A trans woman takes a tour of North Carolina and explains how to use a urinal

Apparently it’s really quite difficult to use a urinal – if you’re a woman. But actress Shakina Nayfack is sure going to try.

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Struggling single mother jailed over accidental fire finds support: ‘The system failed this mom’

Jeannetta Maclin, 23, of St Louis, was at work trying to make ends meet when her children played with a lighter. When her neighbors learned the details of her case, they called for lenience from the court: ‘The system failed this mom’

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Supreme Court considers taking case of disabled veteran serving life in jail for growing pot

The US supreme court is poised on Friday to decide whether to take on the case of a 76-year-old disabled army veteran handed a sentence of life in prison without parole for growing marijuana in his back yard to alleviate his own health problems.

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Polygamous Mormon cult members believe the apocalypse is coming with release of leader Warren Jeffs

The new federal courthouse in downtown Salt Lake City is a massive, futuristic cube of metal and glass that looks imposing, austere and, above all, impregnable. Armed guards patrol the exterior 24 hours a day.

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The Utah restaurant where waiters carry guns in their kilts

The first things you notice are the smell of freshly fried cod and the fact that the men serving it up are wearing kilts.

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'He was a monster': How child abuse by Catholic priests tore apart Pennsylvania towns

One of Brian Gergely’s fellow altar boys had a code he would use to signal danger in the room where they and the priest prepared for mass.

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Flint water crisis: How the GOP governor's brand of corporate politics set stage for disaster

Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan presents himself as a bipartisan, pragmatic accountant. His self-proclaimed nickname is “One Tough Nerd”. He has no trouble upsetting Democrats and Republicans on the same day.

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'A millennium’s worth of earthquakes': Fracking's devastating impact on the the American west

Oklahomans don’t blink when they hear warnings about tornadoes, drought or ice-storms. Earthquakes, however, catch their attention.

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Donald Trump opens 21-point lead over Ted Cruz as others trail, poll finds

Donald Trump has pulled further ahead of his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, as he heads towards 2016 with a 21-point lead, according to a new CNN poll.

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'Greedy' doctor blames Obamacare after performing unnecessary surgeries on patients

He was a trusted heart specialist who stepped in swiftly whenever he thought his patients were in peril, rushing them in for sophisticated tests and the promise of life-saving surgery.

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'A manmade disaster': Michigan city declares state of emergency after widespread water contamination

The Michigan city has declared a state of emergency over contaminated water, affecting the entire city of 100,000 residents and those who commute there

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'Good without God': Nebraska atheists take over Lincoln nativity space to promote tolerance

A coalition of atheist and humanist groups last summer booked up all available exhibition space around Christmas Day in Lincoln, to set up their own exhibit

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Campaign of shame: New York police union asks members to upload photos of homeless people

Sergeants Benevolent Association launches campaign to showcase ‘quality of life offenses of every type’ apparently to publicly shame individuals pictured

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Conservative Twitter trolls attack activist DeRay McKesson after Charleston appearances

A prominent young civil rights campaigner was targeted in a divisive spat on social media, after joining crowds mourning the shooting deaths of nine people in a church in Charleston, South Carolina this week.

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'I've been quiet long enough': New report details consequences of alleging sexual assault in military

For Samantha Jarrett, being called a bitch and a whore by fellow sailors she had counted as friends and brothers in arms was the least of her problems, after she reported being raped while serving in the US navy.

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