: blame traded over civilian deaths in darfur  displacement continues to affect sudan's darfurof the 259 rebels to be released now, dozens were captured in 2015 after fierce fighting in war-torn south darfur between government forces and rebels.






police officer: not clear if ransom was paid for germans


abuja, nigeria — nigerian police say it is not clear if a ransom was paid for the release of two german archaeologists freed by their kidnappers over the weekend.professor peter breunig and johannes behringer of frankfurt's goethe university were seized at gunpoint wednesday from jenjela village in kaduna state, less than 100 kilometers (60 miles) northeast of abuja, nigeria's capital. two villagers who tried to help them were killed by the kidnappers.the kidnappers released the germans unharmed on saturday night, said a police statement.the two freed academics were at the german embassy in abuja on monday and are expected to return home, said germany's foreign ministry spokesman martin schaefer."it was good that such a positive solution came about so quickly," he told the ap.germany's gov






killer of san diego cop should be freed, california parole board recommends


a state parole board on thursday recommended release from prison for jesus cecena, who was convicted of murdering san diego police officer archie buggs during a traffic stop more than three decades ago. the decision marks the third time since 2014 that a parole board has cleared the way for cecena...






in south africa, conservationists offer fake leopard hides


durban, south africa — many worshippers at a large religious gathering in south africa this weekend will wear leopard skins, seen as symbols of status and power. but some of the pelts are fake, reflecting an effort by an international conservation group to reduce poaching of the threatened animals.the shembe church of southern africa, which mixes christian and traditional zulu beliefs, is expected to draw many thousands of people sunday near the city of durban.the panthera conservation group says it has donated more than 14,000 fake leopard skins to shembe followers and that demand for real leopard pelts in the shembe community in south africa has dropped by 50 percent because of the paign.panthera launched its "furs for life" project in 2013.