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Maddi Runkles has never been a disciplinary problem. She has a 4.0 average at Heritage Academy, the small private Christian school she attends; played on the soccer team; and served as president of the student council. But when her fellow seniors don blue caps and gowns at graduation early next month, Ms. Runkles, 18, will not be among them. The reason? She is pregnant.

The decision by school officials to bar Ms. Runkles from “walking” at graduation — and to remove her from her...

A Massachusetts state college apologized on Saturday for Twitter messages filled with racist language, anti-immigrant speech and praise for President Donald Trump that had been sent from its hacked social media account. Salem State University President Patricia Meservey said in an emailed statement that none of the recent tweets, which were sent out around 11:45 p.m. on Friday, represented the views of the school. "We have done great work in the area of social justice and will continue to do...

A video leaked to a television station shows a white Dallas-area police sergeant using a stun gun on a handcuffed black suspect, returning the same police department to the spotlight just weeks after a white officer was charged with murder in the shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

The video anonymously mailed to KDFW-TV shows an April 2016 incident in which Balch Springs police officers are responding to a call of a man waving a gun around as he walks through a neighborhood. The...

When the Masjid Al-Kareem mosque in Providence, Rhode Island, received a threatening letter in November calling Muslims a "vile and filthy people," its members were frightened enough they asked for and got extra police protection. The 42-year-old mosque was far from alone. The letter it received was one of 2,213 anti-Muslim bias incidents in the United States last year, according to a report released Tuesday by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The report found a 57 percent increase...

The U.S. National Security Agency collected more than 151 million records of Americans' phone calls last year, even after Congress limited its ability to collect bulk phone records, according to an annual report issued on Tuesday by the top U.S. intelligence officer. The report from the office of Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats was the first measure of the effects of the 2015 USA Freedom Act, which limited the NSA to collecting phone records and contacts of people U.S. and allied...

The US Department of Justice has reportedly decided not to charge two white officers who shot and killed a black man in Louisiana last summer. Video footage appearing to show the officers holding down Alton Sterling as they fired their weapons sparked days of protests in Baton Rouge.

News of the decision leaked to US media on Tuesday before the city mayor or the Sterling family had been told. People soon began gathering outside the shop where the incident happened. A vigil was...

Daniela Greene, a translator working for the U.S. domestic security agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), married a Daesh terrorist in 2014 that she had been assigned to investigate in Syria, CNN said in an article published late Monday. The FBI employee, who had top-secret security clearance, lied to the FBI about where she was going and warned her new husband that he was under investigation, CNN said citing federal court records. The militant that Greene married has been...

At least 396 civilians have been killed in U.S.-led strikes against Daesh targets in Iraq and Syria since the operation began in 2014, the U.S. military said in a statement on Sunday. The Combined Joint Task Force, in its monthly assessment of civilian casualties from the U.S. coalition's operations against the terrorist group, said it was still assessing 42 reports of civilian deaths. It added that 45 civilians were killed between November 2016 and March 2017. It reported 80 civilian deaths...

Last month, two black female employees of Fox — which, as you may have heard, is not exactly having a great year re: treatment of female employees by management — sued Fox News, alleging racial discrimination. The women, payroll manager Tichaona Brown and payroll coordinator Tabrese Wright, assert that Judith Slater, comptroller, subjected them to “top-down racial harassment.” As the New York Times reported, Slater was allegedly “making numerous racially charged comments, including...

Prosecutors on Monday laid out details of the desperate final week of life for Terrill Thomas, an inmate at a Milwaukee County jail, who last April died of dehydration in solitary confinement a week after prison officials turned off the water to his cell. Country prosecutors are now looking into whether the prison guards committed a crime in the death of the 38-year-old Thomas; the preliminary hearing into the guards' conduct began Monday.

“Through an opening statement and testimony...

Pope Francis has drawn criticism from a Jewish organisation for comparing European refugee holding centres to “concentration camps”. The pontiff made the comparison during a visit to Rome Basilica where he met with migrants on Saturday. Recalling his visit to a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos last year, he talked of encountering a Muslim refugee from the Middle East who told him how “terrorists came to our country”.

According to Reuters, islamists cut the throat of the man...

A Louisiana district attorney has said he will jail rape survivors who choose not to testify against their assailants. Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro said he would use material witness warrants to compel victims in some rape and domestic violence cases to testify, despite criticism from advocacy groups. "If I have to put a victim of a crime in jail, for eight days, in order to... keep the rapist off of the street, for a period of years and to prevent him from raping or...

The Supreme Court of Arkansas has halted two executions mere hours before they had been scheduled to take place. As the American state battled the legal system in an attempt to carry out a record eight executions over 11 days in April, lawyers for two of the condemned raised questions about their clients’ mental competency. A 4-3 decision in Arkansas’ highest court stayed the executions of convicted murderers Don Davis and Bruce ward, who have each spent over two decades on death row and...

A three-month old baby was summoned to the US embassy in London for an interview after his grandfather mistakenly identified him as a terrorist.

Harvey Kenyon-Cairns had been due to fly to Orlando in Florida for his first overseas holiday, until his grandfather Paul Kenyon made the error on a visa waiver form.

On the part of the Esta form which reads “Do you seek to engage in or have you ever engaged in terrorist activities, espionage, sabotage, or genocide?” Kenyon ticked yes...

Fake lawn signs with the city seal and an anti-immigrant message have cropped up on a weedy street median near Beverly Hills. The signs at Burton Way and Doheny Drive read: "Landscaping by L.A. City Council, We'd rather spend your taxes on welfare for illegals."

City Councilman Paul Koretz condemned the signs on Friday and said they'll be removed. In a statement, Koretz said such messages have been turning up since, in his words: "Donald Trump empowered racists and bigots across the...