North Carolina Sheriffs and Deputies Singled Out Hispanics, Feds Say: A two-year federal investigation determined that an Alamance County sheriff and his deputies stopped, detained and arrested Latinos without a reason with the intent to increase deportations, the Associated Press reports.

Historically Black Universities Receive $228 Million in Federal Grants: The Department of Education has awarded five-year grants to universities in 19 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands for science equipment, counseling program, and faculty training, Huffington Post reports.

Small-Business Owners Back President Obama: The majority of small business owners say they believe President Obama would do a better job than Mitt Romney (31 percent), despite the "you didn't build that" comment, according to a U.S. News & World Report article.

The Top and Bottom States For Upward Mobility: The top five states — Vermont, North Dakota, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Nebraska — that have better opportunity for upward mobility and economic success aren't necessarily the wealthiest ones. Vermont, which ranked the No. 1 in the Opportunity Index, which measures the chances for success by measuring unemployment rate, crime, and education levels, was the 20th wealthiest state. The bottom states in the index were New Mexico, Mississippi, and Nevada, The Daily Beast reports.

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