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The Innocence Project May Have Framed A Man For A Crime He Didn't Commit

Alstory SimonFor years, investigative journalist Bill Crawford hounded the powers that be in Chicago telling anyone who would listen, and shouting at those who wouldn’t, that an innocent man was in prison, framed for a crime he didn’t commit. So Crawford should be celebrating now. After more than 15 years behind bars, Alstory Simon was released last October when his conviction on a double murder charge was overturned by the state of Illinois. Instead, Crawford says, “There’s a goddamn sinister thing going on here.”

There’s no doubt that Crawford is glad to see Simon free and his own work on the case vindicated. But that feeling is tempered by his doubt that the people ultimately responsible will ever pay for their role in Simon’s imprisonment.

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US experts join companies protesting FAA commercial drones proposals

Dron rules challengedThe United States is lagging behind Europe in the commercial exploitation of drones, forcing a growing number of companies to consider relocating their operations across the Atlantic, experts in unmanned aircraft have told the Guardian.

Several commercial operators have begun aggressively adopting the technology in France, Germany, the UK and other European countries where regulations governing the use of drones are less onerous than in the US. Small drones are being used for delivery services, precision agriculture and inspection of infrastructure such as power- and pipelines.In the US, by contrast, proposed new rules from the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) for commercial drone use impose stringent safety controls that businesses say will tie their hands at a time when European competitors are tearing ahead.

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Group protesting Washington police shooting blocks bridge

protesters in Washington statePeople protesting against a police shooting that left a man dead rallied in Washington city, staging a march and at one point shutting down traffic on a bridge over the Columbia River.

The Tri-City Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1MJQxFr) that more than 50 people were in the group of protesters Saturday evening.

Demonstrators blocked traffic along the cable bridge as they slowly marched from Pasco toward Kennewick. Many motorists yelled and honked in support.

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Malcolm X remembered as civil rights leaders grapple with new protest movement

Malcom X rememberedOn the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, family members and New York leaders commemorated the charismatic and controversial civil rights leader. They did so, however, largely without linking his life and work to recent protests over issues of race and policing.

On Saturday afternoon, at the Malcolm X and Dr Betty Shabazz Memorial and Education Center in Washington Heights, some 300 people crowded into a building near the place where Malcolm X was shot dead in 1965. On the wall of a wide hall, a massive and colorful mural depicted his life through his journeys around the US, on pilgrimage in the Middle East and while speaking in Europe.

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As many as 2,800 inmates to be moved from Texas prison

Texas prison unrestAs many as 2,800 federal prisoners will be moved to other institutions after inmates seized control of part of a prison in South Texas, causing damage that made the facility "uninhabitable," an official said Saturday.

Ed Ross, a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, said the inmates who had taken control are "now compliant" but that negotiations were ongoing Saturday in an effort for staff to "regain complete control" of Willacy County Correctional Center.

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Student behind 'laser cat' yearbook photo takes own life

Laser cat student takes own lifeSchenectady High School senior Draven Rodriguez, whose fearless creativity earned him international fame last year, took his own life Thursday evening, according to multiple authorities familiar with his death.

Rodriguez, the teenager responsible for the laser-cat yearbook photo that became an Internet sensation in the fall, committed suicide in his home, authorities said. He was 17.

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Thousands of Detroit homeowners face new wave of foreclosures

Detroit foreclosuresTens of thousands of Detroit homeowners are facing possible foreclosure in the next year as the county cracks down on back taxes owed, which activists say are often extremely inflated because the county assesses property taxes on the basis of their value before the city fell into financial crisis.

When Wayne County officials opened the Cobo Center convention hall in early February to property owners hoping to work out payment plans to save their homes from tax foreclosure, more than 6,000 people streamed through the doors.

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