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A Justice Department investigation opened after the killing of Michael Brown has found patterns of racial bias in the Ferguson Police Department, the city’s Municipal Court and its jail. Associated Press (2014)

Justice Dept. finds pattern of racial bias by Ferguson police (w/video)

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department will issue findings today that accuse the Police Department in Ferguson, Mo., of racial bias and routinely violating the constitutional rights of black residents by stopping drivers without reasonable suspicion, making arrests without probable cause and using excessive force, off …

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  1. California could face droughts nearly every year

    Nation

    Not long ago, scientists at NASA and two major universities warned of an inevitable "megadrought" that will parch the southwestern United States for 35 years, starting around 2050. By then, a new study says, Californians should be fairly accustomed to long, harsh and dry conditions.

    There was no water to be seen at California's Black Butte Lake near Orland Buttes Recreation Area in January 2014.
  2. Stories of grief, love, penance in mementos left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

    Nation

    The black and white snapshot of the seven enemy soldiers was left in a box at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial with a two-page letter.

    Troy Harworth of Williamsburg, Va., holds his son Johan up to the Vietnam Memorial during Memorial Day remembrances in Washington in 2004. Troy's father, Air Force Sr. Master Sgt. Elroy Harworth, was shot down over Vietnam in May of 1966, two months before Troy was born.
  3. Why Midwestern farmers want to break the Cuba embargo

    World

    HAVANA — Cuba policy sometimes makes strange bedfellows, which is how a man like Thomas Marten, a burly Illinois soybean farmer with a bushy red beard, had come to Havana to make a statement about the principles of free enterprise. "As a Republican, I believe in trade for the betterment of all people," he said, as …

  4. Snowden willing to return to U.S.

    World

    Snowden willing to return to u.S.

    Edward Snowden, the former analyst for the National Security Agency, wants to return to the United States from Russia if he's guaranteed a fair trial, his Russian lawyer said Tuesday. Anatoly Kucherena told a news conference in Moscow that he has teamed up with U.S. and German …

    MOSCOW Opposition leader laid to rest People gather at the grave of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov at Troyekurovskoye Cemetery on Tuesday. Nemtsov, a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was shot to death on Feb. 27 on the Bolshoi Moskvoretsky bridge near St. Basil cathedral, just a few steps from the Kremlin. Nemtsov’s death came ahead of a major opposition rally planned for this weekend.
  5. Georgia postpones 2 executions, citing 'cloudy' drug

    Nation

    The state of Georgia said Tuesday that it would postpone a pair of executions amid concerns about the drug it had intended to use to carry out the sentences.