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Why newspapers are breaking traditions for candidate endorsements

USA Today broke a tradition of keeping silent on presidential endorsements to denounce Donald Trump on Friday, the latest newspaper to buck its history during the 2016 campaigns. 

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What does an 'apology cake' say about Taser policy in America?

A Florida cop's attempt at an apology raises questions about how law enforcement officers use Tasers in the United States.

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Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore suspended over stance on gay marriage

Chief Justice Moore has maintained that Alabama's state law supersedes the US Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage.

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Why California's 'snoozer' Senate election is actually important

The California Senate race could serve as a window into what it takes to convince voters to cross party lines.

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How Colorado plans to curb accidental pot consumption

Beginning October 1, all medical and retail marijuana products must feature a universal symbol to avoid accidental consumption.

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El Cajon shooting: How should we police people in emotional distress?

The mother of Alfred Olango, an unarmed black man shot Tuesday, has said that her son was in emotional distress. For police, making these split-second decisions presents a challenge. A program at the Los Angeles Police Department offers a possible solution.

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Did Trump misuse $258,000 from his own charity?

A new report suggests that funds from the Donald J. Trump Foundation are being spent in ways other than how its donors intended.

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Why Ohio’s secretary of State doesn’t want federal help on election security

Jon Husted isn't worried about hackers manipulating ballots, but he is concerned about the possibility of increased federal oversight of elections.

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'Living in hell'? Trump's words don't match reality, black people say

Community leaders in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant say they found Donald Trump's description of their lives 'dumbfounding.' Conditions, they say, are better than they used to be, and are 'getting better every day.'

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1 dead, over 100 hurt in train crash at New Jersey station

The New Jersey Transit train ran off the end of its track as was pulling into the station, smashing through a concrete-and-steel bumper. 

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White House lashes out at Congress after 9/11 bill vote

The White House turned to mockery as top GOP leaders expressed buyer's remorse and vowed to fix the bill.

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Hoboken crash: Is the nation's rail system in need of repair?

The New Jersey Transit crash in Hoboken on Thursday is the latest trouble faced by the transportation agency, which has faced funding problems and delayed projects.

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How a Hollywood scandal is changing rape laws around the country (+video)

Allegations against comedian Bill Cosby have led three states to extend or lift the statute of limitations for rape filings. 

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Do offensive names deserve trademark protection? Supreme Court to weigh in.

When the government denies a request for a trademark it deems disparaging, is a penalty on private speech – or a refusal to subsidize offensive messaging?

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New temple highlights Mormon church growth, bucking national trend

As many traditional Protestant sects in the United States have seen a decline in membership in recent years, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has continued to grow.

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Can Clinton win over Millennials with her climate change ​policies? (+video)

Climate change is one of the top issues for likely Millennial voters. But will they turn out in sufficient numbers to help Hillary Clinton? 

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Can conservative newspapers boost Johnson’s appeal?

The Detroit News has backed Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson in spite of its right-leaning editorial stance. But will it matter?

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White House makes paid sick leave mandatory for federal contractors (+video)

Federal contractors will now be required to give employees paid sick leave, under new rules passed by the Obama administration.

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At Boston Latin, student voices drive 'reset' on race

Students – who are often unheard – played a major role in driving a federal investigation into racially-charged incidents at the prestigious exam school. It's just one example of high-schoolers pushing more vocally for change.

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Live free and take photos: the 'ballot selfie' approved for N.H.

A federal appeals court has struck down a ban on ballot photos. Some say the law hinders free speech in the digital age, while others say it protects voters from coercion.

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Is the anthem protest spreading to the military?

In the past two months, two military members publicly shared their refusal to stand to the national anthem as a form of protest despite rules against such actions.

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What Gary Johnson’s ‘Aleppo moments’ might tell us about why voters like him

The Libertarian Party candidate was unable to name a single foreign leader he admired or respected during an interview on Wednesday.

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Why 2,000 guns were sold to prohibited gun buyers who failed FBI checks

Prohibited gun buyers: More than 2,000 guns were sold to buyers the FBI deemed unfit to own a firearm due to a discrepancies between two government agencies. Who's a "fugitive from justice"?

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Why Obama refuses to say 'radical Islamic terrorism'

At a town hall on Wednesday, President Obama said that he chooses not to use the term in order to avoid associating the religion of Islam with the acts of terrorists. 

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Trust gap: What happens when black communities call 911 less often?

The first study of its kind found 911 calls in black Milwaukee neighborhoods dropped significantly following the beating of Frank Jude, an unarmed black man. And then crime rates rose. 

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Yale study finds implicit racial bias in preschool teachers

The findings suggest that teachers need more support in understanding the struggles of other communities, said Linda K. Smith, deputy assistant secretary for early childhood development.

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Congress approves 9/11 lawsuit bill, delivering first veto override to Obama

Critics say the bill could be a diplomatic nightmare, but by overriding Obama's veto for the first time ever yesterday, legislators made a powerful statement about the need for closure for victims' families. 

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Despite harsh reviews, Trump resists new debate approach

Insisting that he is happy with his first performance, the Republican nominee isn't planning any mock debates, and will only incorporate "tweaks" to his previous strategy.

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Why the US government will pay native Americans almost half a billion dollars

After more than a century of mismanagement, the federal government settled one of the last mismanagement claims against it by native American groups, to the tune of $492 million. 

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What does academic freedom mean in the era of social media?

The University of Tennessee announced on Tuesday that it would not take action against a professor for a controversial tweet suggesting that drivers hit protesters blocking the road in Charlotte, N.C. 

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How many Americans actually know someone who is transgender?

Pew Research Center released a study Wednesday that, for the first time, asked Americans about their views on transgender people and the regulation of sex-segregated public restrooms.

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Does the US owe blacks reparations? Yes, says UN panel.

The UN's recommendations may shine a light on fractures in America's race relations, even if the government never acts on them.

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US Senate overrides Obama on Sept. 11 bill to allow terrorism lawsuits

The US Senate voted 97-1 to override Obama's veto of the law allowing Sept. 11 victim's families to sue Saudi Arabia. The House is also expected to override the veto. 

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El Cajon shooting: US takes new look at police culture (+ video)

Shootings in El Cajon, Calif., Tulsa, Okla., and Charlotte, N.C., capture the struggle of trying to change a deeply ingrained culture of policing to one that merges public interest and police concerns, law enforcement experts say. 

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Why Pepe The Frog was declared a hate symbol by the ADL

Pepe the Frog hate symbol: While most references to 'Pepe the Frog' remain non-bigoted, the cartoon has been coopted by white supremacists on social media, says the Anti-Defamation League.

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Has the United States 'lost control' of the internet?

Donald Trump's campaign has expressed concern that the United States is going to hand over control of the internet in October. What's happening, and why does it matter?

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Why the family of Ahmed 'the clock kid' is suing Glenn Beck and a Texas mayor

The family of Ahmed Mohamed claims the conservative commentator and other media hosts made libelous statements against the then 14-year-old boy following his wrongful arrest.

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Arizona Republic defies its name, endorses a Democrat for president

The endorsement upset many of the newspaper's conservative readers, but can it also help bridge partisan divides? 

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Why Roy Moore, Alabama's chief justice, could be removed – again

Roy Moore is on trial for his refusal to obey the federal court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. It's the same position he was removed from 13 years ago.

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From juvenile detention to straight A's, with the help of a mentor

Connecting former juvenile offenders with caring adults can have a lasting effect, but advocates say the solution is frequently left out of the nationwide discourse around juvenile justice reform.

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Did a 2013 court ruling really spell the end of stop and frisk?

Stop and frisk is no longer a program in New York City, since a federal judge deemed it unconstitutional. But it is still a legal tactic and used elsewhere.

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How California police shooting of black man fits a national pattern

An African-American man in suburban San Diego was shot and killed by police on Tuesday. His sister, who had called officers for help when he began acting erratically, described him as mentally ill.

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Why I'm against desegregating my black grandsons' school system

A federal policy that has not worked is being forced on my grandkids. I, a white liberal from the North, once favored it. They, black students at a public high school in Mississippi, now don’t.

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The Politics of US: Race

Fourth in a 10-part weekly series. The Politics of US looks at polarizing topics to help deepen understanding of the issues – and respect for those with differing views. This installment explores how to bridge the racial divide that has erupted in a slew of police killings and protests.

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Can familiarity build trust? A white cop moves into black Atlanta neighborhood

One street in Atlanta shows why American race relations are so fraught – and the steps toward how they might be made whole.

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How Illinois' Election Day registration became a partisan issue

Voters in highly populated areas of Illinois will have fewer options to register on Election Day this November after a federal judge on Tuesday temporarily halted broader registration rules that Republicans call unconstitutional.

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Director James Comey stands behind the FBI during Senate questioning

Republican senators pressed FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday about whether anything more could have been done to prevent recent acts of extremist violence, including the Orlando nightclub massacre and the Manhattan bombing this month. 

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Clinton and Trump break a 36-year record in the first presidential debate

The showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was the most-watched presidential debate ever, with 84 million viewers.

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Why the ACLU is taking up the alleged New Jersey bomber's case

The civil rights group says that Ahmad Rahami has the right to counsel. Authorities, however, have prevented lawyers from meeting with him, saying he has not yet been properly served with charges.

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The roots of Donald Trump’s anti-intellectualism

Trump has taken anti-wonkiness to new levels, and his high level of support echoes populist sentiment of yesteryear and follows a decades-long slide in trust in traditional institutions.

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