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Driver with ISIS flag leads cops on car chase through Chicago

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Authorities arrested 49-year-old Emad Karakrah after the Windy City chase and charged him with felony counts of disorderly conduct and aggravated fleeing, as well as a misdemeanor count of driving on a never-issued license, according to the Sun-Times, and three traffic citations related to the ordeal.

According to the Sun-Times report, police say they saw a “suspicious person” driving a silver Pontiac a little after 9 a.m. local time early Wednesday with a flag of the Islamic State group, formerly known as ISIS, waving from his car. Police then attempted to pull the man over, but the official report indicates that Karakrah took off and eluded authorities, forcing them to call for backup. Meanwhile, Karakrah reportedly drove through several red lights before eventually being apprehended.

Once he finally stopped, Jordan Owen wrote for the paper, Karakrah reportedly told police that there was a bomb in his vehicle and he would set it off if the authorities attempted to search it. As a result, the Chicago Police Department resorted to calling in the local bomb squad, as well as representatives from the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security, who later determined that there were no explosives.

STMW, a local CBS News affiliate, reported that Judge Laura Sullivan ordered Karakrah to be held on $55,000 bond early Thursday, and is scheduled to next appear in court on September 3.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the traffic citations given to Karakrah involve moving violations related to having an object that obstructed his view while driving, disobeying red lights, failing to stop at a stop sign and operating a vehicle without a license, in addition to the charges of fleeing and disorderly conduct, the latter of which is a result of allegedly making the bomb threat.

News of Karakrah’s wild ride comes amidst an escalating campaign of violence being waged by the Islamic State across Iraq and Syria, the likes of which prompted US President Barack Obama to meet with his national security council this week as the Pentagon prepares to intensify its own operation against the group.

Earlier this week, the US State Dept. said that a “growing threat” exists as western passport holders increasingly travel abroad to fight with the Islamic State, and a Minnesota-born man, 33-year-old Douglas McAuthur McCain, died last weekend while battling alongside the group in Syria. A second American has since reportedly died fighting with IS as well.

Family sues Georgia police for tasering man 13 times before he died

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East Point police officers repeatedly stunned Gregory Towns Jr. on April 11 after he was apprehended by police, according to the lawsuit filed in Fulton County Superior Court.

The lawsuit claims former police sergeant Marcus Eberhard and former corporal Howard Weems used excessive force to subdue Towns, who apparently would not sufficiently follow police orders to move after apprehension.

"It's just heinous," attorney Chris Stewart told AP. "This isn't one of those cases where he punched an officer and they had to Taser him to calm him down."

Stewart said some officers act as if any disobedience is call for extreme action, such as was allegedly used against Towns, a black man.

"In our case, it wasn't about color, obviously, because the officers were black," Stewart said. "It was about power. He didn't walk when they said walk. He didn't stand when they said stand. And he didn't move fast enough when they said move."

Police use of excessive force, particularly against minorities, has been a topic of contention since the civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri this month. Residents took to the streets to express outrage over killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, has a majority-black population, but a police force and local leadership dominated by whites.

Towns, 24, was approached by Eberhart and Weems as he was leaving his son’s mother’s apartment complex following a domestic dispute, according to the lawsuit. Towns ran when officers asked to talk to him. He eventually stumbled, allowing officers to catch up to him and apply handcuffs.

The officers ordered Towns to get up and walk to a patrol car, but Towns said he was too tired after the run. Officer Weems threatened him with a stun gun if he did not move, according to the lawsuit. Towns got up, but soon fell again, insisting he was tired.

Stun gun logs obtained by Stewart from the police department show officers then used stun guns on Towns as many as 13 times in 30 minutes. A police report, though, said Towns was stunned fewer than five times, Stewart said.

The lawsuit charges that Weems and Eberhart violated the East Point police department’s stun gun policy, which says stun guns should not be used on anyone who is handcuffed, nor should be used to escort or prod someone, nor should be used on someone passively resisting police.

Towns died from "hypertensive cardiovascular disease exacerbated by physical exertion and conducted electrical stimulation,” according to a Fulton County medical examiner’s office autopsy report, which lists his manner of death as a homicide citing stun gun use.

Eberhart has since resigned and Weems was fired. He is in the process of appealing his termination, according to East Point spokeswoman Renita Shelton. The department’s former chief, Woodrow Blue, also resigned.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation filed a report on the case. Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard is using the report to determine whether to take the case before a grand jury.

The lawsuit filed on behalf of Towns’ estate and young son seeks compensatory and punitive damages.

Japanese Publishers Lash Out At Amazon's Policies

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Nate the greatest writes: Amazon is in a bitter contract fight with Hachette in the U.S. and Bonnier in Germany, and now it seems the retail giant is also in conflict with publishers in Japan. Amazon has launched a new rating system in Japan which gives preference to publishers with larger ebook catalogs (and publishers that pay higher fees), leading to complaints that Amazon is using its market power to blackmail publishers. Where have we heard that complaint before? The retailer is also being boycotted by a handful of Japanese publishers who disagree with Amazon offering a rewards program to students. The retailer gives students 10% of a book's price as points, which can be used to buy more books. This skirts Japanese fixed-price book laws, so several smaller publishers pulled their books from Amazon in protest. Businesses are out to make money and not friends, but Amazon sure is a lightning rod for conflicts, isn't it?

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Japan seeks biggest-ever defense budget amid China tensions

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The Japanese Defense Ministry has asked for a 3.5 percent spending increase to 5.05 trillion yen ($48.7 billion) for the fiscal year beginning next April.The increase includes the realignment of US military forces, which are stationed in Japan.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is taking a tougher stance on national security and has also ended a ban on Japanese soldiers fighting abroad, as well as easing curbs on weapons exports.

Japan is worried about China’s rapid military build-up. Beijing has overtaken Japan as the world’s second largest economy and China’s defense spending has increased fourfold over the last decade to 808 billion yuan ($132 billion).

Japan is also wary of North Korea. Most of the Japan’s archipelago of islands is within range of North Korea’s Rodong missiles. Last year the Japanese Defense Ministry issued a white paper saying that military activity by the secretive regime in Pyongyang was a serious destabilizing factor for Japan and the world.

Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said at a budgetary meeting at the ministry that the increased spending would "ensure security of the sea and airspace surrounding Japan, the effective deterrents and response to an attack on remote islands and response to major disasters."

New hardware

Japanese Defense Ministry wants to buy six F35 stealth fighter planes from US firm Lockheed Martin, although the jets have been plagued with problems and cost overruns, as well as 20 P-1 patrol planes from Kawasaki Heavy Industries.

Japan also wants to buy surveillance drones and tilt-rotor aircraft that can take off and land like a chopper but fly like a plane. The V-22 Osprey is the only such aircraft in military use, and is widely used by the US Navy.

The Defense Ministry will also ask for 64.4 billion yen ($619 million) to upgrade the Soryu class submarine. The new submarine will use lithium-ion batteries, replacing a propulsion system that used liquid oxygen to run a diesel engine, which will allow it to stay under water for up to two weeks.

The Japanese navy wants to buy a seventh destroyer equipped with the Aegis ballistic missile system to bolster its defenses against any attack from North Korean missiles.

“We will fortify our system of defending the whole country continuously and in a multi-layered fashion against missile attacks,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The ministry is looking for a further 5 million yen ($480,000) to begin designing a new class of amphibious assault ship to retake remote islands and will spend $17 million on building two more ambitious assault ships which can also be used as command and communication centers.

The Japanese coast guard has also asked for its current annual budget of 50.4 billion yen ($485 million) to be doubled so it can buy more patrol boats and increase its number of personnel.

Meanwhile, another 19 billion yen ($182 million) is being requested to buy two Boeing-777-300 ERs to ferry around Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the imperial family.

The government has sought to justify the massive spending hike, by arguing that procurement reform for large multi-year projects will save 700 billion yen over five years.

The jump in military spending comes amid growing Chinese-Japanese tensions over a group of tiny uninhabited islands in the East China Sea, which both countries say are theirs. Military planes and navy patrol boats now routinely shadow each other round the islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, which are little more than outcrops of rock.

Chromebooks with Intel Broadwell chips are on the way

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Intel expects to ship its first processor based on 5th-gen Intel Core architecture (code-named “Broadwell’) this year. And it looks like that chip might not just be used for Windows notebooks and tablets: we could see Chromebooks or Chromebox devices with Broadwell chips as well. Google’s François Beaufort notes that code for a Broadwell-based device code-named Auron has been […]

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