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Flamboyant and flawed former DC mayor dies

Marion BarryPresident Barack Obama and congressional lawmakers mourned the death Sunday of Marion Barry, Washington, D.C.,’s flamboyant and flawed former four-term mayor whose political career survived a highly-publicized 1990 drug arrest after he was caught on videotape smoking crack cocaine.

Barry died early Sunday morning at the age of 78 at Washington’s United Medical Center. No cause of death was given, but Barry had suffered from a host of ailments including diabetes, prostate cancer, and kidney problems.

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12-year-old dies after officer-involved shooting at Cleveland rec center

Toy gun held by 12 yr. oldMetroHealth Medical Center has confirmed that the 12-year-old has died as a result of his injuries. Samaria Rice, the mother of the child, has obtained an attorney, who from this point will be speaking as the family's representative.

Original Story:  Cleveland Police are investigating after an officer-involved shooting at a Cleveland rec center on Saturday afternoon. Cleveland EMS says a 12-year-old boy was shot and taken to MetroHealth Medical Center with serious injuries. According to his mother, Samaria Rice, the boy is now in critical condition after being shot in the stomach. He is currently in surgery.

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US prisoner in solitary for 42 years has conviction quashed

US solitary confinement prisoner freesThe 1974 murder conviction of America’s longest serving prisoner in solitary confinement has been overturned.

But Albert Woodfox, will remain in jail until the state of Louisiana decides whether to contest the ruling.  He could remain incarcerated in a prison cell the size of a parking space for months, if not years, if Louisiana continues to prolong the legal process as it has over the past two decades.

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U.S. and Israeli firms selling spy gear to repressive regimes

spy gear sold by US firmsAmerican and Israeli companies are selling sophisticated surveillance equipment to some of the most despotic nations in the world, according to a report by a British watchdog organization.

Nations like Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and other Central Asian countries with widespread human rights abuses are using the technology to monitor the communications of thousands of ordinary citizens, and they couldn't do so without the products of the technology companies, says the report by Privacy International.

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US Supreme Court refuses to block SC gay marriages

US Supreme courtThe U.S. Supreme Court has refused to block gay marriages in South Carolina.

The high court on Thursday denied a request by Republican Attorney General Alan Wilson. He had wanted the marriages blocked while he challenges a judge's recent decision that opened the way for the marriages.

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Legendary director Mike Nichols dies

mike nichols diesMike Nichols, esteemed director/writer/producer and husband of Diane Sawyer, has died.  ABC reports he died suddenly on Wednesday evening of cardiac arrest. He was 83.

Nichols' death was announced by ABC News President James Goldston.

"He was a true visionary, winning the highest honors in the arts for his work as a director, writer, producer and comic and was one of a tiny few to win the EGOT-an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony in his lifetime," Goldston said in the statement. "No one was more passionate about his craft than Mike."

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Anonymous takes on the Ku Klux Klan

kkkDid the hacktivist group Anonymous go too far in fighting the KKK?

With a promise that "This is just the beginning," the international hacktivist group Anonymous continued to control the Ku Klux Klan's online presence on Tuesday days after the KKK threatened to hurt potential protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. On social media, many celebrated the online group's actions.

The Anonymous cyberwar started during the weekend after the white supremacist group issued a warning to any potential rioters waiting for a grand jury decision on a possible charges against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in August.

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