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In Memphis, marchers honor King’s legacy

– Hundreds of union members and their supporters marched in Memphis on the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s murder, calling for a new commitment to the human rights causes he died for.

With the march and a dedication ceremony Thursday, they honored King and the sanitation workers strike that brought him to Memphis, where he was assassinated in 1968. In a light drizzle, more than 1,000 marchers wore T-shirts with union logos and held signs saying “We Are Memphis” or bearing the slogan for the 1968 strike: “I Am A Man.” Participants came from as far as Louisiana, California and New York.

Jordan doubles its forces on border as Syria threatens

Jordan tightened security along its border with Syria, doubling the number of soldiers as President Bashar Assad’s regime warned Thursday the kingdom is “playing with fire” by allowing the U.S and other countries to train and arm Syrian rebels on its territory.

The warning coinciding with significant rebel advances near the border, plays into Jordanian fears that its larger neighbor might try to retaliate for its support of the opposition fighters.

Alabama legislators favor pardons in 80-year-old case

Alabama lawmakers voted Thursday to issue posthumous pardons to nine black teens who were wrongly convicted of raping two white women more than 80 years ago based on false accusations.

The bill setting up a procedure to pardon the group known as the Scottsboro Boys must be signed by Gov. Robert Bentley to become law.

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