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Report says Chicago police violated civil rights for years

Chicago police reportChicago police have violated the constitutional rights of residents for years, permitting racial bias against blacks, using excessive force and shooting people who did not pose immediate threats, the Justice Department announced Friday after a yearlong investigation.

Officers endangered civilians, caused avoidable injuries and deaths and eroded community trust that is "the cornerstone of public safety," said Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department's civil rights division.


For the first time, Lady Liberty depicted as African American on a coin

Lady Liberty depicted as African AmericanThe U.S. Mint is celebrating its 225th anniversary by minting a commemorative coin which depicts Lady Liberty as an African American.

The 24-karat gold coin's heads side shows Lady Liberty in profile and wearing a crown of stars. The years 1792, when the Mint was founded, and 2017 also are printed, along with the phrase, "In God We Trust."


Funeral begins for paralyzed detective who forgave shooter

Funeral for Steven McDonaldEscorted by police motorcycles and amid the wail of bagpipes, the hearse carrying the body of Detective Steven McDonald arrived Friday at St. Patrick's Cathedral for the funeral of the officer known for forgiving a teenage gunman who left him paralyzed.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James O'Neill joined scores of police officers watched as the hearse pulled up in front of the Manhattan church. They stood in silence as pallbearers took McDonald's casket inside.


The Post-Trump Wave of Anti-Abortion Proposals Just Hit Florida

Flporida abortion bansOver the last few weeks, the election of Donald Trump and new Republican control over several states have inspired a wave of anti-abortion proposals. Among the most pervasive have been 20-week abortion bans: Ohio and Kentucky have both passed these in the last month, and they have been proposed in Virginia and now Florida.

On Tuesday, Florida state Rep. Joe Gruters—the former co-chair of Trump's Florida campaign who began his first term in the Florida House this month—filed the proposed ban, along with sponsor Rep. Don Hahnfeldt.

"Proud to stand up for life in the first bill that I file as a member of the State House," Gruters wrote on his Facebook page.


EPA Accuses Fiat Chrysler of Excess Diesel Emissions

Fiat ChryslerThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday accused Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV of illegally using hidden software that allowed significant excess diesel emissions, the result of a probe that stemmed from regulators' investigation of rival Volkswagen AG.

The EPA action affects 104,000 U.S. trucks and SUVs sold since 2014, about one-sixth the number of vehicles than in the Volkswagen case. The maximum fine is about $4.6 billion.


Tennessee woman jailed for attempting abortion accepts plea deal for release

Tennessee woman jailed for attempting abortionA Tennessee woman arrested in late 2015 for using an unravelled coat hanger to attempt her own abortion was released from jail on Monday in exchange for a guilty plea to one felony count of procuring a miscarriage.

Anna Yocca, 32, initially faced a possible life sentence for her September 2015 self-abortion attempt. Under her plea, she was given credit for the 13 months she spent in jail and released immediately.


Dylann Roof Sentenced To Death

Dylann Roof sentenced to deathA jury has sentenced to death the man who murdered nine people in a Charleston church basement in 2015.

The twelve jurors deliberated for about three hours before sentencing Dylann Roof, 22, to die. To impose the death penalty, they had to reach a unanimous decision.

It is the same jury that found Roof guilty of federal hate crimes charges for entering Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in June 2015 and sitting among those at a Bible study in the basement before opening fire on the worshippers.


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