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Booker still ahead in New Jersey Senate race

Booker still ahead in New Jersey Senate race

A month after entering New Jersey's U.S. Senate race, Newark Mayor Cory Booker remains far ahead of his rivals for the Democratic nomination.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday showed Booker at 52 percent among New Jersey Democratic voters – more than forty points ahead of his closest rival, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, who stood at 10 percent. A third competitor in the Democratic primary, U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, was at 8 percent.

Booker announced his bid at the beginning of June for the special election held to fill the remainder of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg's term, which ends January 2015.

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  • Written by CNN
  • Category: News

Female inmates sterilized with no consent in California

Female inmates sterilized with no consent in California

From 2006 to 2010, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) sterilized nearly 150 women without getting the proper state approval, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting.

The procedure, known as a tubal ligation, was performed by doctors under contract with the CDCR. The doctors were given state funds to perform the procedure, which costs $147,460.

California has deemed the practice of forced sterilization on inmates (as well as the mentally ill and poor) illegal since 1979. It is also illegal for prisons to use federal funds to cover the cost of the operation. Instead, state funds are used after being approved by medicial officials in Sacramento, but according to the CIR, whose findings were published in the Sacramento Bee, no tubal ligation requests have come in. Instead, doctors have been carrying out the procedures on their own, seeking approval from the women themselves, at times while the women are in labor.

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Zimmerman team allowed to present proof of Trayvon’s marijuana use

Zimmerman team allowed to present proof of Trayvon’s  marijuana use

(CNN) – The Florida judge presiding over the George Zimmerman murder trial ruled Monday that Zimmerman's attorneys will be able to present evidence about how Trayvon Martin may have been high on marijuana the night he was shot to death.

Martin's toxicology report indicates that THC, the active drug in marijuana, was in his blood at the time of his death on February 26, 2012.

Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch captain, is charged with second-degree murder for killing 17-year-old Martin in Sanford, Florida. He told police that night that the teenager looked suspicious and that there had been several break-ins in the neighborhood. The two got into a physical altercation, and Zimmerman said he was forced to draw his gun and kill Martin.

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  • Written by Graham Winch/HLNtv.com
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Election of Kevin Johnson to head Black Mayors group ‘invalid’

Election of Kevin Johnson to head Black Mayors group ‘invalid’

WASHINGTON – After accepting a determination by the attorney for the National Conference of Blacks Mayors that the organization's May 30 election in Atlanta was invalid, more than half of the board members in good standing have written to Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson directing him to "table all matters" until the board meets again, according to documents obtained by the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service.

Johnson was elected president of the NCBM at that election. The board of directors in place at the time has resumed control of the organization until a new election can be held, probably in September.

Efforts to reach Johnson for comment via telephone, text and email were unsuccessful.

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  • Written by George Curry
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In an African slum, talking to Mandela

In an African slum, talking to Mandela

I have never met Nelson Mandela, but we have had many conversations.

In my family's tiny shack in Nairobi's Kibera slum, my one-way exchanges with the great man kept me going. Mandela survived 27 years of prison; maybe I would make it out, too.

Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994, when I was 10 years old. In Kibera, people celebrated and talk circulated the streets about this man, but I didn't see how his story connected to mine until much later. I was struggling too hard simply to survive.

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  • Written by Kennedy Odede/CNN
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Urban oasis offers hope to Haiti's poorest

Urban oasis offers hope to Haiti's poorest

Living amid the garbage-strewn sewage canals, residents of Haiti's Cite Soleil endure a grim battle for survival every single day.

The shantytown in the northern reaches of capital Port-au-Prince is one of the countries poorest areas, blighted by poor sanitation and violence.

Shacks, on average, house nine people and around half the population earn less than $0.50 a day. It's little wonder then that life expectancy isn't much more than 50 years, according to the healthcare NGO, Haiti Clinic.

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Key Obamacare provision delayed

The requirement that businesses provide their workers with health insurance or face fines – a key provision contained in President Barack Obama's sweeping health care law – will be delayed by one year, the Treasury Department said Tuesday.

The postponement came after business owners expressed concerns about the complexity of the law's reporting requirements, the agency said in its announcement. Under the Affordable Care Act, businesses employing 50 or more full-time workers that don't provide them health insurance will be penalized.

"We recognize that the vast majority of businesses that will need to do this reporting already provide health insurance to their workers, and we want to make sure it is easy for others to do so. We have listened to your feedback. And we are taking action," Mark J. Mazur, assistant secretary for tax policy, wrote in a post on the website of the Treasury Department, which is tasked with implementing the employer mandate.

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  • Written by Kevin Liptak/CNN
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