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Senegal children face modern-day slavery

<b>Dakar, Senegal</b> <b>-</b> Like thousands of child beggars in Senegal, Abdou Kane, four, is always barefoot and carrying a bowl and clothes that he wears for weeks - even months - without washing them.<p>Known as <i>talibés</i> - an Arabic word for pupil - an estimated 50,000 street children, as young as three-years old …

When Labor Day Meant Something

Remembering the radical past of a day now devoted to picnics and back-to-school sales<p>Labor Day online specials at Walmart this year “celebrate hard work with big savings.” For brick-and-mortar shoppers near my home in Chicago, several Walmart stores are open all 24 hours of Labor Day. Remember, …

Apple Publishes The Top 10 Reasons They Reject Apps

Whether you’ve ever built an iOS app or not, you’ve probably heard tales of how frustrating it can be to get Apple’s stamp of approval.<p>But <i>why</i> does Apple reject apps? What are the big mistakes that most developers make?<p>In the first release of what looks to be something Apple intends to update …

Michael Brown case: Keep prosecutor on (Opinion) - CNN.com

<i>Editor's note: Danny Cevallos is a CNN legal analyst, criminal defense attorney and partner at Cevallos & Wong, practicing in Pennsylvania and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Follow him on Twitter: @CevallosLaw. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.</i><p><b>(CNN)</b> -- As the …

ISIS Baffling U.S. Intelligence Agencies

It’s been two months since ISIS took over Iraq’s second-largest city. But U.S. analysts are still trying to figure out how big the group is and the …

The Case for Reparations

Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.<p><i>And if thy brother, a Hebrew man, or a Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and</i> …

Five Muslim-Americans Sue Feds Over Watchlisting

Relying in part on recent <i>Intercept</i> reporting on the vast breadth of the government’s watchlisting system, several Muslim Americans filed a complaint …

Nuri al-Maliki ends bid to continue as Iraq's prime minister

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki gave up the fight Thursday to keep his post, clearing the way for a new leader that many hope can hold Iraq together as the country battles brutal extremist fighters.<p>In a televised address, al-Maliki withdrew his candidacy for a third term and endorsed the Prime …

South LA Demands Justice After Shooting Of Ezell Ford By LAPD Officers

LOS ANGELES -- Civil rights leaders met with Los Angeles Police Department officials Thursday to press the department to swiftly and openly investigate the fatal shooting of mentally challenged 25-year-old South LA resident Ezell Ford by two LAPD officers on Monday night.<p>At a press conference …

It’s Official: Chuck Todd Will Take Over Meet the Press From David Gregory

Sometimes, as in the case of <b>Chuck Todd</b> replacing <b>David Gregory</b> on <i>Meet the Press</i>, rumors prove true. NBC confirmed the news on Thursday afternoon, three days after *Politico’*s <b>Mike Allen</b> floated a “siren” that suggested the swap was in the works.<p>Gregory shared the news on Twitter, saying that he …

You can carry a privacy-minded wireless hotspot in your pocket

Devices like the Safeplug can deter companies and governments from snooping on your devices at home, but they're not much good when you're on the road. That's where the PORTAL (Personal Onion Router To Assure Liberty) project comes into play. Load the customized firmware on to certain travel …

Inmate has filed 5,813 lawsuits — and counting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Some inmates lift weights. Others pass the time playing cards.<p>Dale Maisano files thousands upon thousands of lawsuits, mostly complaining about the food.<p>Maisano, a 62-year-old prisoner in Florence, Ariz., has filed — at last count — 5,813 federal lawsuits across the nation. Most …

Russians Start Paying the Price for Putin's Ukraine Adventure

For most Russians, indeed nearly all of them, the crisis in Ukraine has had a distant, almost virtual quality. It has been something they watched on …

Former Marine in urination video found dead in North Carolina

Former Marine sniper Robert Richards, a central figure in a 2012 video scandal involving Marines urinating on the corpses of Afghan insurgents, has been found dead at his home in North Carolina.<p>Richards, 28, died in Jacksonville, outside<p>Camp Lejeune, on Wednesday night, according to his lawyer and …

Historic Vote Brings Comprehensive Transgender Health Care to Oregon's Medicaid Program

The Health Evidence Review Commission (HERC), which is charged with overseeing the prioritized list of services in Oregon's Medicaid program, the Oregon Health Plan, voted today to approve the coverage of medically necessary health care for transgender people.<p>History has, once again, been made! …

It’s Going To Be Four Years Before ‘Godzilla’ Resurfaces For A Sequel

Now that Legendary Pictures got our hopes up at Comic-Con in San Diego by revealing the new monsters that Godzilla will be up against in the sequel to this year’s wildly successful reboot, it’s time for someone to blast that balloon with an unexpected burst of energy so it comes crashing back to …

Nothing But Gold: First Woman Wins Math's Nobel Prize

My personal interest in the field of mathematics was pretty much non-existent until this week when Iranian-born Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman ever to win the prestigious Fields Medal, considered to be the equivalent of mathematics’ Nobel Prize.<p>That fact is also something I had no idea …

Democrats Call for Judiciary Hearings on Ferguson Violence

Three senior Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee are calling on panel chairman Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va., to hold hearings on the violence …

Rand Paul: We Must Demilitarize the Police

The shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown is an awful tragedy that continues to send shockwaves through the community of Ferguson, Missouri and …

Amber Alert canceled: Waukegan kids safe

An Amber Alert was canceled after two children from Zion were found safe.<p>Police say the girl, 4, and boy, 3, were with their parents at the Public …

Ebola virus: Liberia health system 'falling apart'

<b>Liberia's information minister has admitted that the country's health care system has been overwhelmed by the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.</b><p>Lewis Brown told the BBC the system had been "overtaxed" by the outbreak, but that authorities were doing their best in the face of an unprecedented …

Has The End Of The Banana Arrived?

Researchers fear that a relentless and virulent fungus could cripple the world's banana monoculture<p>Two weeks ago, at a conference in South Africa, scientists met to discuss how to contain a deadly banana disease outbreak in nearby Mozambique, Africa. At fault was a fungus that continues its march …

Passengers tilt train carriage to free man trapped in the gap

A commuter who trapped his leg between a train and the platform has been freed after dozens of his fellow passengers pushed the carriage back.<p>The man was boarding the train into Perth at Stirling station on Wednesday morning when he stepped awkwardly, causing him to slip down the gap.<p>Passengers …

Iraq’s Religious Minorities are Being Slaughtered and ISIS Just Captured the Last Town Giving Them Shelter

ISIS just captured the Iraqi town of Sinjar in the first major defeat of Kurdish forces. Religious groups that had taken refuge there are in imminent …