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More Migrants Are Drowning Along Rio Grande

More Migrants Are Drowning Along Rio Grande

MISSION, Texas (AP) — A U.S. surveillance helicopter hovering over the Rio Grande spots a body floating near a muddy bank on the Mexican side of the river. Soon another body turns up, then another. A Mexican investigator arrives and holds up his hand confirming the grim tally: four men and a woman. The grisly [...]
New Payday Loan Rules Designed to Stop ‘Debt Trap’WASHINGTON (AP) — Each month, more than 200,000 needy U.S. households take out what’s advertised as a brief loan.  Many have run out of money between paychecks. So they obtain a “payday” loan to tide them over. Problem is, such loans can often bury them in fees and debts. Their bank accounts can be closed, [...]
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Alabama Voting Districts Need Review, Supreme Court SaysWASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court on Wednesday said a lower court must take another look at whether Alabama’s Republican-led legislature relied too heavily on race when it redrew the state’s voting districts in a way that Black leaders say limited minority voting power.  The justices split 5-4 across ideological lines in ruling that a three-judge [...]
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State of Black America Improves but Lags Behind WhitesWASHINGTON (AP) — Despite high-profile concern over issues underscored by the racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, African Americans and Hispanics are faring well in certain areas, including better health care and reductions in violent crime, the latest State of Black America report from the National Urban League says. The National Urban League derives its numbers [...]
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Chicago Police Target Blacks in ‘Stop-and-Frisk,’ ACLU SaysCHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police officers initiated stop, question and frisk encounters at a much higher rate last summer than their New York City counterparts ever did, and just like with New York’s heavily criticized program, Chicago Blacks and other racial minorities were disproportionately targeted, according to a civil liberties group.  The American Civil Liberties Union [...]
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Low-Income Families Seek Tax Refund Advances, Face FeesWASHINGTON (AP) — Cash-strapped Americans anxious for tax refunds are increasingly turning to payment advances, prepaid cards or other costly services when getting tax preparation help, according to new federal data raising concerns among regulators about whether consumers are fully informed about the fees. Regulators are looking to increase oversight of preparers amid the rise [...]
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Police Body Camera Video Access Limited Under State BillsIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — State legislators around the country are pushing to make it much harder for the public to obtain police officer body camera videos, undermining their promise as a tool people can use to hold law enforcement accountable. Lawmakers in at least 15 states have introduced bills to exempt video recordings of [...]
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Deaf Man Sues Va. Sheriff, Saying No Access to InterpreterWASHINGTON (AP) — He knew he was in jail, but he didn’t know why. Eventually, Abreham Zemedagegehu learned that he’d been accused of stealing an iPad — an iPad whose owner later found it. He spent the next six weeks in jail, unable to communicate with his jailers because he is deaf. He described a [...]
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Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio Offers to Apologize in Profiling CasePHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona sheriff known for immigration crackdowns and a defiant political style has offered to publicly apologize and fork out money from his own pocket for his acknowledged violation of a court order in a racial-profiling case that barred his immigration patrols. The concession by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is intended to [...]
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Seattle’s Minimum Wage to Increase in April, Judge RulesSEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday cleared the way for Seattle’s new minimum wage law to take effect as planned next month, rejecting claims by franchises of big national chains that it discriminates against them. In his 43-page decision Tuesday night, U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones rejected all of the arguments brought forth [...]
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