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When Richard W. Matt and David Sweat escaped from the maximum security prison in upstate New York, Plan A was allegedly to hitch a ride from a friendly female prison employee, kill her husband and head straight to Mexico and freedom. When the employee failed to show, the pair of inmates went to Plan B: Run like hell.
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Despite pockets of resistance and some legal confusion, same-sex marriage was coming to the conservative South on Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court last week made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.
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The federal government announced on Wednesday that it will release some undocumented migrant families on bond, a move designed to ease the strain on detention centers and address criticism from activists who argue that it is wrong to hold women and children for long periods.
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Quick, name the war that had the largest number of American military deaths.
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The sisters clutched each other and a bouquet of flowers as they stood before the landmark Emanuel AME Church. They were old enough to remember when people of color could not use public bathrooms downtown and they recalled how they marched and carried picket signs supporting African American civil rights as part of the historic church community that continued to mourn its dead on Saturday.
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Dylann Roof has made statements “tantamount ;to a confession” in the shooting of nine people during a prayer service inside a historic black Charleston church, a law enforcement source said Friday. ;
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Twelve employees, including administrators and nine security workers, have been placed on administrative leave at upstate New York’s Clinton Correctional Facility as part of an ongoing review into the escape of two inmates from the maximum security prison.
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The Confederate battle flag continued to wave on the Statehouse grounds in South Carolina on Tuesday as lawmakers, civil rights activists and politicians of all stripes tried to figure out how to make good on the governor’s call to take down the banner.
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The judge who raised some eyebrows when he asked for sympathy for the family of the white man charged with killing nine African Americans at a historic church in Charleston, S.C., was previously reprimanded by state officials for using a racial slur.
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Dylann Roof was ordered held without bail on murder charges in connection with an attack on a black church in Charleston, S.C., that left nine African Americans dead and reopened a national debate about racial violence.
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Authorities hunted through Charleston, S.C., early Thursday searching for a white gunman who opened fire at a prayer meeting in a historic black African American church, killing nine people in what officials called a hate crime.
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