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A new Senate report says so-called enhanced interrogation techniques were actually brutal treatment of detainees after 9-11. The report from the Senate Intelligence Committee, released on Tuesday, accuses the CIA of misleading Congress and the public. An example of where the committee specifically says the agency did not tell the truth is when the CIA claimed their interrogations played a major role in hunt for Osama bin Laden. According to the report, the intelligence that led to bin Laden’s location was “acquired from sources unrelated” to the CIA’s interrogation program. In reaction the committee chair, California Democrat Dianne Feinstein called the past interrogation practices a stain on the values of a just and lawful nation.

Storms are making travel a bit of a nightmare on both ends of the country.  The system hanging around over the East Coast already dumped several inches of snow in some parts of New England.  More is on the way, but forecasters believe the heavy snow will miss major cities.

Authorities in Oakland and Berkeley, California are looking for ways to keep demonstrators from taking over the streets again tonight.  Tuesday’s fourth night of protests included a temporary shutdown of the westbound lanes of a busy freeway and at least two BART commuter train stations.  The continuing protests sparked by police killings of black men in New York and the St. Louis area.

Here at home…IndyGo is cracking down on scammers who get free rides by posing as caretakers for the disabled. Beginning January 1st, personal-care attendants will be charged to ride standard city buses with their para-transit partner. Officials say current policy already requires them to pay, but because of fuzzy rules, most drivers let them on without a charge. A spokesman for the transit system says the upcoming change clarifies the policy.  Other changes are also being proposed at IndyGo which are set to go into effect when the new Downtown Transit Center opens late next year. You can let your voice be heard in an open house today at the Indianapolis Central Library (downtown at 40 E. St. Clair) from 1 – 8 p.m.

One man is dead after a wild chase and standoff by police in Indianapolis. Officers attempted to stop a pickup truck involved in an illegal drug deal on Tuesday.  The driver sped away and later slammed into a tree, but refused to leave the truck. The driver shot himself in the head as a SWAT team closed in. SWAT did not fire their weapons in this incident.

A most-wanted sex offender is no longer on the prowl in the city. U.S. Marshals and Marion County Sheriff’s deputies nabbed Sean Stewart in the crawl-space of a home on North Denny Street Tuesday. Authorities said Stewart has two convictions for child molestation and another for child exploitation.

Survivors of domestic violence are being shown how to take control of their lives. The Julian Center in Indianapolis is the largest emergency shelter in the state where more than a thousand people have called it a temporary home. Half that number were children. The center can use clothing, food, and diapers to continue helping more than 6,000 domestic violence victims each year. Contact them at (317) 941-2200 to learn how to donate in this holiday season and beyond.

A drug being developed by locally based pharmaceutical giant, Eli Lilly, is showing promise for people suffering rheumatoid arthritis.  The drugmaker announced the news Tuesday regarding baricitinib. The drug achieved its goal during a third phase trial to treat patients.

The Indy metro area ranks as the second-strongest real estate market in the Midwest. The downtown scene plus hotel and apartment complexes adding more rooms has the city trailing only the Windy City, Chicago. A spokesman said the distinction shows outside realtors the city offers great opportunities.

But while we have a booming downtown with grand opportunities for some, we are not metering so well as a state in another important category. Indiana is the 41st healthiest state in the country. Yes, 41 of 50. Nine from the bottom. A new study by America’s Health Rankings cites a high prevalence of obesity and physical inactivity, and high levels of air pollution as “challenges” to Indiana’s health. On the upswing, our strengths include a low incidence of infectious disease, a low percentage of children in poverty and high immunization coverage among teens.

The Old National Centre is getting a new owner.  The “Indianapolis Star” reports Live Nation Entertainment has entered into an agreement to purchase the 105-year-old landmark from the Murat Temple Association. Terms of the deal haven’t been disclosed.

In sports…

The Pacers are in action tonight at home, returning to the court against the visiting Los Angeles Clippers.  Indiana dropped its fifth straight contest on Monday with a 108-92 loss to Atlanta. Tip is at 7 p.m. Eastern.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will introduce NFL team owners to a tough new personal conduct policy today during a sit down in Irving, Texas. The new policy will reportedly include paid leave for players, owners and all NFL personnel formally charged with domestic violence or who become the subject of an independent investigation.

Indianapolis Weather…

Cloudy skies this morning will become partly cloudy this afternoon. Today’s high: 36 degrees.


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