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Cops Shot Blacks’ Mugshots as Practice

Cops shot blacks mugshotsUS police officers have been criticised for using mug shots of black suspects for target practice in Florida.

The images used by North Miami Beach Police were discovered by a female soldier who used the firing range after a police training session.  Sgt Valerie Deant recognised her brother as one of the target images, according to NBC Miami.

Police Chief J Scott Dennis said that his officers had used poor judgment but denied racial profiling.

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US supreme court agrees to hear cases on right to same-sex marriage nationwide

US supreme court to hear gay marriage argumentsThe supreme court on Friday announced it will review four same-sex marriage cases in this session, nearly two years after its landmark decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (Doma) set in course a string of swift victories for the marriage equality movement.

Advocates, opponents and lawmakers have been anxious for a once-and-for-all ruling on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage in the US after the supreme court struck down key parts of Doma in June 2013. Months later, the status of state same-sex marriage laws began changing on nearly a weekly basis.

The case will be argued in April and a decision is expected by late June.

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Eric Holder Curbing Federal Government's Role In Civil Asset Forfeiture

Eric HolderAttorney General Eric Holder is curbing the federal government's role in a civil asset forfeiture program involving local and state law enforcement agencies.

Holder says federal agencies will no longer take possession of assets seized by local law enforcement, unless the property includes firearms or and other materials that concern public safety.

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Boy Says He Didn't Go To Heaven; Publisher Says It Will Pull Book

Boy didn't go to heaven....Nearly five years after it hit best-seller lists, a book that purported to be a 6-year-old boy's story of visiting angels and heaven after being injured in a bad car crash is being pulled from shelves. The young man at the center of The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, Alex Malarkey, said this week that the story was all made up.

The book's publisher, Tyndale House, had promoted it as "a supernatural encounter that will give you new insights on Heaven, angels, and hearing the voice of God."

But Thursday, Tyndale House confirmed to NPR that it is taking "the book and all ancillary products out of print."

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St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese files for bankruptcy

Minneapolis archdiocesThe Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday, saying it's the best way for the church to get as many resources as possible to victims of clergy sexual abuse.

"We're doing the right thing," the Rev. Charles Lachowitzer told The Associated Press in an interview in advance of Friday's filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. "This decision reflects the end of a process of putting victims first."

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Michigan must recognize legal marriages of 300 same-sex couples

Same sex marriage - MichiganA federal judge ruled Thursday that Michigan must recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages performed during a brief window last year.

U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith wrote that the unions are valid, but stayed the decision for 21 days pending any appeal by the state.

A different federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban on March 21. More than 300 same-sex couples in four counties got married the next day, before an appeals court suspended the decision and blocked additional marriages.

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Secret Service director tells senior officials to leave their posts

US Secret ServiceFour top officials at the Secret Service have been asked to leave their jobs.

"Based on the Independent Panel review, and my own assessments, I will be implementing leadership changes in the Secret Service management team," Acting Director Joseph Clancy said in a statement on Wednesday.

The Washington Post first reported the news.

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