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Rhode Island Muslim School Vandalized In Hate Crime

Rhode Island Muslim school vandalizedA non-profit Muslim school in Rhode Island was vandalized with Islamophobic graffiti on Saturday, one day after holding a vigil for the three Muslim victims of the North Carolina shooting. The story garnered national interest after the Providence Journal posted a photo of the graffiti on Sunday.

The Islamic School of Rhode Island — which opened in 2003 as the first Muslim school in the state — had never been targeted by vandalization or serious threats before, the President of the school’s board of trustees told the Providence Journal.


FBI investigates claim suspects in 1946 Georgia mass lynching may be alive

Georgia lynching suspects aliveUS authorities are investigating whether some of those responsible for one of the American south’s most notorious mass lynchings are still alive, in an attempt to finally bring prosecutions over the brutal unsolved killings.

FBI agents have questioned a man in Georgia about the Moore’s Ford Bridge lynching of 1946, the man told the Guardian. The man was among several in their 80s and 90s named in connection with the incident on a list given to the US Department of Justice by civil rights activists.


Winter storm expected to set new record low temperatures in parts of U.S.

Boston stormA major winter storm could drop up to 12 inches of snow from the south-central United States to the Mid-Atlantic coast, affecting more than 40 million Americans.

Disrupted power lines and dangerous traffic conditions are expected as temperatures could drop to single digits in the affected areas.  The winter storm is expected to cross the Appalachians and parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.


FAA finally issues its small drone rule

Drone rules from FAADrones can begin flying low over the American skyscape by 2017 under rules proposed Sunday by the Obama administration that will finally allow their legal use for business purposes.

The rules, which still need to go through an extensive public comment phase, apply to smaller drones weighing 55 pounds or less. Such small flyers aren’t likely to share airspace with manned flights.


Unrelenting winter storms blast New England again

New England storms continueSnow and dangerously high winds roared into New England for the fourth time in less than a month Sunday, threatening to deliver life-threatening blizzards, hurricane-force winds, whiteouts and widespread power outages.

The storm is the latest blow to a region that has already seen more than 6 feet of snow in some areas.

A blizzard warning was in effect for coastal areas from Connecticut to Maine through Monday morning, promising 8 to 14 inches in southern New England and up to 2 feet in Maine.


Schools start treating e-cigarettes as drug paraphernalia

e cigSome schools are getting tougher on e-cigarettes, even punishing possession of the devices more harshly than regular cigarettes.

The devices, which heat a nicotine solution to create a vapor instead of burning tobacco, have passed traditional smokes in popularity among teenagers. Schools are clamping down because e-cigarettes, sometimes also known as vaporizers, can also be used for illegal substances like marijuana.


West Coast ports partially shut down amid labor dispute

Ports close in labor disputeThe 29 ports on the U.S. West Coast were effectively closed to cargo ships for the second time in less than a week on Thursday under a partial shutdown imposed by shipping lines and terminal operators in an escalating labor dispute with the dockworkers' union.

The loading and unloading of cargo vessels was halted for 24 hours starting Thursday morning, and the companies said those operations will be suspended — as they were last weekend — this coming Saturday, Sunday and Monday, unless a contract settlement with the union is reached.


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