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A federal appeals court has released a secret Justice Department memo that justifies a 2011 drone attack that killed Anwar al Awlaki, an American-born Islamist preacher and suspected al Qaeda leader.

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals released a redacted version of the secret Obama administration memorandum on Monday. The memo (which starts on page 67 after the opinion) states that since the U.S. government considered al Awlaki to be an "operational leader" of an "enemy force," it was legal for the Central Intelligence Agency to attack him with a drone even though he was a U.S. citizen.

The memo says the killing was further justified under Congressional authorization for the use of U.S. military force following the Sept. 11, 2001 hijacked-plane attacks.

The Obama administration released the memo in response to a court order following Freedom of Information lawsuits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and The New York Times.

"High-level government officials have concluded, on the basis of al-Aulaqi's activities in Yemen, that al-Aulaqi is a leader of (Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula) whose activities in Yemen pose a 'continued an imminent threat' of violence to United states persons and interests," the document said.

Awlaki was killed in what U.S. officials acknowledged at the time was a CIA drone strike in Yemen on September 30, 2011, Reuters reports. Another American citizen, Samir Khan, was killed in the same attack, although U.S. officials have said that Khan was not intentionally targeted.

Miami police are investigating a woman's report that she blacked out after drinking and smoking marijuana with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and two other NFL players.

The police report (attached below) does not allege any crimes but police say they are investigating the case as a "suspicions incident."

"There are no charges, definitely not. There is an investigation," Miami Police Department office Rene Pimentel told USA Today.

A woman (whose name is redacted from the report) said that on April 1 she visited Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette, 27, at a Miami apartment.

She said Kaepernick, 26, and 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton, 23, were also at the apartment. She also said she had been in a "sexual relationship with Mr. Kaepernick in the past," according to the police report.

'Upskirt' Photos are Not Illegal, Mass. High Court Rules

It is not illegal to secretly photograph underneath a person’s clothing (known as “upskirting”), Massachusetts’ highest court has ruled in privacy decision that may prompt lawmakers to update state law.

The state’s highest court ruled (see decision below) that a man who took cellphone photos up the skirts of women on the Boston subway did not violate state law because the women were neither nude nor partially nude.

“A female passenger on a MBTA trolley who is wearing a skirt, dress, or the like covering these parts of her body is not a person who is ‘partially nude,’ no matter what is or is not underneath the skirt by way of underwear or other clothing,” wrote Justice Margot Botsford of the state Supreme Judicial Court.

The high court overruled a lower court decision that upheld charges against Michael Robertson, who was arrested in August 2010 by transit police who set up a sting after getting reports that he was using his cellphone to take photos and video up female riders’ skirts and dresses.

Robertson had argued that it was his constitutional right to take the photos. Existing so-called Peeping Tom laws in Massachusettsprotect people from being photographed in dressing rooms and bathrooms when nude or partially nude. But the law does not protect clothed people in public areas, the court said.

At least one prosecutor has urged state lawmakers to act.

“Every person, male or female, has a right to privacy beneath his or her own clothing,” Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said in a statement Wednesday. “If the statute as written doesn’t protect that privacy, then I’m urging the Legislature to act rapidly and adjust it so it does.”

A reputed captain of New York's Bonanno organized crime family has been charged with the infamous "Goodfellas" Lufthansa heist at JFK airport in 1978.

The indictment (attached below) reads like a mafia hit list and charges Vincent Asaro, 78, with participating in the $6 million Lufthansa heist. It also charges Asaro's son Jerome and three other alleged Bonanno family associates with murder, robbery, extortion, arson and bookmaking.

The single-biggest robbery in U.S. history at the time, the Lufthansa heist was dramatized in the Martin Scorsese film "Goodfellas." The holdup took place on Dec. 11, 1978, after untraceable cash was flown in from West Germany and stashed in a JFK vault.

The crime stumped investigators for more than 30 years, but a break in the case came last summer when human remains were found buried at the former home James "Jimmy the Gent" Burke.

Burke was the suspected mastermind behind the Lufthansa heist and the inspiration for the character played by Robert DeNiro in "Goodfellas." Burke went on a killing spree after the holdup to eliminate anyone who might tie him to the case. He died in prison in 1996 while serving time for an unrelated case.

The indictment also charges Vincent Asaro with the 1969 murder of Paul Katz, whose remains were found last June at a home still owned by Burke's family.

Burke owned Robert's Lounge, the bar that the late Henry Hill described as Burke's private cemetery. "Jimmy buried over a dozen bodies ... under the bocce courts," Hill wrote in his book, "A Goodfella's Guide to New York."

Justin Bieber Arrest Report: DUI, Drag Racing in Miami Beach

Pop star Justin Bieber was charged with drunken driving, resisting arrest and driving without a valid license after drag racing through a residential area, Miami Beach police said.

"What the f- did I do? Why did you stop me?" Bieber told the police officer who pulled him over just after 4 a.m., according to the attached arrest report.

Bieber, 19, was booked into a Miami jail after failing a sobriety test, Miami Beach Police Chief Raymond Martinez told reporters Thursday morning.

Bieber repeatedly cursed and at the arresting officer while refusing to keep his hands on the yellow Lamborghini and out of his pockets. Bieber kept asking the officer: "Why the f- are you doing this?" ... "What the f*** is this about?"

Bieber's entourage reportedly used their two or three cars to block traffic on Pine Tree Drive to create a drag strip for the young star.

In fact, gossip website TMZ reports that Bieber's father "helped facilitate" the crimes that landed Justin in jail.

Jeremy Bieber, 38, was one of the people who helped block off the residential street so his son could race, according to TMZ.

Bob McDonnell Indictment: Ex VA Gov., Wife Charged With Corruption

The former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife have been indicted on corruption charges shortly after the Republican left office earlier this month.

The 14-count indictment (attached below) details the vast array of favors political donor Jonnie Williams lavished upon the McDonnell family, including:

  • the use of Williams' private aircraft and vacation home, 
  • a nearly $20,000 shopping spree for Maureen McDonnell, 
  • a Rolex watch for the governor; and 
  • catering fees for the wedding of the McDonnells' daughter.

A federal investigation hung over the final months in office for the once-rising star of the Republican Party.

In July, McDonnell apologized and said he had returned more than $120,000 in loans and other gifts from Johnnie Williams, the CEO of pharmaceutical company Star Scientific. On Tuesday he again told The Associated Press reports that he had done nothing illegal on behalf of Star Scientific.

Insane Clown Posse Sues FBI: 'Juggalo' Fans Not a Gang

Rap group Insane Clown Posse has sued the FBI for labeling fans of the band as criminal gang members, leading to their harassment by law enforcement.

FBI analysts, using law enforcement and media reports of crimes committed by people wearing “Juggalo” tattoos and clothing, concluded in the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment that they are a “loosely organized hybrid gang.”

The lawsuit was filed in federal District Court in Detroit by lawyers for the band and for the ACLU of Michigan. Plaintiffs include the Insane Clown Posse founders Joseph Bruce and Joseph Utsler, who perform as Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope.

Also listed as plaintiffs are four Juggalos (as fans of the band are called) from Nevada, California, North Carolina and Iowa. They offered details of incidents in which they said they had been subjected to police harassment or other punishments for identifying with Insane Clown Posse.

“Juggalos are a ‘family’ of people who love and help one another, enjoy one another’s company, and bond over the music and a philosophy of life,” the complaint, filed Wednesday, states. “Organized crime is by no means part of the Juggalo culture.”

The gang designation violates fans’ constitutional rights, including free speech, freedom of association and the right to due process, the complaint argues.

“Among the supporters of almost any group — whether it be a band, sports team, university, political organization or religion — there will be some people who violate the law,” the suit said. “However, it is wrong to designate the entire group of supporters as a criminal gang based on the acts of a few. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened here.”

The FBI has yet to comment on the lawsuit.

LA Jail Abuse Indictment: Officials Abused Visitors, Beat Inmates

Los Angeles Sheriff's deputies beat jail inmates and visitors without justification, unjustly detained people and conspired to obstruct a federal investigation into misconduct at the jail, according to indictments unsealed Monday.

18 current or former deputies were arrested Monday by the FBI in a mass show of force, The Los Angeles Times reports. The most damning indictment (attached below) states that an official encouraged deputies to use excessive force and make unlawful arrests of visitors.

Visitors to the jails, uncharged and unsuspected of any crime, were reportedly abused and harassed over the past few years, according to the indictments.

Even an Austrian consulate official was improperly arrested and searched, according to the indictment.

That incident occurred in 2011 when the official and her husband were visiting an inmate who was an Austrian national accused of a crime.

Florida State star quarterback Jameis Winston will not face prosecution for sexual assault, State Attorney Willie Meggs announced on Thursday.

The announcement comes almost a full year after a former Florida State University student reported a sexual assault to police. Prosecutors will not press charges against Winston, or anyone else, and the case is now closed, Meggs told reporters at a press conference.

"We've carefully examined all the evidence in this case and have concluded that no charges will be filed against anybody in this case," Meggs told reporters.

Prosecutors have released the full investigation report (attached below). The final determination is laid out at the end of the document, starting on page 83.

Meggs said it's a duty of prosecutors to only file charges if there is a reasonable chance of conviction. He said issues of "memory lapse" and other holes in the case affected the decision not to prosecute.

About a month after the Dec. 7, 2012 incident, the woman identified the suspect as Winston, the country's top 2012 quarterback recruit who redshirted last fall to extend his eligibility. This season Winston has led Florida State to an undefeated season and is a front runner to win the Heisman Trophy.

George Zimmerman Arrest Report: 'He Cocked, Pointed Shotgun at Me'

George Zimmerman's arrest report for domestic violence states that he cocked and pointed a shotgun at his girlfriend and asked "[a]re you sure you want to [call the police]?"

The Seminole County Sheriff's Office police report (attached below) details what lead to Zimmerman's arrest on domestic violence and aggravated assault charges.

This is the second time in three months Zimmerman has been accused of domestic violence and threatening a woman with a gun.

Zimmerman, 30, allegedly pushed Samantha Scheibe from their Florida home at gunpoint on Monday and barricaded the door with furniture, according to the sheriff's office. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Zimmerman called 911 to blame the fight on Scheibe, 27, saying she was pregnant and had "gone crazy on [him]."

In September, Zimmerman's estranged wife accused him of pulling a gun on her during an argument, but police filed no charges.

The former Neighborhood Watch volunteer garnered national notoriety when he was acquitted of murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Two weeks after he was acquitted he was pulled over (but not cited) for allegedly speeding with a gun in the car in Texas.