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Ferguson offers hope to family of unarmed Native man killed by police

Ferguson case: Native American deathNationwide protests over police brutality and racism in the U.S. justice system after the killings of Michael Brown in Missouri and Eric Garner in New York have breathed new life into a case involving the police shooting of an unarmed Native American man in Utah.

Corey Kanosh, a 35-year-old member of the Knosh band of the Pauite tribe, was killed during an incident in which it is unclear whether a crime was even committed. A policeman fatally shot Kanosh after a high-speed car chase on Oct. 15, 2012, in Millard County, about 150 miles south of Salt Lake City. His family says the officer shot Kanosh just seconds after arriving on the scene; law enforcement officials dispute that account, saying the shooting took place after a struggle.

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FBI to investigate death of North Carolina teen found hanging from swing set

FBI to investigat NC teen hangingThe FBI will investigate the case of Lennon Lacy, the black teenager found hanging in August from a swing set in North Carolina, whose parents have disputed the official ruling that he killed himself and asked whether his death amounted to a modern-day lynching.

It was confirmed on Friday that a federal agent has been assigned to investigate what happened to Lacy, 17, a budding high-school football prospect found hanging in the middle of a predominantly white trailer park in Bladenboro, North Carolina, on 29 August. The move follows a formal request from the Lacy family and from the North Carolina branch of the NAACP to the US attorney asking for the federal authorities to throw their weight behind the investigation.

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Cleveland medical examiners rule death of Tamir Rice a homicide

Rice death a homicideMedical examiners in Cleveland ruled the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice a homicide on Friday.

The Cuyahoga County medical examiner ruled the boy died as a result of a gunshot wound to the torso, after he was shot by a Cleveland police officer on a playground while holding a handgun replica.

Rice’s case is one of several recent deaths of black men and boys to fuel anti-police violence protests across the country.

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Justice Department: Tribal reservations can grow and sell pot

Reservations may grow and sell potTribal reservations in the United States can grow and sell marijuana, even in states where it is still illegal, the Justice Department says.

In a memorandum released Thursday, Timothy Purdon, the U.S. attorney for North Dakota and chairman of a committee on Native American issues, said reservations must follow the same guidelines the department laid down last year for Colorado and Washington when they legalized marijuana sales.

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Fatal shooting flags concerns of discriminatory policing in Arizona

Police abuseHundreds of activists chanting "I can't breathe" and "No justice, no peace" marched through Phoenix this week to urge justice for black father of four Rumain Brisbon, who was shot dead by a white city police officer in a disputed incident that flagged concerns over what critics say is a history of discriminatory policing in the Arizona capital.

"He was a good friend, a devoted father, a loyal community member … and did not deserve to be killed like he was in front of his family," Brisbon's friend Jenee Polk said as protesters carrying placards reading "Justice for Rumain" and "What happened to peace officers?" gathered in the parking lot of an Elks Lodge in central Phoenix before a recent protest rally.

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NLRB Judge Rules That Walmart Illegally Punished California Workers For Participating In Protests

NLRB judgmentIn recent years, some Walmart workers have staged public protests about inadequate wages and unfair treatment. A number of these employees claim that management has retaliated against them for expressing their views. Now a court has ordered Walmart to reverse disciplinary action taken against protesting workers and put a stop to future retaliation.

The New York Times reports that a National Labor Relations Board judge found that managers at Walmart stores in Richmond and Placerville, CA, acted illegally by penalizing employees for going on strike, threatening to close a store if many of its employees joined a group demanding higher wages and telling employees that co-workers returning from a one-day strike would be looking for a new job.

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Storm pounds Bay Area — rain, wind, outages packing punch

Bay area stormThe biggest storm to hit a drought-ravaged state in years plowed hard into Northern California Thursday, bringing a deluge of rain and heavy winds that toppled trees, flooded and closed roadways, cut power to tens of thousands, and damaged homes and businesses.

Sections of San Francisco’s Embarcadero were closed in the morning between AT&T Park and Pier 39 due to the threat of waves crashing over the sea wall. All over San Francisco, homes and businesses lost power, traffic signals were out and transit service was slowed or halted.

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