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Malcolm X remembered as civil rights leaders grapple with new protest movement

Malcom X rememberedOn the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, family members and New York leaders commemorated the charismatic and controversial civil rights leader. They did so, however, largely without linking his life and work to recent protests over issues of race and policing.

On Saturday afternoon, at the Malcolm X and Dr Betty Shabazz Memorial and Education Center in Washington Heights, some 300 people crowded into a building near the place where Malcolm X was shot dead in 1965. On the wall of a wide hall, a massive and colorful mural depicted his life through his journeys around the US, on pilgrimage in the Middle East and while speaking in Europe.


As many as 2,800 inmates to be moved from Texas prison

Texas prison unrestAs many as 2,800 federal prisoners will be moved to other institutions after inmates seized control of part of a prison in South Texas, causing damage that made the facility "uninhabitable," an official said Saturday.

Ed Ross, a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, said the inmates who had taken control are "now compliant" but that negotiations were ongoing Saturday in an effort for staff to "regain complete control" of Willacy County Correctional Center.


Student behind 'laser cat' yearbook photo takes own life

Laser cat student takes own lifeSchenectady High School senior Draven Rodriguez, whose fearless creativity earned him international fame last year, took his own life Thursday evening, according to multiple authorities familiar with his death.

Rodriguez, the teenager responsible for the laser-cat yearbook photo that became an Internet sensation in the fall, committed suicide in his home, authorities said. He was 17.


Thousands of Detroit homeowners face new wave of foreclosures

Detroit foreclosuresTens of thousands of Detroit homeowners are facing possible foreclosure in the next year as the county cracks down on back taxes owed, which activists say are often extremely inflated because the county assesses property taxes on the basis of their value before the city fell into financial crisis.

When Wayne County officials opened the Cobo Center convention hall in early February to property owners hoping to work out payment plans to save their homes from tax foreclosure, more than 6,000 people streamed through the doors.


Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell sentenced to prison term

Va, former first lady gets one year, one day in jailFormer Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell was sentenced Friday to one year and one day in prison for her role in a bribery scheme that destroyed her husband’s political career.

U.S. District Judge James Spencer sentenced McDonnell on eight public corruption counts. Prosecutors had asked for an 18-month sentence. Defense attorneys requested probation and 4,000 hours of community service.


Kansas Senate approves proposed ban on abortion procedure

National right to life committeeA national group's push to outlaw and redefine as "dismemberment" a procedure commonly used in second trimester abortions advanced Friday in Kansas, with the state Senate's approval of what could become the nation's first ban of the practice.

The bill approved on a 31-9 vote is model legislation drafted by the National Right to Life Committee as part of its long-running efforts to restrict abortion incrementally. The group first unveiled the proposal in Kansas last month, but similar legislation is pending in other states, including Missouri and Oklahoma.


Alleged victim in Illinois imam sex abuse case speaks out

Imam charged with sex abuseFollowing the arrest earlier this week of a prominent Illinois imam accused of sexual abuse, one of his alleged victims is speaking out about the ordeal she says was suffered at the hands of Mohammad Abdullah Saleem.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, the alleged victim told of how she was at first honored to meet the respected imam, but ended up “terrified” to be in his presence.


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