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Prominent PBS journalist Gwen Ifill dies

Gwen Ifill diesGwen Ifill, one of the nation's most prominent African-American journalists, has died after several months of cancer treatment, PBS confirmed Monday.

Ifill, 61, was moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week" and co-anchor and managing editor of the "PBS NewsHour."  In 2009, she also wrote a political book President Obama, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.

"It is with extreme sadness that we share the news that Gwen Ifill passed away earlier today surrounded by family and friends," according to a statement from Paula Kerger, PBS' CEO. "Gwen was one of America’s leading lights in journalism and a fundamental reason public media is considered a trusted window on the world by audiences across the nation."

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More cities replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day

Indigenous DayPhoenix voted on Wednesday to officially declare the second Monday in October -- the same day as Columbus Day -- Indigenous Peoples' Day.

The Phoenix City Council unanimously approved the request which aims to celebrate Phoenix's indigenous community.

Phoenix is the largest city in the country to formally recognize the alternative celebration, joining 25 other cities including Seattle, Minneapolis and Denver. South Dakota and Vermont also honor Indigenous Peoples' Day statewide.

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Two police officers killed in Palm Springs, California shooting

Poloice officers killed in CATwo police officers were shot and killed on Saturday in the Southern California desert town of Palm Springs after they were called to an apparent domestic dispute and came under fire as they arrived on the scene, according to police and eyewitness accounts.

A third officer was wounded in the shooting around 1 p.m. local time, Palm Springs police said in online bulletins.

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Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for U.S. intelligence - sources

Yahoo secretly scanned email Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers' incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials, according to people familiar with the matter.

The company complied with a classified U.S. government directive, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency or FBI, said two former employees and a third person apprised of the events.

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California just passed the most inclusive transgender bathroom law yet

Cslifornia passes transgender lawCalifornia’s new bathroom bill is finally making broad steps toward more inclusive legislature.

According to Mashable, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill last week that will make all public, single-user bathrooms “universally acceptable to all genders.”

The law will go into effect on March 1, 2017, and is a huge step forward in making bathrooms safe for transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary individuals.

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More than 100 injured, at least 3 dead after major New Jersey Transit crash

Hoboken train crashA train smashed into the terminal of the New Jersey Transit Hoboken station Thursday morning, injuring more than 100 people and killing at least three, officials said.

Passengers posted pictures on social media showing severe damage at the station around 8:45 a.m., with hordes of commuters held up on platforms.

The cause of the crash is unknown.

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Hundreds mistakenly granted citizenship due to records gaffe

Hundreds get wrong citizenshipMore than 800 immigrants who had been ordered deported were mistakenly granted U.S. citizenship because of gaps in fingerprint recordkeeping, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General reports.

The immigrants were from "special interest" countries and had previously been ordered deported or removed from the U.S., the report said. But the immigrants beat the system by simply using another name or birth date to apply for citizenship.

The issue: Neither Homeland Security nor the FBI keeps all old fingerprint records of individuals previously deported.

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