The Trump administration Friday filed a brief with the Supreme Court arguing that gay workers are not protected by federal civil rights law, NBC News reported.
The filing came exactly one week after the administration argued the same for transgender workers.
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Dow Industrial Average takes a sharp nosedive after a series of tweets from President Trump "hereby ordering" American companies to pull out of China and attacking Federal Reserve Chair Jay Powell.
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Fires have been breaking out at an unusual pace in Brazil this year, causing global alarm over deforestation in the Amazon region. The world's largest rainforest is often called the "lungs of the earth."
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An Illinois resident, who recently vaped, has died after being hospitalized with a severe respiratory illness, the Illinois Department of Public Health said Friday.
Details surrounding the death remained unclear, but health officials said the resident was an adult. Further information on the person including their age and gender was not immediately released.
"We offer our condolences to the family and friends of this individual," Dr. Jennifer Layden, chief medical officer for IDPH, said in a press conference Friday.
The death follows multiple hospitalizations potentially linked to vaping and warnings from health officials.
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The office of an African American employee of the U.S. Department of Education was vandalized earlier this week, and other employees have expressed concern that the attack may have been racially motivated. African art figurines were found beheaded, with their limbs removed, and a school desegregation poster was damaged, according to Education Department employees and a congressional aide.
The incident happened at the department’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, the employees and the aide told NBC News. The department said the employee had been out of the office for several days and reported the incident on Tuesday afternoon, NBC News reports.
The poster, which was pulled off the wall and damaged, was believed to depict Ruby Bridges, an African American schoolgirl who became an icon of the civil rights movement, sources told NBC News. Some of the employee’s co-workers are now looking for copies of the poster to put up in their own offices to show solidarity, they added.
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An Illinois judge appointed a special prosecutor Friday to investigate the case surrounding actor Jussie Smollett, accused of staging a racist and anti-gay attack on himself in Chicago.
Cook County Judge Michael Toomin tapped former federal prosecutor Dan Webb to serve as special prosecutor in a hearing Friday after ruling in June, based on a petition from a retired judge, that one was necessary in the case.
Webb is the former U.S. attorney who led the "Operation Greylord" investigations into judicial corruption in Cook County, and is currently the co-executive chairman of Winston & Strawn LLP, according to his bio on the law firm's website.
In honor of the Rolling Stones return to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena Thursday night, the legendary band was given an out-of-this-world tribute as NASA named a rock on Mars "Rolling Stones Rock."
The rock, which is about the size of a golf ball, was propelled about three feet along Mars' surface by the thrusters from NASA's InSight lander as the spacecraft touched down on the planet on Nov. 26, 2018, according to a statement from the space agency.
An Instagram follow nearly landed a 22-year-old man accused of stabbing and killing a real estate developer last summer behind bars as he awaits trial. Michael White is facing third-degree murder charges in the July 12, 2018, death of Sean Schellenger near Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square. On Friday, White returned to court over what Philadelphia District Attorney's Office spokesman Cameron Kline called concerns over White's "social media activity."
A farmer who appeared on ABC's "The Bachelor" has accepted a suspended two-year prison sentence for his role in a 2017 Iowa crash that killed another man.
Court records show that Chris Soules entered written consent documents on Friday agreeing to the suspended sentence and supervised release. He also agreed to pay a $625 fine. A judge must still sign off on the sentencing. Soules had been set to appear for sentencing on Tuesday. In light of the agreement, he waived his right to appear for sentencing.
The head chef at a renowned Grand Central restaurant, who had been missing since the weekend, was found dead in Queens, police confirmed Thursday. The body of 33-year-old Andrea Zamperoni was found Wednesday night on the first floor of what cops described as a "lodge" on 77th Street. There was no visible sign of trauma on his body, police said.
Neighbors described the place as a hotel, with one saying she regularly sees "odd" people coming and going from it.
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Democratic Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton has decided to end his presidential campaign.
Moulton, 40, who has barely registered in most polls, announced the end of his 2020 presidential bid in a speech to the Democratic National Committee on Friday afternoon. He said he has no immediate plans to endorse another candidate.
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Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed up to 20 staff members at the jail where Jeffrey Epstein killed himself, amid mounting evidence that guards failed to keep watch on the financier as he awaited trial on charges of sexually abusing teenage girls, a person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press on Thursday.
President Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian military on Friday to work out a quid pro quo response after the test of a new U.S. missile banned under a now-defunct arms treaty.
In Sunday's test, a modified ground-launched version of a U.S. Navy Tomahawk cruise missile accurately struck its target more than 500 kilometers (310 miles) away. The test came after Moscow and Washington withdrew from the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.
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Walmart plans to reopen the El Paso store where 22 people were killed in a mass shooting earlier this month, the retail giant said Thursday, but the entire interior of the building will first be rebuilt.