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Sex Offenders Being Steadily Released from California Jails: In an effort to alleviate prison overcrowding, California sex offenders are being recycled in and out of county jails despite several violations of their parole.  Writers with CNN's Special Investigation Unit report that two years ago county judges lost their authority to send convicted felons back to prison after violating their parole, forcing them instead to send them to county jail.  State parole agents say that the most common parole violation being committed by sex offenders is illegally tampering with their GPS monitoring devices.    

DOJ Files Charges in Benghazi Attack: Members of Congress are urging President Obama to arrest Benghazi suspects in order to hopefully prevent further attacks and protect American citizens.  Fox News reports that the Obama administration is staying relatively quiet about the situation, and only said that their investigation is "ongoing."  The September 11, 2012 attack (involving armed assaults on the U.S. Consulate and a nearby CIA annex) left four Americans dead and several others injured.

Ft. Hood Murder Trial Halted Amid Death Penalty Discussion: The military court-martial case for accused Ft. Hood mass murderer Maj. Nidal Malik Hassan was recessed earlier today after backup defense attorneys said Hassan was "encouraging" the death penalty.  Elizabeth Chuck of NBC News reports that backup attorneys were set in place to ensure the case is handled properly after Hassan elected to represent himself.  The trial was halted after a motion was made by the defense team seeking to reduce their role in the case after the courtroom behavior of Hassan led them to believe he is trying to get a death sentence.

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