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Go home kids: Baltimore launches strict evening curfew for youth

Baltimore youth curfewAs dusk crept over Collington Square Park, in east Baltimore, the children's chatter of questions began.

"What time is my curfew?" "What if I'm out with my brother and he's 18?" "If I hide, can I still stay out and play?"

A 23-year-old man with thin, cascading braids who goes by the name Dreads interrupted the chorus of voices: "It's 8:05! You all have 55 minutes left!"

A new youth curfew law, among the strictest in the nation, took effect in Baltimore on Friday night. It requires unaccompanied children under the age of 14 to be indoors by 9 p.m. and for 14, 15 and 16-year-olds to be indoors by 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends and during the summer.

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Missouri woman finds grandson dead, shot by police

Missouri teen shot by policeDesiree Harris saw her grandson running near her home Saturday afternoon when she passed him in her car. Minutes later, she found his body on the street — fatally shot by a police officer.

The shooting of the black teenager, a recent high school graduate, sent hundreds of angry residents out of their apartments in the predominantly black St. Louis suburb of Ferguson in a confrontation with police that lasted several hours. They shouted obscenities and some threats, such as “kill the police,” but there were no reports of additional injuries.

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Airplane crashes on takeoff in Iran, killing 48

Iran plane crashAn Iranian regional passenger plane crashed Sunday while taking off from the capital, Tehran, killing 48 people onboard, state media reported.

The aircraft, an Iran-140 typically used for short domestic flights, crashed near Tehran's Mehrabad airport, Iran's state-run IRNA news agency reported. The plane went down in a residential area after its engine went out, the agency reported.

Iranian state television said 48 people were killed in the crash: 40 passengers and eight crew members. The plane, operated by Sepahan Air, was heading to Tabas, a town in eastern Iran. It took off at 9:20 a.m. local time (0450 GMT) and crashed shortly afterward.

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Pro-Palestinian Protesters March To U.N. Headquarters

Pro Palestinian protest nySeveral hundred demonstrators gathered in Manhattan Saturday to protest Israeli actions against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.

Ralliers began organizing near Columbus Circle, and planned to march to the United Nations headquarters.

Zouleikha Ban, who was born in Algeria and lives in Staten Island, said protesters feel they are all Palestinians because “there is no justice” in Gaza.  Protest organizers are calling for an end to U.S. aid to Israel.

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White students no longer to be majority in school

Whites a minority in US schoolsThe cheerful sign outside Jane Cornell's summer school classroom in Pennsylvania's wealthiest county says "Welcome" and "Bienvenidos" in polished handwriting.

Inside, giggling grade-schoolers who mostly come from homes where Spanish is the primary language worked on storytelling with a tale about a crocodile going to the dentist. The children and their classroom at the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center, near both mushroom farms and the borough's bucolic red-brick downtown, are a subtle reminder of America's changing school demographics.

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Tampa church cancels 'blasphemous' funeral of gay man

Tampaa chirch cancels gay man's funeralA Florida church abruptly canceled funeral services for a man after learning he was gay and married, leaving his family scrambling to make new arrangements, local NBC affiliate WFLA-TV reported this week.

Julie Atwood told the station she was notified of the cancellation the night before her 42-year-old son Julion Evan’s service, which was scheduled for July 26.

Atwood said she was told by the pastor of Tampa’s New Hope Missionary Baptist Church that it would be “blasphemous” to hold the funeral at his church, reported WFLA-TV.

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Judge: NCAA can't stop players from selling the rights to their names, images and likenesses

NCAA rulingMajor college football and men's basketball student-athletes could be in line for paydays worth thousands of dollars once they leave school after a landmark ruling Friday that might change the way the NCAA does business.

A federal judge ruled that the NCAA can't stop players from selling the rights to their names, images and likenesses, striking down NCAA regulations that prohibit players from getting anything other than scholarships and the cost of attendance at schools.

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Uganda holds first pride rally after 'abominable' anti-gay law overturned

Uganda gay prideUganda has hosted its first gay pride rally since a draconian anti-homosexuality law was overturned by the courts.

Sandra Ntebi, organiser of the rally held on Saturday in Entebbe, 35km from the capital Kampala, said police had granted permission for the invitation-only "Uganda Pride" event.

"This event is to bring us together. Everyone was in hiding before because of the anti-homosexuality law," she said. "It is a happy day for all of us, getting together."

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Louisiana hospital unwittingly supplied execution drug to prison

Louisiana hospital gave execution drugA Louisiana hospital unknowingly provided the state’s department of corrections with a drug used for lethal injections, it was revealed this week.

The Louisiana department of corrections purchased 20 vials of hydromorphone from Lake Charles Memorial hospital a week before the scheduled execution of Christopher Sepulvado, but did not inform the hospital of its intended use for the drug, according to a report by non-profit news group the Lens. The same report noted that the purchase was revealed in a document provided by the state in a lawsuit challenging its lethal-injection practice.

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