RT America -- December 18, 2014

Federal prosecutors are taking on the New York’s infamous Rikers Island prison, claiming that at least 44 percent of underage inmates were the subject of excessive force. These actions resulted in over 1,000 injuries in 2013 alone, authorities claim, and the city has not done enough to remedy to violent institution. RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky is in New York City with more.

To the outrage of the natural gas industry, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is banning the practice of fracking, citing health concerns for the environment and local populations. RT’s Ben Swann has more.