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After 54 years, Confederate flag removed from Statehouse

Confederate flag take downThe Confederate flag was lowered from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse on Friday, ending its 54-year presence there and marking a stunning political reversal in a state where many thought the rebel banner would fly indefinitely.

The turnabout seemed unthinkable before the June 17 massacre of nine black parishioners — including a state senator — at a Charleston church during a Bible study. Dylann Roof, a white man who was photographed with the Confederate flag, is charged in the shooting deaths, and authorities have called the killings a hate crime.

The massacre reignited calls to remove Confederate flags and symbols across the South and around the nation.

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Federal officials investigate deportation of teen mom who attempted suicide

Lilian Olivia BardalesFederal civil rights officials have opened an investigation into the case of a teenage mother who was abruptly deported after attempting suicide in early June.

The investigation comes as her attorney has requested that the Department of Justice pursue criminal charges against the immigration officials who were in charge of her and her 4-year-old son’s care.

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More than 21 million affected by government data breach

ssecurity breachHackers stole Social Security numbers, health histories and other highly sensitive data from more than 21 million people, the Obama administration said Thursday, acknowledging that the breach of U.S. government computer systems was far more severe than previously disclosed.

The scope of the data breach — believed to be the biggest in U.S. history — has grown dramatically since the government first disclosed earlier this year that hackers had gotten into the Office of Personnel Management's personnel database and stolen records for about 4.2 million people. Since then, the Obama administration has acknowledged a second, related breach of the systems housing private data that individuals submit during background investigations to obtain security clearances.

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FAA Dumps Trump Navigation Codes

FAA dimbs Trump codesThe Federal Aviation Administration is removing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump from the name of airplane navigation codes near Palm Beach International Airport, The New York Times reports.

Trump has come under fire for comments about immigration, and the FAA said Thursday that it is changing the name of a trio of South Florida navigation routes that were named after the real estate magnate in 2010, according to the report.

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Philadelphia Officers Caught On Tape Apparently Beating Man During Arrest

Philly policePhiladelphia Police have opened an internal affairs investigation following the release of a YouTube video apparently showing officers beating a man during an arrest.

Court documents show 22-year old Tyree Carroll was arrested in East Germantown on April 4th.

Now, three months later, LA based social commentator Jasmyne Cannick says the Carroll family gave her cell phone video of the arrest, reportedly captured by a witness.

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Oregon travelers can fly with recreational marijuana

Oregon Passengers at Oregon's Portland International Airport can legally board airplanes with up to an ounce of marijuana for in-state flights, keeping with the state's new law that legalizes recreational marijuana.

Airport officials said the Transportation Security Administration is not focused on finding marijuana, but rather keeping up with security and safety issues. If a TSA agent finds a passenger with marijuana, the local police will be notified to ensure it is within the legal weight limit (up to an ounce), the passenger is of legal age to carry the drug (21) and the boarding pass indicates an in-state flight. If everything checks out, the passenger is free to travel.

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Florida justices: Defendant has ‘stand your ground’ burden

Florida Supreme CourtThe Florida Supreme Court is keeping the burden of proof with the defendant seeking immunity under the “stand your ground” self-defense law.

The justices on Thursday affirmed the current practice used in courts statewide for pretrial immunity hearings under the law. The court rejected an attempt to shift the burden of proof at that stage from defendants to the prosecution.

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