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Ferguson officials: Pick of new top cop is about more than race

usatoday.com — Ferguson, Mo., officials tapped a veteran African-American police officer to help it get the community back on track, a remarkable moment for the city that helped galvanize a national conversation about police relations in black communities throughout the USA.
Jul 22, 2015

Ferguson officials: Pick of new top cop is about more than race usat.ly/1MIIBTp via @usatoday

Jul 22, 2015

Ferguson officials: Pick of new top cop is about more than race usat.ly/1MIIBTp via @usatoday

New York beefs up July 4 weekend security

usatoday.com — New York is stepping up monitoring of July 4 celebrations, a move that was made in direct response to federal authorities issuing a terror warning last week to law enforcement officials throughout the USA. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement on Friday that he's ordering additional staff to operate the state's Emergency Operations Center and New York State Watch Center.

Pride parades supercharged by court ruling on marriage

usatoday.com — Historic. Emotional. Magical. Epic. Those were of some of the superlatives offered as revelers nationwide marched Sunday in gay pride parades supercharged by the historic Supreme Court ruling extending marriage rights to same-sex couples in all 50 states.
Jun 29, 2015

RT @USATODAY: Pride parades supercharged by the court ruling on marriage were historic, emotional, magical: usat.ly/1HsJYqV pic.twitter.com/fFnlrBYdC4

Lawmakers: Confederate Flag Removal No Sure Thing

wltx.com — GREENVILLE, S.C. - While a legislative push to remove the Confederate flag from South Carolina's capitol grounds seems flush with momentum, some state lawmakers in the Palmetto State are feeling fierce pushback from constituents who want to keep the "stars and bars" flying. Sen.

Some S.C. lawmakers say Confederate flag removal no sure thing

usatoday.com — GREENVILLE, S.C. - While a legislative push to remove the Confederate flag from South Carolina's capitol grounds seems flush with momentum, some state lawmakers in the Palmetto State are feeling fierce pushback from constituents who want to keep the "stars and bars" flying. Sen.
Jun 24, 2015

RT @USATODAY: Not so fast: Some S.C. lawmakers say Confederate flag removal is no sure thing usat.ly/1FBONGN (Getty Images) pic.twitter.com/k58P4X482Y

Jun 24, 2015

Some S.C. lawmakers say Confederate flag removal no sure thing usat.ly/1Lv8ZCE via @usatoday

Jun 24, 2015

RT @USATODAY: Not so fast: Some S.C. lawmakers say Confederate flag removal is no sure thing usat.ly/1FBONGN (Getty Images) pic.twitter.com/k58P4X482Y

Jun 24, 2015

Some S.C. lawmakers say Confederate flag removal no sure thing usat.ly/1Lv8ZCE via @usatoday

Jun 24, 2015

RT @USATODAY: Not so fast: Some S.C. lawmakers say Confederate flag removal is no sure thing usat.ly/1FBONGN (Getty Images) pic.twitter.com/k58P4X482Y

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Ex-Speaker Hastert pleads not guilty

usatoday.com — CHICAGO - Former House speaker Dennis Hastert in his first public appearance since being indicted in an alleged hush money scandal pleaded not guilty Tuesday in federal court to charges that he lied to the FBI and illegally structured bank withdrawals to pay off a former associate for misconduct that is believed to have occurred decades ago.
Jun 09, 2015

Ex-Speaker Hastert pleads not guilty usat.ly/1ICQUBE via @usatoday

Jun 09, 2015

Judge in #Hastert case admits he donated money to Hastert's campaign. usat.ly/1ICQUBE #DennisHastert

Jun 09, 2015

Hastert pleads not guilty in hush-money scandal usat.ly/1ICQUBE via @USATODAY

Jun 09, 2015

Former House speaker Hastert pleads not guilty usat.ly/1ICQUBE via @usatoday

Dennis Hastert set to appear in court for arraignment

usatoday.com — CHICAGO-Former Speaker Dennis Hastert is scheduled to appear in federal court Tuesday, breaking a nearly two-week silence since prosecutors unveiled charges alleging that he lied to the FBI about illegally structured bank withdrawals he made to pay off someone from his past to keep quiet about decades-old wrongdoing.

Charges against ex-speaker Hastert are unfathomable in his hometown

usatoday.com — YORKVILLE, Ill.-On his home turf, the charges of wrongdoing against former House Speaker Dennis Hastert are almost unfathomable. One day after Hastert, the longest serving House speaker, was indicted on charges of lying to the FBI and making illegal withdrawals to pay $1.7 million in hush money to a person he committed "prior misconduct" against years ago, friends in this town of about 17,000 can't square the picture that prosecutors painted in their indictment with the man they know.
May 29, 2015

Yorkville dispatch: Charges against ex-speaker Hastert are unfathomable in his hometown usat.ly/1HSBQQb via @usatoday

May 29, 2015

Hometown shocked by charges against ex-speaker Hastert usat.ly/1HSBQQb via @usatoday

May 29, 2015

Official: Hastert paid hush money to hide sexual misconduct usat.ly/1HSBQQb via @aamerismad & @bykevinj

May 29, 2015

Official: Former Republican Speaker of the House Hastert paid hush money to hide sexual misconduct usat.ly/1HSBQQb via @USATODAY

Baltimore, other cities see violent holiday weekend

usatoday.com — Violence surged in major U.S. cities over Memorial Day weekend, bringing new highs for homicides in Chicago and Baltimore after years of declining crime. In Baltimore's monthly monthly homicide rate soared to its highest point in more than 15 years, taxing a city and police department already pushed to its limits after rioting last month.
May 26, 2015

Baltimore, other cities see violent holiday weekend usat.ly/1HuRtrw via @usatoday

McDonald's workers call for 'supersize' paycheck

usatoday.com — Continuing a long-gestating fight for a $15 an hour minimum wage, protesters surrounded McDonald's headquarters Thursday outside Chicago as new CEO Steve Easterbrook gets ready to address his first shareholders meeting.
May 21, 2015

.@McDonalds workers want the fast food company to "supersize my check." Protesters swarm HQ ahead of shareholders mtg usat.ly/1ShYNzi

May 21, 2015

McDonald's workers call for 'supersize' paycheck usat.ly/1ShYNzi via @usatoday

May 22, 2015

RT @greenhousenyt: McDs CEO says he's "incredibly proud" of $1-an-hr raise. Protesting workers say, "It's a struggle to pay basic bills" usatoday.com/story/money/20…

May 22, 2015

McDs CEO says he's "incredibly proud" of $1-an-hr raise. Protesting workers say, "It's a struggle to pay basic bills" usatoday.com/story/money/20…

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Jul 30, 2015

Millennial Men Aren’t the Dads They Thought They’d Be nyti.ms/1KBmUr1 via @UpshotNYT

Jul 30, 2015

Facebook reveals plans for drone-based Internet in the sky usat.ly/1SkVBp7 via @usatoday

Jul 30, 2015

RT @BNightengale: The #Tigers are ecstatic with the haul, getting premium price for a rental.

Jul 30, 2015

Exclusive: Pinterest launches innovative diversity project usat.ly/1I4Hdcu via @usatoday

Jul 30, 2015

.@alkidavid MSG says they're not partnering with you on Chief Keef show. What's the deal?

Jul 30, 2015

Madison Square Garden says despite what @ChiefKeef's people say they are not partnering with rapper to put on his hologram show.

Jul 30, 2015

Thwarted by Rahm and Indiana mayor, rapper @ChiefKeef has new plan for hologram show in Chicago, LA and New York usat.ly/1I4iRj9

Jul 29, 2015

Rangers acquire Cole Hamels from Phillies usat.ly/1SiCP1o via @usatoday



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