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Obama says U.S. blacks better off overall than when he began presidency
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday that U.S. blacks are better off now than they were when he began his presidency in 2009, but that the gap between blacks and whites remains. "Like the rest of America, Black America, in the aggregate, is better off now than it was when I came into office," he told reporters in an end-of-year news conference. "The gap between income and wealth of white and black America persists, and we've got more work to do on that front. ...
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:19:31 -0500
Friend of accused Boston bomber pleads guilty to gun, drug charges
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A high school friend of the accused Boston Marathon bombers pleaded guilty on Friday to charges including having possessed a gun that prosecutors contend the suspects used to shoot dead a university police officer as they tried to flee the city. Stephen Silva, 21, changed his plea from not guilty in U.S. District Court in Boston after reaching a deal with federal prosecutors that was filed under seal. ...
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:39:47 -0500
Protesters from both sides of policing controversy face off in NYC
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Scores of protesters denouncing police violence against non-whites rallied alongside dozens of supporters of New York City police officers on Friday in a tense standoff outside City Hall that comes amid weeks of mostly peaceful protests. It was one of the first counter-rallies by police supporters since the chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man killed when officers were attempting to arrest him in July. The killing set off a wave of protests against the treatment of minority groups by police. ... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:50:27 -0500
Lawsuit shows resistance to legalization of pot
DENVER (AP) Despite growing public support for legalizing marijuana, a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma shows that at least two segments of American society are prepared to fight the idea before the nation's highest court social conservatives and law enforcement.
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:29:52 -0500
Supreme Court won't stop gay marriages in Florida
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday refused to block gay marriages in Florida, the latest of about three dozen states allowing same-sex weddings. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:24:15 -0500