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Jury condemns Dylann Roof to death for South Carolina church massacre

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) – White supremacist Dylann Roof deserves to die for the hate-fuelled killings of nine black churchgoers at a Bible study meeting in a Charleston, South Carolina, a U.S. jury said on Tuesday after deliberating for less than three hours.

LIVE: Barack Obama delivers his last presidential speech today

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President Barack Obama plans to reaffirm in his farewell address his belief that change only happens when “ordinary people get involved, get engaged and come together to demand it.”

Obama plans to say that after eight years in the White House he still believes in the power of change. The outgoing president plans to tell supporters in the city that launched his political career that change is the “beating heart of our American idea — our bold experiment in self-government.”

Obama will note the founding fathers gave Americans the freedom to “chase our individual dreams through our sweat, toil and imagination.”

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4 p.m.

President Barack Obama’s final trip aboard Air Force One as president is his 445th mission on the presidential aircraft.

Obama is flying to Chicago to give his final presidential speech. The White House says he’s traveled on the plane to 56 countries and to 49 of the 50 U.S. states. He’s visited all 50 but never flown to Maryland.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest tells reporters aboard Air Force One that prior to Tuesday’s flight, the plane had been airborne for 2,799 hours and 6 minutes during Obama’s tenure. That’s equivalent to spending 116 days on the plane.

Earnest says Air Force One is “a national treasure.” He says Obama benefited deeply from use of the plane.

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3:25 p.m.

President Barack Obama is taking an array of longtime friends, staffers and relatives along for his last trip as president.

Obama boarded Air Force One for the flight to Chicago along with first lady Michelle Obama, daughter Malia and sister Auma Obama, who is from Kenya. They were joined by Obama speechwriter Cody Keenan, national security adviser Susan Rice and counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco.

Vice President Joe Biden and his wife are also traveling to Chicago for the speech on a separate aircraft.

The White House says that before taking off from Andrews Air Force Base, Obama attended a farewell event with members of the U.S. Air Force division that supports presidential air travel.

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3 p.m.

President Barack Obama is returning to the city that launched his unlikely political career to give one final speech.

He’ll deliver a parting plea to Americans not to lose faith in their future, no matter what they think about their next president.

Obama’s speech before thousands in Chicago on Tuesday evening is his last chance to try to define what his presidency meant for America, and a fitting bookend. Chicago is where the nation’s first black president declared victory in 2008 and where he cultivated his decidedly optimistic brand of American politics.

Obama says in a video preview that he’ll be reflecting on lessons learned from his presidency, including that Americans are fundamentally good and that the democratic system responds to ordinary people pursuing a better future.

Drunk men in Skoda thrash cop

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A group of drunk men thrashed a police constable, and verbally abused two others, after almost ramming their vehicle into a police barricade in Masoodpur late on Monday night.

Constables Mohammad Alam, Prithwiraj, and Sushil were on the picket duty near the Malik Hotel. Around 11pm, an-over speeding Skoda car, being driven in a rash and negligent manner, came near the picket and almost rammed into the barricades. The driver somehow applied the brakes at the last moment.

“The officers warned the driver who was accompanied by three other people,” said a police officer. The accused, however, started verbally abusing the constables and a heated argument ensued. One of the youths then attacked Constable Alam, who sustained injuries on his left knee. All of the accused were in an inebriated condition.

The constables alerted the nearby police station and called for additional help, but the accused managed to flee from the spot. The officers, however, noted down the car number and the police are currently identifying the owner of the vehicle. Several teams have been constituted to nab the accused. The police will also go through the CCTV footage from the area to get more clues.

A case under sections 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 332 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered in this regard at the Vasant Kunj (South) police station.

Govt looks for expert feedback on its school exam system

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The letters were sent to the likes of Professor Krishan Kumar, Former Chairperson NCERT, and Abha Adam, Former Principal of a renowned school, among others.

Taking a step forward in its efforts to improve the quality of education in schools operating under it, the Delhi government on Tuesday wrote to several eminent educationists, urging them to give feedback on its assessment and examination system.

In a letter addressed to the education experts, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia said: “One area in which our Directorate of Education (DoE) is yet to introduce any reform is the assessment and examination system, which is extremely important as it affects the teaching-learning process in the classroom.”

Enclosing examination papers of Class IV-VIII with the letter, Sisodia asked the educationists to give their feedback on the ability of those papers for affective testing. “We want to promote a culture of innovation and creative thinking in our classrooms. Do you think our pattern of examination is appropriate for this goal? If not, what changes would you suggest?” Sisodia asked.

The letters were sent to the likes of Professor Krishan Kumar, Former Chairperson NCERT, and Abha Adam, Former Principal of a renowned school, among others.

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