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Study Reveals Worse Outcomes For Black And Latino Defendants

Researchers who looked at two years of records from the Manhattan district attorney's office found that race was a significant factor in determining how prosecutors resolved cases.
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California Bank Robbery Ends In Violent And Deadly Car Chase

"The suspects had massive amounts of ammunition either taped to or strapped to their bodies," says the police chief of Stockton, Calif. Two suspects and one hostage died.
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Microsoft Will Cut As Many As 18,000 Jobs

A large layoff is under way at Microsoft, as the technology company says it will cut 13,000 jobs in the next six months. All but 500 of those layoffs are related to the Nokia phone division.
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Blues Guitarist Johnny Winter Dies At 70

Texas blues legend Johnny Winter has died, ending a long and expansive career that included working alongside bluesman Muddy Waters and playing at the Woodstock festival.
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Washington State Man Tries To Rid House Of Spider

The man made a makeshift blowtorch with a lighter and a can of spray paint. He sprayed flames toward the spider, and of course set his house on fire — causing $60,000 in damage.
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The GOP Now Likes Community Organizing (If It Wins Elections)

Yes, Republicans plan to use technology to get out voters in the midterms much like President Obama used it in 2012. But he was Sputnik to their planned moon landing, an official said.
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Panama's Ex-Strongman Sues Over 'Call Of Duty' Video Game

Manuel Noriega accuses the makers of the game of profiting from his likeness and harming his reputation.
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Kerry Accuses Senate Of Hobbling American Diplomacy

Secretary of State John Kerry argues the Senate confirmation process is broken, leaving the administration without ambassadors to about 50 countries. Most of them are career foreign service officers.
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California's Death Penalty Declared Unconstitutional

Unlike many recent death penalty rulings, the decision wasn't focused on the method of execution, but on the fact that executions in California are so rarely carried out. The last was in 2006.
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N.C. Governor Causes Controvery With Poet Laureate Appointment

Valerie Macon, who works full-time at the state's Department of Health and Human Services, will be the next poet laureate. The literary community says the governor bypassed normal channels.

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