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US Senate blocks House approved bill to eliminate phone data collection
May 23, 2015
The US Senate on Saturday blocked a House passed bill that would end the mass collection of phone records by the National Security Agency (NSA) in an after midnight vote of 57-42. Supporters of the measure were unable to secure the 60 votes needed to move forward, and no action was taken by the Sena....... [more]

Terminally ill Nashville lawyer challenges Tennessee ban on assisted suicide
May 22, 2015
An 84-year old attorney, businessman and political candidate filed a lawsuit in a Tennessee court on Wednesday, challenging a law that makes it a felony for a doctor or another person helps someone commit suicide. John Jay Hooker, who once ran for Tennessee governor and worked for Robert F. Kennedy....... [more]

Baltimore police officers indicted in Freddie Gray death
May 22, 2015
The State's Attorney for Baltimore City on Thursday announced the indictment of six police officers on charges including murder and manslaughter over the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray while he was in police custody. Baltimore state attorney Marilyn Mosby filed charges earlier in May upon....... [more]

Major banks plead guilty to rigging foreign currency markets
May 22, 2015
Five of the world's largest banks agreed Wednesday to plead guilty to rigging currency markets and to pay over USD $5 billion in penalties to the US Department of Justice (DOJ), along with several domestic and international agencies. Traders from Citicorp, Barclays, the Royal Bank of Scotland, JPMo....... [more]

Nebraska lawmakers approve bill abolishing death penalty
May 21, 2015
Nebraska lawmakers voted 32-15 Wednesday to approve a bill abolishing the death penalty. Earlier in April Nebraska lawmakers voted 30-13 in favor of the legislation to repeal the death penalty and replace it with life imprisonment in first-degree murder cases. Governor Pete Ricketts, who supports c....... [more]

Tennessee adopts 48-hour abortion waiting period
May 20, 2015
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on Monday signed into a law a bill requiring a 48-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion. Those physicians who neglect to follow new rules on what to tell their patients during the counseling are at risk of having their medical licenses revoked in addition t....... [more]

Obama bans transfer of military-style equipment to local police
May 19, 2015
The Obama administration on Monday announced a ban on federal transfers of certain military-style equipment to local police forces. The ban, recommended by a task-force created in January, includes tracked armored vehicles, bayonets, grenade launchers, .50-caliber and higher ammunition, and some typ....... [more]

Supreme Court: Felons may sell or transfer firearms
May 18, 2015
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Henderson v. United States that individuals convicted of felonies may transfer firearms to independent third parties or have them sold. The court reversed the decision of the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, which ruled that through constructive pos....... [more]

Supreme Court rules officers entitled to immunity for conduct towards mentally disabled woman
May 18, 2015
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in City and County of SF v. Sheehan that two police officers who shot and injured a mentally disabled woman during the course of an arrest are entitled to qualified immunity from liability for the injuries suffered. The court held that the officers did not violate t....... [more]

Supreme Court rules on 'three strikes' provision of prisoner status law
May 18, 2015
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Coleman v. Tollefson that a dismissal of a prisoner's lawsuit that is still appealable does count as one of three allotted "strikes" that limits other suits by the prisoner. The "three-strike" provision of the Prison Litigation Reform Act bars an inmate from fili....... [more]

Bin Laden aide sentenced for 1998 US embassy bombings
May 16, 2015
A top Osama bin Laden aide was sentenced Friday to life in prison for conspiring with other al Qaeda members in the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa. A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York rejected Khaled al-Fawwaz's claims that he is not a violent man. P....... [more]

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sentenced to death for Boston bombing role
May 16, 2015
Chechen immigrant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death by lethal injection on Friday by a federal jury for his role in the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings after 14 hours of deliberations. He will be formally sentenced at a hearing within weeks, during which victims will be able to address hi....... [more]

Canada top court rejects government's bid to declare Khadr adult offender
May 15, 2015
The Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday rejected the Canadian government's bid to have former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr declared an adult offender. The case concerned whether the eight-year war crimes sentence Khadr received from a US military commission in 2010 should be interpreted as a youth....... [more]

US House approves bill banning most abortions after 20 weeks
May 15, 2015
The US House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday that would ban most abortion after 20 weeks, despite strong opposition from the White House. The Republican-led House approved the bill by a margin of 242-184. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte called the vote "a victory for....... [more]

UNESCO director calls destruction of heritage sites 'war crime'
May 14, 2015
The director-general of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, continued her campaign against the looting and destruction of archaeological sites in the Middle East at a conference in Cairo on Wednesday and condemned the destructive act as a "war crime." She declared the action a "tactic of war" and called for an e....... [more]




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