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Federal appeals court deems Proposal 2 unconstitutional

DETROIT (AP) -- A federal appeals court has struck down Michigan's ban on the consideration of race and gender in university admissions.


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Majority of Officers in Department Are Now Minorities

NEW YORK (AP) --One hundred years ago, Samuel J. Battle was sworn in as the New York Police Department's first black officer. Today, the majority of the police officers at the nation's largest department are minorities—and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says it is this diversity that makes the NYPD so effective.


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Sitting Bull College in North Dakota tops list of most affordable four-year schools

Looking for a college bargain? Try any of nine University of Puerto Rico campuses, where annual tuition hovers at or below $2,000.
Counting pennies? Avoid Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, a private school where tuition, fees and room and board exceeds $50,000, making it one of the five most expensive schools on a new U.S. Department of Education guide to college costs.


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Mark Halperin, a Time magazine editor at large, quickly apologized on the air and in a statemen

NEW YORK (AP) -- MSNBC suspended political analyst Mark Halperin for an off-color remark about President Barack Obama on "Morning Joe" Thursday.


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In last decade, number of black children living in the 25 largest cities dropped by nearly a half-million

NEW YORK (AP) -- A catastrophic flood emptied New Orleans of much of its black youth. Powerful social forces may be doing a similar thing to places like Harlem and Chicago's South Side. Over the past decade, the inner-city neighborhoods that have served for generations as citadels of African-American life and culture have been steadily draining of black children.


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Chamber drops plans for July 4 break

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate abandoned plans for a July 4 break as time dwindled for lawmakers to strike a compromise on avoiding a government default and reducing mammoth federal deficits. In a challenge to President Barack Obama, the chamber's top Republican invited him to the Capitol to discuss the impasse with GOP lawmakers.


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Up to 12,000 incarcerated in federal prisons nationwide could be affected

WASHINGTON (AP) -- One in every 20 federal prisoners could be eligible for early release under a potential sentencing change for inmates convicted of crack cocaine offenses that will be voted on Thursday.


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Recruited during educator shortage, group now fears deportation

NEW YORK (AP) -- Hundreds of New York City teachers recruited from Jamaica, Trinidad and other Caribbean countries a decade ago say city officials have not followed through on promises to help them obtain U.S. citizenship.


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New York, Houston, Miami and Detroit among those planning challenges

WASHINGTON (AP) -- With jobs and federal aid at stake, dozens of U.S. cities are lining up to contest their 2010 census counts as too low.


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Former New Orleans lieutenant is one of five who have pleaded guilty to participating in cover-up

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A former New Orleans police officer spent a grueling day first walking the prosecution through his versions of the events on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina that left two citizens shot dead and four wounded, and then sparring with defense attorneys over his testimony.


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