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  • Texas Lawmaker Wants Nurseries for Prison Newborns

    Women who give birth behind federal prison bars need better health care services for themselves and their newborns or their lives will be at risk, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) said at a May 12 press briefing on Capitol Hill. Surrounded by national advocates for women’s health, Jackson Lee ...

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  • Michelle Obama wears Naeem Khan to Nordic state dinner

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama stood out in a sea of black tuxedos at Friday night’s Nordic Summit dinner, wearing a blush-colored, off-the-shoulder, floor-length gown. The first lady chose a dress by Indian-born designer Naeem Khan for the White House dinner honoring the leaders of ...

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  • Google Halts Predatory Payday Loan Ads

    Civil and consumer rights activists are praising Google’s announcement this week that it is banning payday loan ads from its popular search engine. “When ads are good, they connect people to interesting, useful brands, businesses and products. Unfortunately, not all ads are—some are for fake or ...

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  • Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Honored by Holocaust Museum

    United States Rep. John Lewis, the last “Big Six” leader of the Civil Rights Movement left standing, was honored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum during its National Tribute Dinner at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington D.C. on May 4. The Museum conferred the ...

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  • Obama Commutes Sentences for 58 Federal Prisoners

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a decade ago, a judge bemoaned that the life sentence she was about to impose on Charles C. Brown was overly harsh. This week, relief finally came to Brown, along with 57 other offenders. President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted their prison terms as part of a ...

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  • Harsh History: Alabama County May Cover up Slavery Murals

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — As officials across the South wrestle with what to do about public monuments that reflect a racist heritage, an Alabama county may cover up two courthouse murals that some call offensive. The Jefferson County Commission on Thursday endorsed a recommendation from a ...

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