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More Migrants Are Drowning Along Rio Grande

More Migrants Are Drowning Along Rio Grande

MISSION, Texas (AP) — A U.S. surveillance helicopter hovering over the Rio Grande spots a body floating near a muddy bank on the Mexican side of the river. Soon another body turns up, then another. A Mexican investigator arrives and holds up his hand confirming the grim tally: four men and a woman. The grisly [...]
Cesar Chavez – His Legacy Lights a New Leader’s PathI was 11 years old when my parents brought me from Mexico to the United States. Both my parents were migrant farm workers from Guanajuato, Mexico. My father came to the United States as a bracero(guest worker) during World War II to harvest the crops in the absence of workers who had gone to fight [...]
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New Payday Loan Rules Designed to Stop ‘Debt Trap’WASHINGTON (AP) — Each month, more than 200,000 needy U.S. households take out what’s advertised as a brief loan.  Many have run out of money between paychecks. So they obtain a “payday” loan to tide them over. Problem is, such loans can often bury them in fees and debts. Their bank accounts can be closed, [...]
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Alabama Voting Districts Need Review, Supreme Court SaysWASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court on Wednesday said a lower court must take another look at whether Alabama’s Republican-led legislature relied too heavily on race when it redrew the state’s voting districts in a way that Black leaders say limited minority voting power.  The justices split 5-4 across ideological lines in ruling that a three-judge [...]
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State of Black America Improves but Lags Behind WhitesWASHINGTON (AP) — Despite high-profile concern over issues underscored by the racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, African Americans and Hispanics are faring well in certain areas, including better health care and reductions in violent crime, the latest State of Black America report from the National Urban League says. The National Urban League derives its numbers [...]
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Ferguson Shows Why Courts Need to Be AccountableMAPLEWOOD, Mo. — Earlier this month, officials in Ferguson left their positions at dizzying speed in the wake of a scathing U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) report documenting corrupt court practices. As the city government collapsed like a house of cards, I stood in line at the municipal court in neighboring Maplewood, 15 minutes south [...]
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Consumers Encouraged to Give Feedback on Credit Cards  Aggressive debt collection, confusing or changing terms and bogus “introductory offers” are all ways consumers have been bamboozled by credit card companies. If you’ve had issues with credit card companies, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) wants to hear about your experiences. The CFPB, a regulatory agency born amid Wall Street reforms, is seeking [...]
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Chicago Police Target Blacks in ‘Stop-and-Frisk,’ ACLU SaysCHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police officers initiated stop, question and frisk encounters at a much higher rate last summer than their New York City counterparts ever did, and just like with New York’s heavily criticized program, Chicago Blacks and other racial minorities were disproportionately targeted, according to a civil liberties group.  The American Civil Liberties Union [...]
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A Taiwanese Immigrant Talks About ‘Leaving the Shadows’My name is Annie Kao. I am undocumented. It took me many years to accept and finally become comfortable with my immigration status. I grew up in Taiwan and came to the United States with my grandmother and brother when I was 12 years old. I was told that I was going to study in [...]
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Low-Income Families Seek Tax Refund Advances, Face FeesWASHINGTON (AP) — Cash-strapped Americans anxious for tax refunds are increasingly turning to payment advances, prepaid cards or other costly services when getting tax preparation help, according to new federal data raising concerns among regulators about whether consumers are fully informed about the fees. Regulators are looking to increase oversight of preparers amid the rise [...]
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