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House Republicans Argue Against Reproductive Rights For Women With Zika Virus In Developing Nations

In this Jan. 26, 2016 photo, Daniele Ferreira dos Santos holds her son Juan Pedro, who was born with microcephaly, outside her house in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. Santos was never diagnosed with Zika, but she blames the virus for her son’s defect and for the terrible toll it has taken on her life. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

At a congressional hearing about the Zika virus and its spread from the developing world, House GOP members spoke out against efforts to provide contraception and abortion access to women who have become infected by the viral strain known to cause severe birth defects.  The $1.8 billion in emergency aid requested by …

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Christian Professor Suspended In December For Statements Of Solidarity With Muslims Will Resign From Wheaton College

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Larycia Hawkins, the Christian professor suspended by Wheaton College for wearing hijab out of solidarity with the Muslim women who face discrimination in the Christmas season, will not be returning to work. In December 2015, Hawkins was put on leave after making the following statement on her Facebook page along …

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Los Angeles Schools Ban ICE Agents — No Raids On Campus

mmigrant rights activists protest in front of the White House in December ahead of deportation sweeps. (Shawn Thew / EPA)

In a unanimous vote by the school board of the Los Angeles Unified School District on Tuesday, immigration agents will be barred from conducting their raids on school campuses.  The vote was held after immigrant parents spoke out that they distrusted the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and were afraid to send their …

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Military Leaders Black Out Information on Guantanamo Bay Hunger Strike

In the past, Navy medics showed visiting reporters a restraint chair, a symbol of the hidden hunger strike at the detention center at the U.S. Navy base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, inside the hospital’s acute care unit. It was not on display during a media visit on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. This photo was approved for release by the U.S. military. WALTER MICHOT wmichot@miamiherald.com

Statistics on hunger strikes and forced feeds through nasal-gastric tubes have long been a useful tool in measuring unrest at Guantanamo Bay detainment facility.  At one point in 2013, the military disclosed that over 100 prisoners were on hunger strike and, at the height of their protest, 46 had been force-fed …

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Hackers Release Police Files That Show How Easily Cops Hide Complaints Against Themselves From The Public

Files released following the hacking of the country’s biggest police union show guarantees of secrecy over disciplinary records, a Guardian analysis finds. Photograph: Alamy

After hackers released files to the public taken from the Fraternal Order of Police, the largest union for law enforcement officers in the U.S., analysts have begun to examine heaps of data uncovered in the cyber attack. A wealth of information has been found in the 2.5 GB of released data, …

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NAACP Calls For Investigation In Lethal Force Used Against Unarmed Naked Man

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The use of lethal police force against 17-year-old David Joseph has evoked a call to action by both the Texas chapter of the NAACP and youth justice groups.  The Austin Police Department has named Geoffrey Freeman, a 10 year veteran of the force, responsible for the shooting of the black youth …

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Michele Bachmann Claims That Muslims Are ‘Nuking Western Civilization With Rape’

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Appearing Saturday on the “End Of Times” conservative radio program hosted by Ian Markell and Eric Barger, Michele Bachmann claimed that Islamic terrorists and Muslim Americans don’t need nuclear bombs to destroy Western Civilization because they have “rape culture.” Ignoring the fact that rape culture persists, well, everywhere in the …

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26th Rikers Island Officer To Be Arrested in Two Years; Nicole Bartley Charged With Rape and Smuggling

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Corrections Officer Nicole Bartley, 30, has been arrested for having an illegal sexual relationship with an inmate and smuggling marijuana. Bartley is now the 26th officer at Rikers Island to have been arrested for misconduct since 2014. Drug-sniffing dogs indicated the smell of marijuana on Bartley Saturday morning and although officers …

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Indiana One Step Closer To Passing Hate Crime Bill

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Indiana Senate Bill 220 passed the senate 34-16 and will now advance to the state House. This bill would offer the possibility of judges to impose harsher sentences to convicted criminals whose actions targeted victims based on race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, disability, national origin, ancestry or sexual orientation. Indiana …

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Police Chief’s Daughter Kathryn Knott Gets 5-10 Months for Anti-Gay Hate Crime in Philadelphia

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At her hate crime sentencing today, the 25-year-old daughter of a suburban police chief, Kathryn Knott received 5-10 months jail time with two years probation in the September 2014 attack by Knott and two friends that left victims, homosexual couple Zachary Hesse and Andrew Haught for dead in Philadelphia’s City Center. …

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NYPD Claims No Responsibility For Officers Who Took A Rape Victim Drinking And Allegedly Sexually Assaulted Her

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In July 2013 two NYPD officers from the Special Victim’s Unit flew to Seattle to interview a 25-year-old woman who claimed to have been raped in a Manhattan apartment the week before.  As part of their “investigation,” Lt. Adam Lamboy and Detective Lucasz Skorzewski took the woman on a 10-hour …

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