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The Border Towns the Constitution Forgot

Three Points ArizonaOne hundred miles inland from the U.S.-Mexico border, the ACLU says, border patrol agents are harassing American citizens with arbitrary search and seizure methods and even arrests.

“I was in the middle of nowhere. Three agent men against one woman—with her two children—in the middle of the desert where nobody is around. They could have done anything to me and my kids.”

In a video posted on the ACLU’s website this week, Clarisa Christiansen recalls her chilling encounter with a posse of Border Patrol agents while driving her two children home from elementary school last May. Despite being accustomed to seeing agents regularly roving around Three Points, Arizona, the desert community approximately 40 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border where Christiansen’s family has lived for almost 18 years, this was the first time she’d been approached by them.

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Rosa Parks archives remain unsold in warehouse

Rosa Parks Medal of FreedomAt a time when interest in civil rights memorabilia is rekindled, a lifetime's worth of Rosa Parks' belongings — among them her Presidential Medal of Freedom — sits in a New York warehouse, unseen and unsold.

Parks' archives could be worth millions, especially now that 50th anniversaries of the civil rights era are being celebrated and the hunt is on for artifacts to fill a new Smithsonian museum of African-American history.

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Hewlett-Packard to pay $108m to settle scandal over bribery of public officials

HPComputing multinational Hewlett-Packard (HP) is to pay US regulators $108m to settle a corruption scandal involving employees at subsidiaries in three countries, who were charged with bribing government officials to win and retain lucrative public contracts.

The case piles further pressure on the HP boss, Meg Whitman, who is already managing the fallout from her company's disastrous acquisition of the British software group Autonomy, while losing ground commercially to Samsung, Apple and Chinese rival Lenovo.

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Two moms, a baby and a legal first for U.S. gay marriage

Legal first for gay marriageLast month a baby in Tennessee made history: Emilia Maria Jesty was the first child born in the state to have a woman listed on the birth certificate as her "father."

The marital status of the baby's parents was the subject of a flurry of court filings up to a few days before her birth. Valeria Tanco and Sophy Jesty were wed in New York, a state that recognizes gay marriage, and moved to Tennessee, which does not.

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Mass stabbing at Pennsylvania high school injures 20

PA school stabbingTwenty people were injured, at least nine seriously, when a student at a Pittsburgh-area high school went on a stabbing rampage early on Wednesday, officials said.

The suspected attacker, identified as a 16-year-old male student at the school, was in police custody, deputy emergency management coordinator for the Westmoreland County, Dan Stevens, told reporters.

Seven students between the ages of 15 and 17 and one adult were admitted to Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, with stab wounds.

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U.S. NSA logs reveal flood of post-Snowden FOIA requests

FOIAThe National Security Agency (NSA) has been flooded with thousands of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests from journalists, civil rights groups and private citizens who have asked the agency to turn over the top-secret records that former contractor Edward Snowden leaked to the media, Al Jazeera can reveal.

In response to an open records request filed in November, the NSA has just released its FOIA logs to Al Jazeera. The hundreds of pages of documents describe post-Snowden requests that have been filed with the agency — on matters from its bandwidth consumption and it sprawling new data center in Utah to metadata records and contracts with Booz Allen Hamilton, Snowden’s former employer.

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Ford to recall about 434,000 vehicles

Ford recallFord Motor Co said on Monday it would recall about 434,700 vehicles mainly in North America due to two separate and unrelated issues.

The company is recalling about 385,750 Escape compact SUVs as rust could cause the vehicle's subframe and lower control arm to separate, potentially diminishing steering control, it said in an e-mail.

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