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Man in prison 16 years may be acquitted after DNA links crimes to serial rapist

Luis Vargas in center of photA Los Angeles judge was expected Monday to exonerate a man convicted of three rapes after DNA evidence linked the crimes to a serial rapist wanted for assaults dating back two decades.

Luis Vargas has been in prison for 16 years for crimes he didn’t commit, according to the California Innocence Project at California Western School of Law, which took up his case in 2012.


Pew: White Christians no longer a majority

Pew: White Christians no longer majorityWhite Christians now make up less than half of the U.S. population, largely receding from the majorities of most demographic groups, with one notable exception: the Republican Party.

According to the latest results from Pew Research Center's Religious Landscape survey published Monday by National Journal's Next America project, just 46 percent of American adults are white Christians, down from 55 percent in 2007.


16 injured in New Orleans park shooting

New Orleans shootingHundreds of people were gathered at a New Orleans playground for a block party and music video shoot when two groups in the crowd opened fire on each other, wounding 16 people in the shocking Sunday evening violence, police said.

Police were on their way to break up a big crowd at Bunny Friend Playground when gunfire erupted at the park in the city's 9th Ward, the police said in a statement Sunday.


John Bel Edwards beats David Vitter to become Louisiana's next governor

Edwards wins Louisiana Governor raceState Rep. John Bel Edwards, a relatively unknown Democrat from a rural Amite, will be the state's next governor after toppling Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., in one of the biggest political upsets in the state's history.

No state in the Deep South has had a Democratic governor since Kathleen Blanco left office eight years ago. A Democrat hasn't even come within spitting distance of statewide office in Louisiana since 2008, when former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu won reelection.

That all changed Saturday (Nov. 21) as Edwards came out of nowhere to take down a Republican candidate once seen as unbeatable in a solidly Red State.


Ford union workers ratify new four-year U.S. labor pact: UAW

Ford union workers ratify new contractFord Motor Co's U.S. union workers narrowly approved a four-year labor contract after a late push for support by United Auto Workers leaders, the UAW said late Friday night.

The UAW said 51.3 percent of production workers and 52.4 percent of skilled trades workers voted in favor of the new contract, after more than a week of voting that concluded at U.S. operations of Ford (F.N) on Friday night.


Right-to-die fight takes shape in New York

Right to die lawSara Myers can’t speak for long because she runs out of breath; she is scared to eat because she could choke. After five years with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), she is ready to die.

Seated in a wheelchair in her spacious apartment in midtown Manhattan, she says with composure, “I don’t want to stay alive any longer than necessary with this disease.  My body is a torture chamber.”


Texas shoots down plan for experts to fact-check textbooks

no fact check for Texas school booksTexas' State Board of Education rejected a plan to create an expert panel to identify factual errors in history and geography textbooks.

An 8-7 vote Wednesday shot down a proposal to have a panel of college professors read the books specifically searching for errors.

The vote followed a year of controversy regarding the books' interpretations of Islamic history, the Ten Commandments, the Civil War and global warming. There was also an inaccurate reference to African slaves transported to North America as "workers" brought to the board's attention by the mother of a ninth-grade Houston student, provoked a national dispute.


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