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African American Church In South Carolina, Previously Burned Down By The KKK, Is On Fire

The prominent African American church was burned down by the KKK in 1995. The cause of this latest fire is unknown.
There have been a string of fires at African American churches throughout the south since 9 people were gunned down at Emanuel A.ME. Church in Charleston, allegedly by a 21-year-old tied to white supremicists. At least three of the incidents have been determined to be the result of arson.


Misty Copeland makes history as first black principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre

(Mashable) The African-American ballerina has been promoted to the rank of principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. She is the first black female principal dancer in the company's 75-year history.


I used to lead tours at a plantation. You won’t believe the questions I got about slavery.

(Vox) The site I worked at most frequently had more than 100 enslaved workers associated with it— 27 people serving the household alone, outnumbering the home's three white residents by a factor of nine. Yet many guests who visited the house and took the tour reacted with hostility to hearing a presentation that focused more on the slaves than on the owners.


Girl Scouts returns $100,000 after donor demands that it ‘not be used to support transgender girls’

(Raw Story) In an interview with Seattle Met, Ferland explained that her organization was thrilled when it received the gift representing a quarter of its annual fundraising because it could cover the cost of sending 500 girls to camp.

But after Caitlyn Jenner announced her transition to a woman in May, Ferland said that the donor sent her a distressing request.


Ala. Chief Justice Roy Moore Comes Undone After Gay Marriage Ruling

(TPM) Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who has vehemently opposed same-sex marriage in his state, broke down over the weekend after the Supreme Court ruled that gay couples have the right to marry. "Just who do they think they are when one person can reverse 200-and-something years of precedent in our country and thousands of years of precedent in western civilization," Moore said on Sunday while speaking at the Kimberly Church of God's "God and Country Day," according to the Associated Press. The justice warned that ruling could infringe upon the religious freedoms of Christians in the U.S. "Welcome to the new world. It's just changed for you Christians. You are going to be persecuted according to the U.S Supreme Court dissents," he said.


"Antonin Scalia is a Douche" brunch special sells out in record time

(Raw Story) On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled that marriage is a legal right for all Americans, regardless of the couple’s gender composition. Justice Antonin Scalia was not happy with the decision, calling the ruling “a threat to American democracy” in his written dissent. Friday is also the day Sam’s Morning Glory Diner comes up with the names of its weekly breakfast specials. This week, the Philadelphia restaurant put two new items on its menu, drawing inspiration from current events. “Antonin Scalia is a Douche,” an egg dish with vegetables, cheese, and andouille sausage (for which there was enough meat to make 150 servings) sold out before 10 AM on Sunday. “The Supreme Court Finally Got It Right” quiches, available with or without prosciutto ham, were gone in less time than that.


Biden attends services at Charleston church

(MSN) CHARLESTON, S.C. — Vice President Joe Biden worshipped and spoke at the Sunday service of the historic African-American church where nine people were gunned down during Bible study earlier this month. The vice president's surprise appearance came on the second Sunday the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church held regular services following the June 17 shooting.

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17 sec ago - ATHENS — Greece’s outspoken finance minister said Thursday he would resign if his country approves a referendum on Europe’s bailout proposal, offering the clearest indication that the government’s future is on the line in the Sunday vote. If the cou ... (Washington Post)

Payroll employment rises by 223,000 in June; unemployment rate declines to 5.3%

6 min ago - Economic News Release Employment Situation Summary USDL-15-1274 Transmission of material in this release is embargoed until 8:30 a.m. (EDT) Thursday, July 2, 2015 Technical information: Household data: (202) 691-6378 * cpsinfo@bls.gov * ... (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Steve King Ready To Impeach Kagan, Ginsburg After Gay Marriage Ruling

9 min ago - Rep. Steve King (R-IA), a vocal opponent of gay marriage, has a few ideas on how conservatives should react to the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, including impeaching some of the justices. During an appearance on Jan Mickelson's Iowa rad ... (TPM)

Wahington Navy Yard: claims of active shooter today

20 min ago - Since about 7:30, the Navy Yard has been on lockdown. There are claims of an active shooter. Parts of South Capitol Street (from M to I) and 11th Street SE are closed. Expect closures to expand. Expect total hassles if you have to get to downtow ... (WUSA tv 9)

Navy Yard on lockdown after report of shooting

22 min ago - WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- U.S. Park Police and Metropolitan Police Department officers are responding to Navy Yard for a report of active shooter. No casualties at this time. Police cars were seen with sirens on rushing to the scene. An employee inside ... (WUSA9)

Tennessee Train Derailment: 5,000 Residents Evacuated From Maryville

41 min ago - More than 5,000 residents were evacuated after a freight train carrying a "highly flammable and toxic gas" partly derailed and caught fire early Thursday just outside Knoxville, Tennessee, officials said. Seven officers were hospitalized after brea ... (NBC)

Hillary Clinton ridiculed 'wacky' Cameron's attempt to torpedo Lisbon Treaty

51 min ago - Hillary Clinton ridiculed David Cameron’s “wacky” attempt to torpedo the Lisbon Treaty while he was Opposition leader, newly released emails reveal. Mr Cameron’s “high-handed” attempt to sink the European treaty had “seriously damaged” his relationsh ... (Daily Torygraph)

Transit strike continues

1 hr ago - MCTS, union at odds over pay, safety, health care MILWAUKEE —Representatives from the Milwaukee County Transit System and the transit union continue to blame one another for the strike and did not hold discussions on Wednesday. “Who's delaying the ... (WISN, ABC affiliate in Milwaukee, WI)

July 2, 2015 - Sanders Gains On Clinton In Iowa Dem Caucus

1 hr ago - Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is gaining ground on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Iowa Democratic Caucus and now trails the front-runner 52 - 33 percent among likely Democratic Caucus participants, according to a Quinnipiac University ... (Quinnipiac Polling Institute)

36 dead, 19 missing, over 100 rescued as ferry capsizes in Philippines

4 hrs ago - MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine coast guard says 36 people have died and 19 are missing after an inter-island ferry capsized in the central Philippines. Coast guard spokesman Armand Balilo says 118 people have been rescued in Ormoc city on cent ... (AP)

Robot kills man at Volkswagen plant in Germany

7 hrs ago - BERLIN (AP) — A robot has killed a contractor at one of Volkswagen's production plants in Germany, the automaker said Wednesday. The man died Monday at the plant in Baunatal, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of Frankfurt, VW spokesman Heiko Hil ... (AP)

5th Circuit to courts in Texas: Allow gay marriage because Supreme Court says so

7 hrs ago - JACKSON, Miss. — A federal appeals court Wednesday instructed judges in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas to wrap up gay marriage cases in their states in line with last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The order Wednesday from the 5th U.S. Circuit ... (AP)

Trump defends inflammatory comments, asks 'Who is doing the raping?'

8 hrs ago - On Wednesday, Trump, who is a Republican presidential candidate, told Lemon he was pulling his facts from a Fusion article. RELATED: Macy's dumps Donald Trump "Well if you look at the statistics of people coming, you look at the statistics on rape, ... (cnn)

Bigoted Texas Attorney General Could Be Facing Life in Prison on First-Degree Felony Charges

9 hrs ago - July 1, 2015 By Allen Clifton At one point, Paxton told clerks issuing marriage licenses in Texas that they could refuse to do so, and the attorneys working for the state would be there to support any punishment or lawsuits they might face as a res ... (ForwardProgressives)

Former CNN correspondent, anchor survive motel gunfight

9 hrs ago - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —A former CNN correspondent was shot three times late Tuesday night during an attempted robbery at an Albuquerque motel. A former CNN anchor and her husband survived an armed robbery attempt-turned-gunfight Tuesday night, and friend ... (KOAT Albuquerque)

Episcopalians Vote to Allow Gay Marriage in Churches

10 hrs ago - SALT LAKE CITY — Episcopalians have voted to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. The vote came Wednesday in Salt Lake City at the denomination's national assembly. ... (NBC News / Associated Press)

Alabama Federal Judge: Marriage Equality Must Begin in Every County. Now.

10 hrs ago - Today, HRC put the spotlight on a new and crystal-clear order from Judge Callie V.S. Granade, a federal judge in Alabama, declaring in a matter argued by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) that all probate judges in the state must begin is ... (Human Rights Campaign)

US warns of Russia, China military threat amid growing chaos

10 hrs ago - Washington (AFP) - America's new military strategy singles out states like China and Russia as aggressive and threatening to US security interests, while warning of growing technological challenges and worsening global stability. A somber report rel ... (Yahoo! News / AFP)

Luton family of 12 'may have gone to Syria'

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Bernie Sanders readies for first financial test against Hillary Clinton

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Police arrest Raymon Carter, suspect in CVS fire

10 hrs ago - Raymon Carter, who police say set fire to a West Baltimore CVS store during the riots following Freddie Gray's death, was arrested Wednesday, according to police. Carter, 24, is charged with federal arson violations, police and federal authorities s ... (Baltimore Sun)

Exclusive: U.S., Venezuela launch quiet diplomacy to ease acrimony

10 hrs ago - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Venezuela have embarked on their most extensive dialogue in years in an attempt to improve their acrimonious relations, according to a senior U.S. administration official. The quiet diplomacy, the extent ... (Yahoo! News / Reuters)

In emails, Hillary's outside advisers pushed hawkish Afghan line

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Former state Sen. Leland Yee pleads guilty in corruption case

10 hrs ago - Former state Sen. Leland Yee faces years in federal prison after admitting Wednesday that he took bribes from undercover FBI agents in exchange for promises to vote on legislation, arrange meetings for his purported donors, and illegally smuggle guns ... (SF Chronicle)

Bernie Sanders draws bis biggest crowd yet in progressive stronghold

11 hrs ago - When it comes to filling a venue, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is not exactly 2016's underdog. Sanders, who is running as a progressive alternative to presumed Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, spoke Wednesday at Madison's Alliant Energy Center ... (Huffington post)

New Cases of Ebola Put an End to Liberia’s Status as Virus-Free

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Polygamous Montana trio applies for wedding license

11 hrs ago - By MATT VOLZ Jul. 1, 2015 6:16 PM EDT HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man said Wednesday that he was inspired by last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage to apply for a marriage license so that he can legally wed his second wi ... (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Russia's Military Satellite Delay Leaves Country Vulnerable To Nuclear Missile Attacks: Report

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As fast-moving wildfire routs Quincy residents, police say Wenatchee blaze man-made

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Report Concludes Police Shooting Victim in Washington State Probably Had a Rock

12 hrs ago - SEATTLE — A man who was shot by the police in February in Pasco, Wash., was “likely in possession of a rock” when a second hail of bullets fired by the officers killed him, according to an investigative report released Wednesday by prosecutors. Anto ... (NYT)