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Victor Morton

Articles by Victor Morton

President Obama speaks during a news conference in the briefing room at the White House on Dec. 18, 2015. (Associated Press)

Obama had NSA spy on Israel during Iran nuclear deal negotiations

President Obama vowed in 2013 to cut back on spying on U.S. allies. But in the interests of negotiating his Iran nuclear deal, according to the Wall Street Journal, he made an exception in the case of Israel and thereby also caught communications of U.S. Congress members in that dragnet. Published December 29, 2015

FILE - This Nov. 25, 2014, file photo, shows demonstrators blocking Public Square in Cleveland, during a protest over the police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. A decision on whether to charge two white officers in the death of Tamir Rice, one of the higher-profile cases of black deaths at the hands of officers that have roiled cities nationwide, could come any day. The grand jury making the decision has been meeting since mid-October. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

Tamir Rice officers not charged in fatal shooting

Calling the Tamir Rice shooting "a perfect storm of human error," a prosecutor announced Monday that a grand jury had declined to indict two Cleveland police officers in the shooting death of the 12-year-old boy who was playing with a pellet gun in a park. Published December 28, 2015

Authorities work the scene of a shooting at Northlake Mall, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015, in Charlotte, N.C. One person was killed after an argument erupted at the mall, police said Thursday. (Robert Lahser/The Charlotte Observer via AP) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Police kill attacker in gunfight at Charlotte shopping mall

A fight between two rival groups who went to a North Carolina shopping mall on Christmas Eve looking for trouble escalated into a gunbattle that ended with an off-duty policeman killing a teenage rapper who had pointed a gun at him. Published December 24, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernard Sanders was "disturbed by reports that the government may commence raids to deport families who have fled here to escape violence in Central America." (Associated Press)

Rival Democrats slam reports of Obama's deportation push

Reports that President Obama's Homeland Security Department is planning raids against illegal-immigrant families from Central America prompted an immediate backlash Thursday from liberal advocacy groups and politicians, who especially lamented the timing of the Christmas-week news break. Published December 24, 2015


Rapper Donkey Cartel killed in Charlotte, N.C., mall shooting

Daquan Westbrook, 18, was a rapper who performed as "Donkey Cartel" and has released a mixtape titled "Convicted Felon With a Weapon," the cover of which shows him in a prison cell wearing an orange jumpsuit. Published December 24, 2015