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Los Angeles subway to be equipped with Wi-Fi and cell phone service

LA wifi- The Los Angeles subway will soon catch up with rail systems in other major cities by offering Wi-Fi and cell phone service.

The program is just beginning, and it will take two years to complete at a cost of roughly $800,000. The Red Line will receive the equipment first, which is a railway from Downtown Los Angeles to Hollywood. The project was approved two years ago but security concerns slowed progress.

Kim Upton, a Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesperson, said passengers will no longer have to check for missed calls and texts once the project is complete.

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Moderate quake on San Andreas fault shakes central Calif.

san andreas faultA moderate earthquake on California's San Andreas fault shook the central coastal area of the state early Tuesday.

The quake measured 4.4 on the Richter scale, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. It was centered about 150 miles south of Sacramento and 120 miles southeast of San Francisco.

The San Andreas Fault, stretching across hundreds of miles in western California, is the boundary between two plates that are moving past each other. The fault was responsible for the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, which killed about 3,000 people in the city, and the 1989 Loma Prieta quake, which has been blamed for 64 deaths, most of them when a section of highway in Oakland collapsed.

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Ohio death row inmates sue to know maker of execution drugs

Death row inmates sue over execution drug​Four death row inmates who are suing Ohio officials over a new state law that shields the names of companies providing lethal injection drugs want a federal court to prevent the law from taking effect in March.

Attorneys for the inmates filed the motion on Monday in US district court in Columbus. They want the court to stop the provisions that they say violate the right of free speech from taking effect, pending a trial on the lawsuit.

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'Friendship Nine' to be cleared of civil rights sit-in crimes

Friendship nine  clearedFifty-four years after nine young black men became the first U.S. civil rights protesters to serve jail time for sitting at an all-white lunch counter, surviving members of the group will return to a South Carolina courtroom this month to be exonerated of their crimes.

Their "jail, no bail" strategy helped galvanize the fight against racial inequality in the South and became a model for other protesters. But the "Friendship Nine," as the men became known, endured personal hardships for taking the bold stand.

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Labor can't 'sit on the sidelines' of racial justice fight, AFL-CIO says

Unions and raceOver the weekend, unionists from all over the country gathered in Atlanta, Georgia for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference, organized by the American labor federation AFL-CIO.

For a struggling labor movement, the event is a crucial opportunity to forge bonds with other burgeoning social movements.

The Martin Luther King conference has taken place over Martin Luther King weekend for around two decades, but this year’s event comes at an especially pivotal moment for the AFL-CIO and organized labor more generally.

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'Selma' stars including Oprah march in Alabama, honoring MLK

Selma march 2015Oprah Winfrey, fellow actors from the movie "Selma" and hundreds of others marched to recall one of the bloodiest chapters of the civil rights movement on Sunday, the eve of the national holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

The remembrance comes after several incidents in which unarmed black men were killed by police in recent months, spurring protests and heightening tensions around the country. In Ferguson, Mo., where one fatal shooting caused weeks of violent protests, leading black members of Congress pressed for further reforms of the criminal justice system in the name of equality.

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Two More Planets May Be Behind Pluto

Panets behind Pluto???It might soon be time to change all those grade-school dioramas of the solar system again: Astronomers think at least two more planets exist, reports Universe Today.

In two studies from the UK and Spain, scientists say the planets' existence is the only way to explain why objects are behaving as they are in the nether regions beyond Neptune (and recently demoted non-planet) Pluto, reports Smithsonian.

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