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Justice Department to End Use of Private Prisons

DOJ to end private prisonsThe Washington Post reported that the Justice Department is reportedly planning to stop using private prisons.

According to a memo from Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates obtained by the Post, officials have been instructed to not renew contracts with prison operators or diminish existing contracts.

Shares of GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America were originally halted on the news, but have since reopened, falling more than 20 percent. Both stocks were then halted again for volatility.


Target spending $20M on third bathrooms in transgender debate

Target- Target Corporation, facing a boycott over its transgender-friendly restroom options, said it will spend $20 million to install third restrooms in stores.

A separate and lockable single-toilet restroom will be available for customers and employees in need of privacy, including those uncomfortable using the same facilities as a transgender person or those with small children of a different gender.


Unarmed Chicago teen Paul O’Neal died from police gunshot to the back, autopsy says

Paul O'Neal shot ion back

A Chicago teenager who was shot and killed by a police officer last month took his fatal wound in the back, an autopsy revealed Wednesday.

A medical examiner’s report revealed 18-year-old Paul O’Neal, who was unarmed, died from a single shot to his back and had no drugs in his system.

The report, obtained by the Chicago Tribune, said the officer who killed O’Neal during a foot chase fired five shots from his Glock 9mm handgun — and four missed.


82,000 Evacuated Over Wildfire Near L.A.

82,000 evacuated over LA wildfires

A raging wildfire east of Los Angeles has grown to 18,000 acres, forcing more than 82,000 people to evacuate, fire officials said Tuesday night.

And despite intense efforts to put out the Blue Cut Fire -- named because it started near a trail called Blue Cut -- it remains 0 percent contained, Cal Fire officials said.

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Embattled Pennsylvania Attorney General Resigns After Perjury Conviction

Kathleen KaneA day after she was convicted of perjury and other offenses, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, once considered a rising star in the Democratic Party, announced her resignation, effective at the end of the workday Wednesday.

In a statement, Kane said Tuesday, "I have been honored to serve the people of Pennsylvania and I wish them health and safety in all their days."


Man charged with shooting dead Imam and friend in NY

Man charged with deaths of Imam and friendA New York man has been charged with the double murder of a Imam and his friend, in a brutal daylight slaying that has shocked Muslim communities across the US.

Police said late on Monday that Oscar Morel, 35, was charged with two counts of second-degree murder over the deaths of Imam Maulana Akonjee, 55, and Thara Uddin, 64, just hours after thousands of mourners gathered for the funeral of the two men.


Navajo Nation sues EPA over mine spill

Navajo NationThe Navajo Nation is suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its handling of a toxic acid mine waste spill, CNN reported Tuesday.

The lawsuit accuses the EPA of negligence in its cleanup of last year’s accident along the Animas River watershed near Silverton, Colo.


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