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U.S. to Admit 20 More Civilian Deaths

drone deaths admittedThe U.S. military will admit later today to nine instances of coalition strikes that have killed 20 civilians in a five-month period in the campaign against ISIS, a Defense Department official tells The Daily Beast.

Those figures nearly double the number of cases the U.S. has admitted to during the 20-month campaign—in just a five-month period. Up until this latest tranche, the Pentagon had admitted to killing 21 civilians and injuring an additional nine.

On Friday, that figure jumps to 41 killed and 20 injured.


Multiple fatalities at Ohio, media reports say seven dead

Seven dead in Ohio shooting spreeMultiple shooting victims were found dead Friday in Pike County, about 75 miles east of Cincinnati, according an Ohio Attorney General’s Office spokeswoman.

The bodies were found at several locations, according to the Adams County sheriff's office. Initial reports said at least seven people were found dead near the town of Peebles, according to WCPO-TV, quoting the BCI. Some media reports say bodies were found at three sites.


Uber to pay up to $100M to settle lawsuits, drivers stay freelance

Uber workers are contractorsUber will pay up to $100 million to 385,000 drivers who sought to be classified as employees instead of freelance workers, settling two class-action lawsuits but doing little to change drivers' employment status.

Under the terms of the settlement, Uber is required to give drivers information about how and why they are barred from employment. The company is also required to create "driver associations" to represent workers in California and Massachusetts, the two states where class actions were filed. Drivers will also be allowed to post signs in vehicles saying tips "would be appreciated."


CDC: U.S. suicide rate highest in 30 years

Suicide rate up in USThe suicide rate in the United States continued its 30-year rise in 2014, growing in nearly every demographic group in the country, according to a new report.

The rate of people dying suicide each year has inched up by 24 percent since 1999 with increasing speed, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


'There's always an Intifada inside [Israeli] prisons'

Israeli prisons holding Palestinian prisonersAnger is building up among Palestinians held in Israeli prisons, with several inmates on long-running hunger strikes in a number of prisons and clashes erupting in the Nafha jail in southern Israel.

Rights groups have warned that the health of a hunger-striking jailed Palestinian has plummeted as his fast hits 51 days.

Sami Janazrah, 43, launched his hunger strike on March 3 to protest against being held in solitary confinement and administrative detention, a practice in which Israel jails Palestinians on "secret evidence" without charges or trial.


World Leaders to Sign Climate Agreement on Earth Day

Earth Day 2016Leaders from 130 nations are gathering at the United Nations to sign the historic climate deal reached in Paris last December.

The signing happens on the 46th anniversary of Earth Day. Since 1970, every year people around the world observe the day by doing different activities to clean up the environment.

On April 22, 1970, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson organized the first Earth Day with a “national teach-in on the environment.”


Meet The Women Going On The Back Of The $10 Bill

Susan B. AnthonyThe $20 bill isn’t the only banknote set to get a feminist makeover. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced Wednesday that in addition to replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 note with Harriet Tubman, the $10 bill will feature five leaders of the women’s suffrage movement.

The five women — Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, Alice Paul, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth — will be honored on the new $10 bill, which will still feature Alexander Hamilton on the front.

Here’s a little background on each of the women who will soon have a place on American cash.


Justice Department appears open to interrogation suit

Dept. of JusticeThe Justice Department has signaled that it won't try to block a lawsuit arising from the CIA's harsh interrogation techniques, leaving the door open for a court challenge over tactics that have since been discontinued and widely discredited.

Lawyers call the government's stance unprecedented, but also a recognition that a once-secret program is now largely out in the open. They say it's the first time the Justice Department has not sought, as its first step, to dismiss a lawsuit over the interrogation program by arguing that its mere existence is too secret to discuss in court. Judges have previously accepted that assertion, turning aside cases about a program that was designed to extract intelligence from suspected militants captured overseas.


International Super Star Prince Dead at 57

Prince deadThe artist known as Prince has died ... TMZ has learned. He was 57.  Prince's body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota early Thursday morning.

Multiple sources connected to the singer confirmed he had passed.

The singer -- full name Prince Rogers Nelson -- had a medical emergency on April 15th that forced his private jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois. But he appeared at a concert the next day to assure his fans he was okay. His people told TMZ he was battling the flu.


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