U.S. Appeals Court Strikes Down North Carolina’s Voter ID Law


Friday July 29, 2016 – A federal appeals court has overturned North Carolina’s sweeping voter ID law, ruling that the law was passed with “discriminatory intent” and was designed to impose barriers to block African-Americans from voting. The ruling came from a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The state is “almost certain” to appeal to ...

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Virginia police officer denied service at restaurant


  Thursday July 28, 2016 – A Virginia police officer was refused service at a restaurant Monday because one of the cooks refused to serve her while she was in uniform. Authorities said the uniformed Alexandria police officer was standing in line at Noodles & Company when the cook came out from the back and told the cashier, “You better ...

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Merkel stands by refugee policy despite ‘terrifying’ attacks


Thursday July 28, 2016 – German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday described recent attacks in the country and across Europe as “shocking, depressing and terrifying,” but she refused to back down from an open-door refugee policy that has attracted fierce criticism following recent assaults in the country. Germany has been rattled by four attacks in the past two weeks, three ...

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Democrats claim patriotism, God and American exceptionalism at convention


Thursday July 28, 2016 – PHILADELPHIA—Democrats are now playing offense on the three G’s that dogged them for so many years: God, gays and guns. Republicans mercilessly accused Barack Obama of not believing in the notion of American exceptionalism over the years. Some have said he is a closeted Muslim presiding over America’s decline. His opponents have talked relentlessly about ...

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Police suspect suitcase explosion in Germany probably caused by aerosol can


Wednesday July 27, 2016 – A suitcase exploded near a reception center for migrants in southern Germany, on Wednesday, but the blast may have been caused by an aerosol can inside it, and there was no evidence of explosives being involved, police said. The incident in the Bavarian town of Zirndorf, which occurred at around 2.15 p.m. local time, sparked ...

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Former French minister will lead post-Brexit negotiations between the EU and Britain


Wednesday July 27, 2016 – European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker appointed Michel Barnier, a former commissioner and an ex-minister, to lead negotiations to form a new relationship with Britain after it leaves the European Union. Mr. Barnier, a center-right politician who has been France’s foreign minister and minister for agriculture, will take up his post on October 1. Barnier was ...

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Rio Olympics won’t accelerate spread of Zika virus, researchers say


Research from the Yale School of Public Health estimates that — with as many as 500,000 people visiting Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Olympics — only 80 or fewer will be infected by the Zika virus. An even smaller number — between 3 and 37 — could bring the virus back to their home countries, researchers say. The study ...

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