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North Carolina police officer to face trial for killing unarmed black man

Jonathan Ferrel officer chargedJury selection is set to begin Monday in the manslaughter trial of a North Carolina police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man in one of a series of killings that have sparked a fresh debate on race and justice in the United States.

The case dates back to the pre-dawn hours of Sept. 14, 2013, when a 24-year-old former Florida A&M football player, Jonathan Ferrell, wrecked his car and went looking for help in a subdivision outside Charlotte, provoking a 911 call from a young woman who was surprised to find him knocking on her door in the middle of the night and feared a home invasion.

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KKK, Black Panther Group Clash Over Confederate Flag Outside South Carolina Capitol

KKK and Black Panthers in CharlestonA sea of Confederate flags held by screaming Klu Klux Klan members fluttered in front of the South Carolina Statehouse Saturday, just as a counter rally featuring African flags on the other side of the Capitol wrapped up.

The Loyal White Knights of the Klu Klux Klan, based in North Carolina, vowed to protest the removal of the Confederate flag from the Statehouse last week — and made good on that promise.

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If Guns Make Us Safer, Why Not Let Them Into the U.S. Capitol?

US CapitolIt’s a curious feature of American life that when four innocents are killed by a gunman in Chattanooga, or when a young white supremacist opens fire inside a historic AME Church in Charleston, we talk about loosening gun safety laws.

In the aftermath of this week’s murders, Donald Trump managed the near-impossible—sounding like a mainstream Republican politician—when he argued, “Get rid of gun free zones. The four great marines who were just shot never had a chance.” He is hardly alone in proposing this solution to the epidemic of gun violence. “These terrible tragedies seem to occur in gun-free zones,” said Rand Paul in January. “The Second Amendment “serves as a fundamental check on government tyranny,” Ted Cruz has said.

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JPMorgan reaches $388 million settlement in mortgage securities case

JPMorgan JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) agreed to pay $388 million to settle a suit by investors claiming that the largest U.S. bank had misled them about the safety of $10 billion worth of residential mortgage-backed securities it sold before the financial crisis.

The lawsuit, brought by Fort Worth Employees' Retirement Fund and other investors in offerings made before the 2008 financial crisis, accused JPMorgan of misleading them about the underwriting, appraisals and credit quality of the home loans underlying the certificates.

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Trooper who arrested Sandra Bland placed on desk duty for 'violations'

Sandra BlandThe Texas state trooper who arrested a woman who died three days later in her jail cell was placed on administrative duty for allegedly violating policy, the Texas Department of Public Safety said Friday.

The trooper, whose name was not reported, arrested Sandra Bland, 28, July 10 after a traffic stop. She was charged with assault on a public servant after allegedly becoming combatant with the officer, Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith said.

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Sailor injured in Tennessee attack dies, bringing death toll to five

Fifth sailr dies in ChatanoogaThe U.S. Navy says that the sailor who was shot earlier this week at a military support center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has died.

The death occurred Saturday, two days after a deadly shooting killed four Marines and injured three others, including the sailor, in Chattanooga.

Authorities say Kuwait-born Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, 24, of Hixson, Tennessee, unleashed a barrage of fire at a recruiting center in Chattanooga, then drove several miles away to a Navy and Marine reserve center, where he shot and killed the Marines, and wounded the sailor.

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California Wildfire Sweeps Across I-15 Freeway, Burns Cars

Wildfire LA freewayA rapid-moving vegetation fire broke out Friday afternoon in the Cajon Pass, burning several vehicles stopped on the I-15 Freeway and forcing mandatory evacuations in the area.

Early reports indicated there were multiple injuries.

The blaze, which has been dubbed "North Fire" on social media, was reported at about 2:30 p.m. and had spread to about 3,500 acres by 5:30 p.m., San Bernardino County officials said. and is about 5 percent contained.

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