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Some police turning to stun guns after killings, protests

By Andrew Welsh-Huggins Wire Service Correspondent COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- With tensions running high over the killings of blacks by police, departments around the country are changing policies and procedures to curb the use of deadly force, ease public distrust and protect officers from retaliation. New York City plans to issue stun guns to hundreds more officers. The Milwaukee department is making crisis-i ...

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Young Activists push Obama on police reform

  President Barack Obama and senior staff get an earful from Ferguson youth leaders in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Freddie Allen/NNPA)   By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In an oval office meeting that some have called “historic,” a group of young activists met with President Obama to discuss the crippling effects of police brutality in the Black community, t ...

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Brown family blasts prosecutor; Wilson speaks

By Tom Foreman Jr. and Jim Salter Wire Service Correspondents FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) – Attorneys for Michael Brown's family vowed Tuesday to push for federal charges against the police officer who killed the unarmed 18-yearold, while the officer insisted in his first public statements that he could not have done anything differently in the confrontation. As darkness fell, hundreds more National Guardsmen were o ...

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Obama eases student loan debt

From 2003 to 2014, student debt in America skyrocketed from $250 million to $1.2 trillion, surpassing credit card debt. As more students, especially Black students, rely on grants and loans ...

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LBJ Presidential Library and Museum plans Civil Rights Summit

The LBJ Presidential Library and Museum will reveal details of a Civil Rights Summit to be held in Austin in April to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act. ...

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AG favors voting rights for ex-felons

If America is ever to end the revolving door of prison recidivism, it needs to ease the re-entry of former offenders back into society by allowing them to vote, Attorney General Eric Holder believes. ...

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Lawyers for S.C. teen executed in 1944 have new info

Stinney, who was black, was executed just 84 days after the two white girls were killed in Jim Crow-era South Carolina, where the legal system routinely found blacks guilty even in cases with scant evidence. ...

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First lady to delve into education initiative

Michelle Obama is joining President Barack Obama's efforts to get the United States on track... ...

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