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New Hampshire's devastating experience with opioids is getting in the way of efforts to legalize pot
Sidney Poitier turns 92 today. The New York Times looks back at his storied career, which paved the way for other black actors in the film industry.
The announcement about the new investigation was just one of several developments in the case Wednesday
Only 8 states have laws that provide an explicit mechanism so that people suspected of having guns — in violation of prohibitions — are actually required to give them up
A Coast Guard lieutenant and self-described white nationalist has been accused of plotting to kill prominent journalists and Democratic politicians
Payments in cash. Invoices by phone. Pushes for silence. North Carolina elections regulators heard about it all this week.
He was one of only perhaps a dozen black mathematicians among nearly 2,000 tenured faculty members in the nation’s top 50 math departments. Then he quit.
“When we are dealing with opioids as the single biggest health crisis this state has ever had, you are going to tell me legalizing more drugs is the answer?” -New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu
American teachers have mounted the most sustained educator protest movement in decades. Here's the latest, from West Virginia and Oakland.
For years Darin Selnick blasted the V.A. as wasteful. When he was appointed as a senior adviser in the department, he started billing the government for his commute between California and Washington.

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When she was in sixth grade, Sandra Parks wrote an award-winning essay about gun violence and crime in her hometown, Milwaukee. On Monday, she was fatally shot when someone outside fired a gun at her home and a stray bullet went into her bedroom.
In the 5 years since Noah Pozner was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, death threats and online harassment have forced his parents to relocate 7 times. “I would love to go see my son’s grave and I don’t get to do that," his mom said.
Cyntoia Brown, 30, is serving a life sentence in Nashville for murdering a man who had hired her for sex when she was a teenager. Her supporters say she deserves clemency as a child trafficking victim.
Protesters march up Seventh Avenue in New York City, following the grand jury decision in Ferguson.
President Trump’s inauguration fund collected $500,000 from two private prison companies that house detained migrant families
“It’s inhuman to take a baby from its parents,” says the mother of a detained 1-year-old who has not seen his parents in days. Separating parents from children could become a regular policy under an administration proposal meant to deter border crossings.
The police in Phoenix have opened an investigation into allegations that a woman in a vegetative state at a private nursing facility was sexually assaulted and gave birth to a child last month, the authorities said.
Stung by midterm losses, Republicans in some states are pushing legislative action to shore up strength before Democrats move in
The discovery offers a window into little-remembered period in which blacks in certain Southern states were essentially treated like slaves post-emancipation.
This SEAL sniper was repeatedly decorated for valor over eight deployments. But after the last tour, he was arrested for war crimes.
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