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Spain’s government seeks rebellion and sedition charges against Catalonia’s leaders 

Catalonia’s ousted president has traveled to Brussels and been offered asylum, Spanish authorities said Monday soon after filing charges against him and other regional leaders related to their declaration of independence last week.

Spanish prosecutors filed a lawsuit in Madrid seeking rebellion, sedition and embezzlement charges against Catalonian leader Carles Puigdemont and others who were dismissed by Spain’s central governme

http://beta.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-spain-catalonia-charges-20171030-story.html

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Unidentified object seen near Southside Hills in St. John’s 


“It was like a big green ball of fire, is what it looked like. At first I thought, ‘Wow, geez, that’s a really bright firework,’ but fireworks don’t shoot downwards.”

That’s no firework

Across town, Krista Godfrey was sitting in her living room and gazing out the window at her view of the city.

“I can, on a good day, kind of see Signal Hill,” she said, describing her vantage point.

But on Monday evening, she saw something totally different.

“We often have planes coming at us, so light frequently catches my eye,” she said. “I just happened to see something and at first I thought it was a firework … But then I realized it was going down and not coming up like a firework.”

Her mind immediately drifted to a news article she had see last week, talking about how the Orionid meteor shower is expected to peak this past weekend.

The Orionids are the largest meteor shower associated with Halley’s Comet, usually appearing for one week in late October. The shower can come with a cluster of 50-70 meteorites per hour at peak times.

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“[It was] certainly the biggest thing I’d ever seen in terms of a meteor or meteorite,” Godfrey said. “I kept waiting to see if there would be a boom coming with it. But nothing happened.”

‘This looked like it may have actually made contact with earth.’– Andrew Wilkins, eyewitness

A camera near the waterfront captured the moment the light streaked down over the harbour sky. From its vantage point, the light appears to end with a flash just beyond the hills.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said it had fielded calls of a mysterious light crashing near the harbour, but there have been no reports of fire or injury.

Whatever it was, Andrew Wilkins is ecstatic to have seen its final moments before disappearing.

“It was pretty wild. I’ve seen meteor showers and stuff before, but I’ve never seen something so bright make it so close to earth … This looked like it may have actually made contact with earth.”

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http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/meteorite-meteor-space-unidentified-object-st-johns-south-side-hills-1.4368296

More police departments and other first-responders are using drones


IN JUNE a search-and-rescue team in Colorado used a drone to spot lost hikers in a pine forest, shaving hours off the time it would have taken to find the hikers using dogs, and thousands of dollars off the cost of doing so with a helicopter. In August police officers in Maine used a drone to snap 81 photos of the aftermath of a collision between a pickup truck and a blueberry lorry. The process took 14 minutes, instead of the hours officers said would usually have been required. Last month, police officers in Illinois used a drone to fly a mobile phone into the hands of a disgruntled man who shot at them when they tried to evict him from a foreclosed home. After hours of negotiations via the drone-delivered phone, they coaxed him into surrendering.

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https://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21730243-presents-cities-choice-between-safety-and-privacy-more-police-departments-and

Catalan referendum: Region’s independence ‘in matter of days’ 


Catalonia will declare independence from Spain in a matter of days, the leader of the autonomous region has told the BBC.

In his first interview since a disputed vote on Sunday, Carles Puigdemont said his government would “act at the end of this week or the beginning of next”.

Meanwhile, Spain’s King Felipe VI said the vote’s organisers had put themselves “outside the law”.

He said the situation in Spain was “extremely serious”, calling for unity.

Tensions between Spain and the north-eastern Catalonia region continue to mount, days after the vote was marred by violence involving national police.

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41493014

 Catalan police warn of public disorder if polling stations closed 

BARCELONA (AFP) – 

Catalan police warned Wednesday that public disorder may erupt as Spain orders the authorities to seal polling stations and stop the region holding a referendum on independence.

The Catalan government has vowed to press ahead with Sunday’s plebiscite despite a crackdown by Madrid which wants to prevent a vote deemed unconstitutional by the courts.

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http://m.france24.com/en/20170927-catalan-police-warn-public-disorder-polling-stations-closed

Police use of ‘StingRay’ cellphone tracker requires search warrant, appeals court rules 

A device that tricks cellphones into sending it their location information and has been used quietly by police and federal agents for years, requires a search warrant before it is turned on, an appeals court in Washington ruled Thursday. It is the fourth such ruling by either a state appeals court or federal district court, and may end up deciding the issue unless the government takes the case to the U.S. Supreme Court or persuades the city’s highest court to reverse the ruling.

The case against Prince Jones in 2013 involved D.C. police use of a “StingRay” cell-site simulator, which enables law enforcement to pinpoint the location of a cellphone more precisely than a phone company can when triangulating a signal between cell towers or using a phone’s GPS function. Civil liberties advocates say the StingRay, by providing someone’s location to police without court approval, is a violation of an individual’s Fourth Amendment right not to be unreasonably searched. The D.C. Court of Appeals agreed in a 2 to 1 ruling, echoing similar rulings in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and federal district courts in New York City and San Francisco.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2017/09/21/police-use-of-stingray-cellphone-tracker-requires-search-warrant-appeals-court-rules/?utm_term=.13fd7120f1a1

Look for Military Drones to Begin Replacing Police Helicopters by 2025


By 2025, enormous military-style drones – close relatives of the sort made famous by counterterrorism strikes in Afghanistan and Iraq – will be visible 2,000 feet above U.S. cities, streaming high-resolution video to police departments below. That is the bet that multiple defense contractors are placing, anyway, as they race to build unmanned aircraft that can pass evolving airworthiness certifications and replace police helicopters. And if that bet pays off, it will radically transform the way cities, citizens, and law enforcement interact.
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http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2017/08/look-military-drones-replace-police-helicopters-2025/140588/

Trump reversing Obama policy blocking military sales to cops


WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is preparing to lift a controversial ban on the transfer of some surplus military equipment to police departments whose battlefield-style response to rioting in a St. Louis suburb three years ago prompted a halt to the program.
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https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/08/27/trump-expected-lift-ban-military-gear-local-police-forces/606065001/

Police Push Tracking for Civilian Drones – Bloomberg

At a recent apartment blaze in Oakland, California, a sheriff deputy directing firefighters with a drone-mounted video camera encountered a new hazard: a civilian quad copter that buzzed onto the scene. “It’s happened twice in the past few months,” said Alameda County Deputy Sheriff Richard Hassna, the department’s chief pilot who was using the device. “We’re overhead at the scene of a fire relaying information to the command agency and a hobbyist flies right below us and parks.”

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-07/rogue-drones-prompt-police-to-push-tracking-that-hobbyists-hate

Majority of civilian oversight body wants L.A. County sheriff to stop flying drone – LA Times

The aircraft was unveiled by the Sheriff’s Department in January and has been deployed four times, mostly in search-and-rescue missions. The department has said the 20-inch-long unmanned aircraft system, which cost $10,000, would strictly be used in high-risk tactical operations — such as fires, bomb detection and hostage situations — and not for surveillance.

FOLLOW THE LINK FOR THE FULL REPORT – JR

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-sheriff-drones-20170727-story.html