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This day in history 75 years ago: Pearl Harbor attacked

Pearl Harbor attackToday marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which prompted America to become involved in World War II.

In the early morning of Dec. 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor was aerially attacked by more than 300 Japanese planes. The attack killed more than 2,000 U.S. military personnel and more than 50 civilians. It was a quick, unexpected attack that only took about an hour and 15 minutes.

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U.S. Supreme Court Hands Down Three Unanimous Rulings

US Supreme CourtThe U.S. Supreme Court handed down three unanimous rulings on Tuesday, including a victory for Samsung in an ongoing patent dispute with Apple. The justices also sent the case back to lower courts for further hearing. In State Farm v. U.S. ex rel. Rigsby, the Court sided with two whistleblowing sisters who accused insurance giant State Farm of misclassifying damage to Louisiana homes after Hurricane Katrina.

State Farm had urged lower courts to toss out the False Claims Act lawsuit because the whistleblowers’ former lawyer had broken a court seal on the case. But the justices disagreed. “It is proper to infer that, had Congress intended to require dismissal for a violation of the seal requirement, it would have said so,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the Court.

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Walter Scott Shooting: Judge Declares Mistrial in Murder Trial of Former Cop Michael Slager

Michael Slager A judge declared a mistrial Monday afternoon in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man at the hands of a South Carolina former patrolman, after the jury said they could not come to a unanimous verdict.

In a statement read by Circuit Judge Clifton Newman, the jury said "We as the jury regret to inform the court" that they were unable to come "to a unanimous decision in the case of the state versus Michael Slager" after a day of questions and deliberation.

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Standing Rock activists stay in place, fearing pipeline victory was a 'trick'

Standin Rock protestsNative American activists at the Standing Rock “water protector” camps vowed to remain in place the morning after the US Army Corps of Engineers denied a key permit for the Dakota Access pipeline, with many expressing concerns that the incoming Trump administration and potential legal action from the pipeline company could reverse their victory.

The Army Corps of Engineers announced Sunday that it would not grant the permit for the Dakota Access pipeline to drill under the Missouri river, handing a major victory to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe after a months-long campaign against the pipeline.

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Man fires rifle in D.C. restaurant at center of fake-news conspiracy theories

DC Gunman fan of Alex JonesPolice in Washington, D.C., on Sunday arrested a North Carolina man after they said he walked into a popular pizza restaurant and began firing an assault rifle. The man, who sent customers and employees fleeing, told police he had come to “self-investigate” an election-related online conspiracy theory involving Hillary Clinton.

No one was injured.

Police arrested Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, of Salisbury, N.C. They said Welch walked into Comet Ping Pong, in the city’s Chevy Chase neighborhood, and pointed the rifle in the direction of an employee, who fled and called police.

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N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory concedes election 'despite continued questions'

Pat McCroryNorth Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday conceded defeat in the state's gubernatorial election nearly a month after Democrat Roy Cooper was declared the winner.

McCrory made the announcement through a YouTube video. He previously said massive voter fraud led to his narrow loss.

"Despite continued questions that should be answered regarding the voting process, I personally believe that the majority of our citizens have spoken, and we now should do everything we can to support the 75th governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper," McCrory said in the video. "The McCrory administration team will assist in every way to help the new administration make a smooth transition."

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What's the future of US for-profit immigrant detention?

Future of private detention centers in USWhen Sulma Franco fled her native Guatemala in 2009, she planned to reach the United States and apply for asylum on humanitarian grounds.
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But things did not turn out as Franco, a 32-year-old member of the LGBT community, had imagined.

"I left Guatemala for many different reasons," she said, explaining that she was a victim of violence because of her LGBT rights activism. Due to legal reasons, she cannot elaborate on the events that led to her departure.

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