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Black Americans killed by police twice as likely to be unarmed as white people

Black Americans ore likely unarmedBlack Americans are more than twice as likely to be unarmed when killed during encounters with police as white people, according to a Guardian investigation which found 102 of 464 people killed so far this year in incidents with law enforcement officers were not carrying weapons.

An analysis of public records, local news reports and Guardian reporting found that 32% of black people killed by police in 2015 were unarmed, as were 25% of Hispanic and Latino people, compared with 15% of white people killed.


U.S. top court declines request to revive Arizona immigration law

SC refuses to hear Arizona ban on immigration lawThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left intact an appeals court ruling from last year that struck down an Arizona law that denied bail to illegal immigrants charged with certain felonies.

The justices rejected an appeal filed by Maricopa County and its controversial sheriff, Joe Arpaio. Three of the court's conservative justices, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito, said they would have heard the case. Four of the nine justices must agree to hear a case for the court to take it up.


Beau Biden, Joe Biden's Son, Dead At 46 From Brain Cancer

Beau BidenBeau Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden, has died from brain cancer, the White House announced Saturday evening. He was 46.

It is with broken hearts that Hallie, Hunter, Ashley, Jill and I announce the passing of our husband, brother and son, Beau, after he battled brain cancer with the same integrity, courage and strength he demonstrated every day of his life.


Kerry breaks leg in bike crash; ends overseas trip early

Kerry breaks legU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry broke his leg in a bicycle crash Sunday, apparently after hitting a curb, and scrapped the rest of a four-nation trip that included an international conference on combating the Islamic State group.

Kerry was in stable condition and in good spirits as he prepared to return to Boston for further treatment with the doctor who previously operated on his hip, U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said. He said X-rays at a Swiss hospital confirmed that Kerry fractured his right femur.


'No Diet Coke for you': Islamophobia at 30,000 feet leads to viral United Airlines boycott

United Airlines IslamaphobiaWhat happens when you ask for an unopened can of Diet Coke on an airplane? If you’re a Muslim woman, according to one report, you don’t get served.

And the man sitting next to you gets an unopened can of beer just fine.

Tahera Ahmad, a Muslim chaplain at Chicago’s Northwestern University, documented these allegations from onboard a United Airlines flight this weekend in an episode that almost immediately went viral – and led to pledges to boycott the airline.


Bank of America fined $30M for violations involving U.S. servicemembers

Bank of America finedBank of America has been hit with a $30 million fine for violating the rights of accounts owned by U.S. military servicemembers, officials said.

The violations reportedly involve 73,000 different bank accounts belonging to the military members, the New York Times reported.

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (O.C.C.) said the bank violated the rights of servicemembers and failed to ensure it was complying with a federal law designed to ease financial stresses on those in the military.


Will new focus on rape kit tests put thousands behind bars?

Rape kitsThe evidence piled up for years, abandoned in police property rooms, warehouses and crime labs. Now, tens of thousands of sexual assault kits are giving up their secrets — and rapists who've long remained free may finally face justice.

A dramatic shift is taking hold across the country as police and prosecutors scramble to process these kits and use DNA matches to track down sexual predators, many of whom attacked more women while evidence of their crimes languished in storage. Lawmakers, meanwhile, are proposing reforms to ensure this doesn't happen again.


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