Prison staffers' furloughs averted
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder said he has averted daily furloughs of 3,570 federal prison staffers around the country, moving $150 million from other Justice Department accounts to stave off a serious threat to the lives and safety of correctional staff, inmates and the public.
Some 38,000 employees at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons supervise 176,000 inmates at 119 institutions, ensuring security and providing prisoners with needed programs.
In a memo Friday to all Justice Department employees, Holder said that congressional passage of a spending bill keeping the government open through the end of September provides no relief from $1.6 billion in Justice Department budget reductions that already took effect.
Bloomberg touts gun control push
NEW YORK (AP) — A new $12 million TV ad campaign from Mayors Against Illegal Guns will push senators in key states to back gun control efforts including comprehensive background checks.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the ad buy Saturday. Two ads posted on the group’s site show a gun owner holding a rifle while sitting on the back of a pickup truck. The man says he’ll defend the Second Amendment but adds “with rights come responsibilities.” The ad then urges viewers to tell Congress to support background checks.
The New York Times reports Bloomberg is financing the campaign.
Police: Putin rival found dead
LONDON (AP) — Boris Berezovsky, a self-exiled and outspoken former Russian oligarch who had a bitter falling-out with Russian President Vlad-imir Putin, was found dead Saturday in southeast England. He was 67.
Thames Valley police said his death was being treated as unexplained. They would not directly identify him, but when asked about him by name they read a statement saying they were investigating the death of a 67-year-old man at a property in Ascot, a town 25 miles west of London.
A mathematician-turned-Mercedes dealer, Berezovsky amassed his wealth during Russia’s chaotic privatization of state assets in the early 1990s.
Home hit twice by different drivers
ALOHA, Ore. (AP) — One unlucky Oregon home has been the crash-landing site of two different people suspected of drunken driving.
In the first crash, on Wednesday, Washington County sheriff’s deputies came upon the crash scene and arrested the driver on DUII charges, but the home didn’t sustain any damage and no one was injured.
Then, on Friday, police found Kimberly Veed, 26, of Portland, wedged inside her 2003 Honda Accord, which was itself wedged between two homes, causing substantial damage.
Veed failed field sobriety tests and her blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit.
No one was injured in the second crash.