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New York City’s Public Design Commission voted unanimously to remove the statue of J. Marion Sims, a 19th century surgeon who conducted experimental operations on female slaves, from its place of honor in Central Park.

It was the first decision to alter a prominent New York monument since Mayor Bill de Blasio called for a review of “symbols of hate” from city property eight months ago, in the wake of the white supremacist protestin Charlottesville, Va., that left one person dead....

Starbucks will close all of its over 8,000 U.S. stores for an afternoon dedicated to racial bias training, the coffee company announced amid an uproar.

The shutdown of Starbucks' company-owned retail stores and corporate offices will take place on May 29 in order to train 175,000 employees on how to spot “unconscious bias” after two black men were arrested at one of its stores over the weekend.

The arrests occurred after the men asked to use the restroom at a Philadelphia...

A 14-year-old missed his bus and it nearly cost him his life.  Walker was trying to walk the bus route to Rochester High School after he woke up late and missed his bus.

His mom had taken his phone away, so he didn't have that with him to get directions. So he knocked on a stranger’s door for help -- and almost paid for it with his life.

"I got to the house, and I knocked on the lady's door. Then she started yelling at me and she was like, 'Why are you trying to break into my...

Reddit's CEO Steve Huffman has found himself once again embroiled in a controversy surrounding his website’s policy on moderation.

In a Reddit thread announcing the platform’s 2017 transparency report findings, in which Reddit identified and listed close to 1,000 suspected Russia-linked propaganda accounts that have been banned, Huffman replied to a straightforward question about the company’s rules around hate speech, which is a verbal attack based on race, religion, or another...

A BuzzFeed News analysis found that Republican officials in 49 states have openly attacked Muslims with words and proposed legislation since 2015, and few have faced repercussions.

A state lawmaker in Oklahoma refused to meet with Muslim constituents unless they replied to a questionnaire asking if they beat their wives.

A Nebraska state senator suggested that any Muslim wanting to enter the United States be forced to eat pork first.

And a Rhode Island legislator...

A young, unarmed black man was shot 20 times in his grandmother’s backyard in California.

Now his brother is fighting through grief to demand justice.

“They gunned him down like a dog,” Stevante Clark said of the police shooting of his brother, Stephon. “They executed him.”

Stevante was in the back seat of a car, his voice quivering. He stomped his feet 20 times one for each bullet that police fired at his unarmed brother.

The killing of Stephon Clark on 18 March...

Linda Brown, 76, whose father objected when she was not allowed to attend an all-white school in her neighborhood.

She came to symbolize one of the most transformative court proceedings in American history, the school desegregation case Brown v. Board of Education, died in Topeka, Kan.

Her death was confirmed by a spokesman for the Peaceful Rest Funeral Chapel in Topeka, which is handling her funeral arrangements.

He did not specify the cause.

It is Ms. Brown’s...

Cambridge Analytica may have had access to the personal information of tens of millions of unwitting Americans.

 But a genuine debate has emerged about whether the company had the sophistication to put that data effectively to use on behalf of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

But one other organization that has ready access to Facebook’s trove of personal data has a much better track record of using such information effectively: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement....

On Sept. 20, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, turning families' life upside down. Then, a woman told what living after came the New York.

"At the time, my two daughters and I were living in Carolina, a town on the northeastern side of the island. In just a day, my clothes were turned to rags, my home was destroyed, and I lost the few belongings I had."

"My mother lived in the same town but her house was still standing. For two months, we slept on a couch in her living room. But...

Alabama lawmakers voted to allow the use of nitrogen gas to execute death row inmates, a method that has so far not been used to carry out a death sentence.

The bill would allow executions by asphyxiating inmates with nitrogen gas if lethal injection drugs are unavailable or lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional. Supporters argued the state needs another method of carrying out death sentences as drug companies become hesitant to supply chemicals for executions and lethal...

President Donald Trump's choice to be the first female director of the CIA is a career spymaster who once ran an agency prison in Thailand where terror suspects were subjected to a harsh interrogation technique that the president has supported.

Trump tweeted Tuesday that he would nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace Rex Tillerson as secretary of state and that he has selected Gina Haspel to replace Pompeo.

Haspel, the current deputy CIA director, also helped carry out...

Three men are accused of bombing a mosque in a large Somali community in the midwest United States, in an attempt to scare Muslims into leaving the country, authorities said.

The men allegedly traveled some 500 miles (805 kilometers) from a rural farming community in Illinois to carry out the Aug. 5 attack, which caused a damaging fire at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. No one was hurt.

The men are also suspected in the...

Imam Alauddin Akonjee and his friend were shot dead in September 2016 in New York, but the police is yet to determine the motive of the murder, causing a delay in legal proceedings.

Akonjee and his friend, Thara Uddin, were shot point-blank in Ozone Park on August 12, 2016. They were walking home after finishing their prayers at Al-Furqan Jame Mosque.

The accused gunman, Oscar Morel, is on trial on charges of one count of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree...

Three 10-year-old girls and an 11-year-old boy were among the youngest to wed, under legal loopholes which allow minors to marry in certain circumstances.

The minimum age for marriage across most of the US is 18, but every state has exemptions – such as parental consent or pregnancy – which allow younger children to tie the knot.

In May, the high-profile Republican governor for New Jersey declined to sign into law a measure that would have made his state the first to ban child...

Lawmakers in Florida have called for New Zealand singer Lorde’s upcoming concert to be cancelled in protest of her support of the boycott against Israel, according to the New Zealand Herald.

On Thursday, State Representative Randy Fine cited a Florida law that says no state or local government can conduct business exceeding $1 million with any organisation engaged in a boycott of Israel.

Lorde cancelled her Tel Aviv show last year after an open letter called on her to support...