Morning Meltdown 6-24-11
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Uploaded on Jun 24, 2011
Morning Meltdown June 24, 2011
Teen Mob Hits Walgreens On The Mag Mile
The teenage robbery mobs are at it again on North Michigan Avenue. Some 50 young people barged into a Walgreens at Michigan and Chicago on the Magnificent Mile on Tuesday afternoon. They took bottled drinks and sandwiches off the shelves, then ran off, CBS 2′s Suzanne Le Mignot. A police report says authorities were able to nab three of the thieves.
Walgreens says the store is working with police, helping investigators with video from the store security camera. The Mag Mile earlier this year was hit by similar mobs of young thieves. Attacks on commuters and bicyclists have become violent, and police have stepped up patrols.
O'Fallon man sentenced to 33 months in prison for food stamp fraud
An O'Fallon, Illinois man is sentenced to 33 months in federal prison and will likely be deported to his home country, Jordan, for pleading guilty to food stamp and wire fraud.
Federal agents raided Rami Mohammad's Quik Stop convenience store in Washington Park nearly two and a half years ago. At the time, Mohammad told News 4 the agents were investigating him because of his name and that he was not a terrorist. Prosecutors say Mohammad would buy food stamp cards for cash. Mohammad would give the cardholder half the card's value in cash and then pocket the rest. He would then key in a list of fake grocery purchases and then wait for the government to reimburse the store's account for the total amount. (It's estimated that he defrauded taxpayers $1.6 million.)
Mohammad's wife says deportation would be tough on the family because schools and health care are not as good in Jordan.
House set to rebuke Obama on Libya mission
The House of Representatives is expected to officially register its disapproval of U.S. involvement in the NATO-led Libya campaign Friday, voting to restrict funding for America's role in the mission.
The bill, which would effectively prohibit U.S. offensive operations such as drone strikes, is seen as a sharp rebuke of President Barack Obama's policy in the war-torn North African country. It would limit the U.S. role to non-hostile actions such as search and rescue, aerial refueling, operational planning, intelligence gathering, and reconnaissance.
Much of the House's disapproval of the Libya campaign is being fueled by a belief that Obama failed to sufficiently consult with Congress before committing to military engagement. Specifically, a number of representatives from both political parties contend the administration has violated the 1973 War Powers Resolution, which gives the president 60 days to get congressional approval for sending U.S. forces to war, followed by a 30-day extension to end hostilities. The combined 90-day period ended last Sunday.
House rejects measure to continue US role in Libya
The House has voted down a measure giving President Barack Obama the authority to continue the U.S. military action against Libya. The vote was 295-123 on Friday. The congressional action has no immediate effect on American involvement but represents a repudiation of the commander in chief.
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