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Man convicted in 1991 murder investigated by former NYPD Detective gets new trial

Hargrave gets new trialA Brooklyn judge tore into the tactics of a tainted NYPD detective when throwing out a conviction for a 1991 murder Tuesday - releasing a man who’s been in prison for over 23 years.

“The finding of this is court is that retired Detective Louis Scarcella was, at the time of the investigation, engaged in false and misleading practices,” said Supreme Court Justice ShawnDya Simpson, as she ordered a new trial for Rosean Hargrave.

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Atlanta educators receive heavy prison terms for roles in cheating scandal

Atlanta educators sentencedAmid stormy scenes in an Atlanta court on Tuesday, 10 corrupt educators who orchestrated a long-running test-cheating system in the city were given heavy prison terms after refusing to take a sentencing deal offered by the judge.

As relatives of the convicted sobbed and lawyers yelled, Judge Jerry Baxter told the court in a raised voice that “hundreds, thousands of children were harmed. This was not a victimless crime … It’s one of the sickest things that has ever happened to this town.”

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Hundreds of migrants feared drowned off Libya

migrants drownSome 400 migrants are feared drowned after their boat capsized off Libya, survivors have told Save the Children.

The Italian coast guard had rescued 144 people on Monday and immediately launched an air and sea search operation in hopes of rescuing others.  Save the Children said that many of the survivors were "young men, probably minors".

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Attacks kill 20 civilians in and around Baghdad

Baghdad attacksAttacks in and around Baghdad killed at least 20 civilians on Tuesday, as Iraqi security forces repelled an attack by the Islamic State group on the country's largest oil refinery, officials said.

Seven people were killed when a car bomb exploded in a commercial area in the town of Mahmoudiyah, about 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of Baghdad, a police officer said. The car was parked in a mainly Shiite section of the town near a bakery and went off as people were standing in line to buy bread.

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Iran Deal Reached In Senate; Read The Details

Iran bill passes SenateA tentative deal has been reached by senators on a bill to apply congressional oversight to a nuclear deal with Iran.

Under the deal, the president would still be required to submit any final agreement before Congress and Congress would continue to have a say over whether he can lift sanctions on Iran in exchange for restrictions on Iran's nuclear program.

But the new deal, hammered out between Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, would reduce the time frame the Senate has to consider the lifting of sanctions -- from 60 days to 52 at most -- and would keep demands on Iran limited primarily to its nuclear program and not, for example, against its sponsorship of terrorism.

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Senate Republicans Propose Stripped-Down Equal Pay Bill

equal pay billRepublicans in Congress have taken a lot of heat over the past few years for repeatedly blocking Democrats' equal pay legislation, so this year GOP women senators are proposing a bill of their own to combat the gender wage gap.

But the GOP's stripped-down version of the Paycheck Fairness Act has so far garnered nothing but eye rolls from across the aisle.

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Son-in-law of former NY Assembly Leader charged in $7 million fraud

Sheldon SilverMarcello Trebitsch, son-in-law of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, was arrested and charged on Monday for defrauding investors out of $7 million.

Trebitsch, 37, is accused of telling investors he would use their money to trade in securities through his investment fund Allese Capital. He promised double-digit returns with low risks.

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Chicago offers reparations package to police torture victims

Rom EmanuelMayor Rahm Emanuel and several Chicago aldermen are offering what they call a reparations package for the victims of torture under the city's former police commander, Jon Burge.

The city said Tuesday that the package will include an apology, a $5.5 million fund and city services, such as job training and tuition for victims and their families.

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Organic farms in the West Bank: Hemmed in by smokestacks, separation wall

West Bank farms hemmed in by wallThe Taneeb farm is surrounded by the conflict. On one side, there is the Israeli separation barrier that cordons off the West Bank, commonly referred to as “the wall.” On the other three sides are 11 Israeli factories inside an enclosed industrial zone in Israeli-controlled Area C of the occupied West Bank.

The Israeli factories arrived in the 1980's, partially on land that Taneeb’s father, Faiz, once plowed.  Little more than 10 yards from the farm, the Geshuri Industries factory produces pesticides and other agricultural chemicals.

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