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The First Verdict in the Freddie Gray Case

May 23, 2016 A Baltimore judge found police officer Edward Nero not guilty on Monday for his part in the arrest of Freddie Gray, a black man who died in police custody last year. Nero was charged with second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and two counts of misconduct in office. Prosecutors had argued that...

Water, Water Still Is Scarce, Except for California's Rich

May 21, 2016 El Niño came to California, and now the state has been saved of its five-year drought––or at least some parts have. In the north, the boats in Lake Oroville and Lake Shasta no longer run the risk of beaching themselves on lake beds that had started to looked like open-pit...

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Justice Department Says This California Border Town Needs to Overhaul Its Police Department

May 19, 2016 The U.S. Department of Justice released a review Wednesday that found Calexico, California, a small California border town often used by criminals as a drug corridor has a police department that is broken in almost every way. The Justice Department’s investigation into the Calexico Police Department started a year ago,...

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American Eagle, Meet the American Bison

May 10, 2016 President Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act on Monday, making the country’s official national mammal the American bison, also known colloquially as the buffalo. The bison joins the ranks of the bald eagle, which serves as the country’s national bird. Congress approved the bipartisan bison legislation last month. The...

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Mexican Judge Rules 'El Chapo' Can Be Extradited to the U.S.

May 9, 2016 A Mexican judge has ruled that Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, the notorious drug trafficker and head of the Sinaloa Cartel, can be extradited to the U.S. just days after he was moved to a prison near the Texas border. On Monday, an unnamed judge agreed to the legal requirements and...

The Lawsuit to Keep Virginia's Felons From Voting

May 2, 2016 Republican lawmakers in Virginia said Monday they plan to file a lawsuit to stop Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe’s decision to let felons vote in the upcoming election. McAuliffe had campaigned to restore voting rights to more than 200,000 felons in Virginia when he was elected, and last week he signed...

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A Woman In Military Command of North America

April 26, 2016 General Lori Robinson moved a step closer Tuesday to becoming the head of U.S. Northern Command. The Senate Armed Services Committee approved her nomination, which will be voted upon in the U.S. Senate, and, if confirmed, Robinson would be the first woman to ever serve as a combatant commander. Time...

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Obama Urges Europe to Contribute More to Their Own Defense

April 25, 2016 At the end of his six-day swing through the Middle East and Europe, U.S. President Obama told EU members it was important to remain unified to face growing economic issues, the migrant crisis, and the ongoing civil war in Syria. He also urged European leaders to contribute more to their...

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The Gyrocopter Mailman Gets a Four-Month Sentence

April 22, 2016 A mailman who flew a gyrocopter and landed on the West Lawn of the Capitol was sentenced Thursday in a U.S. District Court to four months in prison. Doug Hughes, a 62-year-old from a town near Tampa Bay, Florida, had originally faced six charges, which could have landed him up...

The Fight Over Boulder's Sister-City Plan

April 21, 2016 The Boulder, Colorado, City Council voted Tuesday to hire a moderator who could start peace talks between two rival groups in the city. The hope is to bring them together in an argument over whether or not Boulder should officially become sister cities with Nablus, the city in the Palestinian...