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Christopher Columbus: The myth that keeps on giving

Christopher Columbus mythOn October 12, 1492, a geographically misguided voyager by the name of Christopher Columbus happened upon the so-called New World.

Five centuries later, famed Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano would refer to the day as the one on which "America discovered capitalism" as Columbus, "financed by the kings of Spain and the bankers of Genoa, brought this novelty to the Caribbean islands".


Ken Thompson, Brooklyn's First Black District Attorney, Dies at 50

Ken Thompson diesBrooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson died Sunday at the age of 50 after 32 months in office, officials said.

Thompson’s sudden death at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center came as a shock to the city, which was already reeling from his announcement Tuesday that he was seriously ill with cancer and was going on leave to be treated.

His family was with him when he died.


More cities replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day

Indigenous DayPhoenix voted on Wednesday to officially declare the second Monday in October -- the same day as Columbus Day -- Indigenous Peoples' Day.

The Phoenix City Council unanimously approved the request which aims to celebrate Phoenix's indigenous community.

Phoenix is the largest city in the country to formally recognize the alternative celebration, joining 25 other cities including Seattle, Minneapolis and Denver. South Dakota and Vermont also honor Indigenous Peoples' Day statewide.


Death penalty in US: New Mexico defies nation's mood

Death penalty in USNew Mexico has taken a first step towards reinstating capital punishment in the US state, a move which, if successful, would defy a national trend that has seen support for capital punishment wane in recent years.

During a state budget battle in the early hours of Thursday morning, the House of Representatives on a 36-30 vote along party lines agreed to bring back the death penalty.


Two police officers killed in Palm Springs, California shooting

Poloice officers killed in CATwo police officers were shot and killed on Saturday in the Southern California desert town of Palm Springs after they were called to an apparent domestic dispute and came under fire as they arrived on the scene, according to police and eyewitness accounts.

A third officer was wounded in the shooting around 1 p.m. local time, Palm Springs police said in online bulletins.


Obama commutes sentences of 102 inmates

Obama commutes 102 sentencesPresident Obama on Thursday commuted the sentences of 102 inmates, the White House announced.

Obama has commuted the sentences of 744 individuals, more than the past 11 presidents combined, according to the White House. Thursday’s announcement brings the total number granted this year alone to 590, more than any single year in U.S. history.


NY archdiocese offers compensation program for abuse victims

NY Diocese sets up payment for abuse victimsThe Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York announced a compensation program Thursday for victims of sex abuse by priests who are willing to forego lawsuits in exchange for an award to be determined by an independent mediator.

"One sin, one crime, one scandal has gravely wounded us in the church, the sexual abuse of young people by clergy," Cardinal Timothy Dolan said in unveiling the program.


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