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Is Texas Guilty of Housing Bias? Case Could Affect U.S.

Is Texas Guilty of Housing Bias? Case Could Affect U.S.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court could knock out a decades-old strategy for fighting housing discrimination, a move that would make it tougher for people to win lawsuits claiming housing policies are biased. When the justices take the bench on Wednesday, they will consider whether housing or lending practices that have a negative impact on [...]
McDonald’s Faces Racial Discrimination Lawsuit in Va.Some McDonald’s workers who say they were fired because of their race are suing the fast-food giant, accusing it of dodging responsibility for the discrimination and harassment they say they endured.  The workers said in a federal complaint filed Thursday that about 15 African-American employees of some southern Virginia restaurants run by Soweva Co. were [...]
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Will U.S. File Federal Charges in Michael Brown’s Death?WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI has completed its investigation into the police shooting of an unarmed, Black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, a U.S. official said Wednesday. The Justice Department has not yet announced whether it will file a federal civil rights charge against former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. But officials and experts have said [...]
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The Full Text: Pres. Obama’s State of the Union AddressText of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, as prepared for delivery and provided by the White House: ___ Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, my fellow Americans: We are 15 years into this new century. Fifteen years that dawned with terror touching our shores; that unfolded with a [...]
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Marriage Equality to Be Considered by Supreme CourtWASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is getting back in the marriage business. The justices agreed Friday to decide a major civil rights question: whether same-sex couples have a right to marry everywhere in America under the Constitution. The court will take up gay-rights cases that ask it to overturn bans in four states and [...]
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Communities Rally on MLK Day, Focusing on AbuseATLANTA (AP) — Speakers honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at his spiritual home in Atlanta repeated the same message on his national holiday Monday: We’ve come a long way, but there’s still much to be done to fulfill King’s dream. The King tributes came against a backdrop of recent national protests over the [...]
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U.S. Prepares to Limit Payday Loans (en Español)They’re marketed as a simple way to tide a borrower over to the next paycheck, but payday loans can have devastating effects. Millions of Americans get caught in what consumer rights advocates – and the U.S. Department of Defense – call the “payday loan debt trap,” which is when lenders make loans borrowers cannot afford [...]
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Paid Sick and Family Leave Returns to U.S. DebateBALTIMORE (AP) — President Barack Obama launched a fresh push Thursday to bring paid sick and family leave to working parents and other private-sector employees as the White House unveiled proposals that could benefit tens of millions of people. Most require action by the Republican-controlled Congress. “Forty-three million Americans do not get paid sick leave,” [...]
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House GOP Immigration Vote Upsets Grassroots ActivistsWASHINGTON (AP) — Shunning a White House veto threat and opposition within their own party, House Republicans approved legislation Wednesday to overturn President Barack Obama’s key immigration policies and expose hundreds of thousands of younger immigrants to expulsion from the U.S. The 236-191 vote came on a broad bill that would provide $39.7 billion to [...]
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Health Care Subsidy Recipients to Get Special Tax FormsWASHINGTON (AP) — If you’re among the millions of consumers who got financial help for health insurance last year under President Barack Obama’s law, better keep an eye on your mailbox. The administration said Monday it has started sending out tax reporting forms that you’ll need to fill out your 2014 return. Like W-2s for health [...]
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