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Fla. jury slams RJ Reynolds with $23.6B in damages

A Florida jury has slammed the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. with $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer in 1996.

Image found of Confederate White House housekeeper

Mary O'Melia left Ireland for America as a young widow with three children before she was hired as housekeeper at the White House of the Confederacy. An intimate witness to history, she also has been much of a mystery.

Eric Garner death: Rev. Al Sharpton plans rallies

The Rev. Al Sharpton has planned two separate rallies Saturday following the death of a New York City man who died during an arrest in which partial video of the struggle shows an officer placing him in what the police commissioner said appeared to be a choke hold — a tactic prohibited by departmental policy.

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