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Is the end of days looming for fundamentalist sect in Utah?

UTA sectThe new federal courthouse in downtown Salt Lake City is a massive, futuristic cube of metal and glass that looks imposing, austere and, above all, impregnable. Armed guards patrol the exterior 24 hours a day.

But if a certain group of polygamous religious extremists in a lonely corner of southern Utah are to be believed, this Wednesday the walls will split open and fall when one of their leaders, Lyle Jeffs, appears before the judge in a major fraud case, according to former followers of his sect.

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Mississippi's Confederate Heritage Month proclamation prompts outcry

onfederat monthThe Confederacy is rising again, this time using perhaps the final weapon in its arsenal: calendars.

Mississippi governor Phil Bryant recently proclaimed April to be Confederate Heritage Month, adding an official flourish to a longstanding tradition in his state and several others. April, he wrote in the proclamation, is “the month in which the Confederate States began and ended a four-year struggle”.

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Amtrak lead engine derails after crash near Philadelphia

amtrackAuthorities say an Amtrak train struck a piece of construction equipment just south of Philadelphia, and some injuries are being reported.

Service on the Northeast Corridor between New York and Philadelphia has been suspended.

Amtrak said Train 89 was heading from New York to Savannah, Georgia, when it struck a backhoe that was on the track in Chester, about 15 miles outside of Philadelphia.

The impact derailed the lead engine of the train. About 341 passengers and seven crew members were on board.

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Squad C: The untold story of the criminal probe into Miami-Dade narcotics detectives

Miami Dade PoliceIn what seemed a routine and unremarkable case, a squad of Miami-Dade narcotics detectives busted a drug dealer holed up in a shabby Homestead motel, seizing over $16,000 cash and two pounds of marijuana stuffed in a red gym bag.

What the squad didn’t know: that dealer was no criminal.

He was actually an undercover state agent posing as a doper in an elaborate sting designed to catch a suspected rogue narcotics detective named Edwin Diaz. But the carefully crafted operation last month took a surprise turn for investigators when $1,300 of the cash was taken — by a different cop.

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New set of SF cops implicated in racist and homophobic texts

SF cops made racist commentsA new group of San Francisco police officers was implicated in exchanging bigoted text messages, fueling increased scrutiny of the city force and prompting a review of court cases handled by those officers for potential bias, authorities said Thursday.

District Attorney George Gascón said a “substantial number of racist and homophobic text messages” emerged during a recent criminal investigation, which Police Chief Greg Suhr identified as the sexual assault probe of a Taraval Station officer, Jason Lai, that began last year.

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Killing of Navajo woman by cop sparks outcry

Navajo woman killed by policeAn Arizona police officer's fatal shooting of a woman suspected of shoplifting a case of beer has sparked outrage.

Members of the Navajo Nation, whose reservation borders Winslow, Ariz., say 27-year-old Loreal Tsingine suffered discrimination and excessive force and are demanding that the officer's name be released.

Winslow police say Tsingine brandished a pair of scissors threateningly at the officer before she was shot five times Sunday by a Winslow police officer.

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Mississippi ban on same-sex adoptions struck down

Mississippi lifts ban on gay adoptionsMississippi must end its ban on adoptions by same-sex married couples, a federal judge ruled.

The ruling Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge Daniel P. Jordan III explicitly states the state law against the adoptions, the last of its kind in the United States, violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution.

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