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Protesters gather in front of the Los Angeles Police Department Headquarters Tuesday, to express anger over the fatal shooting of an unarmed homeless man Sunday.

Man's Identity Questioned In LAPD Skid Row Shooting

New details have emerged in the case of a homeless man who was killed by Los Angeles police Sunday, as officials say he was the subject of a federal warrant related to violating probation. There's also word that he lived under a stolen identity; for now, his true name is a mystery.

The Census Bureau predicts shifts in the U.S. over the coming years, with a more diverse — and older — population.

For U.S. Children, Minorities Will Be The Majority By 2020, Census Says

America is heading toward the day when whites will no longer make up the majority of the population. And U.S. children will get there soon, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report. The agency also says the overall U.S. population will grow older — and grow more slowly — in coming years.

By around 2020, "more than half of the nation's children are expected to be part of a minority race or ethnic group," the Census Bureau says, putting Americans under the age of 18 at the front of a trend that will see the overall population follow suit some 20 years later.

Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré.

Watch A Film From Mali: The Day Before The Music Died

Just its title has an ominous sense of finality: The Last Song Before the War.

The documentary by Kiley Kraskouskas presents the 2011 Festival in the Desert, a showcase for Mali's incredible musicians that had been held underneath the stars outside of Timbuktu for 12 years. Ten months after the joyous celebration depicted in the film, Islamic extremists took over that part of the country. Among the horrors inflicted by the occupiers was a total ban on music.

In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, third from right, is depicted with his lawyers and U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., as O'Toole addresses a pool of potential jurors. The trial begins Wednesday.

Boston Marathon Bombing Trial Begins For Dzokhar Tsarnaev

The trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev begins in earnest Wednesday, with opening statements in a capital trial that's expected to last several months. It took nearly two months to seat a jury.

The 18 jurors (including 6 alternates) will hear and see what prosecutors say is irrefutable evidence of Tsarnaev's role in the notorious twin bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260, as well as in the events that followed, in which a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer was also killed.

Children born in the U.S. automatically acquire U.S. citizenship regardless of their parents' nationality.

Federal Agents Carry Out Search For Evidence Of Illegal Support For 'Birth Tourism'

Federal agents searched more than three dozen locations across three counties in Southern California yesterday for evidence of so-called "maternity tourism" operations.

Maternity tourism — or birth tourism — is when a citizen of another country travels to the U.S. to give birth, so the child automatically receives U.S. citizenship.

That in itself is not illegal. But federal authorities are investigating several businesses that may be breaking the law by helping wealthy Chinese women obtain U.S. visas under false pretenses.

Lupita Ramirez dresses her husband, Joel, at their home in Rialto, Calif. Joel was paralyzed from the waist down after being crushed by a pallet when he was working in a warehouse.

Injured Workers Suffer As 'Reforms' Limit Workers' Compensation Benefits

Dennis Whedbee's crew was rushing to prepare an oil well for pumping on the Sweet Grass Woman lease site, a speck of dusty plains rich with crude in Mandaree, N.D.

It was getting late that September afternoon in 2012. Whedbee, a 50-year-old derrick hand, was helping another worker remove a pipe fitting on top of the well when it suddenly blew.

Wilfredis Ayala, an unauthorized immigrant from El Salvador, lives in Long Island, N.Y., with his U.S.-born son Justin and Justin's mother Wendy Urbina.

Immigrants Worry They'll Face Deportation After Deferred Action Delay

Around four million unauthorized immigrants are stuck in legal limbo more than two weeks after a federal judge in Texas suspended President Obama's move to temporarily protect them from deportation.

Shortening the FAFSA is a tall order.

Shrink The FAFSA? Good Luck With That

Look closely.

Buried deep in President Obama's 2016 budget (page 41) is a proposal to cut up to 30 questions from the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Obama administration has already done a lot to make the FAFSA easier — if not shorter. Online technology now allows students to skip questions that don't apply to them.

Tori Sisson, left, and Shante Wolfe, right, exchange wedding rings during their ceremony, Feb. 9, 2015, in Montgomery, Ala. They were the first couple to file their marriage license in Montgomery County. Such marriage licenses appear to be on hold again following a state Supreme Court ruling on Tuesday.

Alabama Supreme Court Again Halts Gay Marriage

The Alabama Supreme Court once again has instructed probate judges not to issue marriage licenses.

In a 134-page opinion, seven of the nine justices said the U.S. Constitution "does not require one definition of marriage."

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama unveiled the Let Girls Learn program at the East Room of the White House on Tuesday.

Peace Corps Teams Up With First Lady To 'Let Girls Learn'

First lady Michelle Obama announced Tuesday a new effort to address a longstanding problem: Across the developing world, more than 60 million girls are not in school.

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