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U.S. to pay $554 million to Navajo Nation

navajo code talkersThe Navajo Nation and the U.S. government have agreed to a $554 million settlement of claims that tribal resources were mismanaged.  Ben Shelly, president of the Navajo Nation, said town hall meetings will be held on the country's largest Native American territory to decide how the money should be used.

"The trust litigation has been a protracted battle, and in the end, it was a victory for tribal sovereignty," Shelly said Wednesday. "The Navajo Nation has worked tirelessly for many years to bring this issue to a close."


Attorney General Eric Holder to Resign

Eric HolderAttorney General Eric Holder will resign, a Justice Department official tells ABC News.  Holder was the nation's first African-American attorney general.

According to the official, "Attorney General Holder has discussed his plans personally with the president on multiple occasions in recent months, and finalized those plans in an hour-long conversation with the president at the White House residence over Labor Day weekend.


US Justice Department to review fatal police shooting of man in Walmart

John Crawford, shooting victimThe US government is to review the fatal police shooting of a man carrying a BB rifle in a Walmart store in Ohio, after a grand jury in the state declined to indict the officers involved.

The Justice Department’s civil rights division and the FBI will carry out a “thorough and independent review of the evidence” relating to the death of John Crawford III in Beavercreek last month, it was announced on Wednesday.


FBI report says mass shootings have increased in U.S. in recent years

mass shootings increase in USAThe number of shootings in which a gunman fired into a crowd has increased dramatically in recent years, according to an FBI report released Wednesday.

The study reviewed 160 mass shootings between 2000 and 2013 to identify common themes and to help local law enforcement prepare for or respond to similar killings in the future.

It focused on what the FBI calls "active shooter incidents," cases in which a gunman in an attack kills or shoots multiple people in a confined space.


Ruth Bader Ginsburg Thinks This Justice Is Responsible For Halting Access To Abortions

Ruth Bader GinsburgSupreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg thinks that the Supreme Court’s conservative attitude on abortion access can be traced to one of her colleagues.

“To be frank, it’s one person who made the difference: Justice [Anthony] Kennedy,” Ginsburg told Elle. “He was a member of the triumvirate used to [reaffirm] Roe v. Wade in the Casey case, but since then, his decisions have been on upholding restrictions on access to abortion.”


Colorado students walk out over anti-protest curriculum

Arvada high school protestIn Colorado's second-largest county, students and teachers are staging protests over the actions of a newly conservative school board.

Hundreds of students walked out of classes from five different Jefferson County high schools Tuesday, taking to the street to hold signs and soliciting supportive honks from passing cars. The action followed a teacher protest Friday where two schools had to be closed after 50 teachers called in sick, and a 100-student protest at Evergreen High School Monday.

At issue were proposed changes to the curriculum, which would include a new committee to promote "positive aspects" of U.S. history and avoid material to encourage or condone "civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law."


6 LA Sheriff's deputies sentenced to prison for obstructing FBI probe

LA sheriff's deputies convictedA federal judge sentenced six members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to prison time Tuesday for their roles in allegedly obstructing an FBI probe into civil rights violations in the city's jail system.

According to KPCC, in 2011 the FBI, investigating allegations of abuse and corruption, paid a corrupt deputy to smuggle a cellphone behind bars to inmate-turned-informant Anthony Brown.


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