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U.S. Government to End Use of Some Private Prisons

U.S. Government to End Use of Some Private Prisons

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration announced Thursday it will phase out its use of some private prisons, affecting thousands of federal inmates and immediately sending shares of the two publicly traded prison operators plunging. In a memo to the Bureau of Prisons, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates told it to start reducing “and ultimately […]

Illinois Domestic Workers Win Wage Victory With Bill of Rights

Illinois Domestic Workers Win Wage Victory With Bill of Rights

Workers won what they are calling a “monumental change” Aug. 12, when Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation into law that will ensure an estimated 35,000 domestic workers are paid the prevailing minimum wage, earn time off and gain other basic workplace rights. The victory caps a five-year grassroots campaign to gain protections for house […]

Navajos Sue Over Mine Spill That Put Arsenic and Lead Into Rivers

Navajos Sue Over Mine Spill That Put Arsenic and Lead Into Rivers

Leaders of one of the nation’s largest American Indian tribes blasted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as their attorneys sued Tuesday, claiming negligence in the cleanup of a massive mine waste spill that tainted rivers in three Western states. Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye stood on the bank of the San Juan River in northwestern […]

Clinton Makes History, as Need for More Women in Office Rises

Clinton Makes History, as Need for More Women in Office Rises

Hillary Clinton and Mary Thomas have little in common, except for this: They both hope to add to the meager ranks of America’s female elected officials come January. You know about Clinton, who made U.S. history on Tuesday by becoming the first female presidential nominee from a major political party, but probably not Thomas — […]

500K Texas Voters to Benefit as Court Says ID Law Discriminates

500K Texas Voters to Benefit as Court Says ID Law Discriminates

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas’ strict voter ID law discriminates against minorities and the poor and must be weakened before the November elections, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, following claims that at least a half-million registered voters could have struggled to cast a ballot. The ruling was a striking election-year victory for President Barack […]

Obama on Shooting of Police in La.: We Need to ‘Open Our Hearts’

Obama on Shooting of Police in La.: We Need to ‘Open Our Hearts’

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A former Marine dressed in black and carrying extra ammunition ambushed police in Baton Rouge, shooting and killing three law enforcement officers less than two weeks after a Black man was fatally shot by police there in a confrontation that sparked nightly protests that reverberated nationwide. Three other officers were […]

Obama: Trust Still Needed Between People of Color and Police

WASHINGTON (AP) — America is “not even close” to where it needs to be in terms of resolving issues between police and the communities they serve, President Barack Obama said after concluding a more than three-hour meeting Wednesday with community activists, politicians and law enforcement officials. Obama expressed optimism, however, and said the participants — […]

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