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U.S. Soldiers Told To Repay Thousands In Signing Bonuses From Height Of War Effort

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 14:43:00 -0400

Under threat of wage garnishes and tax liens, the California National Guard is pursuing bonuses it says it never should have paid.

Police Facial Recognition Databases Log About Half Of Americans

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:24:00 -0400

A new report from Georgetown Law's Center on Privacy and Technology says all it takes is a driver's license to be included in the searchable databases. Rachel Martin talks to co-author Alvaro Bedoya.

Dreadlocks Decision Raises Another Question: What Is Race?

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 07:07:00 -0400

Many experts agree with an appeals court's decision last month that dreadlocks aren't a common racial characteristic. But left undecided: What's a common racial characteristic?

Voice Actors Strike Against Video Game Companies

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:10:00 -0400

The strike of the SAG-AFTRA union went into effect Friday after failed negotiations between the union's voice actors and video game employers, particularly over compensation and secrecy.

Federal Appeals Court Considers Border Shooting Case

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:35:00 -0400

The family of a Mexican teen slain by a U.S. Border Patrol agent is seeking the right to sue in U.S. courts, claiming the shooting violated his constitutional protections.

Ex-NSA Contractor Accused Of Theft Must Remain In Federal Custody, Judge Orders

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:58:00 -0400

A federal judge said that Harold T. Martin III, who is accused of stealing classified government documents and property, "is a serious risk to the public" and presents a flight risk.

Federal Prosecutors: Former NSA Contractor's Alleged Theft Is 'Breathtaking'

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:19:00 -0400

Federal prosecutors allege a former contractor for the National Security Agency stole a massive amount of classified government material. The defendant appeared in court Friday.

How A Woman Serving Life In Prison Made The Judge Who Sentenced Her Proud

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:19:00 -0400

After the Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole for juveniles were unconstitutional, the Court ordered states to review the cases of prisoners given that sentence. We hear about one prisoner in that situation, Jennifer Pruit, and the connection she made with the judge that sentenced her.

Ex-Top Aide To Chris Christie Testifies In 'Bridgegate' Trial

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:19:00 -0400

A former top staffer to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie testified in Federal court that she told Christie about planned lane closures on the George Washington Bridge weeks before it happened. Christie has long denied any involvement in the closures, which were designed to punish his political opponents.

Justice Ginsburg Will Make Her Operatic Debut — Sort Of

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0400

The Supreme Court justice is set to play a nonsinging role on opening night of the Donizetti opera "The Daughter of the Regiment" at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Workers Say Wells Fargo Unfairly Scarred Their Careers

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:09:00 -0400

In the ongoing scandal engulfing Wells Fargo, the bank says it fired wrongdoers. But some workers say they were trying to blow the whistle and Wells Fargo fired them.

Reports Of Prison Guard Brutality In New York Draw A Harsh Spotlight

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:49:00 -0400

A rash of incidents involving guards' use of violence against prisoners, sometimes caught on video, is fueling calls for accountability. Others say the focus should be on increasingly violent inmates.

Montana Judge Faces Call For Impeachment After Incest Sentencing

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:21:00 -0400

More than 55,000 people have signed an online petition to impeach a Montana judge who handed down a 60-day sentence to a man who pleaded guilty to raping his 12-year-old daughter.

U.S. Calls Alleged Theft By NSA Contractor 'Breathtaking' In Longevity, Scale

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:34:00 -0400

Federal prosecutors said in court documents that they plan to file Espionage Act charges against a former NSA contractor accused of stealing a huge trove of government secrets.

Jury To Decide Fate of 7 Defendants Who Occupied Oregon Wildlife Refuge

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:19:00 -0400

The jury in the Oregon wildlife refuge occupation trail is now deliberating on the case. They've heard six weeks of testimony and will now decide if the defendants are guilty of conspiracy.