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Afghan Gov’t Frees Group of Bagram Prisoners over U.S. Objections

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The Afghan government has released a group of 37 prisoners from the former U.S. prison of Bagram. The Obama administration had lobbied intensely against the prisoners’ release, accusing them of attacks on Afghan civilians and U.S. troops. But the Afghan government has said there was insufficient evidence to justify their continued imprisonment. On Sunday, Afghan President Hamid Karzai called Bagram under U.S. control a “Taliban-making factory … where innocent people are tortured and insulted and made dangerous criminals.”

Adviser: Snowden Won’t Return Without Clemency

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An adviser to Edward Snowden has ruled out plea talks with the U.S. government unless Snowden is offered amnesty. Attorney General Eric Holder said last week he is open to meeting with Snowden’s lawyers, but ruled out the prospect of amnesty or clemency. Calls for clemency have grown in recent weeks after Snowden’s disclosures led President Obama to announce a series of National Security Agency reforms and an independent government panel declared the agency’s bulk collection of phone records illegal. Speaking to NBC from Russia, Snowden adviser Jesselyn Radack said Snowden should be able to return a free man.

Jesselyn Radack: “It’s a little disheartening that he seemed to take clemency and amnesty off the table, which are two of the negotiating points. But again, none of us have been contacted yet about restarting negotiations. And also, I think the ‘no harm, no foul’ [for Snowden] is not apt. I mean, there has been plenty of suffering on the part of Edward Snowden. He’s been punished quite a bit already. And while we are glad to dialogue and negotiate, he is not going to come back and face an espionage prosecution.”

West Virginia Orders Removal of Chemical Storage Tanks from Leak Site

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West Virginia has ordered the removal of all storage tanks from the site that leaked chemicals into the state’s water supply earlier this month. More than 300,000 people were left without tap water for as long as 10 days after the company Freedom Industries leaked the chemical crude MCHM into the Elk River. The Freedom Industries facility is just a mile upriver from the area’s main water plant. Under the order, Freedom Industries will be forced to remove all 17 of its tanks.

JPMorgan Chase CEO Awarded $20 Million in Pay

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JPMorgan Chase has handed CEO Jamie Dimon a massive compensation package despite a year that saw the financial giant pay off a record amount of criminal fines. Dimon’s pay jumped 74 percent to $20 million for 2013, most of it in bonuses. The $20 million figure amounts to $1 million for each billion dollars that JPMorgan paid last year to resolve government probes into illegal activity. Most recently, JPMorgan paid $2.6 billion for failing to disclose suspicions of fraud in what turned out to be a massive Ponzi scheme by Bernie Madoff.

Texas Hospital Removes Brain-Dead Pregnant Woman from Life Support Under Court Order

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A Texas hospital has removed a brain-dead pregnant woman from life support following a lengthy battle with family members who said keeping her on life support would go against her wishes. Marlise Muñoz collapsed in November when she was 14 weeks pregnant. Despite her family’s pleas, the hospital kept Munoz on life support because of her pregnancy. On Friday, a judge ruled the hospital had to disconnect Muñoz because she was legally dead. Her life support was turned off on Sunday. Family attorneys say her relatives will now “proceed with the somber task of laying Muñoz’s body to rest, and grieving over the great loss that has been suffered.”

Afghan Gov’t Frees Group of Bagram Prisoners over U.S. Objections

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The Afghan government has released a group of 37 prisoners from the former U.S. prison of Bagram. The Obama administration had lobbied intensely against the prisoners’ release, accusing them of attacks on Afghan civilians and U.S. troops. But the Afghan government has said there was insufficient evidence to justify their continued imprisonment. On Sunday, Afghan President Hamid Karzai called Bagram under U.S. control a “Taliban-making factory … where innocent people are tortured and insulted and made dangerous criminals.”