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SCOTUS Upholds States’ Bans on Affirmative Action
Originally published April 23, 2014

A Supreme Court decision, April 22, upholding states’ right to ban the use of race-sensitive policies in university admissions wielded a serious blow to affirmative action, experts said, and shifts the battleground to the states.more More Arrow
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In this image taken from video dead bodies lie on the road near Bentiu South Sudan on Sunday April 20, 2014. U.N.'s top humanitarian official in south Sudan Toby Lanzer told The Associated Press in a phone interview Tuesday April 23, 2014, that the ethnically targeted killings are
- NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Gunmen in South Sudan who targeted civilians including children and the elderly left "piles and piles" of bodies, many of them in a mosque and a hospital, the U.N.'s top humanitarian official in the country said Tuesday.more More Arrow


Children in Kawo Kano, Nigeria.
- CHIBOK, Nigeria (AP) — Parents say 234 girls are missing from the northeast Nigerian school attacked last week by Islamic extremists, up significantly from the 85 reported by education officials.more More Arrow


Police tape surrounds the Federal Courthouse Monday, April 21, 2014, in Salt Lake City. A U.S. marshal shot and critically wounded a defendant on Monday in a new federal courthouse after the man rushed the witness stand with a pen at his trial in Salt Lake City, authorities said.
- SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A defendant died after being shot by a U.S. marshal on Monday during an attack on a witness during a trial in a new federal courthouse in Salt Lake City, the FBI said.more More Arrow


This June 29, 2011 file photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Clayton Lockett. Lockett is one of is one of two Oklahoma death row inmates scheduled to be executed who have sued state corrections officials to obtain details about the lethal drugs that will be used to execute them, including their source.  Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections
- OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A sharply divided Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday stayed the execution of two death row inmates who have challenged the secrecy surrounding the source of the state's lethal injection drugs.more More Arrow


In this March 25, 2014, photo, U.S. first lady Michelle Obama delivers a speech at Chengdu No. 7 High School in Chengdu in the southwestern province of Sichuan, China. Obama's weeklong trip to China has included opportunities to try out tai-chi, walk the Great Wall and feed the pandas. That’s all to be expected from a first lady soaking up culture while traveling abroad. But at times, the first lady's words veered from soft subjects such as the value of education into more pointed messages about the importance of Internet freedom and respect for minorities. Photo/Andy Wong
- TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend.more More Arrow


In a photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb appears in a photo at jail. McNabb has been released from an Arizona jail after serving a one-day sentence for a DUI arrest late last year. Records released by West Mesa Justice Court show the 37-year-old McNabb served his time Wednesday and was released Thursday morning. McNabb was arrested Dec. 15 on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. He pleaded guilty on March 27 and nine days of his sentence was suspended. Photo/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
- MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb was released Thursday from an Arizona jail after serving a one-day sentence for a DUI arrest late last year.more More Arrow


In this Thursday, May, 30 2013 file photo, Brig. Gen. Chris Olukolade, Nigeria's top military spokesman speaks during an interview in Abuja, Nigeria, The fate of 115 female students abducted by Islamic extremists was thrown into uncertainty Thursday, April 17, 2014 when their school principal denied the Nigerian military's report that almost all the pupils had been freed. The principal directly contradicted Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, the Defense Ministry spokesman. Photo/Jon Gambrell
- Nigerian military sources told international media that eight of the 129 Nigerian schoolgirls from the Government Girls Secondary School who were abducted by gunmen in March remain missing.more More Arrow


In this photo taken on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, Kansas City police and agents from the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms with canines investigated a shooting along southbound Interstate 435 in Kansas City, Mo. Police have connected 12 shootings targeting vehicles on Kansas City-area roads and highways since early March. Three drivers have been wounded by gunfire, though none of the wounds was considered life-threatening. Photo/The Kansas City Star, Jill Toyoshiba
- KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — After nearly a month of reports of gunshots being fired at vehicles and more than 100 tips, authorities announced charges Friday against a Kansas City-area man suspected in connection with about a dozen highway shootings that wounded three people.more More Arrow


Hank Aaron speaks during a ceremony celebrating the 40th anniversary of his 715th home run as the actual bat and ball from the hit stand on display before the start of a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Atlanta.
- Hank Aaron received hate mail as he closed in on and eventually broke Babe Ruth’s homerun record in 1974. Forty years later, the baseball great has drawn a new round of controversy for recent racially-charged remarks.more More Arrow



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