• nbc6 pride December 5, 2019 8:02 pm

    For Trans Activists, Recent Setbacks Temper Long-Term Hopes

    Amid their annual vigils for transgender homicide victims, trans rights activists in the U.S. are trying to maintain long-term optimism even as many hard-won protections are under threat. Just a few weeks ago, President Donald Trump’s administration argued before the Supreme Court that employers should be allowed to fire workers because they are transgender. The administration also has moved to...

  • JUDGE September 13, 2019 4:57 pm

    In Era of Legal Pot, Can Police Search Cars Based on Odor?

    Sniff and search is no longer the default for police in some of the 33 states that have legalized marijuana. Traditionally, an officer could use the merest whiff of weed to justify a warrantless vehicle search, and whatever turned up — pot, other kinds of illegal drugs, something else the motorist wasn’t allowed to have — could be used as...

  • JUDGE September 11, 2019 6:41 pm

    Weed Bouquets: Saying ‘I Do' With Your Best Buds

    There’s something blooming when it comes to wedding planning: brides are using cannabis plants to arrange bridal bouquets. The growing trend in marijuana matrimony has guests waking up and smelling the roses as couples take their special day to a higher level.

  • Donald Trump August 23, 2019 11:21 am

    Trump Admin. Plans for Utah Monument Guts Protections, Opens Site to Mining

    The U.S. government’s final management plan for lands in and around a Utah national monument that President Donald Trump downsized doesn’t include many new protections for the cliffs, canyons, waterfalls and arches found there, but it does include a few more safeguards than were in a proposal issued last year. The Bureau of Land Management’s plan for the Grand Staircase-Escalante...

  • JUDGE July 3, 2019 12:18 am

    Judge Blocks Trump Policy Keeping Asylum-Seekers Locked Up

    A federal judge in Seattle on Tuesday blocked a Trump administration policy that would keep thousands of asylum-seekers locked up while they pursue their cases, saying the Constitution demands that such migrants have a chance to be released from custody. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman ruled Tuesday that people who are detained after entering the country illegally to seek protection...

  • Donald Trump June 29, 2019 1:03 pm

    Judge Weighs New US Policy Keeping Asylum Seekers Locked Up

    Immigrant rights activists asked a U.S. judge Friday to block a new Trump administration policy that would keep thousands of asylum seekers locked up while they pursue their cases, instead of giving them a chance to be released on bond. Attorney General William Barr announced the policy in April as part of the administration’s efforts to deter a surge of...

  • Associated Press June 4, 2019 9:48 pm

    Is ‘Big Tech' Too Big? A Look at Growing Antitrust Scrutiny

    Is Big Tech headed for a big breakup? The U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission are moving to investigate Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple over their aggressive business practices, and the House Judiciary Committee has announced an unprecedented antitrust probe , promising “a top-to-bottom review of the market power held by giant tech platforms.” In addition, at least...

  • Associated Press June 4, 2019 9:48 pm

    Is ‘Big Tech' Too Big? A Look at Growing Antitrust Scrutiny

    Is Big Tech headed for a big breakup? The U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission are moving to investigate Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple over their aggressive business practices, and the House Judiciary Committee has announced an unprecedented antitrust probe , promising “a top-to-bottom review of the market power held by giant tech platforms.” In addition, at least...

  • Donald Trump May 7, 2019 3:28 pm

    Georgia's Republican Gov. Kemp Signs Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Ban

    Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed legislation on Tuesday banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. That can be as early as six weeks, before many women know they’re pregnant. Kemp said he was signing the bill “to ensure that all Georgians have the opportunity to live, grow, learn and prosper in our great state.” The signing caps...

  • Congress May 3, 2019 6:44 pm

    Judges Declare Ohio's Congressional Map Unconstitutional

    A federal court ruled Friday that Ohio’s congressional map is unconstitutional and ordered a new one be drawn for the 2020 elections. A three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court in Cincinnati ruled unanimously that district boundaries were manipulated for partisan gain by Republican mapmakers and violates voters’ rights to democratically select their representatives. The ruling blocks Ohio from holding...

  • Donald Trump March 30, 2019 10:30 am

    ‘Heartbeat' Abortion Ban Heads to Georgia Governor's Desk

    Watchful eyes now turn to Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, wondering when he might sign a “heartbeat” abortion ban that he supported and helped push through. The Georgia House gave final approval Friday to legislation outlawing abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, sending the bill to Kemp. If enacted, it’d be among the strictest abortion bans in the...

  • Donald Trump March 30, 2019 10:30 am

    ‘Heartbeat' Abortion Ban Heads to Georgia Governor's Desk

    Watchful eyes now turn to Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, wondering when he might sign a “heartbeat” abortion ban that he supported and helped push through. The Georgia House gave final approval Friday to legislation outlawing abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, sending the bill to Kemp. If enacted, it’d be among the strictest abortion bans in the...

  • OFFICER March 10, 2019 5:31 pm

    Modern Policing: Algorithm Helps NYPD Spot Crime Patterns

    When a syringe-wielding drill thief tried sticking up a Home Depot near Yankee Stadium, police figured out quickly that it wasn’t a one-off. A man had also used a syringe a few weeks earlier while stealing a drill at another Home Depot 7 miles south in Manhattan. The match, though, wasn’t made by an officer looking through files. It was...

  • Massachusetts February 7, 2019 5:48 pm

    Prosecutor Files Motion to Impose Jail Sentence in Michelle Carter Texting Suicide Case

    Prosecutors have filed a motion seeking to impose the jail sentence in the case of a Plainville, Massachusetts woman convicted of involuntary manslaughter for encouraging her boyfriend to kill himself in dozens of text messages. Michelle Carter, 22, was convicted in the 2014 death of 18-year-old Conrad Roy III, who died by suicide after Carter encouraged him to end his...

  • Donald Trump February 5, 2019 11:09 pm

    Trump Judicial Pick: ‘I Cringe' at Past Remarks on Date Rape

    President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Brett Kavanaugh on a high-profile appeals court said Tuesday she cringes at some of the language she used as a college student in writing about sexual assault, race and equal rights for women. Neomi Rao told the Senate Judiciary Committee that writings in which she criticized affirmative action and suggested that intoxicated women were...

  • NEW YORK December 29, 2018 5:18 pm

    Elections, Films Help Effort to Ban Gay Conversion Therapy

    Activists urging more states to ban gay conversion therapy for minors are expecting major gains in 2019, thanks to midterm election results and the buzz generated by two well-reviewed films.

  • The Associated Press September 11, 2018 11:45 am

    He Was Convicted of a Sex Crime — Until Investigators Found a Dog His Accuser Said He'd Killed

    The discovery of a black Labrador named Lucy led to the unraveling of a criminal case Monday against an Oregon man who had begun serving a 50-year prison sentence. Joshua Horner, a plumber from the central Oregon town of Redmond, was convicted on April 12, 2017, of sexual abuse of a minor. In the trial, the complainant testified Horner had...

  • Massachusetts August 14, 2018 9:55 pm

    ACLU Says ICE Is Setting Up Traps for Immigrants

    The ACLU is claiming federal agencies are setting up traps to deport immigrants.

  • The Associated Press July 16, 2018 3:07 pm

    1st Comic-Con of the MeToo Era Grapples With Harassment

    Comic-Con, the annual gathering of over 130,000 fans, artists, collectors and geek culture savants, has already been changed by the #MeToo and Time’s Up era, with at least one notable figure stepping aside due to sexual misconduct allegations. But questions remain about its atmosphere and whether convention organizers will take any extra steps to address longstanding allegations of harassment issues...

  • Massachusetts July 5, 2018 10:55 pm

    Mom and Daughter Separated at Border Crossing Reunited in Boston

    A Guatemalan woman seeking asylum has been reunited with her 8-year-old daughter after the two were forcibly separated after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

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