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New York police shoot unarmed man dead during East Village arrest attempt

NY police shoot unarmed manA man was shot and killed by New York police officers on Saturday, during an attempted arrest in the East Village neighbourhood of Manhattan.

An NYPD spokeswoman confirmed to the Guardian that the man was fatally shot earlier on Saturday afternoon, at around 1.45pm, but did not identify him, saying that the name had yet to be released to the press, pending notification of family.

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Wisconsin police billboard features officer who shot two people in 10 days

wisconsin police posterAmidst national tension over perceived police brutality, Kenosha, Wisconsin, a city of roughly 100,000 on the shores of Lake Michigan, just north of Chicago, has come into focus.

The Kenosha Professional Police Association (KPPA) posted a billboard thanking the community for its support. Some residents question the message behind the ad. It features Pablo Torres, a young officer who shot two people within a 10-day period in March. In the second shooting, Torres killed 26-year-old Aaron Siler.

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Supreme Court Seems To Be On The Verge Of Ruling In Favor Of Marriage Equality

SCOTUS ready approve gay marriageThe U.S. Supreme Court's arguments on Tuesday over same-sex marriage will cap more than two decades of litigation and a transformation in public attitudes.

Based on the court's actions during the past two years, a sense of inevitability is in the air: That a majority is on the verge of declaring gay marriage legal nationwide.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court's pivotal member on gay rights, has been marching in this direction with opinions dating to 1996. In his most recent gay rights decision for the court in 2013, rejecting a legal definition of marriage limited to a man and woman for purposes of federal benefits, Kennedy deplored that U.S. law for making gay marriages "unequal."

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Ford recalls 390,000 cars over fears doors could swing open while driving

Ford recallFord is recalling more than 300,000 cars in the United States to fix doors that could swing open mid-drive.

The Detroit-based motor company issued a safety recall Friday for about 390,000 Ford Fiesta, Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.  Broken spring tabs in door latches could prevent doors from closing, the American automaker said.

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Protests in Baltimore over man's death in police custody

Baltimore protestProtesters who have been holding demonstrations almost daily this week over the death of Freddie Gray are promising their biggest march yet a day after the Baltimore Police Department acknowledged that it failed to get him the medical attention he needed after his arrest.

Protesters vowed to "shut down" the city by marching through the streets and snarling traffic. The president of a black lawyers' group predicted thousands of people would turn out for the demonstration, when good weather is forecast and the Baltimore Orioles host the Boston Red Sox.

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White House releases report on NSA surveillance six years later

White House releases NSA infoWith debate gearing up over the coming expiration of the Patriot Act surveillance law, the Obama administration on Saturday unveiled a six-year-old report examining the once-secret programme to collect information on Americans’ calls and emails.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) publicly released the redacted report following a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by the New York Times. The basics of the National Security Agency (NSA) programme already had been declassified, but the lengthy report includes some new details about the secrecy surrounding it.

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Hawaii poised to be first to raise smoking age to 21

Hawaii raising smoking age to 21Hawaii is poised to be the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 after the measure cleared the Legislature Friday.

The bill prevents adolescents from buying, possessing or smoking traditional or electronic cigarettes. It is unclear if Gov. David Ige will sign the measure. Currently the legal age in Hawaii is 18.

"The statistics show that if you keep people from smoking until they're 18, there's a three-in-one chance that they will never become a smoker.

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