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Psychologists Behind CIA 'Enhanced Interrogation' Program Settle Detainees' Lawsuit

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:52:32 -0400

Psychologists Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell devised a list of brutal methods that included waterboarding; the methods were meant to condition detainees into a state of helplessness.

Robert Mueller May Not Be The Savior The Anti-Trump Internet Is Hoping For

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Expectations are high for special counsel Robert Mueller with Trump critics. But people depending on the former FBI director to shake up the White House could be in for a letdown.

Federal Appeals Court Says Arkansas Can Block Medicaid Payments To Planned Parenthood

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:45:15 -0400

It reversed earlier injunctions that forbade the state from suspending payments to the medical provider over a controversial leaked video of Planned Parenthood staff.

They Got Hurt At Work — Then They Got Deported

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0400

A joint investigation by NPR and ProPublica shows how a loophole in Florida law has led to the arrest and even deportation of undocumented immigrants after they suffer legitimate injuries on the job.

DOJ Demands Files On Anti-Trump Activists, And A Web Hosting Company Resists

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:10:00 -0400

Legal experts called the government's demand for information unusually broad. DreamHost says the warrant would require it to hand over logs of 1.3 million visits to its customer's website.

Sentenced To Adulthood: Direct File Laws Bypass Juvenile Justice System

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:30:00 -0400

A "get tough" approach has been the trend. But now lawmakers, juvenile justice advocates and community groups are rethinking that approach for kids and young adults who commit crimes.

Taylor Swift Wins Groping Suit Against Ex-Radio Host

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 05:01:00 -0400

A jury in Denver found fully in pop singer Taylor Swift's favor Monday, delivering a unanimous verdict in a trial over whether she was groped by a former radio host during a Denver meet-and-greet.

Trump Turns To 43-Year-Old 'America First' Trade Law To Pressure China

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:47:00 -0400

President Trump asked his top trade adviser to determine whether to launch a probe into Chinese trade practices, particularly those forcing U.S. companies in China to turn over intellectual property.

Jury Rules In Favor Of Taylor Swift In Groping Lawsuit

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:43:00 -0400

The jury ruled in favor of the pop superstar on Monday, in a high profile case in which she accused a Denver radio disc jockey of groping her. Swift did not report the incident at the time in 2013.

British Cybersecurity Expert Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Malware Charges

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:59:23 -0400

Before these allegations, 23-year-old Marcus Hutchins was known for his role in finding the kill switch to the WannaCry ransomware cyber-attack last May. He is accused of creating a malware scheme.

Charlottesville Violence Highlights Cities' Struggle To Balance Rights And Safety

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:43:00 -0400

In the wake of fierce brawls and a car ramming people in the streets of a usually quiet college town, many are asking what authorities could do differently to prevent such violence in the future.

Jury Begins Deliberations In Taylor Swift Groping Trial

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:33:00 -0400

A jury hears closing arguments and may render a verdict on countersuits between Taylor Swift and a Denver disc jockey who allegedly groped her at a publicity event. A judge threw out the disc jockey's claim that Swift unfairly had him fired, but the case continues against her mother and others on her team.

Justice Department Launches Civil Rights Investigation Into Charlottesville Attack

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:33:00 -0400

The FBI and a U.S. attorney in Virginia are investigating the deadly car wreck in Charlottesville, Va., as a possible federal civil rights crime. Authorities want to know if anyone else was involved.

Charlottesville Suspect Denied Bail After First Court Appearance

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:33:00 -0400

The man accused of using his car to ram into a crowd in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend appeared in court Monday. It's the latest development in the town after a white supremacist rally and counter-protest.

Trump Calls Out KKK, White Supremacists After Charlottesville: 'Racism Is Evil'

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:04:00 -0400

Almost 48 hours after violence engulfed Charlottesville, Va., President Trump called out white nationalist groups by name. He had been criticized for not doing so in his initial remarks on Saturday.