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Here’s why a Haitian migrant and his pregnant wife made the monthslong journey to America

Here’s why a Haitian migrant and his pregnant wife made the monthslong journey to America

For Rolph Louis, a Haitian migrant hoping for a fresh start in New York, the journey to the United States from Chile took nearly two months. Louis told CNN he felt he had little choice but to leave his homeland of Haiti, an island nation that has been rocked by political instability and economic depression.…

More than 50 University of Georgia faculty members announce plans to mandate masks in their classrooms
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More than 50 University of Georgia faculty members announce plans to mandate masks in their classrooms

Educators at the University of Georgia have announced plans to require masks in their classrooms despite their state university system not mandating mask-wearing, and say they face potential punishment for following through. More than 50 UGA life science faculty members this week sent a letter to university administrators, stating their actions are needed to mitigate…

San Jose State University agrees to pay $1.6M to students who alleged sexual assault by trainer, Justice Department says
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San Jose State University agrees to pay $1.6M to students who alleged sexual assault by trainer, Justice Department says

San Jose State University will pay a total of about $1.6 million to some of the female students and student-athletes who alleged they were sexually assaulted or harassed by a campus athletic trainer over more than a decade, the US Department of Justice said Tuesday. The payments are part of a settlement between the university…

Authorities identify woman believed to be victim of Samuel Little, America’s most prolific serial killer
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Authorities identify woman believed to be victim of Samuel Little, America’s most prolific serial killer

Nearly 44 years after hunters discovered human remains near a Mississippi highway, authorities have identified the victim as Clara Birdlong — who they believe was killed by Samuel Little, America’s most prolific serial killer. The announcement was made Tuesday by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. Little died last year at age 80 while serving three…

Native American tribes sue Wisconsin to stop planned gray wolf hunt
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Native American tribes sue Wisconsin to stop planned gray wolf hunt

Six Native American tribes are suing the state of Wisconsin, claiming that the state’s planned wolf hunts go against their treaty-protected rights. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday by six Ojibwe tribes, comes months after the state’s first legal wolf hunt in decades in February, considered a disaster by critics. That hunt occurred following the removal of…

Michigan man charged for allegedly leaving pipe bombs at cell phone stores to stop the spread of cursing and pornography, Justice Department says

Michigan man charged for allegedly leaving pipe bombs at cell phone stores to stop the spread of cursing and pornography, Justice Department says

A 75-year-old Michigan man was arrested Wednesday after investigators say he left pipe bombs at two cell phone stores and threatening letters at cell towers in order to stop all telecommunications “containing immoral content,” like pornography and cursing, according to an affidavit for probable cause. John Douglas Allen was charged with extortion and attempted damage…

A school employee in Oregon has been placed on leave after showing up to work in blackface, officials say

A school employee in Oregon has been placed on leave after showing up to work in blackface, officials say

A school board in Oregon is holding a special meeting just days after a school employee was placed on administrative leave after going to work in blackface, officials said. Racism and racial tensions have recently been the focus of conversations in the school district in Newberg, a city approximately 25 miles from Portland. The school…

Monument honoring abolition of slavery unveiled in Richmond two weeks after Robert E. Lee statue was removed
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Monument honoring abolition of slavery unveiled in Richmond two weeks after Robert E. Lee statue was removed

A monument honoring the abolition of slavery was dedicated on Wednesday in Richmond, Virginia, just two miles from where a hulking statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee once prominently stood. People in the audience wore plastic ponchos or sat under large golf umbrellas for protection from the rain, which ended a few minutes before…

Texas doctor fired for using leftover Covid-19 vaccine doses sues county for discrimination

Texas doctor fired for using leftover Covid-19 vaccine doses sues county for discrimination

A Texas public health doctor fired earlier this year for using leftover doses of Covid-19 vaccine on eligible individuals is suing Harris County for $1 million, saying he was fired for giving “the vaccine to too many individuals with ‘Indian’ sounding names.” Dr. Hasan Gokal was charged with theft by a public servant but a…

The man accused of killing college student Kristin Smart in 1996 will stand trial for her death

The man accused of killing college student Kristin Smart in 1996 will stand trial for her death

The man accused of killing 19-year-old college student Kristin Smart in 1996 will stand trial for her death, according to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s office. Paul Flores, 44, faces a first-degree murder charge for allegedly killing Smart in his Cal Poly San Luis Obispo dorm room. Prosecutors say Flores raped or attempted…

Rev. Jesse Jackson expected to be discharged from rehab facility today
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Rev. Jesse Jackson expected to be discharged from rehab facility today

Rev. Jesse Jackson is expected to be discharged from a rehabilitation facility this morning, according to a family spokesperson. Jackson was being treated at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab after he and wife Jacqueline Jackson were hospitalized for Covid-19 in August. The couple were released from Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago early in September, with Jacqueline…

The pandemic has hit the restaurant business hard. That’s creating an opportunity for some immigrant women in Denver
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The pandemic has hit the restaurant business hard. That’s creating an opportunity for some immigrant women in Denver

Most mornings, Silvia Hernandez barely has time to turn on the sign adorning her name at her eatery in Denver, Colorado. As breakfast orders come in, she’s working the flattop grill — flipping French toast, cracking eggs and warming tortillas for the green chile pork burritos that the regulars enjoy. “I love cumin (but) the…

Ten current and former Black women officers sue DC police claiming racial and sexual discrimination
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Ten current and former Black women officers sue DC police claiming racial and sexual discrimination

A group of former and current Black women officers filed a class action lawsuit against the Washington, DC police on Wednesday claiming racial and sexual discrimination, a hostile workplace and a culture of intimidation. The 10 women say that while on the job at the Metropolitan Police Department they were subjected to a male-dominated “culture…

1 teen dead and 2 injured in a bus stop shooting in Louisville, police say
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1 teen dead and 2 injured in a bus stop shooting in Louisville, police say

A drive-by shooting at a bus stop in Louisville, Kentucky, Wednesday morning left one teen dead and two other children injured, police said in a series of tweets. The apparent drive-by shooting occurred around 6:30 a.m. at Dr. WJ Hodge and Chestnut Streets, as kids waited for the bus, the Louisville Metro Police Department said.…

Number of women serving life sentences without parole has surged over the past decade, report shows
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Number of women serving life sentences without parole has surged over the past decade, report shows

The number of women inmates serving life without the possibility of parole has risen 43% since 2008, adding to an already aging prison population nationwide, according to a new report from the Sentencing Project, an organization that advocates for criminal justice policy changes. That means nearly 2,000 women now serving life-without-parole sentences can expect to…

Teen pleads guilty in 2019 killing of Barnard College student Tessa Majors

Teen pleads guilty in 2019 killing of Barnard College student Tessa Majors

A teenager has pleaded guilty in connection with the 2019 killing of Tessa Majors, a New York City college student who was stabbed several times while walking through a Manhattan park. Luchiano Lewis, who was 14 at the time of the killing, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree robbery in a New York court…

Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito were involved in an incident in Wyoming restaurant in late August, witnesses say
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Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito were involved in an incident in Wyoming restaurant in late August, witnesses say

A couple from Louisiana who were vacationing in Jackson, Wyoming, last month said Wednesday they saw an incident involving Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie in a restaurant in one of the last sightings of Petito before her death. Nina Angelo told CNN on Wednesday that she and her boyfriend, Matt England, saw a “commotion” as…

Two men charged in anti-Semitic hate crime incident at Los Angeles restaurant
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Two men charged in anti-Semitic hate crime incident at Los Angeles restaurant

Charges have been filed against two men who allegedly were involved in an anti-Semitic hate crime attack that injured five people at a Los Angeles restaurant in May, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday. Xavier Pabon, 30, and Samer Jayylusi, 36, were each charged with two felony counts of assault by means…

Texas governor approves miles-long steel barrier of police vehicles to deter the more than 8,000 migrants in Del Rio
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Texas governor approves miles-long steel barrier of police vehicles to deter the more than 8,000 migrants in Del Rio

With 8,600 migrants remaining under the Del Rio International Bridge, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday officials are using “unprecedented” methods to deter migrants from crossing into the state, including parking Texas National Guard and Texas Department of Public Safety vehicles for miles along the border to create a “steel barrier.” The surge of migrants…

‘Funeral home’ ad spreads message for the unvaccinated
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‘Funeral home’ ad spreads message for the unvaccinated

The truck had the name of a funeral home on it. But instead of a soothing thought that might double as a company slogan, the message on the side read: “Don’t get vaccinated.” The black truck advertising for “Wilmore Funeral Home” delivered that blunt and unexpected message on Sunday to football fans in downtown Charlotte…

Asian American lawmakers want DOJ to speed up action on hate crimes law
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Asian American lawmakers want DOJ to speed up action on hate crimes law

Two Democratic lawmakers are urging the Justice Department to swiftly implement a federal law aimed at countering the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes during the coronavirus pandemic. In a letter sent to Attorney General Merrick Garland, Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Rep. Grace Meng of New York highlighted provisions of the Covid-19 Hate Crimes…