The Daily Beat

Premiere DateAug 8, 2013
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Today Reuters published an article titled “Exclusive: IRS manual detailed DEA’s use of hidden intel evidence.”

The article reads:

Details of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration program that feeds tips to federal agents and then instructs them to alter the investigative trail were published in a manual used by agents of the Internal Revenue Service for two years.

The practice of recreating the investigative trail, highly criticized by former prosecutors and defense lawyers after Reuters reported it this week, is now under review by the Justice Department. Two high-profile Republicans have also raised questions about the procedure.

Yesterday Reuters published an article titled “JPMorgan faces criminal and civil probes over mortgages.”

The article’s author David Henry writes:

JPMorgan Chase & Co, the biggest U.S. bank by assets, said on Wednesday that it faces a criminal probe by the U.S. Department of Justice over sales of mortgage-backed securities and that civil investigators have already concluded it violated securities laws.

In a quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, JPMorgan said it is responding to “parallel investigations” being conducted by the civil and criminal divisions of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California over mortgage-backed securities.

Today The Associated Press published an article titled “Same-sex spouses may get military benefits.”

The article reads:

Same-sex spouses of military members could get health care, housing and other benefits by the end of August under a proposal being considered by the Pentagon. But earlier plans to provide benefits to gay partners who are not married may be reversed.

A draft Defense Department memo obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press says the department instead may provide up to 10 days of leave to military personnel in same-sex relationships so they can travel to states where they can marry legally.

The memo from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to top defense leaders, if implemented, would reverse an earlier plan that would have allowed the same-sex partners of military members to sign a declaration form in order to receive limited benefits, such as access to military stores and some health and welfare programs.


Today AFP published an article titled “Owner of Japan’s Uniqlo signs Bangladesh safety pact.”

The article reads:

The owner of Japanese clothing chain Uniqlo announced Thursday it has signed up to a safety pact covering Bangladesh’s disaster-hit garment factories, following criticism of its delay in doing so.

Fast Retailing said in a statement it has signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.

Last month 70 top retailers promised to open their Bangladesh factories to safety inspections within nine months as part of the accord.

The mainly European brands will underwrite repairs and renovations if inspections reveal their factories to be unsafe, according to the legally binding agreement.

Today AFP published an article titled “Moscow rejects Saudi offer to drop Assad for arms deal.”

The article reads:

Moscow has rejected a Saudi proposal to abandon Syria’s president in return for a huge arms deal and a pledge to boost Russian influence in the Arab world, diplomats told AFP.

On July 31, President Vladimir Putin, a strong backer of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, met Saudi Arabia’s influential intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan, after which both Moscow and Riyadh kept a lid on the substance of the talks.

“Every two years, Bandar bin Sultan meets his Russian counterparts, but this time, he wanted to meet the head of state,” said a European diplomat who shuttles between Beirut and Damascus.

“During the meeting at the Kremlin, the Saudi official explained to his interlocutor that Riyadh is ready to help Moscow play a bigger role in the Middle East at a time when the United States is disengaging from the region.”

Yesterday AFP published an article titled “French farmers go on egg-breaking spree to protest low prices.”

The article reads:

A group of rogue French farmers has gone on a furious egg-breaking rampage, destroying tens of thousands on roads and pledging to smash many more in protest against low prices.

“More than 100,000 eggs were destroyed in the Cotes d’Armor (a department in the northwestern region of Brittany),” a spokesman for the unnamed collective of angry poultry farmers, told AFP.

Poultry farmers in France have for several months complained of rock-bottom egg prices due to overproduction — a problem that also affects other countries in the European Union.


Yesterday The Associated Press published an article titled “Man sentenced in NY in Taliban drug plot case.”

The article reads:

A man who admits taking part in a plan to sell drugs to people who purported to represent the Taliban has been sentenced in New York.

Prosecutors say Francis Sourou Ahissou (SOW’-row aw-HEE’-sow) was sentenced Wednesday in Manhattan federal court to five and a half years in prison. In May he pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to import narcotics into the U.S.

The 48-year-old is a citizen of Togo, in West Africa. He was arrested in February 2011 in Liberia.

Today Reuters published an article titled “Gunman kills four people in Texas; used explosive: police.”

The article reads:

A gunman used an “explosive device” in an attack at two different residences near Dallas, Texas, that left four people dead and four others wounded in an apparent domestic dispute, police said on Thursday.

A suspect was taken into custody, Corporal Melissa Franks of the DeSoto Police Department told a news briefing.

Today The Associated Press published an article titled “2 British women attacked with acid in Zanzibar.”

The article reads:

Assailants on the East African island of Zanzibar threw acid on two British women volunteering at a primary school on the Tanzanian island, police said Thursday.

The attackers, riding on a small motorcycle, threw the acid on the women’s faces and arms as they were walking, said Mkadam Khamis, a police commander on the island. The attack took place Wednesday night in an area of the island’s capital city known as Stone Town, an area popular with tourists.

The women were transferred to Tanzania’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, for medical treatment. The pair were volunteer teaching at a primary school affiliated with the Anglican Church, Khamis said.

Acid attacks scar their victims. Zanzibar has experienced a bout of Christian vs. Muslim violence in recent months, though authorities did not immediately provide a motive for the attack.