A man in Corpus Christi, Texas, was arrested Wednesday night after police say he followed a man home and threatened him with a 9 mm handgun.
Around 9:40 p.m., the victim told police that he was walking to his home when he noticed a vehicle following him closely. He moved to the side of the road, but the other vehicle did not pass.
When the victim arrived at his house, he stopped outside and a suspect got out of the other vehicle. The man asked him where his son was, and said that his son had stabbed a friend of his. He then produced a 9 mm handgun and threatened the victim with it.
The victim’s wife then came outside and said she was calling police, causing the suspect to get in his car and flee the scene. Police caught up to him a few blocks away.
The suspect was arrested for aggravated assault. He was additionally charged with felony theft when police found out that the gun in his possession had been stolen.
According to the British publication The Guardian, on Friday, the Baltimore police officers being prosecuted over the death of Freddie Gray threatened to sue the city’s top prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, for arresting them.
They threatened the lawsuit as they demanded that she step down from their case over alleged conflicts of interest.
“As part of a barrage of hostile court filings that also sought to dismiss all charges against the officers on technical grounds, their lawyers attacked Mosby, the state’s attorney for Baltimore, who announced their charges in the Gray case in a shock statement last Friday,” writes The Guardian.
In an “extraordinary 109-page motion,” the officers’ lawyers said all six may sue Mosby and mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake for arresting and detaining them unless the city pays them tens of thousands of dollars in damages.
“They accused Mosby in sharply personal terms of breaching the US constitution, the Maryland declaration of rights, and her professional code,” writes The Guardian.
“On Thursday, the city and the state each received a notice that the defense believes it has cause to file a civil lawsuit claiming unlawful arrest and detention of the six officers. The officers were justified in their arrest of Gray for an illegal knife, the document says, so detaining them amounted to false imprisonment. The motion also says Mosby’s public comments expose her to civil liability. The letters act as a request for a financial settlement for “more than $75,000″ for each officer.”
Intelligence Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz threatened Thursday that Israel could act unilaterally against Iran over its nuclear ambitions, saying Tehran has failed to make concessions in talks with world powers, according to AFP.
“I won’t be too specific but all options are still on the table,” Steinitz said. “We never limited Israel’s right of self-defense because of some diplomatic constraints,” he said.
Gaps remain between Iran and the P5+1 world powers on specific measures to end a 12-year standoff on Tehran’s nuclear program.
Two deadlines for a permanent agreement have already been missed, since an interim accord was struck in November 2013.
The P5+1 — Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany — have now set a March 31 deadline for a political agreement.
It would be followed by a final deal setting out all the technical points of what would be a complex accord by June 30.
According to Mother Jones, now that Republicans control Congress, they’re again threatening to end Obamacare. On Monday, Senate Majority Leader-elect Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) vowed to hold a repeal vote when Republicans take over the upper chamber in January, adding that GOPers “will go at that law…in every way that we can.”
Obamacare is not going anywhere as long as President Barack Obama is in office. But there is a sneakier way GOPers could deal a blow to the health care law in the next two years: They can make the law look more costly than it is, boosting the case for dismantling it.
In 2012, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)—which produces official budget projections—calculated that the combined effect of the tax increases and spending cuts in the Affordable Care Act will reduce the deficit by $109 billion over the next decade. (This is the CBO’s most recent estimate.)
Conservatives cried foul, saying that the CBO double-counted savings in the law and ignored billions in health care spending in order to make the economic effects of the law seem rosier than they were. They charged that Obamacare actually adds billions to the deficit.
But how does health care spending affect the deficit? Only the Medicaid expansion is government run insurance. The insurance on the exchanges is from private companies, so that wouldn’t affect the government budget.