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Los Angeles Officials To ICE: Stop Identifying Yourselves As Police

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:13:00 -0500

The mayor of Los Angeles co-signed a letter to the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency requesting that its agents not identify themselves as "police" during operations in the city.



Suspect In Kansas Shooting Faces Possible Hate Crime Charges

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:34:00 -0500

A shooting that left a man dead in Kansas could be ruled a hate crime. Two men from India and a local man who tried to intervene were shot by a man who reportedly thought he was shooting people from the Middle East.



White House Asked FBI To Publicly Refute Reports Trump Associates Had Russia Contacts

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:42:00 -0500

Director James Comey refused to publicly respond to the media reports even as he dismissed them privately, a senior administration official says. The official says the FBI initiated the discussion.



Kansas Man Arrested In Shooting That Reportedly Targeted Foreigners

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:14:00 -0500

Two of the victims are originally from India; their assailant was reportedly heard yelling "get out of my country" just before opening fire. The FBI has joined the investigation.



Overwhelmed Courts Could Limit Impact Of Adding Immigration Officers

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:02:00 -0500

Much attention has been given to President Trump's plans for enforcing immigration laws, but not much has been said about how deportations might affect an already-stressed immigration court system.



White House Spokesman Predicts More Federal Action Against Marijuana

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 22:29:00 -0500

Press secretary Sean Spicer's comments on Thursday came as a poll indicated a majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana.



Landowners Likely To Bring More Lawsuits As Trump Moves On Border Wall

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:35:00 -0500

More than 300 eminent domain lawsuits were filed after previous efforts to build barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border. Now more lawsuits are expected as President Trump continues the project.



Some Teachers, Principals And Students Condemn Trump Transgender Policy

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:33:00 -0500

Supporters say it was wrong to force local schools to allow transgender students to choose which bathroom to use. Critics say rescinding that policy empowers those who harass transgender kids.



Immigration Judge Considers Consequences Of New Enforcement Rules

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:26:00 -0500

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Dana Leigh Marks, president of the National Association of Immigration Judges, about the new immigration enforcement guidelines from the Department of Homeland Security.



New Orleans And The Hard Work Of Pushing Down The Murder Rate

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:26:00 -0500

President Trump is promising to crack down on crime. But police crackdowns have already been tried in cities such as New Orleans, which is now enduring a resurgence in homicide.



What's Next For Transgender Rights Lawsuits With School Guidance Rescinded

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:01:00 -0500

Lawyers fighting over the scope of civil rights law for transgender people are urging the Supreme Court to bring some clarity to the issues.



Arkansas Supreme Court Strikes Down Local Anti-Discrimination Law

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:11:00 -0500

The court ruled that a Fayetteville, Ark., law protecting LGBT people violated a state law barring cities from protecting people from discrimination who are not already covered at the state level.



Former DOJ Official On The Future Of Transgender Student Policies

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:35:00 -0500

The Trump administration has rescinded Obama administration guidance on transgender students and bathrooms. Rachel Martin talks with Vanita Gupta, who was one of the architects of the Obama policy.



Lawsuit Accuses Milwaukee Police Of Abusive Stop And Frisk Practices

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:46:00 -0500

The plaintiffs say random stops are up, and unfairly focus on blacks and Latinos. The police chief says his force doesn't have a practice of stop and frisk, and citizen complaints are down.



Trump Administration Rescinds Guidance On Transgender Bathroom Use

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:02:00 -0500

The Trump administration withdrew guidance offering legal protections to transgender students who want to use the bathroom that conforms with their gender identity.