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Hundreds Attend First Funeral For Charleston Church Shooting Victims

Shooting victims memorialPolice officers stood guard and checked bags as hundreds of people filed into a church Thursday for the first funeral for victims of the massacre at a historic black church.

The increased security comes amid a heated debate over the Confederate flag and other symbols of the Confederacy around the South and elsewhere. A monument to former Confederate President Jefferson Davis had the phrase "Black Lives Matter" spray-painted on it Thursday in Richmond, Virginia, the latest of several monuments to be defaced around the country.


Judge Blocks Kansas Law Banning Procedure Used In Most Second-Trimester Abortions

judge blocks KansAs abortion lawA Kansas judge on Thursday blocked a law that would have effectively banned the majority of second-trimester abortions performed in the state, in a win for reproductive rights advocates less than a week before the law was set to take effect.

The first-in-the-nation law would have banned a process that abortion rights opponents call "dismemberment abortion" and that reproductive health advocates call dilation and evacuation. D&E is the most commonly used procedure in the second trimester. However, since nearly 90 percent of abortions are performed in the first trimester, the ban would have affected only the 8 or 9 percent of abortions performed using the D&E method.


Wildfires near LA force evacuations of 1,000; Flames threaten homes

LA wildfiresAbout a thousand people were evacuated from their neighborhoods in Southern California Wednesday after a wildfire started and spread quickly, consuming more than 100 acres and threatening homes in the area, authorities said.

The Calgrove Fire started about 1:30 p.m. local time Wednesday along Interstate 5 in the Santa Clarita area, located 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. By 3 p.m., three alarms had been called to fight the flames, CBS Los Angeles reported.


Supreme Court approves Obamacare subsidies on

John RobertsThe U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide availability of tax subsidies that are crucial to the implementation of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, handing a major victory to the president.

The court ruled on a 6-3 vote that the 2010 Affordable Care Act, widely known as Obamacare, did not restrict the subsidies to states that establish their own online healthcare exchanges. It marked the second time in three years that the high court ruled against a major challenge to the law brought by conservatives seeking to gut it.


Supreme Court upholds housing discrimination law

SCPTUS uholds discrimination in housing lawA deeply divided Supreme Court delivered an unexpected reprieve to civil rights groups on Thursday, ruling that housing discrimination need not be intentional in order to be illegal.

The justices said people objecting to lending, zoning, sales and rental practices only need to show that they had a disparate impact on blacks or other minorities under a federal fair-housing law.


Three indicted in black man's jail death in Georgia

Matthew AjibadeA grand jury on Wednesday indicted two former employees and a health care worker at a Georgia jail in the January death of Matthew Ajibade, a Georgia college student who had been arrested on a domestic violence charge and was in restraints at the time of his death

The indictment comes amid a national outcry over police violence against minorities, sparked by several high-profile killings of unarmed black men over the past year and subsequent grand jury decisions in New York and Ferguson, Missouri, to not charge the officers involved.


Whites projected to become a minority in the US in 30 years

white to become minority in 30 yearsThe nation’s demographics are on a clear trajectory: White people are dying faster than they are being born, which means they are on target to become a minority in the United States in 30 years.

For the third year in a row, deaths of non-Hispanic whites outnumbered births, according to detailed population estimates for states and counties released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Columbia becomes first U.S. university to divest from prisons

Columbia divests from prisonsColumbia University has become the first college in the United States to divest from private prison companies, following a student activist campaign.

The decision means the Ivy League school -- which boasts a roughly $9 billion endowment -- will sell its estimated 220,000 shares in G4S, the world's largest private security firm, as well its shares in the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the largest private prison company in the United states.


Alex Baer: A Few Outbreaks of Sanity

clown carThere are days when I imagine the main purpose of The News is to get our blood raging to check the strength of the vein walls, or to have us self-check the gnashing positions of our upper and lower jaws to test the limits of the bullets we're biting on, or maybe, to make us drag our funny bones out of storage to give them a random tickle and jolt, via a semi-vicious half Nelson.

These past couple days, checking the headlines, I think all of that is trying to happen at once. No, it's OK -- I get it: Life is simply trying to see how much Krazy it can stuff into the Klown Kars of Reality before everything goes Ka-Boom.


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