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U.S. Widens Clemency Rules to Cut Prison Population

U.S. Widens Clemency Rules to Cut Prison Population

WASHINGTON (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 [...]
Seattle Church With Gay Boy Scout Leader Loses CharterSEATTLE (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America has revoked its charter agreement with a Seattle church that refused to remove a gay troop leader after the organization withdrew his membership. A Boy Scouts attorney told Rainier Beach United Methodist Church last week that it no longer could host troops under the Boy Scouts name. [...]
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Report: DHS Secretary Considers Limiting DeportationsWASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of thousands of immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally but don’t have serious criminal records could be shielded from deportation under a policy change being weighed by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. The change, if adopted following a review ordered by President Barack Obama, could limit removals of people who [...]
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ACLU Challenges Arkansas Law Requiring Photo ID to VoteLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A civil liberties group filed suit Wednesday to block a new Arkansas law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls before it is enforced for the first time statewide in the primary election next month. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas filed the suit in Pulaski County [...]
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Immigration Activists to Obama: Time for Unilateral ActionWASHINGTON (AP) — Latinos and immigration activists are warning of political peril for President Barack Obama and Democrats in the fall election unless the president acts boldly and soon to curb deportations and allow more immigrants to remain legally in the U.S. Many activists say Obama has been slow to grasp the emotions building within the [...]
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Elections 2014: Obama, GOP Vie for Support From WomenWASHINGTON (AP) — After months on the defensive over his health care law, a more combative President Barack Obama has emerged to fight about gender politics, leading to an election-year competition with Republicans for support from women.  No single group will be more important to Democrats’ fortunes, White House advisers say, than unmarried women, who [...]
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Family Dollar to Close Stores, Cites Low Consumer DemandNEW YORK (AP) — Dollar stores are feeling the pinch from mounting financial pressures on low-income shoppers. Family Dollar said April 10 that it will cut jobs and close about 370 underperforming stores, as it tries to reverse sagging sales and earnings. The discount store operator will also permanently lower prices on about 1,000 basic [...]
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A New America: More Higher- and Lower-Paying JobsWASHINGTON (AP) — A sense of belonging to the middle class occupies a cherished place in America. It conjures images of self-sufficient people with stable jobs and pleasant homes working toward prosperity. Yet nearly five years after the Great Recession ended, more people are coming to the painful realization that they’re no longer part of [...]
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Obama: ID Requirements Put Voting Rights in JeopardyNEW YORK (AP) — In an unsparing critique of Republicans, President Barack Obama on Friday accused the GOP of using voting restrictions to keep voters from the polls and of jeopardizing 50 years of expanded ballot box access for millions of Black Americans and other minorities. “The stark, simple truth is this: The right to [...]
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