Abdulaziz Al Rabah remembers it was a Tuesday. The call to evening prayer was echoing across his hometown of Hafr-al-Batin, Saudi Arabia, and bearded religious police had shooed him and his friends off the neighborhood soccer pitch.
"Have you seen what happened to America?" a wide-eyed friend asked the 13-year-old.
Racing home, Al Rabah joined his mother to watch the satellite television newscasts of America's agony unfolding on Sept. 11, 2001.
"I remember she was sad to see two guys jumping to the ground," he recalled.
Federal mine safety regulators have discovered false reporting of accidents and injuries at two West Virginia coal mines once owned by Massey Energy, which also owned the mine hit by a deadly explosion last year.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) says the Randolph and Justice No. 1 mines in Boone County, W.Va., inaccurately reported or neglected to report 24 injuries last year that resulted in 1,125 lost days of work.
A New York judge dismissed the sexual assault case against the former head of the International Monetary Fund. The AP reports that the ruling won't take effect, however, until an appeals court hears the accuser's request for a special prosecutor.
Yesterday, prosecutors asked the judge to drop the charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, because of issues with the credibility of his accuser.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn is due back in court next Tuesday. The sexual assault case against him has been on shaky ground since prosecutors announced they had serious concerns about the credibility of his accuser. But there's one person who's determined to prosecute: the woman's lawyer, Kenneth Thompson. Ailsa Chang of member station WNYC profiles Thompson, a federal prosecutor turned victim's lawyer. Note: This report contains graphic language.
On Aug. 5, a federal jury handed down one of the most sweeping verdicts in the modern history of American police brutality cases. Five New Orleans police officers were convicted of various roles in gunning down civilians in the days after Hurricane Katrina, and then covering it up. Five other officers pleaded guilty.
The Danziger Bridge case, as it's called, adds momentum to a reform effort already under way. The Department of Justice says it's committed to cleaning up the New Orleans Police Department, once and for all.