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Senators Introduce Criminal Justice Overhaul Plan — Again

Senators Introduce Criminal Justice Overhaul Plan — Again

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators unveiled legislation on Thursday to give judges more discretion in sentencing offenders, a renewed push to overhaul the nation’s criminal justice system after objections from some conservatives and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz. Legislation approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee last November would allow some nonviolent drug […]

Enforcing Higher Minimum Wage Laws Becomes New Challenge

Enforcing Higher Minimum Wage Laws Becomes New Challenge

SEATTLE (AP) — States and cities whose lawmakers proudly passed “living wage” laws are finding it difficult to make sure employers actually pay their workers accordingly. Seattle and San Francisco, and the states of Oregon, California and New York are phasing in wage increases that will grow to $15 an hour or more. Evidence of […]

S.F. Police Under Scrutiny With Release of More Racist Texts

S.F. Police Under Scrutiny With Release of More Racist Texts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A beleaguered San Francisco Police Department took another hit to its tarnished image Tuesday with the release of racist and homophobic text messages allegedly exchanged among officers. The city’s public defender released transcripts of the offensive texts, which emerged during a rape investigation of a former officer. The messages belittle Blacks, […]

Meet a Man Who Backs Nonviolent Offenders Returning to Society

Meet a Man Who Backs Nonviolent Offenders Returning to Society

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twenty years after being busted for cocaine trafficking, Daryl Atkinson is the public face of the Justice Department’s efforts to help convicted felons re-enter society. Atkinson finished college and earned a law degree after spending three and a half years behind bars for his drug crimes. Now, he’s joined the Justice Department […]

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman Makes History Again by Joining $20 Bill

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman Makes History Again by Joining $20 Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist who was born a slave, will stand with George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin as among the iconic faces of U.S. currency. The $20 bill will be redesigned with Tubman’s portrait on the front, marking two historic milestones, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced Wednesday. She will […]

Ferguson Reform of Police, Courts and Laws Receives Judge’s OK

Ferguson Reform of Police, Courts and Laws Receives Judge’s OK

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Reforms are expected to begin quickly in Ferguson now that a federal judge has approved a settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice and the city where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer. Federal Judge Catherine Perry issued her ruling Tuesday approving the agreement after a lengthy […]

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