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Last Build Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:31:52 -0500

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Las Vegas Police: No Further Arrests In October Massacre, And No Motive

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:31:52 -0500

The lack of a motive and other suspects persisted despite looking into nearly 2,000 leads and sifting through thousands of hours of video, police say in a newly released investigation report.

1 Emoluments Clause Lawsuit Is Dismissed, Trump Faces Others In 2018

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 05:00:00 -0500

Several lawsuits filed last year allege Donald Trump violated the Constitution's Emoluments Clause as he entangles the presidency with his businesses. One suit has been dismissed.

Justice Department Asks SCOTUS To Reverse Court Ruling Protecting DREAMers

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:30:36 -0500

After a federal judge blocked the Trump administration from ending DACA, the Justice Department is asking the Supreme Court to bypass the usual appeal process and hear its case this term.

Former Wisconsin Officer, Acquitted In Fatal Shooting, Takes Sexual Assault Plea Deal

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:07:56 -0500

Last June, a jury found Dominique Heaggan-Brown not guilty of first-degree reckless homicide. Thursday, he accepted a plea deal in an unrelated case.

'This Is Depraved Conduct': Couple Charged With Torture After Kids Found Shackled

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:37:00 -0500

Their 13 children, who range from 2 years old to 29, allegedly suffered years of brutal abuse. Now, the Southern California parents could face life in prison. Officials have released new details.

Google's Art Selfie App Offers A Lesson In Biometric Privacy Laws In U.S.

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:16:00 -0500

Google's popular art selfie feature isn't available in Illinois or Texas. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Matthew Kluger, a law professor at NorthwesternUniversity, about how biometric privacy laws are affecting tech companies in certain states.

Tillerson Says U.S. To Stay In Syria Indefinitely

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:07:00 -0500

Secretary of State Tillerson says the U.S. will keep a military presence in Syria for the foreseeable future. Cleveland State University's Milena Sterio tells David Greene about the legal issues.

Bannon And Trump White House Raising Questions About Executive Privilege, Lawyers Say

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:13:00 -0500

Steve Bannon's refusal to answer questions angered lawmakers this week. But there's a long history of White House officials frustrating congressional overseers by citing executive privilege.

When Can The White House Use Executive Privilege?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:16:00 -0500

The White House may have tried to invoke its "executive privilege" to keep former chief strategist Steve Bannon from answering questions from the House Intelligence Committee. But can it make a soft invocation without actually sending a letter that fully cites that doctrine?

As Trump Enters Year Two In Office, Mueller Looking At Money Laundering

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:16:00 -0500

Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Russian influence in U.S. elections. While his probe's details are unknown, one focus may be links between President Trump and Russian money launderers.

Haitians Flow Into Canada From The U.S. Amid Renewed Deportation Fears

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:12:38 -0500

Half of the 14,000 people who crossed into Canada without authorization in the first nine months of 2017 were from Haiti. The end of protected status in the U.S. for Haitians is driving a new surge.

In Supreme Court, Skepticism Of Lawyer Who Overrode Client's Wish To Plead Not Guilty

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:24:00 -0500

The Supreme Court heard arguments in a case in which the defendant's lawyer told the jury he was guilty over the defendant's explicit objection.

New Jersey Has A New Law Against Droning While Intoxicated

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:33:00 -0500

On his last day in office, Gov. Chris Christie signed a law Monday making it illegal to fly an unmanned drone after too many drinks.

2 Ex-Naval Commanders Face Criminal Charges In 2 Deadly Collisions

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:03:00 -0500

The Navy says commanding officers of the 2 vessels involved in separate collisions in the Pacific Ocean will face court-martial proceedings and possible criminal charges including negligent homicide.

Ex-Gymnastics Doctor Faces Sentencing In Michigan

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:03:00 -0500

Simone Biles has made public her account of sexual assault by an ex-doctor with USA Gymnastics. David Greene talks to Mark Alesia, of The Indianapolis Star, about proceedings against Larry Nassar.