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Los Angeles Sheriff Retires Under Fire:  Four term Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announced his retirement effective January 31 as reported by Greg Risling of the Associated Press.  The LA Sheriffs Department has been under scrutiny by the LA County Board of Supervisors and a special commission on jail violence.  As reported in the Los Angeles Times, the Department is also being investigated by the FBI.  Recently eighteen former and current deputies were indicted for misconduct including beating jail inmates and visitors, falsifying evidence and obstructing justice.  The Sheriff was facing a heated campaign for reelection this year. 

100 Charged in NY For Disability Fraud:  Aaron Katersky of ABC News reports that over 100 mostly New York police officers have been indicted today for disability fraud following a two year investigation.  The Social Security Administration has been under pressure from Congress to tighten up its disability process in the wake of major increases in claims.  According to a story in today's Wall Street Journal the fraudulent claims scam began in 1988, but most of the current defendants claimed that they were disabled due to the terrorist attack on New York on September 11, 2001.  Several hundreds of millions of tax dollars were paid to the defendants who submitted false claims.

Record Gun Sales Reported in 2013:  David Sherfinski of the Washington Times reports that firearm sales in the United States were the highest in history during 2013, marking the 11th straight year of increases.  More than 21 million applications were submitted for criminal background checks required for gun purchases, with increases in virtually every state from New Hampshire to Hawaii. Second Amendment advocates cite the interest by the President, members of Congress and several states to adopt further restrictions on gun sales. 

 

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