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Prosecutors Agree To Drop Assault Charges Against Former Cleveland QB Johnny Manziel

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:14:00 -0500

Dallas County prosecutor agreed to drop assault charges against the former Browns quarterback, as long as meets conditions such as attending an anger management course and a substance abuse program.

Jury In S.C. Police Shooting Trial Says It Is Struggling To Reach Verdict

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:09:00 -0500

Michael Slager is accused of murder for killing unarmed motorist Walter Scott in 2015. On Friday, jurors initially said they were hopelessly deadlocked, but then asked to keep deliberating.

Is Trump's Deal With Carrier A Form Of Crony Capitalism?

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 04:53:00 -0500

Steve Inskeep talks with former Commerce Secretary Donald Evans and libertarian economist Tyler Cowen about the problems that arise when a president pressures individual companies to do his bidding.

In Prison And Outside, He Found His 'Iota Of Light': A Mentor Named Fred

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 04:48:00 -0500

"What is life without hope? Even an iota of light can go a long way," says Robert Sanchez, a social worker who served 15 years in prison. He found that guiding light when he met minister Fred Davie.

Legal Battles Over Abortion Continue In States Across U.S.

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:14:00 -0500

Whatever a Trump administration does when it comes to abortion, state by state legal battles over the procedure will continue to play out. More lawsuits and another restrictions were announced this week.

Trump's Dispute With Las Vegas Hotel Employees Poses Potential Conflict

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:14:00 -0500

One potential conflict of interest for President-elect Donald Trump could involve his dispute with employees attempting to unionize at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas. The National Labor Relations Board has ruled against Trump, whose company has opposed unionization, but as president, Trump will have the power to appoint new members of the NLRB. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Ruben Garcia, a law professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Sandy Hook Gun Lawsuit Heads To Connecticut Supreme Court

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:31:00 -0500

The gun's design and intended use are at the heart of the plaintiffs' case, as the families' attorneys say the weapon should never have been sold to civilians.

Obama Administration Appeals Judge's Ruling To Block Overtime Pay Rule

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:27:00 -0500

The future of the rule is extremely uncertain. Even if the Obama administration wins its appeal, the incoming Trump administration has already threatened to scrap the measure.

S.C. Jury Deliberates Case Of Ex-Police Officer Who Killed Motorist

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:09:00 -0500

Jurors in Charleston, S.C. are deliberating the fate of former police officer Michael Slager. He's accused of murder after shooting Walter Scott, an unarmed black man, as he fled after a traffic stop.

Judges Have More Power In Granting Warrants To Hack Digital Devices

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:00 -0500

New rules let a federal court approve government searches of devices outside the court's district. The Justice Department wanted the change to keep up with technology. Opponents consider it scary.

Blocking Supplies To Pipeline Protesters Would Be 'Huge Mistake,' N.D. Governor Says

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:16:00 -0500

Gov. Jack Dalrymple said Wednesday his emergency evacuation order for areas near the route of the Dakota Access Pipeline did not authorize roadblocks or forcible removal of people.

U.S. Imposes Nationwide Ban On Smoking In All Public Housing

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:49:00 -0500

The Obama administration has issued a sweeping final rule banning smoking in all public housing units nationwide, extending a smoke-free environment to nearly a million units.

Prosecutor Says N.C. Officer Acted Lawfully In Shooting Death Of Black Man

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:29:00 -0500

The district attorney in Charlotte, N.C., says the police officer who shot and killed a man won't be charged because he acted lawfully. The September shooting touched off days of violent protests.

Supreme Court Tests Whether Detained Immigrants Have Right To Hearing

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:29:00 -0500

The Supreme Court tests whether immigrants facing deportation are entitled to a hearing, with possibility of release within the U.S., if they have been held for six months or longer.

Justice Department Announces New Package Of Federal Prison Reforms

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:29:00 -0500

Justice Department officials announced a package of federal prison reforms intended to better prepare inmates for a safe return to their communities.