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Holes In The Plot: Suspect Loses Bet With Cops, Turns Himself In — With Doughnuts

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:34:00 -0400

A wanted man made a bet with police on Facebook: If they could get 1,000 shares, he would turn himself in — and bring doughnuts. They did it. And eventually, police posted photos of his promise kept.

What's The Section 199 Tax Deduction?

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:16:00 -0400

As Republicans look to overhaul the tax code, we look at the story of a single corporate tax deduction that tells us a lot about how the tax code works.

Court Puts A Hold On Order That Approved Undocumented Teen's Abortion

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:46:00 -0400

The minor, who is being referred to as Jane Doe, has obtained a judge's permission to have an abortion. But the Department of Health and Human Services has refused to allow her to visit a clinic.

Federal Judge Orders Government To Allow Abortion For Teenager In The U.S. Illegally

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:07:10 -0400

The case pits the Trump administration and anti-abortion groups against civil libertarians and immigrant rights advocates.

Emoluments Hearing Hints At What May Be At Stake: Trump's Tax Returns

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:00:00 -0400

If a federal judge lets the plaintiffs proceed with their lawsuit against the president, the next step would give them access to some of his financial documents — perhaps including tax returns.

Olympic Gymnast McKayla Maroney Says She Was Molested For Years By Team Doctor

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:44:00 -0400

The gold medalist says Dr. Larry Nassar claimed he was giving her "medically necessary treatment." She says the abuse began on a team trip when she was 13 years old.

Federal Judge Hears Arguments In Emoluments Clause Lawsuit Against Trump

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:41:00 -0400

Today, attorneys for businesses saying they are being hurt by the Trump Hotel in D.C. told a federal judge why they should have standing to sue for enforcement of the Constitution's Emoluments Clause. The White House attorneys said the businesses have no standing to bring such a suit. The judge said he intends to rule in 30 to 60 days.

Wounded Mandalay Bay Security Guard Gives 1st Media Interview On 'Ellen'

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:43:00 -0400

After he was shot, Jesus Campos yelled "Take cover!" at a hotel engineer and a guest as the Las Vegas gunman sprayed bullets into the hall. His account added detail to the timeline of events Oct. 1.

'Enough': California's Women In Politics Call Out Sexual Harassment

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:12:25 -0400

"It's a power dynamic that's difficult even for female lawmakers," said Samantha Corbin, a lobbyist in Sacramento., "Men often control fundraising, your ability to get bills passed."

Senators Grill Attorney General Sessions On Russia, Comey, 'Sanctuary Cities'

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:00:00 -0400

The attorney general testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday and defended his past comments to the panel about his contacts with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 campaign.

Federal Judge In Maryland Blocks Trump's Latest Travel Ban Attempt

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:22:00 -0400

The plaintiffs "have established that they are likely to succeed on the merits," District Judge Theodore D. Chuang wrote, dealing another setback to the Trump administration.

News Brief: Health Care Deal, Travel Ban Blocked By Hawaii Judge

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Senators reached a deal to stabilize the Affordable Care Act insurance markets for 2 years. President Trump's third executive order restricting travel from some countries to the U.S. has been blocked.

Democrats To Attorney General Sessions: Don't Duck Our Questions

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 04:00:00 -0400

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify at a Senate oversight hearing Wednesday. Lawmakers have questions about his contacts with Russia and his reversals on civil rights positions.

Report Blames Pilot In Deadly Balloon Crash, But Also Points Finger At FAA

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:13:14 -0400

Investigators found the pilot was impaired by medical conditions and drugs including Valium, oxycodone and Benadryl. The FAA doesn't require medical certification for commercial balloon operators.

The Court Challenge Begins: Is Trump Taking Unconstitutional Emoluments?

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:01:00 -0400

On Wednesday, a federal judge will hear arguments in a case that asks: Is President Trump taking the kind of benefits banned by the Constitution? Step 1 is deciding whether plaintiffs have standing.