MORNING BRIEFING: Criminal cop, criminal prosecutor?

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Concerned about the penchant for crashing in fiery flame, local legislators are fighting to regulate the passage of crude oil on trains through Washington state. (SR)

Karl Thompson, the police officer who beat mentally disabled janitor Otto Zehm, then lied about it, has had his conviction upheld. (SR)

A deputy prosecutor is being investigated by the FBI over concerns she’s had an inappropriate relationship with an inmate. (KXLY)

Local Spokesman-Review columnist Shawn Vestal is on the shortlist for a 2014 PEN Literary Award. (NYT)

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The great battle over the Washington Redskins’ offensive name has been decided by the most unlikely, and bureaucratic, of sources: the patent office. (Washington Post)

Militants have seized Iraq’s biggest oil refinery. (NYT)

The current chief of GM faces skepticism from lawmakers over all those people killed by GM cars. (NYT)

You know who says he knows EXACTLY what went wrong in Iraq? Dick Cheney. (The Wire)

SANDWICH ARTISTS

To truly understand a cartoon character, first you must understand his sandwich. (AV Club)