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Dick Gregory, civil rights activist and comedian, dies

Dick Gregory dies at 84US comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory - who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his fame to counter racism and protested wars in Vietnam and the Middle East - has died aged 84.

Gregory died at a hospital in Washington DC late on Saturday after being hospitalised for a week following a bacterial infection, his family said on social media.

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Sessions Cites Junk Science to Shut Down Pot Research

Sessions cites junk science to cut down pot studiesDoes marijuana have medical uses? Which chemicals in marijuana have positive medicinal effects? Which have negative effects? Does using marijuana have negative effects on teenagers’ brains? Is it addictive?

These and many other questions are still open to scientific clarification, and for decades it’s been the federal government’s fault we don’t know the answers.

These and many other questions are still open to scientific clarification, and for decades it’s been the federal government’s fault we don’t know the answers.

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Thousands march through Boston week after Virginia bloodshed

Thousands march through Boston to protest hateThousands of leftist counterprotesters marched peaceably through downtown Boston on Saturday, chanting anti-Nazi slogans and waving signs condemning white nationalism ahead of a rally being staged by conservative activists a week after a Virginia demonstration turned deadly.

Police Commissioner William Evans said Friday that 500 officers — some in uniform, others undercover — were deployed to keep the two groups apart Saturday. Boston's Democratic mayor, Marty Walsh, and Massachusetts' Republican governor, Charlie Baker, both warned that extremist unrest wouldn't be tolerated in this city famed as the cradle of American liberty.

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Kansas trial to examine bias claim against Kobach's office

Kris KobachA former employee in Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office alleges in a lawsuit headed to trial Monday that she was fired because she didn't go to church enough.

Kobach — who until the middle of 2016 held after-hours Christian prayer and Bible study sessions in his office — has called the allegation of religious discrimination by Courtney Canfield "ridiculous." His office contends she was fired over performance issues.

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Campuses, cities reject far right after Charlottesville

Richard SpenserPublic outrage in the wake of a white supremacist rally turned deadly in Charlottesville, Virginia, has left far-right groups facing a wave of cancellations across the United States as they plan their next moves.
Backlash grows against Trump's comments on Charlottesville violence

Security concerns have prompted at several universities to block alt-right events, while cities across the country are reconsidering rally permits.

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1 police officer killed, 5 others injured in 3 shootings in Florida and Pennsylvania

Police officers shot in three citiesOne police officer was killed and three wounded in nighttime shootings in two Florida cities where the officers were responding to suspected drug activity and reports of a suicide attempt, police said Saturday.

In Pennsylvania, two state troopers were shot outside a small-town store in Fairchance, south of Pittsburgh. State police say the troopers, both taken to hospitals after the Friday night shooting in Fairchance, were in stable condition.

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Mueller's investigation focusing on Trump Jr.: report

Donald Trump, Jr.Federal prosecutors working for the office of special counsel Robert Mueller are focusing their efforts on President Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., according to a Friday report.

They are seeking to determine his intent in taking a meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer last year, Buzzfeed reported.

The 16 prosecutors working for the special counsel office are reportedly trying to determine if Trump Jr. obtained any information from his meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, which was also attended by senior White House adviser Jared Kushner and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

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