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Feds Won’t Press Gold King Mine Spill Criminal Case, Angering Senators

Allie Bice, Cronkite News - Indian Country Today

Lawmakers on Monday questioned the Justice Department’s decision not to prosecute officials in connection with the Gold King Mine spill, which dumped nearly 3 million gallons of toxins into the Animas River last year.

Congressional staffers learned in briefings last week that the Environmental Protection Agency’s Inspector General found violations of the Clean Water Act and the False Claims Act in its investigation of the incident, according to a letter from Sens. John McCain, R-Arizona, and John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, that described the meeting.

Meet the journalist who inspired Gord Downie and Joseph Boyden to write about Chanie Wenjack

Jody Porter, CBC News

"Don't let the cynics tell you that journalism is written to be forgotten," says writer Ian Adams, 79, reflecting on an article he wrote finding the national spotlight, nearly 50 years after it was published.

Adams wrote "The Lonely Death of Charlie Wenjack" for Maclean's magazine in 1967. This fall, two Canadian cultural icons are crediting it as the source of inspiration for new works that tell the story of Wenjack's death after running away from residential school.

How Netflix may be crushing border hoppers — and ways to get around it

CBC News

Netflix may be winning the war on cross-border watchers, but some of its targets refuse to go down without a fight.

The global streaming giant launched its crackdown on border hoppers in mid-January. Ever since, unblocking services have been struggling to evade it.

Unblockers provide Netflix subscribers with the technology needed to watch shows restricted to other countries. 

Earlier this week, CBC News ran a story about unblocking companies that appear to have given up the Netflix fight.

La Nina is back: What does that mean for Upstate NY winter?

Glenn Coin | The Post-Standard

Syracuse, N.Y. -- La Niña, the colder counterpart to the El Niño that gave us a warm winter last year, is looking likely this winter.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said this week there's a 70 percent chance that La Niña, the abnormal cooling of waters in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean, will develop this year. That means the southern half of the U.S. is likely to be warmer than normal this winter, while the upper Midwest is likely to be cooler, according to the winter outlook released today NOAA.

Report finds widespread theft from disabled by state caregivers

The Associated Press The Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An investigation of state employees stealing from developmentally disabled people in their care found "systemic theft and mismanagement" of cash accounts of group home residents, New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott said Thursday.

"With disturbing regularity we have seen the shameless preying on a vulnerable population by those charged with their care," Leahy Scott said in releasing a report that detailed 10 state caregiver theft cases that have been prosecuted.

Akwesasne woman sentenced to 3 years in federal prison for alien smuggling conspiracy

- Watertown Daily Times

HOGANSBURG — An Akwesasne woman was sentenced Thursday to three years in federal prison for helping smuggle an undocumented Israeli citizen into the United States from Canada.

Terri Ann Bush, 43, who is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Plattsburgh, after pleading guilty June 21 to conspiracy to bring in and transport an alien, bringing an alien into the United States for purposes of commercial advantage or private financial gain and transporting an alien for purposes of commercial advantage or private financial gain.

Deer River woman admits to manslaughter in young daughter’s death

- Watertown Daily Times

LOWVILLE — A Deer River woman has admitted to manslaughter in connection with the death of her 3-year-old daughter over the summer.

Shelby L. Poore-McIntosh, 23, 10492 East Road, on Thursday in Lewis County Court pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter, also satisfying charges of criminally negligent homicide and endangering the welfare of a child lodged against her. A control date for her next appearance was set for Dec. 16, but no specific date for sentencing was set. She was sent back to Lewis County Jail, where she has been held since her arrest in early September.

Franklin County Court Summary Oct 21

Malone Telegram

Gabriel Oakes, 50, of Hogansburg, was sentenced to five years’ probation after pleading guilty to first-degree criminal possession of marijuana. He had originally been charged by St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police with second-degree strangulation and first-degree criminal possession of marijuana, both felonies; and third-degree assault, resisting arrest and unlawfully growing cannabis, all misdemeanors, in connection with an Aug. 31, 2015, incident.

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