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Brickbat: Weak Links

Gary Arbach / Dreamstime.comThe Russian government has ordered Apple and Google to remove Linkedin from app stores for Android and iPhones. The move came after a Russian court banned Linkedin for violating a law that says any data on Russian citizens must be be stored in Russia.

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Brickbat: Veteran’s Benefits

When Elmo Jones of Aurora, Colorado, and his wife divorced, the court found that her son was not fathered by Jones and refused to award her any child support. Despite that, the Department of Veterans Affairs began to garnish his military retirement benefits for child support. When he complained, they demanded he prove the boy […]

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Brickbat: Out of Sight

Steve Allen / Dreamstime.comAn Alberta judge has ruled that the city of Grande Prairie did not violate the free speech rights of an anti-abortion group when it banned their ads from transit buses. The ads featured photos of fetuses and read “Abortion kills children. End the killing.” The judge said the ads could traumatize women […]

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Brickbat: Hunting Them Down

Domonique Yatsko, 9, was so proud when she killed her first deer in Ohio, her family had a photo of her with the eight-point buck put on a sweatshirt. But when she wore the shirt to school, she says one of her teachers “yelled at” her, told her killing animals was “not what we do” […]

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Brickbat: To Serve and Protect

Dana Rothstein / Dreamstime.comThe Los Angeles County Sheriff Department says it has disciplined some of the deputies who failed to properly investigate multiple abuse complaints against the mother of Gabriel Fernandez and her boyfriend. The two are charged with killing the 8-year-old. But court records indicate the pair beat, burned and otherwise tortured the boy […]

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Brickbat: Stop Sharing

The chairman of Germany’s Social Democratic Party has proposed fining Facebook 500,000 euros for each “fake” news story on the site. Thomas Opperman says Facebook should be required to set up a commission within Germany to which people could file complaints about false stories. But he denied that such a commission would be an “opinion […]

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Brickbat: All Wet

Jon Carey says the pond on his 10-acre home near Butte Falls, Oregon, is the best part of the property. Carey and his wife bought the property two and a half years ago. The pond has been there for 40 years. But now the Jackson County watermaster says the pond is illegal. State law gives […]

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Brickbat: The Tall Poppy

Bjørn Hovdal / Dreamstime.comA teen in Turin, Italy, whose name wasn’t released, was suspended from his school during the previous school year for 10 days after teachers found he had a thriving business bringing snacks and drinks to school to sell to other students. They recently found he was still at it and suspended him […]

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