Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey has declined to press criminal charges against a Denver police officer who shot and killed a Native American man in July. The man, Paul Castaway, holding a knife to his own throat and threatening to kill himself, was walking toward officers when Officer Michael Traudt fired three shots toward Castaway, two of which hit him in the midsection. Along with a nine-page report explaining his decision, Morrissey on Monday released surveillance footage of the shooting.
The shooting spurred protests in Denver this summer, as Castaways' family disputed the initial police account that claimed Castaway, 35, came "dangerously close" to officers with a knife. At the time, they said officers didn't have to shoot him, and he was clearly mentally ill and in need of help. People in Castaway's family said they'd seen the video shortly after the shooting, and said it showed him holding the knife to his throat—not pointing it in the direction of the police.
Last week, Hillary Clinton finally apologized for using a private email server when she was secretary of state. That server is now in the hands of the FBI, but it took a while to get there. In December, the Clinton camp provided 30,000 or so work-related emails to the State Department after it deleted more than 31,000 emails from the server that it considered personal. In March, while declining to give a congressional committee access to the server, Clinton's lawyer DavidKendall said the emails stored on it had been permanently erased, or "wiped." But weeks ago, with the email controversy showing no signs of subsiding, Clinton handed over the server to the FBI. The Washington Post reported Saturday that Platte River Networks, the Denver-based company that has managed Clinton's email system since 2013, had no record of the server being "wiped." So this could mean the FBI will be able to recover emails that the Clinton crew deleted—and that the bureau will be able to review all the emails and documents on the server to determine if materials, possibly including classified information, were handled properly.
The State Department is currently processing the 30,000 work-related emails Clinton returned to Foggy Bottom, and it is releasing monthly batches of these documents. But the full extent of what was on her private server remains unknown and is now a matter for the FBI to determine. We asked Jon Berryhill, a computer forensics expert and a former US Air Force investigator, to help explain how the FBI might try to resurrect the deleted contents of Clinton's email server and what challenges the investigators might face. Here are some answers:
Syrian migrants clash with police as they wait for trains to Vienna and Munich at Keleti railway station on September 8.
Europe has been the recent focus of attention on the plight ofrefugees fleeing war-torn countries in the Middle East, and the challenges faced by the countries attempting to accommodate them. But the world is teeming with refugees, and many countries have already welcomed them.
Using the most recent data from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, data journalist Simon Rogers created a map showing where refugees now live and where they came from. The interactive map is at the bottom of this post.
By selecting the "Refugee location" tab at the top left of the map, and then clicking on a country, you can see the number of refugees per 1 million inhabitants of a given country during 2014.
The "Refugee numbers" tab shows the raw numbers of refugees in eachcountry. (Click on the circle to see the number.)
"Refugee origin" shows how many refugees emigrated from each country of origin in 2014.
A demostrator holds a Guatemalan flag during a protest in Guatemala City on August 27, 2015.
Otto Pérez Molina resigned as president of Guatemala late Wednesday night, stepping down after being implicated in a widespreadcorruption scheme that earlier this year cost his vice president her job. Pérez Molina, a former military general, had refused to leave office almost until the end, defying the wishes of tens of thousands of protesters who have been calling for his resignation for months. Now he sits in jail, awaiting the results of a hearing examining the evidence against him.
But it is what happens next that is of interest to Guatemalans and regional experts. Alejandro Maldonado, who took over the vice presidency after Roxana Baldetti resigned on May 8, was sworn in as president Thursday afternoon, but the nation faces elections this weekend that could determine whether the country's brand new era of accountability will last.
Chaotic scenes of migrants on September 3 at the Budapest Keleti railway station after the abolition of police controls
As the migration crisis in Europe continues to unfold, images of dead children, crowded train platforms, and people trying not to be sent to migrant camps have triggered worldwide concern. The individuals jammed in Hungarian train stations or washing up on the shores of Greece all have very specific stories, but they're also a part of a long history of displacement. As long as there has been starvation and war, there has been migration to countries of peace and economic opportunity.
What is new, however, is the ability to look for information about a potential destination before going there. And all over the world, people are clicking on Google searches to learn more about lands of opportunity, especially the prosperous G-8 countries—France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Japan, the United States, Canada, and Russia.
In the map below, the Google News Lab has come up with a way to chart comparative levels of curiosity about the G-8 countries from others all over the world. For instance: