►A former Marine is suing after being fired from his job. Union Pacific Railroad told conductor Carl Newman that he was fired because of a visible tattoo that contained profanity. The company says the tattoo violated the company’s workplace violence policy. Newman says he was fired for making hundreds of phone calls to the company’s safety hotline about hazards along the tracks. “Newman is seeking a jury trial and compensation for loss of pay and benefits, incurred medical expenses, mental anguish, punitive damages and legal fees,” The Marine Corps Times reports.
►Police chiefs in Canada want missing persons cases and unidentified remains added to the country’s DNA index. “Canada’s DNA Identification Act doesn’t allow for the storage of missing person or unidentified human remains DNA samples in the crime scenes index, which is composed of DNA profiles obtained from certain types of unsolved crimes,” The Cape Breton Post reports. The Canadian Association of Police Chiefs says the additional DNA would help offer closure and reassure families that police are using all available technologies to find them.
►And authorities continue to monitor tropical storm Isaac as it begins to reach hurricane strength and follows Hurricane Katrina’s path. Isaac will be major test of the region's new flood control systems says the U.S. National Hurricane Center.
►In other news, the NYPD says all nine bystanders shot outside the Empire State Building last Friday were hit by police bullets. ♦ Political unrest in Ivory Coast continues to spread. ♦ And a new counter-IED technology has been developed at West Point that can “predict where an enemy’s improvised explosive device, or IED, depot is, based on previous attack locations and other intelligence.”