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NBA Bans Clippers Owner for Life – Over Racist CommentsNEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the NBA in response to racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation. Commissioner Adam Silver said he will try to force the controversial owner to sell his franchise. Sterling has also been fined $2.5 million, [...]
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Church Leaders: N.C. Gay Marriage Ban Squashes ReligionCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A coalition of clergy members is challenging North Carolina’s constitutional ban on gay marriage with an unusual approach in a federal lawsuit: They say it violates their religious freedom. The clergy members said in the lawsuit filed Monday that they’d like to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies in their congregations, but they [...]
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Storms Rip Through Mississippi, Alabama and TennesseeLOUISVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over three days flattened homes and businesses, forced frightened residents in more than half a dozen states to take cover and left tens of thousands in the dark Tuesday. As the storm hopscotched across a large swath of the U.S., [...]
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Tornado in Arkansas Leaves 80-Mile Path of DestructionVILONIA, Ark. (AP) — The sky turned black as the funnel cloud closed in, and Maggie Caro rushed with her husband and two children to a community shelter at a Vilonia school, where they were among the last to get inside the fortified gym before the doors were shut. “They were screaming, ‘Run! Run! It’s [...]
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Bill to Restart Affirmative Action in Calif. Ignites DebateSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions, a proposal to reinstate affirmative action has sparked a backlash that is forging a new divide in the state’s powerful Democratic Party and creating opportunity for conservatives. The debate is unfolding [...]
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ACLU on Ark. Voter ID Ruling: ‘Voters Will be Able to Vote’LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge struck down the state’s new voter ID law on Thursday, saying it violates the state constitution by adding a requirement that voters must meet before casting a ballot.  Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox voided the measure in a lawsuit over the way absentee ballots are handled [...]
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A Twitter Hashtag Morphs Into a ‘Bashtag’ for #myNYPDNEW YORK (AP) — To put it in social media terms, the New York Police Department got trolled. The nation’s largest police force learned the hard way that there are legions online devoted to short-circuiting even the best-intentioned public relations campaign — in this case, the NYPD’s Twitter invitation to people to post feel-good photos [...]
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Side-by-Side: Homeless Near Disney – the ‘Magic Kingdom’KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — When they moved from Georgia to the theme park playground of central Florida four years ago, Anthony and Candice Johnson found work at a barbecue restaurant and a 7-Eleven. Their combined salaries nevertheless fell short of what they needed to rent an apartment, so the couple and their two children have [...]
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In Arkansas, an Air Force Veteran Stands Up for VotingFrom Barry Haas’ perspective, the Arkansas state law requiring voters to show approved forms of photo identification before casting a ballot accomplished something he never thought would occur on U.S. soil. For the first time in about 50 years, his vote – as a U.S. citizen and resident in Arkansas – was rejected by election [...]
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U.S. Widens Clemency Rules to Cut Prison PopulationWASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is encouraging nonviolent federal inmates who have behaved in prison, have no significant criminal history and have already served more than 10 years behind bars to apply for clemency, officials announced Wednesday. The initiative is part of a broader Obama administration effort to trim the nation’s prison population, ease [...]
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