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Eric Clanton, former Calif. professor, arrested in 'violent' bike lock attacks on Trump supporters

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:54:24 -0400

A former community college professor has been arrested in connection with using a U-shaped bicycle lock to violently attack several people during an April pro-Trump rally in Berkeley, California.

Eric Clanton, a former adjunct professor of philosophy at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, was arrested in Oakland on three ...




Lizeth Villanueva, Houston teen, mocked by teacher with 'Most Likely to Become a Terrorist' award

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:52:17 -0400

A Houston area junior high school is under fire for a mock award ceremony in which one student received a certificate declaring her the class member "Most Likely to Become a Terrorist," CNN reported Friday.

Seventh-grader Lizeth Villanueva told CNN affiliate KPRC that hers was one of many ...




Tom Perriello confident undecided voters will win him Democratic spot in Va. governor race

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:40:26 -0400

Democratic candidate for governor Tom Perriello said Friday that the amount of undecided voters heading into Virginia's primary is good news for his "challenger"-type campaign.

"I do encourage everyone to engage right now in the primary. There are a surprising about of undecideds, which is good for us because we're ...




Todd Kohlhepp, South Carolina man, pleads guilty to rape, kidnapping and seven murder charges

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:34:07 -0400

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man who admitted killing seven people over nearly 13 years while running a successful real estate business pleaded guilty Friday to seven counts of murder and a number of other charges.

Todd Kohlhepp admitted his role in the deaths of seven people less ...




Tommy Arthur, 'Houdini' of Alabama death row, executed for murder-for-hire

Fri, 26 May 2017 06:20:20 -0400

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — A man once dubbed the "Houdini" of Alabama's death row after averting seven prior execution dates was put to death Friday, capping years of litigation challenging the humaneness of lethal injection.

Tommy Arthur, 75, was pronounced dead at 12:15 a.m. CDT Friday after receiving an injection ...




Betsy DeVos wins grant battle over university applications' spacing

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:03:09 -0400

No sooner had Betsy DeVos been sworn in than the Department of Education dispatched letters to 77 universities rejecting their Upward Bound grant applications for piddling errors such as single-spacing instead of double-spacing.

But Ms. DeVos fought the bureaucracy and won, announcing Wednesday that the funding requests would be reconsidered ...




Greg Gianforte beats Rob Quist in Montana special election House race

Thu, 25 May 2017 21:43:54 -0400

Republican Greg Gianforte muscled his way to victory in Montana, overcoming a challenge from Democrat Rob Quist and an election-eve scuffle with a reporter that led to a criminal charge being filed against him.

Mr. Gianforte defeated Mr. Quist less than 24 hours after he allegedly body-slammed a reporter from ...




Trump administration moves to expand H-2B visa program

Thu, 25 May 2017 20:14:09 -0400

The Trump administration is likely to expand a controversial guest-worker program, Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly told Congress on Thursday, in a move that's bound to anger some of the president's staunchest supporters.

Congress earlier this month gave Mr. Kelly the power to more than double the number of ...




Airbnb gives hotels competition with lower costs, fewer regulations

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:47:07 -0400

For the upcoming summer vacation season, travelers have an array of choices: Beach or mountains? Fly or drive? Hotel or Airbnb?

It's that last choice — between traditional lodging providers and upstart short-term rental services — that has upset the hotel industry, which claims Airbnb and similar operations unfairly cut ...




Nash Farm, Civil War museum near Atlanta, shutters amid Confederate flag dispute

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:37:03 -0400

A Civil War museum outside of Atlanta is shuttering its doors next month over a dispute involving the Confederate flag and a county commissioner.

The Nash Farm Battlefield and Museum will close June 1 after Henry County Commissioner Dee Clemmons allegedly asked it to remove its Confederate flags "in an ...




Google, Facebook, internet giants wary of Republican-backed bill for online privacy protections

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:25:51 -0400

Lobbyists representing Google, Facebook and other online titans are voicing concerns with a Republican-backed bill that would strengthen privacy protections by making internet service providers, websites and apps obtain permission from customers prior to sharing their information with advertisers.

The Internet Association is monitoring a bill introduced in the House ...




Texas Legislature votes on socially conservative bills as session winds down

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:24:06 -0400

An ambitious socially conservative agenda — covering issues such as abortion, adoption, religious liberty and transgender bathrooms — is rapidly working its way through the Texas Legislature as the clock ticks down on the legislative session.

Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, signed into law on Sunday the Sermon Safeguard Bill, ...




Linda Sarsour selected as CUNY graduation speaker sparks outcry

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:00:10 -0400

Foes of Muslim activist Linda Sarsour held a rally Thursday to decry her selection as graduation speaker at the City University of New York, accusing her of supporting terrorism and chanting, "Surely CUNY can do better!"

At a protest outside the CUNY building in Manhattan, New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind ...




Donald Trump travel ban: Appeals court upholds block on president's extreme vetting policy

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:28:35 -0400

A federal appeals court upheld a block on President Trump's travel limits Thursday, ruling that while the president's policy was cloaked in national security concerns, it "drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination" toward Muslims.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions quickly vowed to appeal to the Supreme Court, saying judges are ...




Texas legislature broadens hate crime law to protect police officers, judges

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:47:15 -0400

Police will become a protected class in Texas after legislators agreed to broaden the state's hate crime law following an ambush in Dallas last year that left five officers dead.

The state House and Senate both approved House Bill 2908 Tuesday, sending the legislation to the desk of ...




Planned Parenthood executives joke about decapitating fetuses in new video

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:38:59 -0400

Planned Parenthood executives joked about decapitated fetuses, admitted to altering abortion procedures to preserve fetal organs and said clinics have a financial incentive to sell human tissue in a new undercover video released Thursday.

The three-minute video was recorded at an annual National Abortion Federation meeting by pro-life investigators with ...




Amtrak: 3 tracks to be closed at Penn Station during repairs

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:35:52 -0400

NEW YORK (AP) - Three tracks at a time will be closed at Penn Station as part of extensive repair work there that is expected to inconvenience thousands of rail commuters this summer, an Amtrak official said Thursday.

Michael DeCataldo, the national passenger railroad's vice president of operations, offered details ...




Adam Schiff condemns Manchester intel leaks, demands immediate action to stop it

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:18:56 -0400

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Thursday that the United Kingdom has "every right to be furious" and called for immediate action to remedy the U.S. leaks information about the Manchester bombing investigation.

"If the reports are accurate that the United States leaked information that was shared ...




Evergreen State students demand professor resign for failing to participate in 'Day of Absence'

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:11:26 -0400

Over the last 72 hours, students have taken over a small liberal arts college in Washington state, and only one adult has tried to stop them.

Students at Evergreen State College in Olympia, who filmed their exploits and posted the videos on social media, have occupied and barricaded the library, ...




Chelsea Manning grants first TV interview to ABC News following 7-year sentence for WikiLeaks role

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:14:44 -0400

ABC News will broadcast an interview next month with U.S. Army Private Chelsea Manning, her first televised sit-down since serving seven years in military prison for leaking classified documents to the website WikiLeaks.

Manning, 29, will speak with ABC News journalist JuJu Chang for an interview set to air in ...