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Brazilian law grants patients right to use untested cancer ‘drug’

But researchers warn that there is no real evidence that it actually works.<p>Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has sidestepped the country’s drug …

FACT CHECK: Bernie Sanders Marched with MLK at Selma?

CLAIM<p>A photograph shows Bernie Sanders at a 1965 civil rights march with Martin Luther King, Jr. See Example( s )<p>EXAMPLES<p>Collected via e-mail, …

Black History

This week in drug raids

There were two unfortunate drug raid stories in the news this week. The first comes from Crescent City, Calif., where some cops were caught on video allegedly stealing money out of the wallet of a drug suspect, then laughing about it. And that’s really only the start of the alleged …

Officer who paralyzed Indian grandfather escapes potential civil rights conviction

An Alabama police officer won't be convicted of violating the civil rights of a 58-year-old Indian man after a judge on Wednesday threw out a third …

Here's How The Nation Responded When A Black Militia Group Occupied A Government Building

Nearly 50 years ago, a group of armed Black Panthers entered the California state Capitol to protest a gun control bill.<p>When armed militants seized a government building in Burns, Oregon, on Saturday, stating their willingness to "kill and be killed" and promising to stay for "years," the official …

U.S. adds 2.65 million jobs in 2015 for 2nd best year since 1999

In the face of global fears, the U.S. economy is still gaining speed.<p>American employers added 292,000 jobs in December. Economists surveyed by CNNMoney predicted 211,000 jobs would be added.<p>For all of 2015, the economy added 2.65 million jobs, the second best year of jobs gains since 1999.<p>The …

15 Eerie Things About Japan's Suicide Forest

Northwest of the majestic Mount Fuji is the sprawling 13.5 square miles of Aokigahara, a forest so thick with foliage that it's known as the Sea of …

​Is Police Corruption Inevitable in the War on Drugs?

The black market for drugs creates all sorts of twisted incentives for agents of the law.<p>Last week, police in Pennsylvania pulled over a car carrying three men and apparently $2 million worth of weed. Among the 247 pounds of pot and $11,000 in cash in the vehicle, investigators also found a law …

Whiteness and “Making a Murderer”: Manitowoc, the “one-branch family tree” and the sinister race science of “degenerate whites”

The Avery clan’s reputation as “trouble” echoes myths planted by inane, racist eugenicists in the early 1900s<p>“Three generations of imbeciles are enough.”<br>— <i>Oliver Wendell Holmes, “Buck v. Bell”</i><p>“I don’t want to be a criminal. I want to be normal.”<br>— <i>Steven Avery, “Making a Murderer”</i><p>Everyone in the …

LeBron James' agency ends marketing deal with Johnny Manziel

On the same day Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James expressed concern for Johnny Manziel, the embattled quarterback of the Cleveland Browns, James' …

Trooper who arrested Sandra Bland indicted on perjury charge

<b>(CNN) —</b> Brian Encinia, the Texas state trooper who arrested Sandra Bland, has been indicted on a perjury charge, prosecutors said Wednesday.<p>Bland, an African-American woman, was found dead in her cell three days after being arrested, accused of failing to use her turn signal July 10. She was 28.<p>Her …

America's criminal justice system is a hoax

One of the most common ways people develop perceptions and/or form judgments about certain events, people, and/or occupations is by how they are …

The Bundy mess is everything wrong with the American criminal justice system

It's surely appropriate that the first major news story of the 2016 election year is a standoff between a right-wing militia and federal law …

GOP Lawmaker: KKK Grand Wizard Was 'One Of The South’s First Civil Rights Leaders'

Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate general and the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, was “one of the South’s first civil rights leaders,” a …

Physicists Think They've Figured Out How to Retrieve Information From a Black Hole

Wow.<p>Physicists in the US think they've solved one of the biggest mysteries around black holes: how to retrieve information from them.<p>The gravity …

This is what the entire universe looks like in one image

The universe is so vast it's almost impossible to picture what it might look like crammed into one field of view.<p>But musician Pablo Carlos Budassi …

My State Wants to Spend $3.6 Million to Honor Confederate Flag

2015 was an emotional year for South Carolina. In July, Charleston, SC lost nine to a hate crime in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Following this tragedy that rocked the nation, the state removed the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds.<p>This gesture meant a great deal to …

Bernie Sanders: Sandra Bland case shows need for criminal justice changes

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says it's his "very strong inclination" that Sandra Bland wouldn't have been arrested by a Texas trooper last summer if she were a white woman.<p>The Vermont senator tells CBS' "Face The Nation" Sunday the Bland case shows criminal justice reform is …

Bernie Sanders

For police nationwide, a year of reckoning: Officers fatally shoot nearly 1,000

Nearly a thousand times this year, an American police officer has shot and killed a civilian.<p>When the people hired to protect their communities end up killing someone, they can be called heroes or criminals — a judgment that has never come more quickly or searingly than in this era of viral video, …

Pomona Police: Clarence Duwell Dear Suspected of Setting Woman Ablaze

Police on Saturday were hunting an "extremely dangerous" man suspected of killing a California woman by setting her ablaze.<p>The Pomona Police Department said it had launched a murder investigation into the Christmas-Day crime and named 51-year-old Clarence Duwell Dear as a suspect.<p>Officers were …

Story of 18-year-old who 'made up' being raped by a man now spending 327 years in prison for 27 other rapes

<i>Editor's note/Update: T. Christian Miller, a senior reporter for ProPublica, and Ken Armstrong, a writer for The Marshall Project, won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for “An Unbelievable Story of Rape," which is republished with permission here.</i><p>March 12, 2009: Lynnwood, Washington<p>…

Charges unlikely in killing of Tamir Rice by police, family attorney says

Nearly 400 days after a white police officer fatally shot a black 12-year-old carrying a pellet gun in an encounter captured on surveillance video, the boy's disillusioned family believes it's unlikely anyone will be indicted.<p>A decision on whether to charge the officer or his partner in the death …

Justice

Couple become first in Britain to have dead dog cloned to create puppies

Laura Jacques and Richard Remde have used the DNA of their dead dog Dylan to create new puppies which will be born on Boxing Day<p>A couple have become the first in Britain to have their dead dog cloned and are due to collect their newborn puppies from South Korea on Boxing Day.<p>Laura Jacques and her …

At least 6 killed as severe storm system sweeps across South

HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — A storm system forecasters called "particularly dangerous" killed at least six people as it swept across the country …

Why Trump Is Bad for America - One Reason I Bet You Never Thought Of

While many may not have noticed, our collective spiritual understandings have been undergoing change over the decades. Leading edge philosophers and open-minded theologians have noted an evolutionary shift toward a broader, more comprehensive existential understanding than that put forth by our …

Woman Knocks Out Man With Single Punch After He Pinches Her Butt

The suspected harasser was unconscious for two hours after hitting his head on the sidewalk.<p>It's a lesson for sexual harassers around the world.<p>A woman was caught on video knocking out a man with a single punch after he pinched her butt.<p>Surveillance footage posted online by LiveLeak showed the …

Nineteen-Hour 'Standoff' Ends With Law Enforcement Officers Destroying An Empty House

The Cherokee County (KS) Sheriff's Department engaged in a fruitless 19-hour standoff with a vacant residence. On the 20th hour, the fugitive house …

Obama: Trump exploiting fears of 'blue-collar men'

People like Donald Trump are "taking advantage" of Americans' fears about their present and future, particularly those of "blue-collar men," President Barack Obama said in an interview airing Monday on NPR's "Morning Edition."<p>Obama cited his teenage daughters, Sasha and Malia, and their friends as …