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The Obama legacy on race

President Obama Uses N-Word, Says We Are `Not Cured` of Racism in PodcastWhen future historians look back on Obama’s presidency and try to understand his place in America’s racial evolution, they will almost certainly zero in on the one he gave Marc Maron in the comedian’s southern California garage last week, in which Obama dared to publicly utter the most explosive racial epithet in American life.

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Prosecutors probe deadly California balcony collapse

The floor section of a damaged balcony is laid on a flatbed truck in Berkeley, CaliforniaProsecutors have launched an investigation into the deadly balcony collapse in Berkeley, California last week that killed five Irish students and an American friend, a district attorney official said on Wednesday. Berkeley city officials announced on Tuesday that criminal charges were not expected, but Alameda County deputy District Attorney Teresa Drenick told Reuters in an email late on Wednesday that prosecutors continued to investigate. "In light of Berkeley's statement Tuesday afternoon that it had concluded its investigation, this office will be the lead agency," Drenick said.

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After Charleston shootings, poll highlights race dilemma for Republicans

People take part in the morning service at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in CharlestonBy John Whitesides WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential contenders face a dilemma when talking about racial issues after last week's racially motivated murders at a South Carolina church, as a new poll shows many Republican primary voters are less likely to see the topic as important. While more than three-quarters of Americans believe race relations must be addressed in the United States, a smaller majority of only about 65 percent of likely Republican primary voters agree, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found. "There is a tension Republicans are trying to navigate, and they are really stuck between a rock and a hard place," said Ipsos pollster Chris Jackson.

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Second New York prison worker charged in breakout: police

A second New York prison employee was arrested on Wednesday for the escape of two convicted murderers who have eluded a massive police manhunt for almost three weeks, police said. Clinton Correctional Facility officer Gene Palmer, 57, allegedly took fr...

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Confederate symbols of Civil War divide U.S. 150 years on

A horse drawn carriage carries the casket of the late South Carolina State Senator Clementa Pinckney past the Confederate flag and onto the grounds of the South Carolina State Capitol in ColumbiaBy Wayne Hester BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Reuters) - More and more voices across the U.S. South called for banishing the banner of the pro-slavery Confederacy on Wednesday in a fast-growing movement that adds new emotion and tensions to a year of soul-searching over race in America. From Alabama to Mississippi, Louisiana to Tennessee and beyond, politicians distanced themselves from flags and statues memorializing southern heroes of the 1861-65 Civil War. Alabama's governor ordered the Confederate flag and three other flags of the Confederacy removed from the grounds of the state's Capitol in Montgomery, a historically significant city in America's civil rights movement where Martin Luther King Jr. led protests in the 1950s.

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Republican-led U.S. Congress hands Obama major win on trade

FILE - In this June 9, 2015 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Congressional Republicans are poised to deal a sharp blow to their traditional allies in the business community by allowing the federal Export-Import Bank to go out of business at the end of the month. But it may only be temporary. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled U.S. Congress passed major trade legislation Wednesday that was long-sought by President Barack Obama but vehemently opposed by most lawmakers in his Democratic party.

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