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Family of Slain Black Motorist Reaches $3 Million Settlement

A settlement has been reached for the family of a black motorist whose dying moments were caught on a Facebook livestream after he was shot by a police officer last year in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The nearly $3 million settlement will be paid to the family of Philando Castile. His family represented by his mother, Valerie Castile, will bypass any federal wrongful death or civil rights lawsuits arising from his death. Castile was at a traffic stop when he was fatally shot by St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo…

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Milwaukee jurors acquit ex-cop in killing of black man

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee jury on Wednesday acquitted a former police officer of first-degree reckless homicide in the shooting of a black man last year that ignited riots on the city’s north side. Jurors found that Dominique Heaggan-Brown, who is also black, was justified when he shot 23-year-old Sylville Smith after a brief foot chase following a traffic stop Aug. 13. Smith had a gun when he ran, but the case hinged on whether he was a threat when Heaggan-Brown fired the shot that … Read the referenced story here:…

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As pot comes out of black market, regulators face scrutiny

AP Photo/Scott Sonner DENVER (AP) — Take a black-market business that relies on cash. Move the business out of the shadows by giving it government oversight. Hire new regulators to keep watch on the business, all without any experience regulating a brand-new industry. The result can be a recipe for government corruption. Recent cases in Colorado and Washington are the first known instances of current or former pot regulators being accused of having improper dealings with the industry. The two recreational marijuana states are … Read the referenced story here: As…

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Why Obama’s Presidency Didn’t Lead to Black Progress

Jason Riley, New York PostSince the 1960s, black leaders have placed a heavy emphasis on gaining political power, and Barack Obama’s presidency represented the apex of those efforts. The assumption â?? rarely challenged â?? is â?¦ … Read the referenced story here: Why Obama’s Presidency Didn’t Lead to Black Progress

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[In Depth] Global telescope gears up to image black holes

Last year researchers "heard" black holes for the first time, when they detected the gravitational waves unleashed as two of them crashed together and merged. Now, they want to see a black hole, or at least its silhouette. Next month, astronomers will harness radio telescopes across the globe to create the equivalent of a single Earth-spanning dish—an instrument powerful enough, they hope, to image black holes backlit by the incandescent gas swirling around them. Their targets are the supermassive black hole at the heart of our Milky Way galaxy, known…

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