Achieving diversity in police ranks no easy task

When he took over as police chief last year in the St. Louis suburb of Maryland Heights, it didn’t take Bill Carson long to see he had a serious diversity problem. Of the department’s 79 sworn officers, just one was black and one Hispanic. Carson acted quickly, hoping to hire several minority recruits. He issued […]

Oklahoma NAACP wants alleged assaults investigated

The president of the Oklahoma NAACP wants the U.S. attorney general to open a hate crimes and civil rights investigation into alleged sexual assaults on black women by an Oklahoma City police officer. Daniel Holtzclaw was arrested on Aug. 21 and accused of groping and raping several black women from February through June while on […]

Is it ISIL, ISIS or Islamic State?

Whatever you call the jihadist group known for killing dozens of people at a time, carrying out public executions, beheadings, crucifixions and other brutal acts, there is no denying they have captured the world’s attention. On the eve of President Barack Obama’s speech outlining Washington’s strategy against the group, in which he will likely refer […]

Texas Governor Perry’s lawyers invoke Louis XIV to dismiss charges

Lawyers for Rick Perry invoked a former Roman emperor and 17th-century French King Louis XIV in a motion filed on Monday seeking to dismiss abuse-of-power felony charges leveled against the Texas governor. It was the second motion seeking to dismiss the charges against Perry, a potential candidate in the 2016 Republican presidential race, who has […]

Obama to outline strategy on Islamic State

President Barack Obama plans to begin laying out his strategy for defeating Islamic State militants expanding their grip in Iraq and Syria. He’ll outline his evolving tactics when he meets with congressional leaders from both parties at the White House on Tuesday and then delivers a speech Wednesday on the eve of the 13th anniversary […]

Texas voter ID trial opens in U.S. court

A U.S. court in Texas heard arguments on Tuesday in a case over a law requiring voters to present photo identification, a move the state’s Republican leaders say will prevent fraud while plaintiffs call it an attempt at suppressing minority turnout. The case is also part of a new strategy by the Obama administration to […]

‘Islamic State’ extremists murder second US reporter

The so-called “Islamic State” has murdered a second American reporter, releasing another video Tuesday showing a masked militant with a British accent cutting the throat of a US captive. In the latest footage, the 31-year-old reporter Steven Sotloff calmly addresses the camera to say he is a victim of President Barack Obama’s decision to press […]

Texas abortion law could send women across borders

Crossing borders is a part of life in El Paso in far West Texas, where people may walk into Mexico to visit family or commute to New Mexico for work. But getting an abortion doesn’t require leaving town. That could change if a federal judge upholds new Texas rules that would ban abortions at 18 […]

Obama: U.S. won’t stop confronting Islamic State

The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes Wednesday against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria. President Barack Obama vowed relentless pursuit of the terrorists and the White House revealed that the U.S. had launched a secret […]

Texas Gov. Perry booked on abuse of power charges

Gov. Rick Perry was defiant Tuesday as he was booked on abuse of power charges, telling dozens of cheering supporters outside a Texas courthouse that he would “fight this injustice with every fiber of my being.” Showing no hint of worry on his face, Perry flashed a thin, confident grin beneath perfect hair in his […]


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