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More questions about Jeb Bush’s business ethics

In a public move presaging his run for the White House, Jeb Bush resigned from corporate positions at the end of last year. Less noticed: One of the companies where he served on the board, Florida timber company Rayonier Inc., faced a flurry of lawsuits not long before his exit. One case alleges that a plant in Georgia violated the Clean Water Act and contaminated the Altamaha River, and five other suits from investors contend the company made false and misleading statements that caused them losses. All are active in court. Bush is not named as a defendant in the
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Lately, life ain’t so hot in fraternities

Racist chants. Nude photos of unconscious women. A criminal investigation into hazing. Fraternities around the country seem to be coming under fire as never before over behavior that would shock the frat boys of “Animal House.” Despite a major national push to reduce drinking and sexual assault on campus and increase diversity, some fraternity chapters have failed to clean up their acts. Universities and the fraternities’ national offices are quickly punishing the offenders amid more promises of reform. Some critics blame popular culture, saying it’s making fraternities essentially ungovernable. “There’s this underlying acceptance that boys will be boys, this is
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Robert Durst: His words, in print, did him in

Robert Durst’s mumblings about how he “killed them all” provided the dramatic kick to a documentary about the millionaire’s troubled life and connection to three slayings, but it was words he penned that helped lead to his arrest on a murder charge, a law enforcement official said. Analysis linking a letter Durst wrote to his friend Susan Berman a year before her death with one he said “only the killer could have written” to point police to her body was the key new evidence in the long-dormant investigation into the 2000 killing, the official not authorized to speak publicly told
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When investigative reporters turn into crime fighters

Robert Durst was a rich man living free despite police efforts to link him to murder. Adnan Syed was a young man imprisoned for life for killing an ex-girlfriend. Media scrutiny changed their fortunes, pushing both back into the courts: Durst is facing trial on a murder charge, and Syed awaits an appeal of his conviction. Observers say it’s what journalists, or others taking on the role of investigative reporters, can and should do — but not simply, or heedlessly, to play faux detective. “We are holding law enforcement accountable,” said Kelly McBride, an expert on ethics for the Poynter
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Ferguson shooter: It was ‘an accident’

A man accused of shooting two officers last week in Ferguson was not targeting police or aiming at demonstrators at a late-night protest, his attorney said as he countered an earlier police description of the crime. Defense attorney Jerryl Christmas also suggested Monday that St. Louis County police may have used excessive force when arresting the suspect, Jeffrey Williams, saying his client had bruises on his back, shoulders and face and a knot on his head. Police spokesman Brian Schellman called the lawyer’s allegations “completely false,” adding that Williams was seen by a nurse when booked into the county jail,
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Oregon goes to automatic voter registration

Seventeen years after Oregon decided to become the first state to hold all elections with mail-in ballots, it took another pioneering step on Monday to broaden participation by automatically registering people to vote. Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill that puts the burden of registration on the state instead of voters. Under the legislation, every adult citizen in Oregon who has interacted with the Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division since 2013 but hasn’t registered to vote will receive a ballot in the mail at least 20 days before the next statewide election. The measure is expected to add about
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Robert Durst: ‘I killed them all of course’

The arrest of Robert Durst, a wealthy eccentric linked to two killings and his wife’s disappearance, came just before the finale in an HBO show about his life in which he said he “killed them all.” Durst was arrested on a murder warrant just before Sunday evening’s showing of an HBO serial documentary about his links to three sensational killings. In the finale, Durst was asked about similarities in handwriting in a letter he wrote and another linked to one of the killings. Later, filmmakers said Durst wore his microphone into the bathroom. What followed was a bizarre rambling in
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Police charge 20-year-old with Ferguson shootings

Authorities said a man charged in the shooting of two police officers last week during a demonstration outside the Ferguson Police Department had attended the protest earlier that night, although multiple activists said he wasn’t a consistent fixture in their tight-knit group. St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said Sunday in announcing the charges that 20-year-old suspect Jeffrey Williams told authorities he was firing at someone with whom he was in a dispute. “We’re not sure we completely buy that part of it,” McCulloch said, adding that there might have been other people in a vehicle Williams is accused of
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Young adults get their news in their own ways

Young adults have a reputation for being connected to one another and disconnected from the news. But a survey has found that mobile devices and social networking are keeping them more engaged with the broader world than previously thought. They want news, they say, though they don’t always aggressively seek it out — perhaps simply happening upon it on a friend’s online feed. And they want it daily. The survey of Americans ages 18 to 34, sometimes called the millennial generation, found that two-thirds of respondents said they consume news online regularly, often on a social networking site. Of those,
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Right-wing Republicans lose but vow to press on

Bruised but undeterred, some of the far-right Republicans who picked a fight in Congress and lost this week over funding the U.S. domestic security agency say they’re just getting started. The views of a handful of first-term conservatives who spoke with Reuters after the Department of Homeland Security battle suggest more conflict among Republicans lies ahead. At the core of these House of Representatives members’ defiance is a conviction that their duty as lawmakers lies first with constituents and the Constitution, while House Speaker John Boehner’s agenda comes further down the list. For Boehner, who was stunningly rebuked last week
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