LA Leaders Advance Bid to Reform Police Department

A Los Angeles City Council committee voted unanimously Wednesday to send a package of police reform proposals to the full council for consideration, including a recommendation that police be restricted from responding to mental health emergencies and a bid to make it illegal when people make frivolous 911 calls based on racist beliefs.

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Patient’s File

A psychologist in charge of a university’s counseling center violated ethics standards when she provided a student’s patient file to university attorneys who had received a litigation-hold letter from the student’s attorney asking them to preserve records related to her sexual assault claim, an appeals court in Oregon ruled.

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Ex-Peru President to Remain Jailed Pending Extradition in Bribery Case

Despite testimony that he is at “grave risk” of mental and physical decline in a semi-isolated jail unit, a federal judge on Wednesday refused to release a former Peruvian president on house arrest pending his potential extradition on corruption charges.

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Not Funny

A woman who says she co-founded defendant Madelia Community Hospital and Clinic’s Mental Health Task Force claims it fired her after her son wrote a letter to the editor criticizing a brewery owned by the hospital’s CEO, for giving its beers names such as Personality Disorder Porter, Botched Lobotomy and Hopzophrenia, in Watonwan County Court, Minn.

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CIA Contractor Defends Torture in Interrogations

An architect of the brutal CIA interrogation and detention program developed after the Sept. 11 attacks defended the agency and its practices on Tuesday as those techniques become the focus of an effort to dismiss key evidence against five men charged in the terrorist plot.

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