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Immigration Bill Boosts Security Around Student Visas

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Citing problems exposed by the Boston Marathon bombings, senators weighing amendments to a sweeping immigration bill agreed Tuesday to boost security provisions around student visas.

The Senate Judiciary Committee agreed by voice vote to an amendment by Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa meant to ensure that border patrol agents at U.S. ports of entry have access to information on the status of student visas.

Institutional Racism At The State Department?

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On May 1, Bolivian President Evo Morales kicked out the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in "protest" after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry referred to Latin America as the United States' "backyard." Kerry made the statement at a mid-April Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting in Washington.

Black Italian Minister Focusing On Cultural Education

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Black Italian Minister Focusing On Cultural Education

ROME (AP) –The first black Italian minister says she plans to focus on cultural education.  

Congolese-born surgeon Cecile Kyenge held a news conference to introduce herself to Italians so they could get to know her. Targeted by racial slurs and taunts since her appointment, Kyenge said Friday that Italians aren't racist but that some are merely ignorant of other cultures and the "richness" that immigration can bring.

Mayor Bloomberg Fiercely Defends Stop And Frisk Practice

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Mayor Bloomberg Fiercely Defends Stop And Frisk Practice

NEW YORK (AP) - In a pugnacious defense of what he called a police force bombarded by politics, Mayor Michael Bloomberg lashed out Tuesday at critics of the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk practice and surveillance programs.

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