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Baltimore removes four Confederate statues after Virginia rally


Baltimore removed four monuments to the pro-slavery Civil War Confederacy before dawn on Wednesday, working quickly so the city could avoid protests like the one organized by white nationalists that turned deadly in Charlottesville, Virginia. | Video

Violence prompts U.S. Congress to discuss militant threats

WASHINGTON A U.S. congressional panel next month will hold a hearing on violent extremism, including threats from domestic militants, following a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned deadly.

Politics, Election 2016, Aug 16 2017

Truck driver formally indicted for 10 immigrant deaths in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas A truck driver accused of smuggling immigrants inside a packed and sweltering tractor-trailer through Texas, 10 of whom died, was formally indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday on charges that can carry the death penalty, prosecutors said.

Aug 16 2017

Man falls to his death from Los Angeles port crane after police standoff

LOS ANGELES A man fell to his death on Wednesday at the Port of Los Angeles after he led police on a chase before he climbed a crane where he stripped, danced and did acrobatics during a hours-long standoff, local media reported.

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U.S. ends program for Central American minors fleeing violence

NEW YORK The U.S. Department of Homeland Security terminated a program on Wednesday that allowed minors fleeing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to settle in the United States, ending travel hopes for more than 2,700 children awaiting approval.

Politics, Election 2016, Aug 16 2017

Virginia rally victim's message 'magnified,' mother tells memorial

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. With tears and defiant tributes, hundreds of purple-clad people packed an historic Charlottesville theater on Wednesday to remember the 32-year-old woman killed when a suspected white nationalist crashed his car into anti-racist demonstrators. | Video

Aug 16 2017

Possession of small amounts of narcotics now minor offense in Oregon

Possession of small quantities of narcotics like heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine are no longer felonies in Oregon under a measure signed into law by Governor Kate Brown, who said on Wednesday that it undoes laws that had unfairly targeted minorities and the poor.

Aug 16 2017

New York Times editor testifies in Sarah Palin's defamation lawsuit

The editor of the New York Times editorial board on Wednesday took the witness stand in a lawsuit filed by former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who claims that a June editorial in the paper defamed her by linking her to a 2011 mass shooting.

Aug 16 2017

U.S. court rules Arkansas can block Planned Parenthood funding

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday reversed a ruling that prevented Arkansas from cutting off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood following the release of controversial videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group.

Maryland judge reaffirms life sentences for D.C. sniper Malvo

WASHINGTON Six life sentences for a man convicted in a deadly Washington area sniper spree when he was 17 have been allowed to stand after a Maryland judge found that he had not been given mandatory life terms, which the U.S. Supreme court has ruled unconstitutional for juveniles.

Aug 16 2017

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