Van Jones Obama

The running gag in Washington DC is if you want President Obama to care about an issue, disguise it as gay, transgender or refugee-related.

That's the dilemma facing Native Americans at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, where a fierce standoff continues over the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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cavity search

The FBI is investigating a pair of South Carolina police officers to determine if they violated the civil rights of a black couple.

According to the NY Daily News, the FBI is among several federal agencies investigating the officers for conducting a road side cavity search on Elijah Pontoon, 40.

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Eric Holder

Outgoing Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, announced a federal investigation into possible civil rights violations by the NYPD in the death of Eric Garner. A NY grand jury on Wednesday declined to indict the police officer who put Garner, an asthmatic, in a lethal choke hold.

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Kaci Hickox

A defiant epidemiology nurse broke quarantine to go for a bike ride with her boyfriend today in Maine. Hordes of photographers ran alongside Kaci Hickox's bike as she rode through her rural town for about an hour. Hickox refused to quarantine herself for 21 days after returning from West Africa where she treated Ebola patients.

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Texas Jury Acquits Man Who Killed Escort

A Texas jury acquitted a john who shot and killed his escort because she refused to have sex with him.

The jury found that Ezekiel Gilbert was justified in killing Lenora Ivie Frago, 21, on Christmas Eve 2012, because he paid her $150 for her escort services and she refused to return the money after denying his request for sex.

Gilbert's lawyer cited a broad Texas law that allows for "deadly force" to “retrieve stolen property at night."

Gilbert contracted Frago's services though an ad on Craigslist.

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TEXT

Malcolm Shabazz, the troubled grandson of civil rights icon Malcolm X, has been killed in Mexico, the U.S. Embassy there confirms.

The Amsterdam News reports that Shabazz, 28, was thrown off a rooftop after being shot during an attempted robbery on Thursday, May 9.

"I'm confirming, per U.S. Embassy, on behalf of family, the tragic death of Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X. Statement frm family 2 come," tweeted Shabazz family friend Terrie M. Williams on twitter earlier today.

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Boston military imposed lockdown

Martial law is defined as temporary military control over designated regions on an emergency basis.

On Friday, April 19 -- four days after 2 bombs ripped through the finish line at the Boston Marathon, Martial law was imposed on the residents of Boston by military authorities searching for a skinny 19-year-old kid.

Boston residents were forced to remain inside their homes -- or ordered to evacuate their homes at gunpoint. The cost to shut down the entire city of Boston, including buses, trains, schools, grocery stores, gas stations and shopping malls, will tally in the hundreds of millions of dollars. The massive military show of force failed to find Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by the time the day-long lockdown was lifted.

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