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Anonymous takes on the Ku Klux Klan

kkkDid the hacktivist group Anonymous go too far in fighting the KKK?

With a promise that "This is just the beginning," the international hacktivist group Anonymous continued to control the Ku Klux Klan's online presence on Tuesday days after the KKK threatened to hurt potential protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. On social media, many celebrated the online group's actions.

The Anonymous cyberwar started during the weekend after the white supremacist group issued a warning to any potential rioters waiting for a grand jury decision on a possible charges against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in August.

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Ohio Bill Would Shield Source Of Lethal Injection Drugs

lethal executionOhio lawmakers are considering are considering a bill that would shield the identity of any pharmacy or drugmaker that provides drugs for executions.

Ohio, like most states, has struggled to obtain the drugs after European manufacturers prohibited their use in putting people to death. Many states have turned to unregulated compounding pharmacies to make replicas. But following several high profile botched executions, those pharmacies have come under scrutiny.

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Pennsylvania officials' pornographic emails 'featured children and violence'

Kathleen KaneSome of the pornographic emails that were exchanged among state government officials in a scandal that has claimed some of their jobs involved children and violent sexual acts against women, the state attorney general said on Tuesday.

The attorney general, Kathleen Kane, said in an interview televised on Tuesday night on CNN the images are “deplorable”.

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At least 7 die as snow, cold pummel East

NY snowfallBuffalo's first snowstorm of the season left several dead and looked to set an all-time U.S. record for snowfall in a 24-hour period.

At least five deaths in New York were blamed on the snow, including three from heart attacks while shoveling, officials said. Two other deaths were reported in New Hampshire and Michigan.

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Ricky Jackson to leave prison 39 years after a boy's lie helped put him behind bars

Rickly Jackson freedRicky Jackson is headed for freedom, 39 years after a boy lied to authorities and said Jackson and two other men killed a money-order collector at a Cleveland grocery store.

The lie helped a jury convict Jackson in 1975. He has been in prison until Tuesday, when Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty told Judge Richard McMonagle that the case against Jackson had fallen apart – based on the recantation of Eddie Vernon, who, at 12, helped build the case against Jackson. Prosecutors dismissed the case.

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Climate science provokes textbook battle in Texas

Climate change dispute in TexasSeveral textbook publishers have withdrawn passages from social studies textbooks that could have lead middle school students to think that climate change is not caused by human activity, an advocacy group said Monday.

The move comes a day before elected Texas school officials vote on whether to approve the books.

The decisions of the Texas State Board of Education could have national impact because the state is the second-largest textbook market behind California, so textbooks written for its market tend to end up in other parts of the country as well.

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Gay couples welcomed at the altar, but not at the office

gay couples unwelcome at officeThis is the dilemma now facing a growing number of gay couples: They can legally marry, but they can also be fired from their jobs, thrown out of their apartments and denied service at businesses because of their sexual orientation.

Many say the increased visibility of same-sex partners, even in small towns in conservative states, will lead to greater acceptance of gays. But, particularly in the short- to mid-term, it could also prompt more instances of discrimination.

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