Dec 21, 2014

Kurds advance against IS group in Syria, Iraq

Kurdish fighters advanced on the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and Syria on Saturday, pushing into the contested, refugee-packed Sinjar mountains and gaining ground in the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani after heavy clashes, Kurdish officials and an activist group said. In ...

Prosecutor says some Ferguson witnesses lied

Dec 20, 2014

Prosecutor says some Ferguson witnesses lied

Some witnesses before the grand jury that investigated the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown obviously lied under oath, a prosecutor said Friday. St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, who convened the grand jury in August, was interviewed by KTRS Radio in St. Louis. ...

Dec 19, 2014

Seventy years on, U.S. judge clears executed black teen

A judge in the southern U.S. state of South Carolina has thrown out the conviction of a black teenager executed 70 years ago for the murder of two white girls. George Stinney was 14 when he became the youngest person to undergo the death ...

California city spotlights tough path to police reform

Dec 15, 2014

California city spotlights tough path to police reform

In 2000, police in the city of Oakland, California became a symbol of the worst of American law enforcement after a band of rogue officers known as “The Riders” were accused of beating suspects, planting evidence and falsifying reports. Today, as an outcry over ...

U.S. presidential hopefuls quiet on police-violence protests

Dec 14, 2014

U.S. presidential hopefuls quiet on police-violence protests

Protesters nationwide have demanded an acknowledgment that “black lives matter” after grand juries in Missouri and New York declined to indict white police officers in the deaths of two black men. But as prospective candidates look toward replacing America’s first black president in 2016, ...

Dec 13, 2014

U.S. racial wealth gap widens

America’s economic recovery has not been equal among the races, according to a Pew Research Center study released Friday. The study found that the wealth gap between white households and minorities has widened in recent years. The wealth of white households was 13 times ...