President calls for criminal justice overhaul

President Obama called for bipartisan action to revamp a criminal justice system riddled with inequities that result in unduly harsh prison sentences, particularly for minorities, and cost the government billions for unwarranted mass incarceration. At an NAACP convention in Philadelphia, Obama announced a federal review of the use of solitary confinement and urged Congress to pass sentencing reform by year's end.

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Psychological Association executives ousted

The largest professional organization for psychologists announced a management shake-up, days after a scathing report concluded that top officials had colluded with government officials during the Bush administration to assure that the organization's ethics rules did not bar psychologists from involvement in harsh interrogations. The board of the American Psychological Association said that three top officials were leaving.


Stone Mountain targeted by NAACP

The famous outdoor sculpture depicting Confederate leaders on Stone Mountain has come under attack from the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP. The chapter's leader, Richard Rose, called for the removal of the Confederate Memorial Carving that depicts Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.


Mall in Al-Shabab attack to reopen

Nairobi's Westgate Mall is to reopen Saturday, nearly two years after it was attacked by Al-Shabab, Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels. At least 67 people were killed. The mall has been extensively refurbished since the devastating four-day siege. The violence erupted on Sept. 21, 2013.


No response to U.S. offer to help find escapee

Hours after the world's most infamous drug lord, Joaquín "Chapo" Guzmán Loera, escaped Mexico's highest security prison over the weekend, the United States offered marshals, drones, even a special task force to help find and recapture the kingpin. But the Mexicans had not responded as of late Tuesday.


Government kills 14 militants in airstrikes

Military jets killed 14 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border. A statement released by the military said some important militant commanders were among those killed in airstrikes in the North Waziristan tribal region. It gave no details about the identity or nationality of the slain militants.


Suspected terrorists killed in Shenyang

Police in the northeastern city of Shenyang said that they had shot and killed three men who they said belonged to a terrorist organization, and who they said lashed out with knives and shouted jihadi slogans when officers tried to enter their apartment. A woman was wounded by police gunfire.

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