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Alleged Tucson Shooter to Face Federal Charges Before State

Photo Courtesy - Pima County Sheriff's Department(TUCSON) -- Jared Lee Loughner, the alleged gunman responsible for the mass shooting that left six dead including a federal judge and 13 injured including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, will face state murder charges after the federal government completes it trial against him, authorities said Friday.

United States attorney, Dennis K. Burke, and Pima County attorney, Barbara LaWall, both agreed in a joint statement that the federal case would take place first.

Loughner faces three charges of attempted murder after wounding Rep. Giffords and two of her aides.  He has pleaded not guilty.

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Would You Want Government to Control Internet in Event of Cyberattack?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(BLUE BELL, Penn.) -- A majority of Americans believe the president should have control over the Internet in the event of a major cyberattack on the U.S., according to a new study.

Sixty-one percent of Americans polled by Unisys said the president should able to control or “kill” portions of the Internet if key U.S. systems were attacked by a foreign government, reports CNET.

These findings may suggest that the public would support a pending cybersecurity bill that would give the president greater authority over the Internet in the event of such an emergency.

Civil liberty groups have expressed concerns over the bill, which would give the federal government control over the private sector.

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Prison Staffers and Inmates Exposed to Hazardous Materials, Inspector General Says 

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Prisoners and staffers at Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) facilities were exposed to hazardous materials and toxic metals while at work for the BOP’s electronic waste recycling program, according to a report by the Justice Department Inspector General.

The report, issued by inspector Glenn Fine, said that a quasi-government company, UNICOR, and the BOP are responsible for the exposure of prisoners and staffers who were breaking up computers and electronics at prison facilities.

The e-waste program, run by UNICOR, allows for computers, monitors, printers, and other types of electronic waste to be recycled at federal prisons.

However, e-waste contains toxic substances including cadmium, lead, mercury and arsenic, which can be harmful to humans and to the environment, the report said. When e-waste is disassembled and recycled, workers can be exposed to the toxic metals which can cause serious health implications.

After complaints arose about unsafe working conditions, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) identified significant safety and environmental problems with the program that resulted in the exposure of staff and inmates at several BOP institutions.

The BOP and Department of Justice have agreed to take corrective action.

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