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POSTED August 12, 2014 10:32 p.m.

• POLICE WON’T RELEASE NAME OF OFFICER WHO SHOT TEEN: FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton pressed police Tuesday to release the name of the officer who fatally shot an unarmed teenager in suburban St. Louis, and he pleaded for calm after two nights of violent protests over the young man’s death.

Police said death threats prompted them to withhold the name of the officer, who was placed on administrative leave after fatally shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, where the incident has stoked racial tension, rallies and a night of looting.

Investigators have released few details, saying only that a scuffle unfolded after the officer asked Brown and another teen to get out of the street. At some point, the officer’s weapon fired inside a patrol car, police said.

“The local authorities have put themselves in a position — hiding names and not being transparent — where people will not trust anything but an objective investigation,” Sharpton said during a news conference in St. Louis where he was joined by Brown’s parents.

 

• 2 DEAD, 3 WOUNDED IN NORTHWEST GEORGIA SHOOTINGS: CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Northwest Georgia authorities are trying to untangle the details of a violent rampage that left two people dead and three wounded Tuesday when a gunman shot multiple victims at one house, crashed a car into another house, shot the occupant, committed a carjacking, crashed the vehicle and killed himself with a gunshot to the head.

Three people were shot at a house in Cartersville and one was pronounced dead on the scene, Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap said. The two others were taken by helicopter to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, about 45 miles southeast of Cartersville.

He said the gunman fled and crashed a car into a house where he kicked in the door in and shot an occupant in the hand.

Millsap said the shooter then carjacked an elderly man and his grandson and crashed their vehicle into a truck. Millsap says the impact caused a fire and the gunman shot himself in the head. Police said neither the man nor child were injured in the carjacking.

 

• ATTORNEY: MANNING NOT RECEIVING HORMONE THERAPY: KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Convicted national security leaker Chelsea Manning isn’t receiving medical treatment for her gender identity condition as previously approved by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the American Civil Liberties Union and Manning’s attorney said Tuesday.

The ACLU and Manning’s civilian attorney, David E. Coombs, on Tuesday notified the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks in Fort Leavenworth and several defense department officials, including Hagel, that a lawsuit will be filed if military officials do not confirm by Sept. 4 that the treatment will be provided for Manning.

Manning is serving a 35-year sentence at Fort Leavenworth for sending classified documents to the WikiLeaks website. Manning, who changed her name from Bradley after her conviction, has been diagnosed with gender dysphoria, the sense of being a woman in a man’s body.

Manning sought evaluation and treatment after she was sent to the Fort Leavenworth prison in September 2013. She is asking for hormone therapy and to be able to live as a woman. Military doctors confirmed the gender dysphoria diagnosis and recommended a treatment plan, but she has yet to receive any treatment, according to the ACLU.

 

• DEAD 100-YEAR-OLD WOMAN FOUND IN FLOODED BASEMENT: WARREN, Mich. (AP) — The body of a 100-year-old suburban Detroit woman was found in her flooded condominium basement Tuesday, a day after heavy rain swamped much of the area and stranded motorists on water-clogged streets and freeways.

The woman’s daughter was concerned about her welfare and went to the home to check on her, said Warren Mayor James Fouts.

Fouts said the woman appears to have drowned. 

Her death was the second blamed on storms that dumped 5.2 inches of rain on Warren on Monday. A 30-year-old woman suffered seizures and died after her vehicle became trapped in high water.

 

• UTAH NUDE SUNBATHER TO FIGHT LEWDNESS CHARGES: FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) — A 76-year-old man who police say was sunbathing nude in his backyard next to a church parking lot in Utah has pleaded not guilty to lewdness charges.

Myron Lee Kipp was in a Farmington, Utah, court Tuesday. Kipp pleaded not guilty to four counts of lewdness involving a child and three counts of lewdness.

Court documents show a police officer called to Kipp’s house by neighbors on March 5 could see the man from the church parking lot. The backyard fence is chain link with no privacy slats.

When confronted, a completely nude Kipp told the officer it was his property and he could do what he wanted.

Several parents said they and their children could see the man from the parking lot.

 

• WATCHDOG: OFFICIALS DIDN’T OK IMMIGRANT RELEASES: WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration wrongly denied for weeks in 2013 that it had released more than 2,000 immigrants from jails because lower-ranking government officials failed to notify the Homeland Security secretary they were letting them go due to budget concerns, according to an oversight report released Tuesday.

The harshly critical, 41-page report from the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general also said officials at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement failed to plan adequately for the rise of immigrant arrests at the Mexican border and didn’t track available funds or spending accurately.

Citing internal budget documents, the AP reported on March 1, 2013, that the administration had released more than 2,000 immigrants in the preceding two weeks and planned to release 3,000 more amid the looming budget cuts. The White House and Homeland Security Department for weeks disputed AP’s reporting until March 14, when the then-director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, John Morton, acknowledged to Congress during a hearing that agency had actually released 2,228 people from immigration jails, starting Feb. 9, 2013, for what he described as “solely budgetary reasons.”

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