Below are Ring of Fire’s top stories from the past week.

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Department of Justice Asks Court to Grant Bush Admins Immunity for Iraq War

In a series of documents filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the Obama administration’s Department of Justice effectively asked the Court to grant immunity to former President George W. Bush, former Vice-President Richard B. Cheney, former Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, former National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz for their actions during the Iraq War. … Read more.

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Oil & Gas Industry Has The Most Worker Deaths

Worker deaths in the oil and gas production industry reached a record high last year, according to new, preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of fatalities in the oil and gas extraction category totaled 138 in 2012. … Read more.

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Third Florida Mayor Arrested This Month

The mayor of Homestead, FL was arrested on Wednesday on corruption charges. Mayor Steve Bateman, 58, is the third Florida mayor to be arrested within the past month. … Read more.

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Are Churches Getting Away With Fraud?

To be a tax-exempt, non-profit and stay that way by insisting that the non-profit stay within the confines of IRS law, can be easier for some than for others. There have been some problems in Paradise, recently, that may bother you if you have been paying your taxes like everyone else. It seems that churches a more tax-exempt than any other non-profit. … Read more.


Cheating the System: Texas School Chain to Pay $3.7 Million for False Claims

It doesn’t look like the Texas-based chain of schools under ATI Enterprises Incorporated (ATI) have much of a lesson to offer its students regarding honesty and integrity. The education system has agreed to pay the United States government $3.7 million to resolve allegations that it intentionally mislead the government into believing that it met requirements for student aid. … Read more.


Joshua is a writer and researcher with Ring of Fire. Follow him on Twitter @Joshual33.