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Obama Commutes Sentences For Dozens Of Nonviolent Drug Offenders

ObamaPresident Barack Obama announced Monday that he has granted dozens of federal inmates their freedom, as part of an effort to counteract draconian penalties handed out to nonviolent drug offenders in the past.

The 46 inmates who had their sentences reduced represent a small fraction of the tens of thousands of inmates who have applied. The U.S. Justice Department prioritizes applications from inmates who are nonviolent, low-level offenders, have already served at least a decade in prison, and would have received a substantially lower sentence if convicted today, among other factors.

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'One of the largest human experiments in history' was conducted on unsuspecting residents of San Francisco

Human experiment in LASan Francisco's fog is famous, especially in the summer, when weather conditions combine to create the characteristic cooling blanket that sits over the Bay Area.

But one fact many may not know about San Francisco's fog is that in 1950, the US military conducted a test to see whether it could be used to help spread a biological weapon in a "simulated germ-warfare attack." This was just the start of many such tests around the country that would go on in secret for years.

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NY disability pride parade draws thousands marking milestone

Disability paradeNew York City hosted its first parade Sunday supporting people with disabilities, with more than 3,000 participants heading up Broadway using wheelchairs, canes and guide dogs.

"We're here full force," said rapper Namel Norris, 33, now in a wheelchair after being shot in the Bronx and paralyzed as a teenager. "I thought my life was over, but music is my calling, I have a purpose in life."

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NAACP votes to end South Carolina boycott following flag removal

NAACP votes to end SC boycottThe national board of directors of prominent U.S. civil rights group the NAACP voted on Saturday to end its 15-year boycott of South Carolina prompted by the display of the Confederate battle flag on state capitol grounds.

"Emergency resolution passed by the NAACP National Board of Directors at #NAACP106, ending the 15 year South Carolina boycott," the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said on its Twitter feed.

The resolution was approved during the NAACP's annual convention in Philadelphia.

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How Starbucks Gets Away With Charging a Fortune for Cheap Beans

StarbucksMillions of groggy people this morning grubbed up an additional 5¢ to 20¢ for their Starbucks fix. No biggie. Most probably swiped or scanned and didn't even notice it.

But for Starbucks, those nickels and dimes add up–especially since it is paying less for the beans while ringing up higher-priced lattes.

The cost of coffee on commodity markets–the green, unroasted beans, or “berries,” that are stripped off the branch–has been swooning, thanks primarily to a lot of rain and high temperatures in Brazil.

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Unarmed Black Man Allegedly Strangled To Death By Mississippi Cop

Mississippi cop accused of strangling unarmed black manThe Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is looking into the case of an unarmed black man allegedly strangled to death by a white cop this week.

Jonathan Sanders, a 39-year-old Stonewall resident, died last Wednesday evening following an altercation with an officer. Sanders -- who owned horses and a buggy -- was exercising his horses when he was approached by officer Kevin Harrington.

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U.S. women's soccer team welcomed to NYC with ticker-tape parade

IS Women's Soccer ChampionsScreams and a blizzard of confetti cheered the World Cup winning U.S. women's soccer players as they rolled up New York City's "Canyon of Heroes" on Friday in the first ticker-tape parade honoring a women's sports team.

"U-S-A, U-S-A," chanted thousands waving American flags as the parade began moving north from lower Manhattan, cheered by a crowd thick with girls decked out in soccer socks and star-spangled headbands.

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