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Texas Censors Inmates’ Mail to Stop a Nationwide Prison Strike

Texas censors inmates' mailTexas is censoring prison mail in an attempt to stop the nationwide prison strike that has enveloped detention centers across the country.

The strike is against the “slave labor” guaranteed by the Thirteenth Amendment. The demonstration began in early September to mark the anniversary of the iconic Attica prison riot.

There was an initial bevy of interviews with prisoners across the country, explaining their positions. Then, not much.


Police officers testify in murder trial of S.C. officer who shot Walter Scott in back

Michael SlagerTestimony by police officers in the Charleston, S.C., trial of former officer Michael Slager contradicted the account he gave immediately after the shooting of a civilian.

Tuesday was the third day of testimony in the case. Slager faces a murder charge in the death of Walter Scott, who was shot after he fled from Slager after a traffic stop on Apr. 4, 2015. Slager first attempted to subdue Scott with a Taser before any bullets were fired. Cellphone video footage taken by a passerby indicates Scott was shot five times in the back as he ran away from Slager.


Former U.S. attorney general Janet Reno dies

Janet Reno diesJanet Reno, the first woman to serve as U.S. attorney general and the epicenter of several political storms during the Clinton administration, including the seizure of Elian Gonzalez, died early Monday. She was 78.

Reno died from complications of Parkinson's disease, her goddaughter Gabrielle D'Alemberte said. D'Alemberte said Reno spent her final days at home in Miami surrounded by family and friends.


Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, Mary Keitany winners in TCS New York City Marathon

NYC Marathon winners 201620-year-old Ghirmay Ghebreslassie of Eritrea won the men's division of the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon Sunday.

American Abdi Abdirahman placed 3rd.

Mary Keitany won her third straight women's title to become the first woman to win three consecutive marathons in New York since Grete Waltz's five-year run from 1982 to 1986.

The 34-year-old Kenyan defended her title Sunday in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 24 minutes, 26 seconds, beating countrywoman Joyce Chepkirui by nearly four minutes.


Michigan residents deplore plan to let Nestlé pump water for next to nothing

Michigan residents deplore deal with Nestle for waterMichigan regulators were deluged with angry comments this week, after reports that the state had drafted a permit approval for Nestlé to nearly double the amount of groundwater it pumps from a plant in Evart, Michigan to 210m gallons a year.

The pumping increase is only expected to cost the Swiss food giant $200 a year, and possibly the price of a permit fee, because its bottling plant in Evart is considered a private well under state law, regulators said.


Vanderbilt U football player sentenced to 17 years in prison for orchestrating gang rape of cheerleader

Vanderbilt U player gets 17 yrs. for rape
A former college football player in Tennessee who encouraged his teammates as they raped an unconscious cheerleader will spend the next 17 years in prison — and prosecutors said his long sentence ensures "that justice is going to be served."

Brandon Vandenburg was found guilty on a slew of aggravated rape and sexual battery charges at a Nashville courthouse Friday for carrying the female student into his Vanderbilt University dorm room before gang-raping her for 30 minutes together with three of his teammates.


New York City police officer killed in Bronx shooting: media

Bronx gunman shoots two police officersA New York City police officer was fatally shot on Friday while investigating a report of a robbery in the Bronx and a second officer was wounded before the shooter was killed in an exchange of gunfire, according to authorities and local media.

One of the officers died of his wounds after being taken to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, the New York Daily News reported. A spokeswoman for the New York City Police Department said she could not confirm the death, and she could provide no details on the condition of the officers.


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