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NY disability pride parade draws thousands marking milestone

Disability paradeNew York City hosted its first parade Sunday supporting people with disabilities, with more than 3,000 participants heading up Broadway using wheelchairs, canes and guide dogs.

"We're here full force," said rapper Namel Norris, 33, now in a wheelchair after being shot in the Bronx and paralyzed as a teenager. "I thought my life was over, but music is my calling, I have a purpose in life."

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NAACP votes to end South Carolina boycott following flag removal

NAACP votes to end SC boycottThe national board of directors of prominent U.S. civil rights group the NAACP voted on Saturday to end its 15-year boycott of South Carolina prompted by the display of the Confederate battle flag on state capitol grounds.

"Emergency resolution passed by the NAACP National Board of Directors at #NAACP106, ending the 15 year South Carolina boycott," the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said on its Twitter feed.

The resolution was approved during the NAACP's annual convention in Philadelphia.

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How Starbucks Gets Away With Charging a Fortune for Cheap Beans

StarbucksMillions of groggy people this morning grubbed up an additional 5¢ to 20¢ for their Starbucks fix. No biggie. Most probably swiped or scanned and didn't even notice it.

But for Starbucks, those nickels and dimes add up–especially since it is paying less for the beans while ringing up higher-priced lattes.

The cost of coffee on commodity markets–the green, unroasted beans, or “berries,” that are stripped off the branch–has been swooning, thanks primarily to a lot of rain and high temperatures in Brazil.

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Unarmed Black Man Allegedly Strangled To Death By Mississippi Cop

Mississippi cop accused of strangling unarmed black manThe Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is looking into the case of an unarmed black man allegedly strangled to death by a white cop this week.

Jonathan Sanders, a 39-year-old Stonewall resident, died last Wednesday evening following an altercation with an officer. Sanders -- who owned horses and a buggy -- was exercising his horses when he was approached by officer Kevin Harrington.

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U.S. women's soccer team welcomed to NYC with ticker-tape parade

IS Women's Soccer ChampionsScreams and a blizzard of confetti cheered the World Cup winning U.S. women's soccer players as they rolled up New York City's "Canyon of Heroes" on Friday in the first ticker-tape parade honoring a women's sports team.

"U-S-A, U-S-A," chanted thousands waving American flags as the parade began moving north from lower Manhattan, cheered by a crowd thick with girls decked out in soccer socks and star-spangled headbands.

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FBI: Flawed background check allowed Dylann Roof to purchase gun

RoofThe background check used to clear Dylann Roof to buy a handgun was completed incorrectly and he should not have been allowed to purchase it due to a felony drug charge, the FBI said Friday, contradicting earlier assertions the check was done properly.

FBI Director James Comey told reporters Friday a clerical error allowed Roof to purchase a .45-caliber Glock handgun despite him having previously admitted to drug possession.

"We are all sick this happened," said FBI director, James B. Comey. "We wish we could turn back time."

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After 54 years, Confederate flag removed from Statehouse

Confederate flag take downThe Confederate flag was lowered from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse on Friday, ending its 54-year presence there and marking a stunning political reversal in a state where many thought the rebel banner would fly indefinitely.

The turnabout seemed unthinkable before the June 17 massacre of nine black parishioners — including a state senator — at a Charleston church during a Bible study. Dylann Roof, a white man who was photographed with the Confederate flag, is charged in the shooting deaths, and authorities have called the killings a hate crime.

The massacre reignited calls to remove Confederate flags and symbols across the South and around the nation.

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