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Nipsey Hussle: Tributes to rapper shot dead in Los Angeles

Nipsey Hussle

Artists including Drake, Rihanna and J Cole have paid tribute to Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle, who has been shot dead in Los Angeles.

The 33-year-old was gunned down outside his clothing shop.

Drake described him as "a man of respect and a don", while Rihanna wrote on Twitter: "This doesn't make any sense! My spirit is shaken by this!"

Two other people were wounded in the shooting outside Marathon Clothing in south Los Angeles.

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ACLU sues South Dakota over pipeline protest legislation

ACLU of South DakotaThe American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of South Dakota has sued the state over a series of new laws critics say violate the First Amendment rights of anti-pipeline activists.

The bills, signed last Wednesday by Gov. Kristi Noem (R), allow the state to sue people or organizations for “riot boosting,” or encouraging protests where violence eventually takes place, even if the defendant does not participate in any rioting.

Noem explicitly tied the bill to the forthcoming construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, calling it “a legislative solution to ensure the safety and efficiency of pipeline construction in South Dakota.” On Friday, President Trump signed a presidential permit to jump-start construction of the pipeline and circumvent previous court orders halting its development.

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'Devastating' fire destroys Tennessee civil rights center's main building

Highlander Reesearch Center, Tennessee

A fire destroyed the main office building at Tennessee’s Highlander Research and Education Center, a historic leadership school for civil rights and social justice - destroying decades of archives and artifacts.

The “devastating” fire engulfed the building before 6am on Friday, the center said in a statement. No one was injured.

“While we are physically unhurt, we are saddened about the loss of our main office. The fire destroyed decades of historic documents, speeches, artifacts and memorabilia from movements of all kinds, including the Civil Rights movement,” said co-executive directors Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson and the Rev Allyn Maxfield-Steele.

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2 visitors killed at Grand Canyon within 2 days

2 tourists killed at Grand Canyon in two daysA tourist fell to his death at the Grand Canyon Thursday -- and became the second person to die at the iconic national park in a two-day span.

The most recent occurred when a tourist from Macau fell hundreds of feet to his death while trying to take a photo, a resort spokesman said. He was on a seven-day tour of western states with 11 other people.

Officials said the man fell from the rim of Eagle Point, adjacent to the popular Skywalk attraction, in Grand Canyon West. That area is owned by the Hualapai Tribe of Arizona.

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Midwestern farmers devastated by uninsured flood losses

Midwest farmers devastated by uninsured floods Hundreds of millions of dollars in crops destroyed in Midwestern floods this month were not insured, farmers say. And the losses could leave many without sufficient income to continue farming.

"This uninsured grain issue is really starting to affect people," said Jeff Jorgenson, a western Iowa corn and soy grower whose farm flooded when the Missouri River spilled over its banks March 12.

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Wells Fargo CEO steps down amid calls for removal

Wells Fargo CEO steps down

Wells Fargo announced Thursday that CEO and president Timothy Sloan has resigned as the embattled bank struggles to escape from unprecedented penalties and scrutiny from federal regulators.

The bank announced Thursday that Sloan will immediately step down as Wells Fargo’s chief executive, president and a board member, and will retire from the company entirely on June 30.

C. Allen Parker, Wells Fargo’s former general counsel, was elected by the bank’s board to serve as interim chief executive, president and member of the board.

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Maryland adopts $15 minimum wage, overriding governor's veto

Maryland Governor Larry HoganMaryland's General Assembly voted Thursday to override Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill to gradually raise the state's minimum wage to $15.

The override passed by a vote of 96-43 in the House of Delegates and a vote of 32-15 vote in the Senate, surpassing the three-fifths vote needed to undo Hogan's veto of the bill.

Under the legislation, companies with 15 or more employees must pay workers at least $15 an hour by 2025. The legislature agreed to allow companies with fewer than 15 employees until July 2026 to comply with the law.

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