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Panel: Remove Confederate flag from Florida Senate seal

Florida State sealCiting historical inaccuracies and a need to reflect modern values, a Senate committee unanimously recommended Thursday that the Confederate flag be removed from the Florida Senate’s official seal.

The vote came after little discussion and no opposition from the bipartisan panel. A two-thirds majority vote of the full Senate, or support from 27 of 40 members, is needed to complete the change.


Oklahoma used wrong drug in Charles Warner's execution, autopsy report says

Charles WarnerOklahoma corrections officials used the wrong drug to execute Charles Warner in January, according to an autopsy report by the state’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The report revealed that officials injected Warner with potassium acetate, when state protocol calls for an injection of potassium chloride, which stops the heart. It is the third and final drug used for executions, following a sedative and paralytic.


NYPD Officer Used Excessive Force On Ex-Tennis Player James Blake: Review Board

James BlakeThe police officer who mistakenly arrested former tennis star James Blake will face an excessive force charge.

Last month, police forced the former tennis star to the ground after mistaking him for a fraud suspect.

Mr Blake's complaint that officers used unnecessary force was upheld by New York's independent agency that deals with police misconduct.


Air Force: French train hero stabbed in California

French hero stabbed in CAAn Air Force spokesman says Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, who helped subdue an attacker on a French train in August, is in stable condition after being stabbed in California.

The spokesman, Lt. Col. Christopher Karns, says details are sketchy. He says Stone is being treated in a hospital in the Sacramento area.


Ten Commandments statue removed from Oklahoma Capitol

Ten Commandments removed from Oklahoma capitolA monument listing the Ten Commandments was removed from the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol late Tuesday night in response to a state Supreme Court ruling.

After a contractor removed the sculpture at around 10:30 p.m, local time, it was outside the offices of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. This is a conservative policy group that will display the monument on private property just a few blocks south of the Capitol building.


California governor OKs expansive new equal pay protections

Hannah-Beth JacksonFemale workers in California will get new tools to challenge gender-based wage gaps under legislation signed into law Tuesday that supporters say offers the strongest equal-pay protection in the nation.

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed the measure while surrounded by women and girls at an event at Rosie the Riveter National Historical Park in Richmond, northeast of San Francisco.


Feds to Free 6,000 Inmates Early

Feds to free 6.000In July, Barack Obama announced that he would issue presidential clemency to approximately 80 non-violent drug offenders. This news was great, but 80 prisoners doesn’t even come close to being a drop in the bucket that is the prison industrial complex.

However, all of that is about to change. On Tuesday, the Justice Department announced that they will release about 6,000 inmates between October 30 and November 2. This will be the largest ever one-time release of federal prisoners in the history of the United States.


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