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Police in the US state of North Dakota engaged in a tense standoff with oil-pipeline protesters Thursday, attempting to clear them from a public road and off private property. Police used a sound cannon to disperse protesters, some of whom had moved closer to the construction area of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the subject of a months-long protest by Native Americans and their supporters. "There have been arrests made," said Dallas Goldtooth, a protester at the scene of the standoff, said in a Facebook post.
The U.S. Justice Department charged 61 people and entities on Thursday with taking part in a scam involving India-based call centers where agents impersonated Internal Revenue Service, immigration and other federal officials and demanded payments for nonexistent debts. Twenty people were arrested in the United States on Thursday, while 32 individuals and five call centers in India have been charged, the department said in a statement. The defendants, including 24 people across nine U.S. states, were indicted by a grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.