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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The man was angry. He threw rocks and scuffled with police. He yelled at them to "shoot me, kill me," before three officers opened fire, according to witnesses to the fatal shooting of the unarmed Mexican immigrant. The shooting sparked weeks of protest.

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In 1892, the children's magazine Youth's Companion led a campaign to commemorate the four hundredth anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in America. Francis Bellamy, the leader of the drive, convinced Congress to make Columbus Day a national holiday and then coordinated plans for the celebration. He advanced a then-novel proposal that every schoolhouse in the nation would display the American flag and then lead students through a brief ceremony celebrating it and the country it represented.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) said he would wait for a third and final federal court ruling declaring bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional before recognizing gay marriages in the state, and Thursday morning a district judge gave him just that.

Thursday, federal District Judge Martin Feldman reversed his previous ruling upholding the state's gay marriage ban, as reported by The Times-Picuyane.

Louisiana's laws and constitutional amendment prohibiting marriage for gay couples violates the Fourteenth Amendment, the judge said.

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John Schneider, who played Bo Duke on "The Dukes of Hazzard," on Wednesday unloaded on TV Land for pulling reruns of the show from its schedule as the nation engages in a renewed debate over the Confederate flag.

“The Dukes of Hazzard was and is no more a show seated in racism than Breaking Bad was a show seated in reality," Schneider told The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday.

"Come on, TV Land, can’t we all just watch TV?" he asked.

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The Supreme Court has already said that state bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, a decision that a federal appeals court reiterated Wednesday applies to Louisiana's anti-gay marriage measures. But Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal is holding out for yet another ruling before he allows the state to recognize marriages between gay couples.

Wednesday evening U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed an earlier district court's decision in favor of Louisiana's same-sex bans, citing last week's Supreme Court decision. The appeals court sent the case back to the district court to issue a new order. A Jindal spokesman told The Times-Picayune that the state will wait for that district court to speak again before it falls in line.

"Our agencies will follow the Louisiana Constitution until the District Court orders us otherwise," Mike Reed, a spokesman in the governor's office, said.

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When President Barack Obama signed the Trade Promotion Authority bill last week, he set a precedent. The bill included a provision that “requires the U.S. Trade Representative to discourage European Union countries from boycotting ‘Israel or persons doing business in Israel or Israeli-controlled territories’ during free-trade negotiations between the U.S. and the EU.”

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is gaining traction among Iowa caucus voters, but still trails far behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic frontrunner.

A new poll shows Sanders, a self-described "democratic socialist," winning 33 percent of likely participants in the Iowa Democratic caucus, while 52 percent said they would vote for Clinton if the Democratic caucus was held today.

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