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Dear Professor Gates:
In addition to announcing a new chapter in the U.S. relationship with Cuba, the president on Wednesday drastically shortened the prison sentences of eight nonviolent drug offenders and pardoned 12 other convicts who were imprisoned for a variety of nonviolent offenses, the Associated Press reports.
The U.S. Department of Justice has announced its intentions to sue New York City for alleged civil rights violations of teenage inmates in Rikers Island jail, the New York Post reports.
While 27-year-old Genard Dupree collapsed to the floor near the Central Florida Wal-Mart store entrance, clutching his chest, his friend, 30-year-old Tarus Scott, allegedly strolled out with a shopping cart stuffed with a motorized Power Wheels Barbie car, a LeapFrog tablet and a Barbie Glam Vacation House, authorities say, the New York Post reports.