Oscar Pistorius leaves the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, after sentencing on Tuesday. Charlie Shoemaker/Getty Images hide caption

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Pistorius Gets 5 Years In Prison For Killing Girlfriend

The Olympian was convicted of culpable homicide last month — rather than a more serious charge of premeditated murder — for the 2013 fatal shooting of Reeva Steenkamp in his home.

Waverly Adcock, a sergeant and founder of the West Augusta Guard, prepares his company for inspection and battle at a Civil War reenactment in Virginia. Sara Smith, whose great-great grandfather was wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg, holds the Confederate battle flag. Courtesy of Jesse Dukes hide caption

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The Race Card Project: Six-Word Essays

Six Words: 'Must We Forget Our Confederate Ancestors?'

The Confederate flag is a sign of bigotry to some. For others, says reporter Jesse Dukes, it symbolizes family heritage and defiance — but also what he calls a "willful innocence" about U.S. history.

President Obama casts an early ballot for the midterm elections at the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Service Center in Chicago on Monday. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Politics

In Tight Races, Both Parties Bank On Early Votes

Two million people have already voted in next month's election, including President Obama. Locking in votes early is huge, particularly since control of the Senate rests in a handful of close races.

Cities like New York and Washington, D.C., have strict penalties for taxi drivers who don't pick up passengers based on their race or destination. But some investigations show that drivers routinely pass up black and brown customers. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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Code Switch

Apps Make Googly Eyes At Riders Tired Of Being Snubbed By Cabbies

Ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft have put a serious dent in the traditional taxi market and are pitching themselves as alternatives to traditional taxis that often pass by passengers of color.

Hong Kong Federation of Students' Council members attend a meeting with senior Hong Kong government officials in Hong Kong on Tuesday. Tyrone Siu/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Hong Kong Leader Hints At Concessions As Talks With Students Begin

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying says his government cannot allow open nominations for his successor, but suggests there's room for compromise on the makeup of a committee to select candidates.

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