Memories from Bloody Sunday nurse

Friday, 06 March 2015 10:07
Selma, Alabama (CNN)Vera Booker is a witness to history in segregated Alabama. She participated in the Montgomery bus boycott when she was still a student, nursed civil rights protestors and ultimately played a key role in convicting the state trooper responsible for killing the young man whose death inspired the famous march from Selma to Montgomery. Booker was just 29 years old on March 7, 1965 -- the day that would become known as Bloody…
US added 295K jobs in February
Friday, 06 March 2015 09:47
US employers extended a healthy streak of hiring in February by adding 295,000 jobs — the 12th straight monthly gain above 200,000. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent from 5.7 percent. But the decline in the rate occurred mainly because some people out of work stopped looking for jobs and were no longer counted as unemployed. The strong job gains weren’t enough to boost wages by much. The…
FTSE LIVE: Footsie drops to lows after above-forecast US jobs report
Friday, 06 March 2015 09:47
ByThis Is Money Market Reporters Published: 03:56 EST, 6 March 2015 | Updated: 09:57 EST, 6 March 2015 2 View comments 14.40: The Footsie fell to its lows for the session as US stocks dropped and the dollar jumped today after the US economy created more jobs than expected and the unemployment rate fell by more than forecast last month ratcheting up expectations for a hike in US interest rates later this year
Supreme Court schedules same-sex marriage, death penalty cases
Friday, 06 March 2015 09:47
The Supreme Court typically reserves its most high-profile, controversial cases for the end of each term, and this term will be no different: the court announced Thursday that it would close out its current session at the end of April by hearing cases on the death penalty and same-sex marriage. Oral arguments in the same-sex marriage case are set for April 28. The following day, April 29, the justices will hear a case regarding lethal…
Obama: Racial bias in Ferguson police is not isolated
Friday, 06 March 2015 09:47
President Barack Obama said the type of racial discrimination found in Ferguson, Missouri, is not unique to that police department, and he cast law enforcement reform as a chief struggle for today's civil rights movement. Obama said improving civil rights and civil liberties with police is one of the areas that "requires collective action and mobilization" 50 years after pivotal civil rights marches brought change to the country. The president made his first remarks about…
U.S. begins measures to buy time under debt limit
Friday, 06 March 2015 09:45
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Friday said it would start using emergency cash measures to allow the government to keep paying the nation's bills once it hits the legal debt limit in about a week. Congress is expected to face another contentious debate over raising the U.S. legal borrowing authority, which is due to expire on March 15. If it stretches to the final deadline, the timing would coincide with the debate over…
Wisconsin Assembly OKs right-to-work bill, governor supports
Friday, 06 March 2015 09:45
MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - Wisconsin lawmakers on Friday approved a bill to prohibit private-sector workers from being required to join a union or pay dues when working under union contracts, a measure supported by Republican Governor Scott Walker. The Republican-led state Assembly voted 62-35 to make Wisconsin the 25th state to have a so-called right-to-work law. Walker is expected to sign the bill into law on Monday. (Reporting by Brendan O'Brien; Writing by David Bailey;…
Harrison Ford's love of flight marked by mishaps, service
Friday, 06 March 2015 09:37
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a man battles Darth Vader, Nazis and other evil-doers for work, what does he do for fun? Harrison Ford's answer is found in a pilot's license and the freedom to take to the skies at will. But with adventure comes risk, just as Han Solo, Indiana Jones and other daring movie characters brought to life by Ford realized. On Thursday, one of Hollywood's preeminent stars added a plane crash to…
Connecticut governor to get report on stopping school shootings
Friday, 06 March 2015 09:37
By Richard Weizel HARTFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - The Connecticut panel charged by Governor Dannel Malloy with finding ways to reduce school violence after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre is set to present its final recommendations to the governor on Friday. The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Report includes calls for tougher gun laws, changes to school designs and improved mental health screening and care for troubled students. The 16-member commission voted unanimously last month…
US economy generates strong 295,000 new jobs in February
Friday, 06 March 2015 08:47
Washington (AFP) - The US economy pumped out a strong 295,000 net new jobs in February despite some severe weather disruptions and mounting layoffs in the oil industry, the Labor Department reported Friday. The better-than-expected jobs number sent the unemployment rate down to 5.5 percent, from 5.7 percent previously and the lowest level since May 2008. Hiring was strong in restaurants, health care, and administrative services, and steady in construction and retail trade.
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