09-25-2017  5:20 pm      •     
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Study mirrors many made around the nation

The death penalty system in North Carolina costs millions of dollars a year and does not make the state safer, a new report from Appalachian State University Professor Dr. Matthew Robinson reveals.
Robinson, Professor of Government and Justice Studies at Appalachian State University, analyzed years of data about the state's capital punishment system, from dozens of sources. His analysis showed that the death penalty is expensive, ineffective, and biased — and that it poses a serious risk to innocent people.


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South African running phenomenon Caster Semenya, who triumphed in several major races while facing humiliation over an ambiguous sex identity, has set another record.
No other woman runner will be judged by the "I know it when I see it" method or have to learn from watching TV that her sex has been questioned.


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The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has unanimously declared that Mumia Abu-Jamal's death sentence is unconstitutional.  In today's decision, the Court of Appeals reaffirmed its 2008 finding that Mr. Abu-Jamal's sentencing jury was misled about the process for considering evidence supporting a life sentence.


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'The event is in protest of a culture that we think is too permissive when it comes to rape and sexual assault'

An international series of protests known as SlutWalks, sparked by a Toronto police officer's flippant comment that women should avoid dressing like "sluts" to avoid being raped or victimized, is taking root in the United States.


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The caller in Times Square on Monday afternoon reported that a suspicious package was sitting on the sidewalk

NEW YORK (AP) -- Within minutes of a news conference at ground zero where authorities preached calm and vigilance after the killing of Osama bin Laden, the alarming 911 call came in


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Temperatures near North Pole are highest since measurements began in 1880

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- A new assessment of climate change in the Arctic shows the region's ice and snow are melting faster than previously thought and sharply raises projections of global sea level rise this century.
The report by the international Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program, or AMAP, is one of the most comprehensive updates on climate change in the Arctic, and builds on a similar assessment in 2005.


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Murray, who had insisted on a speedy trial, waived that right and agreed to start jury selection anew on Sept. 8

The long-awaited trial of the doctor charged in Michael Jackson's drug death was delayed Monday for four months, with a judge saying defense lawyers needed additional preparation time to effectively represent their client.


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Last week's storms flattened homes and killed 342 across seven states

Federal disaster relief offices are helping people navigate the red tape of applying for aid and shelters are providing free haircuts and eye clinics as part of the massive relief effort that was in full swing Monday in tornado-ravaged Alabama


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The intelligence official said the DNA match, using DNA from several family members, provided virtual certainty that it was bin Laden's body

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. used multiple means to confirm the identity of Osama bin Laden during and after the firefight in which he was killed, before placing his body in the North Arabian Sea from aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier


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The administration looks to reach more than one million African-Americans and hold 100 events in Black communities across the country throughout the rest of 2011

The Obama administration will reach out to African-Americans in coming months in a campaign to tell Blacks about what Obama is doing for them


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