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Protests Over Police Shootings Block Roads In U.S. Cities

Protests around USProtests against the shootings of two black men by police officers shut down main arteries in a number of U.S. cities on Saturday, leading to numerous arrests, scuffles and injuries in confrontations between police and demonstrators.

Undeterred by heightened concerns about safety at protests after a lone gunman killed five police officers in Dallas Thursday night, organizers went ahead with marches in the biggest metropolis, New York City, and Washington D.C., the nation’s capital, among other cities.


Photos Taken Before Dallas Shooting Show Cops Supporting Protestors

dallas protest before shootingBefore a sniper attack killed 5 police officers at a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas on Thursday, the city’s police department shared photos and videos on social media that suggested support for the demonstrators.

In one photo, two smiling officers can be seen posing with a man holding a sign reading, “No Justice No Peace.”

It’s unclear if either of the officers were among those wounded or killed.  Other images show police controlling traffic “to ensure the safety of the demonstrators.”


America's child marriage crisis: Virginia law tackles continuing issue

Child marriage problem in Va.Until this month, there was no minimum age requirement to get married in Virginia – if you could meet certain criteria.

Girls as young as 13 years old, and pregnant, were wed with a judge’s approval in recent years, according to records from the Virginia department of health. Almost 4,500 minors were married between 2004 and 2013. About 90% of those minors were girls who married adult men.

The state senator Jill Vogel pushed through a bill that went into effect this month to ban marriages by those younger than 18, after she learned of a man in his 50s who was dating a high school student.


Thousands Of Guns Have Been Sold To Domestic Abusers Thanks To This Loophole

Domestc violence gun loopholeA loophole in the federal background check system has allowed gun dealers to sell thousands of firearms to domestic abusers before their background checks were completed, according to a new study published by the Government Accountability Office.

Normally, when a person attempts to buy a gun from a licensed dealer, their name is submitted to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, to make sure they’re eligible to buy one. Under federal law, individuals convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor or subject to a qualifying protective order are barred from purchasing a firearm.


'We're Hurting,' Dallas Police Chief Says After 5 Officers Killed

five police officers killed, seven hurt in DallasSpeaking the morning after the streets of Dallas became a war zone during a sniper attack on police officers, Police Chief David Brown said, "We're hurting."

He continued: "Our profession is hurting. Dallas officers are hurting. We are heartbroken. There are no words to describe the atrocity that occurred to our city. All I know is that this must stop, this divisiveness between our police and our citizens."

Brown then gave details about what happened on the second floor of El Centro College, where a suspect was cornered and negotiations went on for several hours.



Outrage, protests after second police shooting of U.S. black man in two days

outrage after second shooting by policeThe second fatal police shooting of a black man in two days sparked outrage in the United States on Thursday, this one particularly chilling because the victim's girlfriend posted live video on the internet of the bloody scene minutes afterward.

The killing of Philando Castile, 32, who was shot by a police officer after a traffic stop on Wednesday evening, prompted Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton to order a state investigation.


'Largest-ever' Silicon Valley eviction to displace hundreds of tenants

Silicon Valley evictionsIris Milano could hardly sleep after she got the news that her family would be kicked out of their two-bedroom apartment in San Jose.

“You’re always thinking and worrying. It’s something that is always with me,” said Milano, 47, a skin-care technician who lives with her husband and 14-year-old son in an apartment protected by rent control in the northern California city. “We are being forced to move. This is our home.”


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