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Before Trayvon Martin, there was Oscar Grant

A new Williamsburg mural commemorates the Oakland native gunned down by BART police in 2009<p>A mural by street artist LNY, with some help from artists COST, ENX, and Ellis Gallagher, now dominates the very busy corner of Bedford Avenue and North 6th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The work is a …

Innocence, After Serving 11 Years On A Wrongful Conviction

When I was waiting, even to go to the trial, I would pray, 'Please Lord, get me out of here. You know I don't belong here, I didn't do this.' And I knew in my heart that it was going to happen, that I would be released. Just every now and then, I would ask the Lord, 'Well, you can kind of hurry up …

Zimmerman case: ACLU's déjà vu

The American Civil Liberties Union is experiencing some uncomfortable déjà vu.<p>George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of black teenager Trayvon Martin has triggered the specter of an awkward and often raucous debate the group thought it had put behind itself two decades ago.<p>After the …

Don't worry, California drivers: you won't have to outrun drone strikes on the highway

Despite official-looking warnings, California highway motorists won't have their speed regulated by armed drones. San Fransisco's local CBS affiliate KPIX 5 reports that several fake signs have appeared on Bay Area highways, depicting a drone firing a missile along with a "speed enforced by drones" …

Why Adding 21,000 Border Patrol Is A Dysfunctional Plan That Will Waste Billions

Today’s second segment in our three part series will focus on law enforcement on our border. Since our experts are from Texas, that will be our main geographic area of focus. Some background is in order. It should be clear that today all of our border law enforcement agencies come under the purview …

Even the Aide Who Coined the Hastert Rule Says the Hastert Rule Isn't Working

John Boehner is hamstrung by a stricture that a majority of the majority must back any bill. Would he be a stronger speaker if he collaborated with Democrats more, not less?<p>Getty Images<p>House Speaker John Boehner has a tough job -- so tough that Democrats have taken to pitying him. "I feel sorry for …

McCain: Review Ariz. 'stand your ground' laws

Arizona Sen. John McCain says his home state should review its "stand-your-ground" law in the wake of George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.<p>The Republican senator said he trusted the jury's judgment in the case, but added Sunday on CNN's "State of the …