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Oregon Jury Acquits Defendants In Wildlife Refuge Occupation

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 05:03:00 -0400

The verdict is expected to have sweeping implications on the militia movement and its apparent goal of taking over millions of acres of public lands in the West.

Jury Awards Former Penn State Assistant Football Coach $7.3 Million

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 21:28:00 -0400

Mike McQueary testified in the defamation case that he had reported seeing another former coach, Jerry Sandusky, abusing a boy. McQueary says he was fired in retaliation for helping investigators.

Roommate Pleads Guilty In Rutgers Suicide Case

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 20:07:00 -0400

Dharun Ravi accepted a plea deal after courts overturned his original conviction. Tyler Clementi killed himself after secret video taken by Ravi of Clementi kissing a man was shown to other students.

Leaders Of Oregon Wildlife Refuge Standoff Acquitted

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 20:00:00 -0400

The jury found Ammon Bundy and six followers not guilty of illegally occupying a federal wildlife refuge earlier this year and not guilty of conspiracy to commit a crime.

Defendants In Oregon Wildlife Refuge Occupation Found Not Guilty

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 19:42:00 -0400

Brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy still face charges stemming from an armed standoff in 2014 with federal agents at their father's ranch in Nevada.

Colorado Votes On A Ballot Measure To Make It Harder To Pass Ballot Measures

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 18:19:00 -0400

Voters can amend their state's constitution: Think legalization of pot. But some Coloradans say citizen initiatives are out of control, and a well-funded push is underway to raise the bar.

'Washington Post' Reporter Explores How Pop Culture Influences Views Of Police

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:50:00 -0400

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Washington Post reporter Alyssa Rosenberg, who has written a series for the paper about how Hollywood and pop culture has influenced the way the public perceives police.

Police Evict Dakota Pipeline Protesters

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:10:00 -0400

Police officers, some of them in riot gear, removed protesters who refused to leave private land in North Dakota where a pipeline is supposed to be built.

Solitary Confinement Methods Often Lead To Violence At Lewisburg Prison

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:30:00 -0400

The United States Penitentiary at Lewisburg, Pa., is one of the toughest, most violent prisons in America, where inmate-on-inmate assaults are common — and sometimes deadly.

Amtrak Reaches $265 Million Settlement Over Deadly Philadelphia Crash

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 13:50:00 -0400

The May 2015 derailment left eight people dead and more than 200 others injured. Attorneys say the agreement means their clients will receive money more quickly than if the case were to be litigated.

The Case For Republicans To Consider Merrick Garland's Nomination

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 13:29:00 -0400

Senate GOP leadership has refused to hold hearings or a vote on the moderate judge's nomination. Yet, with the prospect of a Clinton presidency, might conservatives be having second thoughts?

Dozens Charged With Scamming 15,000 Victims Through Fake IRS Calls

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:36:00 -0400

The U.S. government alleges that a fraud scheme used operators at Indian call centers, impersonating IRS or immigration officials, to scam thousands of people out of more than $300 million.

In Fight Over N.D. Pipeline, Tribe Leader Calls For Peace And Prayers

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 04:44:00 -0400

Protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline have been raging. Tribe leader Dave Archambault II says he's telling supporters "not to react to any form of aggression that law enforcement brings."

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Hit With Federal Contempt Charge

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:18:00 -0400

The misdemeanor charge against Arpaio, 84, was formally lodged Tuesday. The sheriff for much of the Phoenix metro area could face up to six months behind bars if convicted.

Settlement Deal Reached In 2014 West Virginia Chemical Spill

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:04:00 -0400

Residents affected by a leak of a coal-washing chemical into the Elk River reached a deal with a chemical company. A class-action suit against a water company was set to move forward in federal court.