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US President Barack Obama announces executive action on immigration policy during a nationally televised address from the White House November 20, 2014 in Washington, DCPledging to fix America's "broken" immigration system, President Barack Obama offered five million undocumented migrants protection from deportation Thursday, allowing families to emerge from the shadows and seek work permits. In a move that infuriated his Republican critics, Obama said nearly all undocumented people living in country for more than five years and who have a child who is a US citizen or legal permanent resident can apply for three-year work authorization. "There are actions I have the legal authority to take as president – the same kinds of actions taken by Democratic and Republican presidents before me – that will help make our immigration system more fair and more just," Obama said in a 15-minute speech broadcast from the White House. "Only Congress can do that," he added.


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In this Feb. 11, 2014 file image from video provided by the City of Ferguson, Mo., officer Darren Wilson attends a city council meeting in Ferguson. Police identified Wilson, 28, as the police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, 2014 in Ferguson. Police departments across the country are bracing for large demonstrations when a grand jury decides whether to indict Wilson. (AP Photo/City of Ferguson, File)The Ferguson police officer remains out of sight as the grand jury decision looms.


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Jennifer Rose, a county government employee and Sara Meadows, a teacher, file a marriage license application in CharlestonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for South Carolina to become the 35th U.S. state where gay marriage is legal, denying a request to block same-same weddings from proceeding. The order was another victory for gay marriage advocates after a federal judge in Montana on Wednesday struck down that state's ban on same-sex marriage. "We're really thrilled," said Jeff Ayers, board chairman of South Carolina Equality. "This proves that all the way to the highest court, these were our rights from the beginning. ...


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