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Walter Scott Shooting: Judge Declares Mistrial in Murder Trial of Former Cop Michael Slager

Michael Slager A judge declared a mistrial Monday afternoon in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man at the hands of a South Carolina former patrolman, after the jury said they could not come to a unanimous verdict.

In a statement read by Circuit Judge Clifton Newman, the jury said "We as the jury regret to inform the court" that they were unable to come "to a unanimous decision in the case of the state versus Michael Slager" after a day of questions and deliberation.

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Standing Rock activists stay in place, fearing pipeline victory was a 'trick'

Standin Rock protestsNative American activists at the Standing Rock “water protector” camps vowed to remain in place the morning after the US Army Corps of Engineers denied a key permit for the Dakota Access pipeline, with many expressing concerns that the incoming Trump administration and potential legal action from the pipeline company could reverse their victory.

The Army Corps of Engineers announced Sunday that it would not grant the permit for the Dakota Access pipeline to drill under the Missouri river, handing a major victory to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe after a months-long campaign against the pipeline.

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Man fires rifle in D.C. restaurant at center of fake-news conspiracy theories

DC Gunman fan of Alex JonesPolice in Washington, D.C., on Sunday arrested a North Carolina man after they said he walked into a popular pizza restaurant and began firing an assault rifle. The man, who sent customers and employees fleeing, told police he had come to “self-investigate” an election-related online conspiracy theory involving Hillary Clinton.

No one was injured.

Police arrested Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, of Salisbury, N.C. They said Welch walked into Comet Ping Pong, in the city’s Chevy Chase neighborhood, and pointed the rifle in the direction of an employee, who fled and called police.

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N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory concedes election 'despite continued questions'

Pat McCroryNorth Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday conceded defeat in the state's gubernatorial election nearly a month after Democrat Roy Cooper was declared the winner.

McCrory made the announcement through a YouTube video. He previously said massive voter fraud led to his narrow loss.

"Despite continued questions that should be answered regarding the voting process, I personally believe that the majority of our citizens have spoken, and we now should do everything we can to support the 75th governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper," McCrory said in the video. "The McCrory administration team will assist in every way to help the new administration make a smooth transition."

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What's the future of US for-profit immigrant detention?

Future of private detention centers in USWhen Sulma Franco fled her native Guatemala in 2009, she planned to reach the United States and apply for asylum on humanitarian grounds.
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But things did not turn out as Franco, a 32-year-old member of the LGBT community, had imagined.

"I left Guatemala for many different reasons," she said, explaining that she was a victim of violence because of her LGBT rights activism. Due to legal reasons, she cannot elaborate on the events that led to her departure.

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Walmart agrees to $7.5 million settlement in same-sex spouse discrimination suit

Walmart settles suitWalmart announced a settlement in a lawsuit accusing the company of denying same-sex spouses health insurance benefits.

Walmart agreed to pay $7.5 million to compensate more than 1,000 potentially eligible employees whose spouses were denied spousal benefits between 2011 and 2013 before the company changed its policy on Jan. 1 2014 when the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, the New York Times reported.

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Oakland fire: Nine die during California club night

Oakland fireAt least nine people have died in a fire during a club night near San Francisco, authorities say.

The fire started at 23:30 local time on Friday (07:30 GMT Saturday) in Oakland, police told the BBC.

The venue was hosting a concert by electronic group Golden Donna. The event's Facebook page indicates a number of people are missing.

Local broadcasters said some 13 other people were missing. The KTVU network said about 50 people were inside.

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