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Ken Thompson, Brooklyn's First Black District Attorney, Dies at 50

Ken Thompson diesBrooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson died Sunday at the age of 50 after 32 months in office, officials said.

Thompson’s sudden death at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center came as a shock to the city, which was already reeling from his announcement Tuesday that he was seriously ill with cancer and was going on leave to be treated.

His family was with him when he died.


Trump, companies accused of mistreating women in at least 20 lawsuits

Trump lawsuitsOne woman sued Donald Trump’s Miami resort saying she lost her job because she got pregnant.

Two others claimed they were fired after complaining that co-workers sexually harassed them.

And a number of women testified in a lawsuit that Trump himself repeatedly instructed managers to hire younger, prettier workers at his Los Angeles golf club.


Donald Trump’s grotesque pre-debate stunt: Appears with women who have accused Bill Clinton of rape

Trump stuntDonald Trump’s trolling has hit a new low.

In a truly unprecedented move, the Republican presidential nominee held a pre-debate press conference with some of the women who have accused former President Bill Clinton of sexual assault or unwanted sexual advances.

In a move clearly orchestrated by campaign CEO Steve Bannon, Trump delivered the attack campaign against rival Hillary Clinton that the right-wing media has craved for over two decades and attempted to deflect attention away from the leaked audio in which Trump boasts of sexual assault.


Cornered Trump Could Go Nuclear At Debate, Defies Calls To Quit Race Over Vulgar Video

Trump  campaign in turmoilRepublican Donald Trump on Sunday struck a defiant tone in the face of calls for him to abandon the U.S. presidential race, attacking prominent Republicans and saying he has “tremendous support” despite a storm over his vulgar comments about women.

On a day in which Trump was due to debate Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton a month ahead of the Nov. 8 election, Trump took to social media to try to squelch any speculation that he could leave the race.


Canada Sets the Trend on Climate

Canada climate change setterCanada is an unlikely model for climate-change policy. As things stand, it’s a long way from keeping the promise it made as part of the Paris agreement to sharply cut carbon emissions. But its government is now proposing to make this right -- and with an approach that deserves to be widely copied.

This week Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a national carbon tax, starting at C$10 ($8) a ton in 2018 and rising to C$50 by 2022. The plan isn’t perfect, but the basic idea is right.


Hurricane Matthew: Haiti battles cholera outbreak

Haiti hurricaneHurricane-ravaged Haiti is struggling to cope with a rise in cholera cases with officials warning that contaminated water and a lack of hygiene are posing a risk to thousands of people in the impoverished country.

Hurricane Matthew, the fiercest Caribbean storm in nearly a decade, ploughed through Haiti on Tuesday, killing at least 877 people and levelling huge swaths of the country's south.


More cities replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day

Indigenous DayPhoenix voted on Wednesday to officially declare the second Monday in October -- the same day as Columbus Day -- Indigenous Peoples' Day.

The Phoenix City Council unanimously approved the request which aims to celebrate Phoenix's indigenous community.

Phoenix is the largest city in the country to formally recognize the alternative celebration, joining 25 other cities including Seattle, Minneapolis and Denver. South Dakota and Vermont also honor Indigenous Peoples' Day statewide.


Death penalty in US: New Mexico defies nation's mood

Death penalty in USNew Mexico has taken a first step towards reinstating capital punishment in the US state, a move which, if successful, would defy a national trend that has seen support for capital punishment wane in recent years.

During a state budget battle in the early hours of Thursday morning, the House of Representatives on a 36-30 vote along party lines agreed to bring back the death penalty.


Terrorist opens fire in Jerusalem, killing two

Jerusalem shootingTwo people were killed and five more were injured in a shooting attack near Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem Sunday morning, police and emergency medical officials said.

Police described the incident, which saw an East Jerusalem gunman open fire at pedestrians and police over a several hundred meter swath of the capital, as a terror attack.

One woman, approximately 60 years old, was shot in the upper body and critically wounded in the attack, according to the Magen David Adom ambulance service.


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