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This deleted scene from 'Back to the Future' shows Doc discovering Playboy magazine

For fans of the "Back to the Future" franchise, a lost scene from the 1985 film might taint your image of the "genuinely likable" Dr. Emmet "Doc" Brown (Christopher Lloyd).<p>In the deleted scene, Michael J. Fox's Marty McFly brings the 1955 version of Doc a suitcase filled with Doc's personal …

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Chris Rock’s poisonous legacy: How to get rich and exalted chastising “bad blacks”

<b>Charles Barkley, Chris Rock, Bill Cosby (Reuters/Dominick Reuter/AP/Chris Pizzello/Todd Williamson/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Respectability politics isn’t new. But with Charles Barkley and Bill Cosby now joining in, here’s why it’s so toxic<p>Mychal Denzel Smith<p>November 12, 2014 10:59pm (UTC)<p>In 1996, …

White House now turning to girls of color

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is planning to focus on improving the lives of girls and women of color, after months of complaints that they were …

“There is but one way out for you”: Read the uncensored letter J. Edgar Hoover wrote to MLK

<b>Martin Luther King, Jr., J. Edgar G. Hoover (AP)</b><p>Historian discovers unredacted copy of longtime FBI chief’s chilling letter<p>Luke Brinker<p>November 12, 2014 8:25pm (UTC)<p>The mutual contempt between civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and longtime Federal Bureau of Investigation chief J. Edgar …

Court weighs role of race in Alabama redistricting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court wrestled Wednesday with a dispute over the use of race to redraw political districts that turns the usual …

U.S. justices weigh racially charged Alabama redistricting plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared unsure how to resolve a challenge to a state legislature redistricting plan in Alabama that packed black voters into certain districts in a way that critics say diminishes their influence at the polls.<p>The nine justices heard an …

In a divided America, partisan and race-based redistricting are indistinguishable

One of the most profane parts of American democracy is the act of gerrymandering – which is to say, redrawing the boundaries of congressional districts less to reflect population shifts than to ensure the electoral results your party prefers. But like the word “fuck”, we’ve become so inured to …

Obama fears potential Ferguson fallout

President Barack Obama has privately conveyed “real heart-driven concern” about the prospect of another round of violence in Ferguson, Missouri, in the coming days.<p>Accordingly, he has directed federal agencies to do all they can to lay the groundwork to help authorities in Missouri, especially if …

Deputy Who Killed 19-Year-Old Samantha Ramsey Won't Be Indicted

A Kentucky deputy who witnesses say jumped onto the roof of a 19-year-old girl's car and opened fire on her will not be indicted in the girl's death.<p>Samantha Ramsey was killed by Boone County deputy Tyler Brockman as she left a party in April. Now, a Boone County grand jury has decided not to …

New York sheriff's deputy suspended over online video

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> A sheriff's deputy in upstate New York was suspended after an online video showed him sparring with someone who didn't want his car searched.<p>The video shows the deputy cursing at the man, who repeatedly tells the officer there's no reason to search the vehicle.<p>"I wasn't in my car …

Gun sales spike as Ferguson area braces for grand jury decision

Lately, Dan McMullen has been bringing an extra gun to his office in Ferguson, Missouri.<p>McMullen runs Solo Insurance on West Florissant close to where looting and vandalism briefly broke out in early August after a police officer shot to death teenager Michael Brown.<p>"I bring an extra gun now only …

Michael Brown's parents address U.N.: 'We need the world to know'

The parents of Michael Brown, a Missouri teen killed by police, testified before a U.N. committee Tuesday because they want the world to know "what's going on in Ferguson."<p>Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. spoke to the United Nations Committee Against Torture -- which also works against cruel …

Texas teacher suspended after racist Ferguson tweet

<b>(CNN) —</b> A Texas teacher has been "suspended without pay pending discharge" after accusations that she sent racially charged tweets about the incidents in Ferguson, Missouri, a representative for the Duncanville Independent School District said at a press conference.<p>Vinita Hegwood, a high school …

Michael Brown's Parents Advocate For Human Rights To U.N. Committee Against Torture

The parents of Michael Brown addressed members of the United Nations on Tuesday on a mission to bring further international awareness to the shooting death of their unarmed 18-year-old son by Ferguson, Mo. police officer Darren Wilson.<p>Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. traveled to Geneva, …

Dozens of guns are missing from California police departments

Several California police agencies haven’t been able to keep track of all of their weapons, including military surplus rifles on loan from the U.S. Department of Defense, according to a KCRA 3 investigation.<p>Many of the unaccounted guns may have been stolen from an officer’s home or car, which …

Pathologist hired by Michael Brown family to testify before grand jury

A private pathologist who examined Michael Brown's body is expected to appear this week in front of the grand jury investigating the 18-year-old's shooting death by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer, a family attorney said Wednesday.<p>Dr. Michael Baden is expected to give testimony for the confidential …

Lawsuits say fraternity fostered culture of 'misogyny'

Two lawsuits say the national chapter of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity allowed a culture of "violent misogyny" after an internal email from the Georgia Tech chapter leaked last year instructing fraternity members on how to lure "rapebait."<p>The lawsuits were filed Thursday in an Atlanta court on …

Police Pay Gap: Many of America's Finest Struggle on Poverty Wages

In the aftermath of the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last August, police officers from throughout St. Louis County were dispatched there to respond to mounting protests. Though the officers were doing the same jobs, they were paid starkly different wages, some …

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Neighbor Allegedly Shot 13-Year-Old Nine Times for Mocking Burglary

Indiana police are questioning a "person of interest" in the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy, who police said was shot after he got into a "verbal altercation" with a neighbor who went on a tirade through the neighborhood after his home was burglarized.<p>The Gary teen, identified as Kobe Jones, …

Jim McDonnell's career as police chief could show how he'd lead as sheriff

Jim McDonnell opened the news conference with condolences for the family of Douglas Zerby, shot dead by police officers who mistook a garden hose nozzle he was holding for a gun.<p>The expression of sympathy from the Long Beach police chief seemed to only sharpen the family's grief. As a woman sobbed …

Boehner: Bush would have punched Putin in the nose

House Speaker John Boehner is trashing President Obama's foreign policy on the campaign trail by talking up someone Republicans have spent years running from: George W. Bush.<p>"Does anybody think that Vladimir Putin would have gone into Crimea had George W. Bush been president of the United States? …

Dole on Romney: 'I want him to run again'

One-time Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole has his candidate for 2016: Mitt Romney.<p>Dole, a 91-year-old former Senate majority leader and 1996 GOP presidential nominee, said as he introduced Romney, the party's 2012 nominee, during a campaign rally Monday: "I want him to run again."<p>Dole and …

House Democrats urge pause in migrant family deportations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives has called on President Barack Obama to suspend deportations of Central American families until problems are resolved at the newly opened detention facilities holding women and children.<p>Anti-deportation protesters …

Southern Baptists tell pastors: hold line on gays

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than a thousand evangelical pastors and others — gathered for a three-day conference to steel the resolve of Christians …

New York Police Study Reveals 'Stark Racial Biases'

Three decades ago, New York’s Times Square was a symbol of vice and violence. Today, cops in the area worry about street performers who dress up like Elmo.<p>The city’s transformation from crime capital to urban Disneyland is one of America’s great success stories, but a less encouraging narrative has …

There is no justice in prisons' race-based punishment

The incident in 2006 was in some ways typical: A group of inmates at High Desert State Prison near Susanville attacked two corrections officers, and prison officials responded with a race-based lockdown, keeping African American prisoners confined to their cells for 14 months.<p>Governmental …

Arizona sheriff ordered to undergo training to stop racial profiling

PHOENIX (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge on Tuesday ordered a controversial Arizona sheriff to undergo the same training as his deputies to prevent racial profiling and unlawful detention in the wake of the lawman’s recent comments.<p>U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snow criticized sheriff Joe Arpaio …

Ferguson police chief expected to step down, officials say

<b>(CNN) —</b> The police chief in Ferguson, Missouri, is expected to step down as part of the effort by city officials to reform the police department, according to government officials familiar with the ongoing discussions between local, state and federal officials.<p>But Chief Thomas Jackson and the …