George Stinney was executed at 14. Can his family now clear his name?

Accused of killing two white girls in South Carolina, George Stinney Jr was tried and electrocuted in just 83 days. As a judge ponders whether to quash the verdict, Karen McVeigh speaks to the families involved

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Hacker 'Weev' attempts to overturn 'flawed' conviction in key test of Internet freedom

Lawyers for hacker Andrew "Weev" Auernheimer, who is serving a 41-month prison sentence, will appear in a US court on Wednesday to try to overturn a conviction they say has serious repercussions for internet freedom.

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George P. Bush and the U.S. obsession with political dynasties

The most talked about names of potential candidates for the 2016 U.S. presidential election are those of former presidents

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George P. Bush and the U.S. obsession with political dynasties

For a nation that constitutionally bans inherited power, America has always had a soft spot for political royalty. So it came as no surprise that when George P Bush won the Republican primary for the little-known but powerful position of Texas land commissioner last week, it attracted national attention.

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Justin Bieber wouldn't stop smoking pot and was 'extremely abusive' towards flight attendant

Pilots of a private jet taking Justin Bieber and his entourage to the Super Bowl were forced to wear oxygen masks because they feared inhaling some of the copious marijuana fumes alleged to have been present in the cabin, according to a law enforcement report.

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Octogenarian nun awaits sentence for 'sabotaging' Tennessee nuclear plant

On Monday morning, three days short of her 84th birthday, Sister Megan Rice ate a hearty breakfast of pancakes and oatmeal at the ungodly hour of 4.30am in Knox county jail, Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Trigger-happy cops face pushback after slew of shootings of the mentally disturbed

Legal action from families comes amid renewed calls for more thorough police training for encounters with the mentally ill

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McCain seeks united Republican front against Obamacare as Cruz fights on

The battle within the Republican party highlighted by the recent government shutdown has damaged the party, hurt innocent Americans and taken attention away from the "fiasco" of the rollout of Obamacare, Senator John McCain said on Sunday.

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For the first time since the 1960s, majority of public school students in 17 states are low-income

Southern Education Foundation says majority in public schools in South and West now live below, on or near poverty line

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Obama's war on leaks 'most aggressive since Nixon,' Committee to Protect Journalists says

Barack Obama has pursued the most aggressive "war on leaks" since the Nixon administration, according to a report published on Thursday that says the administration's attempts to control the flow of information is hampering the ability of journalists to do their jobs.

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Hillary Clinton 'wrestles' with decision to run for president

In her first major interview since leaving the Obama administration eight months ago, the former secretary of state told New York Magazine she was considering a bid but that it was not a decision that "has to be made soon".

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CDC warns: Drug-resistant infections kill 23,000 patients a year

Centers for Disease Control says 23,000 people a year die as a direct result of resistance and 14,000 die from related infections

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ACLU seeks to rein in NSA mass surveillance

The National Security Agency's mass tracking and collection of Americans' phone call data violates the constitution, has a chilling effect on first amendment rights and should be halted, accord to a court motion filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on Monday.

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ACLU: Secret program blacklists immigrants who are 'perceived to be Muslim'

A covert national security programme allows the FBI and US immigration authorities the power to indefinitely delay immigration benefits to Muslims and those from Muslim countries, according to an investigation by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Interior Department says Keystone XL pipeline impact report is inaccurate

The US Department of the Interior has criticised as "inaccurate" the State Department's draft conclusions that the impact of the Keystone XL pipeline on wildlife would be temporary, and has warned instead that it could have long-term, adversarial effects.

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