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Wife Of Orlando Nightclub Shooter Pleads Not Guilty To Charges Of Aiding Attack

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:30:00 -0500

Noor Salman was arrested earlier this week and charged with providing material support to a terrorist and obstruction of justice. Her husband, Omar Mateen, killed 49 people at the Pulse club in June.



Trump Inherits Guantanamo's Remaining Detainees

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 04:52:00 -0500

Despite President Obama's executive order to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, dozens of detainees from the war on terrorism are still there.



Virginia Executes Convict With Drug From Anonymous Compounding Pharmacy

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:48:00 -0500

The execution of Ricky Gray on Wednesday was the first known instance of a state using midazolam, a sedative, that was not manufactured by a pharmaceutical company.



Obama Grants Clemency To Puerto Rican Fighter Oscar Lopez Rivera

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500

Among the dozens of people granted clemency by President Obama on Tuesday was Oscar Lopez Rivera. Depending on who you ask, he is either a freedom fighter or a terrorist.



Supreme Court Considers Trademark Battle Over Band Name

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500

The Supreme Court tests whether the Patent and Trademark Office violated the First Amendment when it refused to register the "disparaging" band name, "The Slants."



Obama Defends Decision To Commute Sentence Of Chelsea Manning

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500

President Obama convened his final press conference in office on Wednesday less than a day after commuting the prison sentence of convicted leaker Chelsea Manning. Obama was expected to face questions about his decision to grant clemency to Manning, who gave hundreds of thousands of military and diplomatic files to WikiLeaks.



Sotheby's Contends Painting That Sold For $842,500 Is A Fake

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:02:00 -0500

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, the auction house argued that a painting titled St. Jerome was actually created in the 20th century, and not by the 16th century Italian artist known as Parmigianino.



Orlando Police Arrest Suspect In Officer's Death, Ending Monthlong Manhunt

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:22:00 -0500

Earlier this month, two law enforcement officers died during the search for Markeith Loyd, who was wanted in the murder of a pregnant woman. He was put in the handcuffs of one of the fallen officers.



Can Trump's Pick For Attorney General Serve Independently From The White House?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:00:23 -0500

There's supposed to be a firewall between the Justice Department and the Oval Office, but Sessions' vigorous support of Donald Trump's campaign raises doubts about how independent he could be.



In Battle Over Band Name, Supreme Court Considers Free Speech And Trademarks

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:50:00 -0500

The Patent and Trademark Office denied registration to an Asian-American rock band named The Slants; the musicians say they want to re-appropriate the term. The case hits the high court on Wednesday.



Obama Pardons Famous Hotelier And Baseball Star

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:06:00 -0500

Among those receiving the president's clemency are a man who reigned over top nightclubs, and another who scorched fastballs. Both had run afoul of tax laws.



President Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning's Prison Sentence

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:45:00 -0500

President Obama has shortened the 35-year prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the Army private who leaked military secrets to WikiLeaks. Obama also pardoned a general who lied to leak investigators.



Obama Commutes Sentence Of Ex-Army Analyst Chelsea Manning

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:40:00 -0500

President Obama is commuting most of Chelsea Manning's sentence. Manning is the army intelligence analyst convicted of leaking material about U.S. military and diplomatic activities through WikiLeaks in 2010.



Orlando Shooter's Wife Arrested On Federal Charges

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:29:00 -0500

Charges against Noor Salman include "Aiding and Abetting by providing material support to a terrorist," Orlando's police chief said. The attack was the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.



Trump Pressures Congress To Replace Obamacare Quickly

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:52:00 -0500

President-elect Donald Trump told The Washington Post he's close to unveiling a health care plan he expects Congress to pass soon. But GOP lawmakers are in no hurry to replace the Affordable Care Act.