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America's child marriage crisis: Virginia law tackles continuing issue

Child marriage problem in Va.Until this month, there was no minimum age requirement to get married in Virginia – if you could meet certain criteria.

Girls as young as 13 years old, and pregnant, were wed with a judge’s approval in recent years, according to records from the Virginia department of health. Almost 4,500 minors were married between 2004 and 2013. About 90% of those minors were girls who married adult men.

The state senator Jill Vogel pushed through a bill that went into effect this month to ban marriages by those younger than 18, after she learned of a man in his 50s who was dating a high school student.


Thousands Of Guns Have Been Sold To Domestic Abusers Thanks To This Loophole

Domestc violence gun loopholeA loophole in the federal background check system has allowed gun dealers to sell thousands of firearms to domestic abusers before their background checks were completed, according to a new study published by the Government Accountability Office.

Normally, when a person attempts to buy a gun from a licensed dealer, their name is submitted to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, to make sure they’re eligible to buy one. Under federal law, individuals convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor or subject to a qualifying protective order are barred from purchasing a firearm.


'We're Hurting,' Dallas Police Chief Says After 5 Officers Killed

five police officers killed, seven hurt in DallasSpeaking the morning after the streets of Dallas became a war zone during a sniper attack on police officers, Police Chief David Brown said, "We're hurting."

He continued: "Our profession is hurting. Dallas officers are hurting. We are heartbroken. There are no words to describe the atrocity that occurred to our city. All I know is that this must stop, this divisiveness between our police and our citizens."

Brown then gave details about what happened on the second floor of El Centro College, where a suspect was cornered and negotiations went on for several hours.



Outrage, protests after second police shooting of U.S. black man in two days

outrage after second shooting by policeThe second fatal police shooting of a black man in two days sparked outrage in the United States on Thursday, this one particularly chilling because the victim's girlfriend posted live video on the internet of the bloody scene minutes afterward.

The killing of Philando Castile, 32, who was shot by a police officer after a traffic stop on Wednesday evening, prompted Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton to order a state investigation.


'Largest-ever' Silicon Valley eviction to displace hundreds of tenants

Silicon Valley evictionsIris Milano could hardly sleep after she got the news that her family would be kicked out of their two-bedroom apartment in San Jose.

“You’re always thinking and worrying. It’s something that is always with me,” said Milano, 47, a skin-care technician who lives with her husband and 14-year-old son in an apartment protected by rent control in the northern California city. “We are being forced to move. This is our home.”


Minn. governor calls for DOJ probe into officer-involved fatal shooting

Minnesota shooting of unarmed black man investigatedMinnesota Gov. Mark Dayton called on the U.S. Justice Department to launch an investigation into the fatal shooting of Philando Castile during a traffic stop in a St. Paul suburb.

Dayton also said he requested the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension begin an independent investigation into the Wednesday shooting. Castile and his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, were pulled over by St. Anthony Police for a broken tail light. Castile, 32, was shot in the arm while reaching for his wallet, Reynolds said. Reynolds captured the events immediately after the shooting on Facebook Live.


DOJ Opens Probe on Baton Rouge Shooting

DOJ probes Baton Rough police shootingTwo police officers pin down Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man, then shoot him as he lies on the ground.

The video, shared widely on social media, quickly sparked local protests and drew national attention.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, police say they came to the scene early Tuesday after an anonymous 911 caller reported a man threatening him with a gun.


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