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TODAY'S HEADLINES, 10/20/14 *** A group of Colombian farmers are suing the oil giant BP over environmental damage from their country's largest pipeline. The farmers are seeking $29 million in compensation for what they say is BP's negligent handling of the project *** The Supreme Court is allowing Texas to enforce a controversial voter ID law that was briefly struck down earlier this month. A federal judge initially overturned the law, calling it an "unconstitutional poll tax" that discriminates against voters of color. But a three-judge panel said Texas can enforce the ID law in the November election, because dropping it would cause confusion. On Saturday, the Supreme Court agreed, but did not rule on whether the law should permanently stand. In a dissent joined by two others, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the decision "risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters." *** The United Nations Children's Fund says the Ebola outbreak is creating vast numbers of orphans in West Africa. At least 3,700 children are said to have lost at least one or both parents. At the United Nations, Sarah Crowe of UNICEF expressed shock at the inadequate global response so far *** The Florida man convicted of killing 17-year-old African American Jordan Davis in an argument over loud music has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Michael Dunn, who is white, shot at a vehicle carrying Davis and his friends 10 times after confronting them about the volume of their stereo *** More tomorrow


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