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AP source: FBI Completes Federal Probe Of Ferguson Shooting

A U.S. official says the FBI has finished its investigation into the police shooting of an unarmed, black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri.  The Justice Department has not yet announced whether it will file a federal civil rights charge against former police officer Darren Wilson. But experts have said the high legal standard of proof would make such a prosecution unlikely.

More Than 50 Lawsuits Against Metro Possible

Metro could face more than 50 lawsuits related to last week’s deadly smoke incident.  Kim Brooks-Rodney, an attorney who has filed the only lawsuit so far, says many more could be coming.  A woman died and more than 80 other people were hospitalized when a Yellow Line train and the L’Enfant Plaza station filled with smoke on January 12th.  Brooks-Rodney says she has had “appointments every hour” recently in connection with the incident and plans to file the lawsuits individually, not as a class-action.


Patriots Coach Denies Deflategate Knowledge

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick says he doesn’t know how most of his team’s game balls were under-inflated during their AFC championship game.  At a press conference this morning,  Belichick said that he never talked to a player or any staff member about football air pressure and his team is cooperating with the NFL’s investigation of “Deflategate.”

House Approves Bill Banning Fed Funding For Abortions

The House is sending the Senate a bill prohibiting the federal funding of abortions.  The House measure passed today, 242-179.  It faces a presidential veto if it clears the Senate.  The House vote came on the 42nd anniversary of the Roe versus Wade, the Supreme Court decision that cleared the way for legal abortions in the U.S.  The bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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