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AP: Across US, police officers abuse confidential databases

  • egregious: In the most egregious cases, officers have used information to stalk or harass, or have tampered with or sold records they obtained.
  • tamper: In the most egregious cases, officers have used information to stalk or harass, or have tampered with or sold records they obtained.
  • plead: Among those punished: an Ohio officer who pleaded guilty to stalking an ex-girlfriend and who looked up information on her; a Michigan officer who looked up home addresses of women he found attractive; and two Miami-Dade officers who ran checks on a journalist after he aired unflattering stories about the department.
  • plead: It's all your information, it's your Social Security number, it's everything about you," said Alexis Dekany, the Ohio woman whose ex-boyfriend, a former Akron officer, pleaded guilty last year to stalking her.
  • request: The AP tally, based on records requested from 50 states and about three dozen of the nation's largest police departments, is unquestionably an undercount.

Puerto Rico finds unexpected source of growth in agriculture

  • plantain: They are also eating locally grown mushrooms, kale and even arugula, along with more traditional crops such as plantains and pineapples.
  • acreage: The amount of acreage under cultivation rose 50 percent over the past four years, generating at least 7,000 jobs.
  • decamp: Many businesses have closed, tens of thousands of people have decamped to the U.S. mainland, unemployment is at nearly 12 percent and the government is in default.

From prairie to the White House: Inside a Tribe's quest to stop a pipeline

  • confluence: By then the Sacred Stone Camp, located alongside the confluence of the Cannon Ball and Missouri rivers about an hour south of Bismarck, had swollen in size to thousands, forming a de facto town of tents, teepees and trailers, a school, medic, communal kitchen, horse corrals and a legal clinic.
  • diligence: The Corps said it effectively considered its due diligence requirement met when it green lit the line in July.
  • percolate: While the government's reversal in September caught most by surprise, a March 29 letter from the Department of the Interior to the Army Corps reviewed by Reuters shows that disagreements within the administration had been percolating for months.
  • entreaty: Cladoosby admits he " was really surprised" by the fast moving events after his strategically-timed entreaty.