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Key Convictions Overturned in Killing by New Orleans Police

A federal appellate court has overturned the convictions of two former New Orleans police officers imprisoned in connection with the killing of Henry Glover after Hurricane Katrina, dealing a blow to federal prosecutors' efforts to hold police accountable for misconduct before and after the storm.
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Two Deaths, Wildly Different Penalties: The Big Disparities in Nursing Home Oversight

At a nursing home in the East Texas town of Hughes Springs earlier this year, a resident approached the nurses’ station gagging on a cookie. Attempts to clear his airway failed, and he died. Government inspectors determined that staff at the home were not trained for emergencies and did not immediately call 911.
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What Karl Rove’s Dark Money Nonprofit Told the IRS

The tax code allows groups like Crossroads to spend money on political campaigns — and to keep their donors private — as long as their primary purpose is enhancing social welfare.
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Mexico’s Newspapers Shy from Covering the Drug Gangs Behind Continuing Violence

Mexico's regional newspapers are publishing more stories about murders linked to the drug trade, but they remain reluctant to write what they know about the organizations responsible for the killings.
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Are Voter ID Laws Here to Stay?

We've rounded up the places that could see voter ID in future elections, the status of laws still pending and what effect, if any, this year's push back against voter ID will have going forward.
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The Other Crucial Civil Rights Case the Supreme Court Will be Ruling On

Last month, the Supreme Court said it will consider the constitutionality of a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the hallmark legislation from the Civil Rights era that has come under increased challenge. The cornerstone provision is known as Section 5, which holds some states accountable to get federal clearance before making any changes to their voting laws.
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The New Border: Illegal Immigration’s Shifting Frontier

The New Border: Illegal Immigration’s Shifting Frontier
Most non-Mexican migrants today come from three small and poor nations: Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. U.S. Border Patrol apprehensions of Hondurans rose from 12,197 in fiscal 2011 to 27,734 through August; Salvadorans from 10,471 to 20,041; and Guatemalans from 19,061 to 32,486. Mexican authorities this year have detained 40,971 illegal immigrants, most of them Central Americans, a rise of about 15,000 during the past two years, according to the Mexican National Institute of Migration, that country's immigration service. Detentions of unaccompanied Central American minors also increased, Mexican officials said.
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Cutting Through the Controversy About Indefinite Detention and the NDAA

On Tuesday, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, a yearly military spending bill. Last year, the bill affirmed the U.S.’s authority to hold suspected terrorists indefinitely and without charges. The provision had generated plenty of controversy, particularly about whether U.S. citizens could be detained indefinitely.
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FCC Clams Up on Its Own Transparency Initiative

When the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed a rule earlier this year to require TV stations to post political ad buying information online, public interest groups (and ProPublica) welcomed the policy as a means to get an unprecedented look at how billions of campaign dollars flow around the country. Now, the commission is refusing to even talk about the future of its own transparency initiative.
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Veterans’ Advocate to Congress: Reconstruct Missing War Records

Veterans’ Advocate to Congress: Reconstruct Missing War Records
The leader of a national veterans' advocacy group urged a congressional subcommittee to force the Department of Defense to immediately reconstruct — if possible — missing military field records from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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