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Virginia restores voting rights to felons, barred from ballot box since civil war

Virginia restores voting rights for felonsGovernor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia has paved the way for more than 200,000 convicted felons to be eligible to vote with a historic executive order announced on Friday.

McAuliffe, a Democrat, declared “a day for celebration” in remarks outside the state Capitol. The action, he said, would help overturn a history of suppressing the black vote in Virginia, where felons have been barred from voting since the civil war.


Multiple fatalities at Ohio, media reports say seven dead

Seven dead in Ohio shooting spreeMultiple shooting victims were found dead Friday in Pike County, about 75 miles east of Cincinnati, according an Ohio Attorney General’s Office spokeswoman.

The bodies were found at several locations, according to the Adams County sheriff's office. Initial reports said at least seven people were found dead near the town of Peebles, according to WCPO-TV, quoting the BCI. Some media reports say bodies were found at three sites.


Uber to pay up to $100M to settle lawsuits, drivers stay freelance

Uber workers are contractorsUber will pay up to $100 million to 385,000 drivers who sought to be classified as employees instead of freelance workers, settling two class-action lawsuits but doing little to change drivers' employment status.

Under the terms of the settlement, Uber is required to give drivers information about how and why they are barred from employment. The company is also required to create "driver associations" to represent workers in California and Massachusetts, the two states where class actions were filed. Drivers will also be allowed to post signs in vehicles saying tips "would be appreciated."


Meet The Women Going On The Back Of The $10 Bill

Susan B. AnthonyThe $20 bill isn’t the only banknote set to get a feminist makeover. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced Wednesday that in addition to replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 note with Harriet Tubman, the $10 bill will feature five leaders of the women’s suffrage movement.

The five women — Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, Alice Paul, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth — will be honored on the new $10 bill, which will still feature Alexander Hamilton on the front.

Here’s a little background on each of the women who will soon have a place on American cash.


International Super Star Prince Dead at 57

Prince deadThe artist known as Prince has died ... TMZ has learned. He was 57.  Prince's body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota early Thursday morning.

Multiple sources connected to the singer confirmed he had passed.

The singer -- full name Prince Rogers Nelson -- had a medical emergency on April 15th that forced his private jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois. But he appeared at a concert the next day to assure his fans he was okay. His people told TMZ he was battling the flu.


Rape victim could be punished under Brigham Young University’s ‘honor code’

Brigham Young UniversityStudents rallied outside Brigham Young University on Wednesday to protest the school’s treatment of sexual assault victims, calling for revisions to the Mormon university’s “honor code”, religious bylaws through which rape victims can be punished for having consumed alcohol or had a member of the opposite sex in a bedroom.

The protest follows outrage over the rape case of sophomore Madi Barney, 19, who reported to Provo, Utah, police that she was raped in her off-campus apartment during a date.


6 Jewish Anti-Occupation Protestors Arrested at Boston AIPAC Office

Boston protest against AIPACSix young Jews were arrested for trespassing Tuesday night at AIPAC’s Boston office after they chained themselves to a Seder table in protest of the organization’s support of Israel.

The protestors were participating in an event organized by the Jewish group IfNotNow, which calls on Jewish institutions to oppose Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land.

The arrests were made after the building’s security officers contacted the police. Those arrested were arraigned this morning and have a court date set for March 18, IfNotNow told the Forward.


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