US and EU agree to impose new, harsher sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

President Barack Obama speaking in 2012 (AUSTEN HUFFORD/DAILY/Flickr)

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President Barack Obama speaking in 2012 (AUSTEN HUFFORD/DAILY/Flickr)

The United States and the European Union have agreed to put new economic sanctions in place against Russia in what some news outlets are calling a sharp escalation in targeted measures.

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The sanctions are to be imposed over Russia’s failure to back down and their taking of a more direct role in the conflict in Ukraine, according to The New York Times.

Key sectors of the Russian economy will be targeted by the sanctions, the White House said on Monday when announcing the move.

The U.S. has accused Russia of not only ramping up their troop presence on the border with Ukraine, but also sending more heavy weaponry to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

However, Russia has accused Ukraine of shelling Russian territory.

The new U.S. and European sanctions are most likely going to target the Russian energy, arms and financial sectors, according to the Associated Press.

In addition, the EU is also …read more

Police officer fired for killing dog in front of 6-year-old owner

Photo from facebook page

Photo from facebook page

A Chicago-area police officer who fatally shot a young dog in front of its 6-year-old owner on Friday was fired on Monday. Witnesses said the dog was not provoking the cops before it was shot.

Police dispatch in the Chicago suburb of Hometown, Illinois received a phone call on Friday from the dog’s owners that Apollo, a 16-month-old shepherd mix, got out of the family’s yard, and they requested assistance in finding him, Police Chief Charles Forsyth said in a statement on Facebook. The officer ‒ identified by the Justice for Apollo Facebook page as Robert Norris ‒ located the dog and followed him back to his home.

Norris reported that, while attempting to coax the dog back into the house, the dog turned, growled and approached him in a threatening manner. He then withdrew his service weapon and fired one shot, striking the dog, the chief said.

But Apollo’s owner says the dog was never aggressive and did not lunge at the responding officers. She said he didn’t get defensive until Norris pulled out his gun.

“We were in the lawn and the cop already had his gun out,” owner Nicole Echlin told WMAQ. “I tried …read more