The Patriot Act, Nazi Trial, And Other Stories You Missed

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Here’s a weekly round up of our favorite stories that happened week of April 18, 2015 that you might have missed.

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Japanese population falls to 15-year low
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/18/japanese-population-falls-to-15-year-low
“Japan’s rapidly greying population poses a major headache for policymakers who are faced with trying to ensure an ever-dwindling pool of workers can pay for the growing number of pensioners.”

FBI admits flaws in hair analysis over decades
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/fbi-overstated-forensic-hair-matches-in-nearly-all-criminal-trials-for-decades/2015/04/18/39c8d8c6-e515-11e4-b510-962fcfabc310_story.html
“The admissions mark a watershed in one of the country’s largest forensic scandals, highlighting the failure of the nation’s courts for decades to keep bogus scientific information from juries, legal analysts said.”

6 facts about marijuana
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/04/14/6-facts-about-marijuana/
Attitudes about marijuana have undergone a rapid shift in public opinion, paralleled by few other trends in the U.S. Our recent data, along with historical figures from Gallup and the General Social Survey, reveal how views have shifted about the drug over time.

Former SS Member, on Trial in Germany, Says He Was ‘Morally Complicit’ at Auschwitz
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/22/world/europe/oskar-groning-auschwitz-birkenau-guard-trial.html
“Mr. Gröning’s case not only revives searing questions about individual guilt for Nazi crimes but also highlights the decades of legal inaction over Auschwitz, where an estimated 1.1 million people were killed. About 6,500 members of the SS worked at the camp; only 49 have been convicted of war crimes.”

McConnell Introduces Bill to Reauthorize Patriot Act Until 2020
http://www.nationaljournal.com/tech/mcconnell-introduces-bill-to-reauthorize-patriot-act-until-2020-20150421
“A bipartisan group of lawmakers was expected to reintroduce on Wednesday a comprehensive surveillance-reform bill that would have effectively ended the NSA’s dragnet of Americans’ call data.”

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