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Last Build Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:47:40 -0500

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Jury Deliberations Begin In Kate Steinle's Murder Trial

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:47:40 -0500

Prosecutors argued that the defendant, an undocumented Mexican immigrant, intentionally shot Kate Steinle. The defense argued that the shooting was a tragic accident.

Lawmakers Fear President Trump's Authority To Launch Nuclear Weapons

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:15:00 -0500

Some lawmakers and experts are raising concerns about the president's unilateral authority to launch nuclear weapons as tensions with North Korea continue to escalate.

Hundreds Of Victims Of Las Vegas Shooting File Lawsuits

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:58:00 -0500

Defendants in the suits include MGM Resorts International, which owns the Mandalay Bay, and Live Nation, the organizer of the country music festival at which 58 people were killed last month.

Big Money As Private Immigrant Jails Boom

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 05:00:04 -0500

The Trump administration called for five new detention facilities to be built and operated by private prison corporations. Just one facility in Texas will cost taxpayers $44 million per year.

Justice Department Sues To Block AT&T's Merger With Time Warner

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:18:00 -0500

DOJ's case against the merger argues that the companies would control so much of both what people watch and how they watch it, that it could mean higher prices for both consumers and competitors.

The FCC And The Wave Of Deregulation

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:06:30 -0500

While much attention has been paid to potential legislation passing through Congress or to the actions of the president, the Federal Communications Commission has been quite active.

Social Media Posts May Complicate Prosecution Of Sexual Assault

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 05:03:00 -0500

Social media has played a prominent role in surfacing many of the sexual assault and harassment cases that dominate headlines. But those posts may hinder bringing criminal charges in these cases.

Videos Reveal A Close, Gory View Of Police Dog Bites

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 05:01:00 -0500

Gory arrest scenes captured by smart phones and police body cameras are threatening the noble "Rin Tin Tin" image of police dogs.

Charles Manson, Cult Leader Of Brutal 1969 Murders, Dies At 83

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 01:16:00 -0500

The murders of actress Sharon Tate and six other people in a span of two nights gave Manson a unique and infamous position in the American cultural imagination.

Tracing The Path Of A Gun

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 17:24:20 -0500

For three months, a trio of reporters from the Washington Post followed the trajectory of one gun as it traded hands, crossed state lines and got in several shootings. Reporter Ann Marimow spoke with NPR's Michel Martin about how guns fall into the hands of those who aren't supposed to have them.

Oversight Groups Have Repeatedly Identified Flaws In Military Crime Reporting

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 08:41:02 -0500

The Air Force failed to report the Texas shooter's criminal history to the FBI, which would have blocked his gun purchases. But concerns over military crime reporting have been raised for years.

The Russia Investigations: G-Men And 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.; Ex-Spy Steele: It's Real

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:00:03 -0500

Robert Mueller to White House aides: Knock, knock, it's the feds. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stays the course. Will Mueller give a "toothless" old law new fangs?

U.S. Says PLO Office Must Close After Palestinians Call To Prosecute Israel

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:43:14 -0500

A U.S. State Department official announced that the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington, D.C., must shut down, saying the Palestinians violated U.S. law by calling on the International Criminal Court to prosecute Israel authorities.

11 Scenarios For How The Roy Moore Saga Could Play Out

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 09:30:00 -0500

Republican power brokers in D.C. are devising lots of schemes to try to edge out Roy Moore, the GOP Senate nominee in Alabama who has been accused of sexual misconduct and sexual assault.

The Nonhuman Rights Project Advocates For Zoo Animals

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:19:01 -0500

Scott Simon talks with Steven Wise of the Nonhuman Rights Project, a legal advocacy group for animals. They're arguing in Connecticut Superior Court that three zoo elephants are legal persons.