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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin Vetoes Bill Making Abortion A Felony

OK governor Mary FallinOklahoma‘s Republican Governor Mary Fallin vetoed a bill calling for prison terms of up the three years for doctors who performed abortions, saying the legislation would not withstand a criminal constitutional legal challenge, her office said on Friday.

The bill, which was approved a day earlier in the Republican-dominated legislature, would have made performing an abortion a felony. It also called for revoking the license of any doctor who conducted one.

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Body cam footage released of man Tased to death by Georgia deputies

Body cam shows man tasered to deathOn Nov. 20, 2015, Chase Sherman was handcuffed and Tasered by two Coweta County sheriff's deputies responding to a 911 call from his parents. Sherman died at the scene.

The body cameras worn by the deputies captured the episode.

According to the New York Times, Sherman was reacting to synthetic marijuana he had taken days earlier. He bit his girlfriend and tried to jump out of the back seat of the car as the family drove through Georgia toward Florida.

That's when Sherman's parents called 911 for help.

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17 arrested in Rikers Island smuggling bust

Rikers Island workers arrestedSeventeen corrections officers, inmates and their associates were indicted Thursday in a crackdown on smuggling at New York's infamous Rikers Island jail.

Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said two corrections officers, a cook and six inmates were among those accused of conspiring to smuggle scalpels, narcotics and other contraband in return for thousands of dollars in bribes.

"These alleged schemes fed the climate of danger and fear that makes Rikers Island notorious for brutality, and they reveal the true scope of corruption that goes far beyond its shoreline," Clark said.

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Itzhak Perlman Cancels North Carolina Concert Over Transgender Bathroom Ban

Itzhak PerlmanItzhak Perlman, the famed Israeli-American violinist who performed at Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, has become the latest musician to cancel an appearance in North Carolina over the state’s recent bill curtailing antidiscrimination policies for people identifying as LGBT.

“As my fans know, I have spent a lifetime advocating against discrimination towards those with physical disabilities and have been a vocal advocate for treating all people equally,” Perlman wrote on his Facebook page. “As such, after great consideration, I have decided to cancel my May 18th concert in North Carolina with the North Carolina Symphony as a stand against House Bill 2.”

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S. Carolina to Become 17th State To Ban Abortion After 19 Weeks

Niki HaleyThe South Carolina legislature on Tuesday passed a bill banning most abortions after 19 weeks of pregnancy unless the mother’s life was at risk, making it the 17th U.S. state to approve such a ban.

The bill will head to Republican Governor Nikki Haley’s desk, who indicated in March that she would likely sign the legislation.  Her office could not be immediately reached for comment.

The act, proposed last year in South Carolina’s Republican-controlled legislature, passed after it was stripped of exceptions for pregnancies that result from rape or incest. The Senate had approved the bill in March.

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How the CIA Sold Out Nelson Mandela

CIA sold out Nelson MandelaIf a former State Department official and reported Central Intelligence Agency operative can be believed—the U.S. government aided in Mandela’s 1962 capture and arrest.

He spent nearly three decades in prison. Known the world over as a freedom fighter and an ambassador of social justice, today Nelson Mandela is an icon whose death in 2013 at age 95 sparked mourning around the globe.

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Obama Is Bringing Overtime Pay To Millions Of Workers

Obama bringing overtime pay to millionsThe Labor Department announced Tuesday that it completed one of the most ambitious economic reforms of the Obama era, finalizing a new rule that will extend overtime protections to millions of additional workers.

The administration will accomplish that by raising what’s known as the overtime salary threshold. Nearly all workers earning salaries beneath that threshold are entitled to time-and-a-half pay whenever they work more than 40 hours in a week.

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