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Environmentalists Rejoice: Court Says Land Regulation Doesn't Go 'Too Far'

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:48:10 -0400

The court upheld a regulation preventing a Wisconsin family from developing part of their land, denying them government compensation. The decision is a huge win for regulators and environmentalists.

Meet President Trump's Outside Legal Team

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 07:00:23 -0400

A business lawyer with a major role in 1990s tobacco litigation, a specialist in religious liberty cases and a seasoned Washington hand are helping the president navigate numerous investigations.

Third Former Vanderbilt Football Player Found Guilty In Rape Of Unconscious Student

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:51:00 -0400

A Nashville, Tenn., jury convicted 23-year-old Brandon Banks in the 2013 gang rape of a fellow student. Two former teammates have also been convicted and another has yet to be tried.

North Carolina Televangelist Indicted On Charges Of Tax Crimes

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:21:00 -0400

The televangelist and author of books on faith and finances has allegedly carried out various forms of tax fraud for more than a decade, according to a grand jury's indictment.

Arkansas Tries To Stop An Epidemic Of Herbicide Damage

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:09:00 -0400

A weedkiller called dicamba, which farmers hoped could banish herbicide-resistant weeds, has become a plague itself in Arkansas. The state's regulators just voted to ban it for 120 days.

Supreme Court Sides With Wisconsin In Property Rights Case

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:32:00 -0400

The Supreme Court sided with the state of Wisconsin on Friday in a land dispute case. The justices upheld Wisconsin court rulings that the family was not entitled to compensation over development regulations that block the sale of the family's adjacent lot.

Mistrial Declared Again In Case Against Cincinnati Ex-Cop Ray Tensing

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:32:00 -0400

The case against former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing has just ended in a mistrial. The jury was unable to reach agreement against Tensing for fatally shooting Sam DuBose during a traffic stop in 2015.

In North Carolina, No Is Not Always No, If The Sex Has Already Started

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:12:00 -0400

A 1979 state supreme court ruling said it's not rape if a person changes their mind during sex and their partner doesn't stop. A North Carolina lawmaker wants to make it a crime.

Judge Declares Mistrial, Again, In Cincinnati Police Shooting Case

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:31:00 -0400

Jurors couldn't agree on a verdict in the murder and manslaughter case against former police officer Ray Tensing over his fatal shooting of black motorist Sam DuBose in 2015.

Bill Cosby Is Planning Town Halls About Sexual Assault And The Law, Spokesman Says

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:40:00 -0400

"This issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today," a spokesman for the comedian said. "They need to know what they're facing when they're hanging out and partying."

Where Do You Ride A Dirt Bike When You Have No Dirt?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0400

More cities are dealing with off-road vehicles being driven on their streets. But the riders say they're helping the community by keeping young people out of trouble.

Federal Judge In Michigan Temporarily Halts Deportation Of Iraqis Who Fear Torture

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:20:00 -0400

The Iraqi nationals were rounded up in the Detroit area in recent weeks by immigration authorities. They all had final deportation orders as well as criminal convictions, and many are Christians.

Trump Sued For Allegedly Violating Presidential Records Act

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:48:00 -0400

Ethics watchdog groups say that White House staffers' reported use of encrypted messaging apps to communicate prevents presidential records from being archived, as required by law.

Brendan Dassey Of 'Making A Murderer' Wins Federal Appeals Court Case

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:20:00 -0400

A three-judge panel from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Dassey should be released unless the state of Wisconsin decides to retry him within 90 days or appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Supreme Court Sets Higher Bar For Revoking U.S. Citizenship

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:31:00 -0400

The Supreme Court said Thursday an immigrant's citizenship could not be revoked because of an untrue statement to authorities that was immaterial to the granting of citizenship.