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Innocent woman freed after 17 years in prison

woman freed after 17 yearsA woman who spent 17 years in prison after being convicted of murder in the death of a homeless man was exonerated Friday by a Los Angeles County judge who said she should not spend another minute behind bars.

The courtroom audience applauded after Superior Court Judge Mark Arnold overturned the conviction of Susan Mellen.

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Key Figures In CIA-Crack Cocaine Scandal Begin To Come Forward

Gary webbWith the public in the U.S. and Latin America becoming increasingly skeptical of the war on drugs, key figures in a scandal that once rocked the Central Intelligence Agency are coming forward to tell their stories in a new documentary and in a series of interviews with The Huffington Post.

More than 18 years have passed since Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb stunned the world with his “Dark Alliance” newspaper series investigating the connections between the CIA, a crack cocaine explosion in the predominantly African-American neighborhoods of South Los Angeles, and the Nicaraguan Contra fighters -- scandalous implications that outraged LA’s black community, severely damaged the intelligence agency's reputation and launched a number of federal investigations.

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7 charged in high school football hazing case

Sayerville hazingSeven students were charged with sex crimes in connection with a series of assaults amid an investigation into hazing by a high school football team, which already led to the cancellation of the rest of the season, authorities said.

Six of the seven students, ranging in age from 15 to 17, were arrested Friday night, and the seventh was being sought, police and prosecutors said.

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Same-sex marriages begin in North Carolina

North Carolina same sex marriageAll Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara had to say Friday night was, "it's official," and the screams were deafening.

Gathered in the darkened office of the Buncombe County Register of Deeds more than 20 minutes after closing time, Register Drew Reisinger announced to about 40 people that an order had been filed to allow same-sex marriages in North Carolina.

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Supreme Court gives green light to Idaho gay marriages

Same sex marriage allowed in IdahoAfter clearing the way for same-sex marriage in huge swaths of the East, Midwest and Mountain West on Monday, the Supreme Court swept in the Far West Friday by turning down Idaho's request for a last-minute reprieve.

\The order allows a federal appeals court decision issued Tuesday to take effect in Idaho, just as it did in Nevada. Three other states without gay marriage -- Arizona, Montana and Alaska -- are impacted by the ruling, but state officials there have not yet capitulated.

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Tensions flare in St. Louis after off-duty cop shoots teenager

St. Louis shootingAngry protests spilled out of Ferguson, Mo., and into greater St. Louis Wednesday night after a white off-duty police officer chased and shot a black high school student named Vonderrit Myers, Jr., whom police allege fired at the officer first.

The shooting in the Shaw neighborhood of St. Louis, a dozen miles south of Ferguson, is likely to only exacerbate a very rough stretch for greater St. Louis, an aging river city struggling to reckon with a deep legacy of racial segregation and oppression.

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U.S. top court allows North Carolina voting restrictions

Supreme CourtThe U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed North Carolina's new voting restrictions, considered among the nation's most stringent, to go into effect.

The court, with two of the nine justices dissenting, granted a last-minute request by state officials seeking to block an appeals court ruling that suspended parts of a new state voting law.

The state objected to the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' conclusion that same-day registration should be restored and provisional voting reinstated for voters casting ballots outside their normal precincts.

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