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Federal Court Rules Florida’s Shortening Of Early Voting Discriminates Against Blacks

A panel of federal judges ruled late Thursday that a Florida law that limits the number of early voting days cannot be implemented in several counties because it would have an adverse impact on minority turnout

Obama Camp To Romney: Let’s Make A Deal On Tax Returns

President Obama’s team is offering Mitt Romney a deal on taxes: Publicly release five years of returns, and the Obama campaign will drop its insistence for additional tax information.

Galaxy Cluster Spawns Stars Faster Than Any In Known Universe

Scientists using a NASA X-ray space telescope have discovered that an exceptionally bright cluster of galaxies is giving birth to stars faster than any other cluster in the known universe, a finding that changes the conventional wisdom of star-formation throughout the cosmos.

Tax Policy Center: Yes, Romney’s Plan Does Raise Middle-Class Taxes

The authors of a report showing Mitt Romney’s tax reform proposal would raise taxes on the middle class aren’t backing down from their findings, even after Mitt Romney derided the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center study as “garbage”.

Minneapolis Foundation to help cover legal fees for young immigrants

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Young immigrants in Minnesota hoping to apply for “Deferred Action” from the federal government to prevent deportation may get some legal help.

Exclusive: White House studying potential oil reserve release

(Reuters) – The White House is “dusting off old plans” for a potential release of oil reserves to dampen prices and prevent high energy costs from undermining sanctions against Iran, a source with knowledge of the situation said on Thursday.

South African police ‘shot miners to protect themselves’

South African police killed 34 people at the Marikana platinum mine when they opened fire to protect themselves from armed protesters, the country’s police commissioner has said.

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