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NYC prosecutor: Nix convictions in '85 killing

David McCallum They were 16 when they confessed to kidnapping and killing a stranger and taking a joyride in his car. They quickly recanted but were convicted of murder.

Now, almost 30 years later, Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson plans to ask a judge Wednesday to throw out the convictions of David McCallum and the late Willie Stuckey, saying their convictions hinged on made-up confessions peppered with details seemingly supplied by police. Their cause was championed by one of the nation's most famous exonerees, former prizefighter Rubin "Hurricane" Carter.

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Supreme Court Stops Parts Of Texas Abortion Law

SCThe Supreme Court has blocked Texas from enforcing key parts of a 2013 law that would close all but eight of the state's abortion facilities.

The justices largely granted the request of abortion providers Tuesday. With three dissenting votes, the court suspended a ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that allowed Texas to enforce a rule making abortion clinics statewide spend millions of dollars on hospital-level upgrades.

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Missouri protesters trained for 'Moral Monday'

Moral Monday in FergusonProtesters in Ferguson, Mo., and nearby St. Louis said they spent Sunday preparing for acts of civil disobedience dubbed "Moral Monday."

Protest leaders said they spent Sunday training demonstrators for acts of civil disobedience at unspecified locations in Ferguson and St. Louis to protest the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson.

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Federal judge repeals Alaska’s ban on gay marriage

Alaska gay marriage ban overturnedA federal judge has struck down Alaska’s first-in-the-nation ban on gay marriages.  U.S. District Judge Timothy Burgess on Sunday said the ban violates the U.S. constitutional guarantee of due process and equal protection.

The state could appeal to the 9th Circuit Court, where chances of it winning were slim since the federal appeals court already has ruled against Idaho and Nevada, which made similar arguments.

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Asset seizures fuel millions in police spending

stop and seizePolice agencies have used hundreds of millions of dollars taken from Americans under federal civil forfeiture law in recent years to buy guns, armored cars and electronic surveillance gear. They have also spent money on luxury vehicles, travel and a clown named Sparkles.

The details are contained in thousands of annual reports submitted by local and state agencies to the Justice Department’s Equitable Sharing Program, an initiative that allows local and state police to keep up to 80 percent of the assets they seize. The Washington Post obtained 43,000 of the reports dating from 2008 through a Freedom of Information Act request.

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Innocent woman freed after 17 years in prison

woman freed after 17 yearsA woman who spent 17 years in prison after being convicted of murder in the death of a homeless man was exonerated Friday by a Los Angeles County judge who said she should not spend another minute behind bars.

The courtroom audience applauded after Superior Court Judge Mark Arnold overturned the conviction of Susan Mellen.

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Key Figures In CIA-Crack Cocaine Scandal Begin To Come Forward

Gary webbWith the public in the U.S. and Latin America becoming increasingly skeptical of the war on drugs, key figures in a scandal that once rocked the Central Intelligence Agency are coming forward to tell their stories in a new documentary and in a series of interviews with The Huffington Post.

More than 18 years have passed since Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb stunned the world with his “Dark Alliance” newspaper series investigating the connections between the CIA, a crack cocaine explosion in the predominantly African-American neighborhoods of South Los Angeles, and the Nicaraguan Contra fighters -- scandalous implications that outraged LA’s black community, severely damaged the intelligence agency's reputation and launched a number of federal investigations.

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