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Savannah State University student dies in campus shooting

Student shot to death Students at Savannah State University in Georgia were mourning Friday after a student was shot to death in the school's student union building.

Christopher Starks, a junior from metro Atlanta, died at a local hospital after an altercation Thursday night at the union, according to Loretta Heyward, a spokeswoman for the school.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a statement Friday that the shooting "appears to be an isolated incident."

The shooter has not been identified, according to the GBI.

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Al-Jazeera English defendants await verdict in Egypt trial

Al Jazeera journalistshree journalists on trial in an Egyptian court on terrorism-related charges are awaiting its verdict, hopeful that they will be acquitted after lengthy proceedings criticized worldwide by press freedom advocates and human rights activists.

On Friday, a day before the verdict, Canadian national Mohammed Fahmy, who was Al-Jazeera's acting Cairo bureau chief, said he was particularly hopeful because senior Egyptian officials had agreed to meet his lawyer Amal Clooney, in Cairo.

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Racist flier urges Detroit suburb to vote for white candidates

Racist fliers in MachiganFliers urging voters to elect white candidates have outraged residents of Southfield, a predominantly black Detroit suburb. The fliers also praise George Zimmerman for his slaying of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin, calling the youth a “thug."

It remains unknown who distributed the leaflets, which appeared over the weekend, but police are looking for who distributed the offending papers. Southfield is a predominantly black community.

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Refugee boat sinkings claim at least 100 off Libya, hundreds more missing

Lybia migrants drownThe bodies of scores of refugees have been recovered by Libyan authorities responding to two off-coast sinkings of smuggling ships thought to be carrying hundreds of people.

A Red Crescent official told the Associated Press that 105 people have so far been confirmed dead, but it is feared that the total could rise as hundreds are still missing. On Friday, Libyan authorities were observed removing bodies from the waters off the coastal city of Zuwara — a launch pad for overcrowded refugee ships heading to Europe.

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Appeals court reverses ruling that found NSA program illegal

NSAA federal appeals court has ruled in favor of the Obama administration in a dispute over the bulk collection of phone data on millions of Americans.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday reversed a lower court ruling that said the program likely violates the U.S. Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches.

But the impact of the ruling is uncertain, now that Congress has passed legislation designed to replace the program over the next few months.

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McDonalds may get pinched by labor ruling

NLRB rulingA major ruling handed down on Thursday by the U.S. National Labor Relations Board could give unions greater bargaining power by enabling them to negotiate directly with large parent companies like McDonald’s that rely heavily on franchisees and contractors.

The board in a 3-2 decision ruled that an existing standard that said companies only qualify as “joint employers” of workers hired by another business if they had “direct and immediate” control over employment matters was outdated and did not reflect the realities of the 21st century workforce.

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Georgia County Admits To Illegally Disenfranchising Voters

Georgia admits stopping votersFulton County, Georgia admitted to illegally disenfranchising and misleading voters in the 2008 and 2012 elections in a settlement this month. For more than two dozen violations of state law — including improperly rejecting eligible ballots and sending voters to the wrong precincts — the county will pay a fine of $180,000. To make sure the problems do not continue in the future, the county has promised to spend an additional $200,000 on new training software for their poll workers.

Voting rights advocates who focus on the region, including Julie Houk with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, praised the Secretary of State for investigating the violations but questioned whether the punishment fits the crime.

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Extreme Arctic sea ice melt forces thousands of walruses ashore in Alaska

walruses forced on shoreThe extreme loss of Arctic sea ice due to climate change is forcing thousands of walruses to crowd ashore on a remote barrier island off Alaska, and threatening their survival.

Barack Obama will be the first US president to visit the Alaskan Arctic on 31 August on a three-day tour to draw attention to the drastic consequences of climate change for the Arctic, such as warming winters and the rapid retreat of sea ice.

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Obama in New Orleans recalls 'natural disaster that became a manmade one'

Obama in New OrleansCalling hurricane Katrina a disaster “that laid bare a deeper tragedy,” President Barack Obama made his ninth visit to New Orleans as president on Thursday, to mark the 10th anniversary of the historic storm.

In a speech in the Lower Ninth Ward, Obama said the city “had long been plagued by structural inequalities that left too many people, especially poor people, especially people of color, without good jobs or affordable healthcare or decent housing.”

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