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DOJ says Ferguson police violated African-Americans' free speech rights

Ferguson cops violated free speech of African AmericansThe scathing Department of Justice report that says the Ferguson Police Department (FPD) routinely violated the rights of African-Americans also includes evidence that freedom of speech was regularly denied to anyone who dared to talk back to an officer.

The six-month investigation concluded that officers in the St. Louis suburb denied people their First Amendment rights, making arrests for offences often referred to as “contempt of cop’’ cases — in which people are taken into custody for talking back to officers, for recording public police activities or for lawfully protesting perceived injustices. All are activities protected by the Constitution.

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US ambassador to South Korea attacked

Mark Lippert attackedUS ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert has been injured by an attacker in Seoul, local media report.  They say the attack happened as Mr Lippert, 42, was about to attend a meeting in the capital.

YTN news channel posted a photo, showing the envoy after the assault with his left hand smeared with blood.

Mr Lippert was reportedly taken to hospital. The attacker - whose identity was not immediately known - is believed to have been arrested.

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Benghazi committee to subpoena Hillary Clinton's emails

Hillary subpoenaedThe House Select Committee on Benghazi is planning to subpoena Clintonmail.com for all correspondence related to the 2012 Benghazi embassy attack.

According to The Washington Post, the State Department could expect to receive subpoenas as early as Wednesday afternoon. It was the same House investigative committee that discovered, through its investigation of the Benghazi attack, that Hillary Clinton had used a personal email account for diplomatic business while serving as secretary of state.

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Senate fails to override Obama's veto of pipeline bill

Keystone XL pipelineThe Senate on Wednesday failed to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill to construct the Keystone XL pipeline, the first of many confrontations between the Republican-controlled Congress and the White House this year over energy policy.

The 62-37 vote is expected to be one of many veto showdowns between Republicans and Obama in his final term. Already, the White House has issued more than a dozen veto threats on legislation.

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Jaw bone discovered in Ethiopia is oldest known human lineage remains

jaw bone oldest homo fossilA lower jaw bone and five teeth discovered on a hillside in Ethiopia are the oldest remains ever found that belong to the genus Homo, the lineage that ultimately led to modern humans.

Fossil hunters spotted the jaw poking out of a rocky slope in the dry and dusty Afar region of the country about 250 miles from Addis Ababa.

The US-led research team believes the individual lived about 2.8m years ago, when the now parched landscape was open grassland and shrubs nourished by tree-lined rivers and wetlands.

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Darren Wilson will not face federal charges in Michael Brown shooting

darren wilsonDarren Wilson, the white police officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, led to months of unrest and revived a debate on race and law enforcement in the US, will not face federal criminal charges.

The Department of Justice announced on Wednesday that after a six-month inquiry it has concluded no civil rights charges should be brought against Wilson for killing Michael Brown. A grand jury in St Louis decided last November not to indict Wilson on state charges.

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Slashing a Safety Net: The Demolition of Workers’ Comp

worker's compOver the past decade, state after state has been dismantling America’s workers’ comp system with disastrous consequences for many of the hundreds of thousands of people who suffer serious injuries at work each year, a ProPublica and NPR investigation has found.

The cutbacks have been so drastic in some places that they virtually guarantee injured workers will plummet into poverty. Workers often battle insurance companies for years to get the surgeries, prescriptions and basic help their doctors recommend.

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11 big profitable companies pay no tax

11 big profit companies pay no taxYou’re probably figuring out how much you owe the tax man for 2014 about now. The answer for a handful of big profitable companies is zilch.

There are 11 companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500, including tire maker Goodyear Tire & Rubber (GT), electronic component maker Eaton (ETN) and restaurant chain operator Darden Restaurants (DRI) that paid no income tax in calendar 2014 despite reporting a profit during the year, according to a USA TODAY review of data from S&P Capital IQ.

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Rikers Island inmates stop sexual assault of guard

Rikers IslandA group of inmates at Rikers Island prison in New York saved a female guard from being raped after she was trapped inside a watch post with another inmate who was attacking her.

The inmates tore away the plexiglass surrounding the watch post, allowing one slender inmate to slip in and unlock the door from the inside. Several inmates then entered the post and physically stopped the attack before the guard could be raped.

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