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US Customs officers on trial for ‘rape table’

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“Rape table” at Terminal C in Newark Airport is a major crime scene in a federal court case involving three U.S. customs officers, Tito Catota, 38, Parmenio Perez, 40, and Michael Papagni, 32, all of New Jersey, were arrested in September and are on trial for sexual assault involving a hazing ritual simulating sex upon other Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers.

Assaults described as entering a room where lights were turned off as others groped and help individuals down in a simulated sex act that happened to both male and female CBP officers. One woman recounts a gun being placed to her head. Complaints filed show assaults happened for years.

Now, if this happened to officers, what do they do to passengers?

Southern California county fights wildfire

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Southern California wildfires rage through Ventura County, searing 50,000 acres.

In early fall, northern California burned leaving billions of dollars in damage. With 17 fires igniting in 24 hours, the state pulled firefighters throughout the state, and even enlisted the help of incarcerated women and men who were paid $1 a day.

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Bottoms up: Keisha Lance Bottoms wins as Atlanta’s next mayor

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A hair-splitting win by Democrat, Keisha Lance Bottoms in the Atlanta mayoral race, but opponent Mary Norwood, an Independent says, “It’s not over yet.”

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A booty call by US Senate

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Sometime between last call for alcohol and BET’s Uncut, the majority #Republican Senate voted in a tax bill that will overhaul current tax codes.

While the GOP says that the new tax codes would be economically beneficial, congressional analysis reveals that it would add $1 trillion dollars in debt. Democrats on tax committees complained that details of changes have been left out. With only providing a draft of the tax bill to lawmakers a few hours before casting ballots, Democrats are flummoxed.

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Feminist, indigenous woman runs for president of Mexico

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Indigenous political candidates in Mexico emerge to change corruption in government and electoral process. Marla de Jesus Patricio Martinez, who goes by Marichuy, travels the country seeking support from indigenous communities to run for office in 2018.

Her popularity rises as she holds a platform celebrating working class and poor indigenous people, a population Marichuy says are underrepresented in electoral politics; and often an institution excluding their participation.

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Conyers contemplates resignation

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Days after US Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) stepped down as ranking member of House Judiciary Committee amid a congressional investigation, he released a statement via his attorney saying that he will announce his future in politics due to health concerns.

The move follows Nancy Pelosi and other high ranking Democrats and Republicans asking him to step down from recent allegations from former aides of sexual misconduct. Additionally, it came out that he misused office funds to pay for a monetary settlement from a complaint of a former female staffer.

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Flynn sings like a bird, Mueller stings like a bee

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Briefly serving as national security adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, Michael Flynn plead guilty for lying to the F.B.I. about conversations with Russia’s ambassador on matters regarding Israel. He enters into a please, agreeing to cooperate with authorities.

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Disaster capitalism is a disaster

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), gave more than $30 million in contracts to newly formed corporation, Bronze Star, to deliver emergency tarps and plastic sheeting for building repairs in post-hurricane devastated Puerto Rico.

They never did.

FEMA canceled their contractual relationship with Bronze Star, and said that money was not meted to the company. Now Puerto Ricans must brace for more days of exposure to the elements; furthering mold and other damage to homes, as well as exposure to health hazards.

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She wore her crown to the competition

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The world continues to fall in love with Miss Universe’s second runner up, Davina Bennet who receives accolades for wearing her natural hair for the prestigious pageant.

Bennet from Jamaica said she kept her afro because she refused to change her look to standardized beauty. Her stance illuminates a global push by black women to openly embrace, display natural hair and African, black hairstyles.

Women in the United States led this movement in the 1960s and 70s during the Black Power era, where wearing an afro was a symbol of pride. Today, it is a cultural and commercial wave in which enterprises around natural hair care spring up.

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FCC gives more power to big telecom

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unveiled a proposal to modify or eliminate the cap on how many television and radio stations a broadcast company can own.

Presented last week, around the same time that the FCC voted in favor of reversing net neutrality, the proposal poises major corporations to the consolidate more power.

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