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Private prison forced immigrants to work under threat of solitary, suit alleges

Denver private prisonerImmigrants who were detained at a suburban Denver facility while they awaited deportation proceedings are suing the private company that held them, alleging they were paid $1 a day to do janitorial work, sometimes under threat of solitary confinement.

They scrubbed toilets, mopped and swept floors, did laundry and prepared and served meals, among other duties, according to attorneys who filed the lawsuit in October on behalf of nine current and former detainees.


Remembering Srebrenica, two decades on

remembering SrebrenicaTens of thousands of people poured into Srebrenica 20 years after more than 8,000 people were killed in the worst atrocity on European soil since World War II.

The remains of 136 newly-identified victims will be laid to rest on Saturday along with thousands of others already buried at a memorial centre just outside the Bosnian town.

Thousands of Muslim men and boys were killed by Bosnian Serb forces after they captured Srebrenica in July 1995 near the end of Bosnia's inter-ethnic war.


The Latest: US Embassy condemns blast at Italian Consulate

Italian Embassiy blastThe latest news on the blast outside the Italian Consulate in Cairo early Saturday morning (all times local): 3:40 p.m.

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo has condemned the car bombing at the Italian Consulate in Cairo that killed one person, saying: "We extend our condolences to the family of the victim of this attack and wish the injured a speedy recovery."


How Billionaire-Backed Lobby Groups Are Trying to Squash Iran Nuclear Deal

Iran nuclear talksA nuclear deal with Iran could be a game changer for US foreign policy and for the Middle East. The P5+1 (the U.S., China, Russia, France and the United Kingdom, plus Germany) and Iran have been developing a comprehensive agreement that would freeze Iran’s ability to create a nuclear weapon and start the process of sanctions relief.

If it succeeds, this deal would dramatically decrease the probability of another costly war in the Middle East and could usher in an historic rapprochement between the US and Iran after 34 years of hostilities. US-Iranian collaboration against extremist groups from ISIL to Al Qaeda could help damp down the fires raging across the Middle East.


Sea Levels Could Rise at Least 20 Feet

Sea level could rise 20 feetEven if world manages to limit global warming to 2°C — the target number for current climate negotiations — sea levels may still rise at least 6 meters (20 feet) above their current heights, radically reshaping the world’s coastline and affecting millions in the process.

That finding comes from a new paper published on Thursday in Science that shows how high sea levels rose the last time carbon dioxide levels were this high.


White House Finds Way Around Hobby Lobby Birth Control Decision

Hobby Lobby decisionThe Obama administration on Friday issued its final rules for employers who morally object to covering birth control in their health insurance plans. The accommodation ensures that all employed women, unless they work for a place of worship, will still have their birth control covered at no cost to them, even if their employers refuse to cover it.

Under the new rule, a closely held for-profit company that objects to covering contraception in its health plan can write a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services stating its objection. HHS will then notify a third-party insurer of the company's objection, and the insurer will provide birth control coverage to the company's female employees at no additional cost to the company.


Cancer doctor gets 45 years for ‘huge, horrific’ crimes

cander doctor sentencedOnce-popular local oncologist Dr. Farid Fata was sentenced Friday to 45 years in prison for a complex Medicare fraud scheme in which he gave cancer patients overly aggressive doses of chemotherapy while treating others with the powerful drug for cancers they did not have.

In handing down Fata’s sentence Friday, U.S. District Judge Paul Borman cited the disgraced cancer specialist’s abuse of patient trust.


U.S. women's soccer team welcomed to NYC with ticker-tape parade

IS Women's Soccer ChampionsScreams and a blizzard of confetti cheered the World Cup winning U.S. women's soccer players as they rolled up New York City's "Canyon of Heroes" on Friday in the first ticker-tape parade honoring a women's sports team.

"U-S-A, U-S-A," chanted thousands waving American flags as the parade began moving north from lower Manhattan, cheered by a crowd thick with girls decked out in soccer socks and star-spangled headbands.


FBI: Flawed background check allowed Dylann Roof to purchase gun

RoofThe background check used to clear Dylann Roof to buy a handgun was completed incorrectly and he should not have been allowed to purchase it due to a felony drug charge, the FBI said Friday, contradicting earlier assertions the check was done properly.

FBI Director James Comey told reporters Friday a clerical error allowed Roof to purchase a .45-caliber Glock handgun despite him having previously admitted to drug possession.

"We are all sick this happened," said FBI director, James B. Comey. "We wish we could turn back time."


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