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Number of U.S. hate groups hits all-time high, watchdog says

Number of U.S. hate groups hits all-time high, watchdog saysThe number of hate groups operating in the United States rose 7 percent to an all-time high in 2018, reflecting an increasingly divisive debate on immigration and demographic change, the Southern Poverty Law Center said on Wednesday. The SPLC, which has tracked hate groups since 1971, found there were 1,020 operating in the United States last year, breaking the 1,018 record set in 2011. The group's annual report on hate activities blamed the rise in part on Republican President Donald Trump, whose administration has focused on reducing illegal and legal immigration into the United States.


  • February 20th 2019 at 17:31

U.S. high court buttresses constitutional ban on 'excessive fines'

U.S. high court buttresses constitutional ban on 'excessive fines'The nine justices ruled unanimously in favor of an Indiana man named Tyson Timbs who argued that police violated his rights by seizing his $42,000 Land Rover vehicle after he was convicted as a heroin dealer. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, back on the bench for a second straight day after undergoing lung cancer surgery in December, wrote the court's opinion, which clarified the applicability of the "excessive fines" prohibition contained in the Constitution's Eighth Amendment. "For good reason, the protection against excessive fines has been a constant shield throughout Anglo-American history.


  • February 20th 2019 at 16:40

North Carolina hearing on alleged election fraud enters third day

North Carolina hearing on alleged election fraud enters third dayThe probe into the disputed Nov. 6 election for the state's 9th Congressional District seat has uncovered an unlawful absentee ballot scheme by an operative for Republican candidate Mark Harris, according to testimony at the hearing that could prompt a new vote. The seat has remained vacant since state officials refused to certify Harris' apparent victory over Democratic rival Dan McCready by 905 votes out of 282,717 ballots cast. Andy Yates, founder and partner of consultancy Red Dome Group, testified on Tuesday he paid Dowless more than $130,000 for his work for the Harris campaign.


  • February 20th 2019 at 14:47

Schools shut, flights canceled as storm sweeps U.S. Midwest, East Coast

Schools shut, flights canceled as storm sweeps U.S. Midwest, East CoastA winter storm swept across much of the U.S. Midwest and East Coast on Wednesday, hampering air travel and prompting officials to close federal offices in Washington and several large public school systems. The National Weather Service warned the storm could make travel very difficult, with snow, sleet and freezing rain potentially causing downed branches and power outages. The storm reached from northern Minnesota down through Missouri and east into the Mid-Atlantic region and could bring as much as 6 inches (15 cm) of snow along with sleet and freezing rain, the National Weather Service said in an advisory.


  • February 20th 2019 at 16:30

West Virginia teachers extend strike in charter schools battle

West Virginia teachers extend strike in charter schools battleThis week's walkout, which closed most of the state's 700 schools, was meant to stop lawmakers from reviving legislation that would allow seven charter schools, which are funded by taxpayers but operate independently of public school systems, union officials said. Teachers have also said the bill would divert money from state schools by allowing for the creation of publicly funded education savings accounts to help parents pay for private schools. On Thursday, several thousand teachers in Oakland are expected to strike over charter school accountability and a plan to close several schools that serve black and Latino students.


  • February 20th 2019 at 16:47

Colorado man beat fiancΓ© to death with bat, burned body: police

Colorado man beat fiancé to death with bat, burned body: policeA Colorado man accused of murdering his fiancé last November beat the young mother to death with a baseball bat before burning her body, a homicide investigator told a hearing on Tuesday, a court official said. The gruesome details emerged at a day-long preliminary hearing in Teller County District Court in Cripple Creek, Colorado, to decide if there was probable cause to try Patrick Frazee for the disappearance and slaying of 29-year-old Kelsey Berreth. Gregg Slater, an agent with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, testified that Frazee blindfolded Berreth and beat her to death by hitting her on the head with a baseball bat, Jon Sarche, a public information officer with the Colorado Judicial Branch, confirmed to Reuters.


  • February 20th 2019 at 06:06

West Virginia teachers to continue strike, in charter schools fight

West Virginia teachers to continue strike, in charter schools fightA bill that would have opened the first charter schools in West Virginia failed to win approval in the state House of Delegates on Tuesday after Governor Jim Justice, a Republican, vowed to veto it. Union leaders vowed to continue the strike on Wednesday after the House of Delegates voted 53-45 to effectively kill the legislation. Teachers would converge on the State Capitol building in Charleston for "one more day to make sure there are no legislative antics," American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and Fred Albert, president of the labor group's state chapter, said in a statement.


  • February 20th 2019 at 05:22

Trump plans to nominate Jeffrey Rosen as Justice Dept. No. 2: senior official

Trump plans to nominate Jeffrey Rosen as Justice Dept. No. 2: senior officialBy Steve Holland and Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump plans to nominate Jeffrey Rosen as the next deputy U.S. attorney general, the White House said on Tuesday night, the latest shuffle in the Justice Department at a time when it faces close scrutiny over its Russia investigation. Rosen, currently deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, would succeed Rod Rosenstein, who appointed a special counsel to investigate possible ties between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign. ...


  • February 20th 2019 at 13:52

Pressure mounts on Alabama publisher after he urges KKK to 'ride again'

Pressure mounts on Alabama publisher after he urges KKK to 'ride again'The widespread rebuke of the editorial published last week by The Democrat-Reporter of Linden, a town in western Alabama with a population of about 2,000, came after a student journalist tweeted an image of the piece on Monday, calling attention to its language. The Ku Klux Klan was a white supremacist group that terrorized blacks in the U.S. South and later targeted other minority groups, following the Civil War and the emancipation of African-American slaves. "The rhetoric displayed by the Democrat-Reporter is disturbing, disgusting, and entirely unacceptable," U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, a Republican from Alabama, said in a statement on Tuesday.


  • February 20th 2019 at 02:59

Trump confident he will prevail against lawsuits over emergency declaration

Trump confident he will prevail against lawsuits over emergency declarationPresident Donald Trump expressed confidence on Tuesday that he would prevail against a lawsuit filed by 16 U.S. states seeking to block his declaration of a national emergency to fund a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. The group of states, including California and New York, has charged the president and top officials in his administration with taking away taxpayer funds for their communities to fulfill a promise from his 2016 campaign to curb illegal immigration and the flow of drugs. Trump's remarks to reporters in the Oval Office suggested he was not concerned or surprised by the states' legal challenge.


  • February 20th 2019 at 01:40

Teen in Lincoln Memorial protest sues Washington Post for $250 million

Teen in Lincoln Memorial protest sues Washington Post for $250 millionThe lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Kentucky by Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann, 16, seeks $250 million in damages, the amount that Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com and the world's richest person, paid for the Post in 2013. The lawsuit claims that the newspaper "wrongfully targeted and bullied" the teen to advance its bias against President Donald Trump because Sandmann is a white Catholic who wore a Make America Great Again souvenir cap on a school field trip to the March for Life anti-abortion rally in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 18. The Washington Post's Vice President for Communications Kristine Coratti Kelly said: "We are reviewing a copy of the lawsuit and we plan to mount a vigorous defense." In a photo that went viral from the incident, Sandmann is seen standing face to face with Native American activist Nathan Phillips.


  • February 20th 2019 at 06:45

U.S. agency to cancel $929 million in California high-speed rail funds

U.S. agency to cancel $929 million in California high-speed rail fundsCalifornia Governor Gavin Newsom said last week the state will dramatically scale back a planned $77.3 billion high-speed rail project that has faced cost hikes, delays and management concerns, but will finish a smaller section of the line. The Transportation Department's Federal Railroad Administration said in a letter it wanted to halt funding because the state had "failed to make reasonable progress." It cited Newsom's announcement to scale back the project.


  • February 20th 2019 at 02:55

Mississippi man died after beating by sheriff's officers, lawsuit says

Mississippi man died after beating by sheriff's officers, lawsuit says"Later that day, prison guards of the Madison County Detention Center essentially administered the death penalty to Mr. Hill using excessive force, handcuffs and pepper spray," the complaint said. The suit, filed by Hill's mother, Betty Hill, seeks unspecified damages. Betty Hill's lawyers said that in the months that followed her son's death two more inmates died in custody at the jail run by Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker.


  • February 20th 2019 at 01:07

North Carolina poll workers admit improperly running early results

North Carolina poll workers admit improperly running early resultsNorth Carolina poll workers told election officials on Tuesday they illegally viewed early election results last year, the latest evidence in a probe of voting irregularities in a still unsettled congressional race. The investigation into the disputed Nov. 6 election for the state's 9th Congressional District seat also uncovered an unlawful absentee ballot scheme by an operative for Republican candidate Mark Harris, according to testimony at the hearing that could prompt a new vote. The seat has remained vacant since state officials refused to certify Harris' apparent victory over Democratic rival Dan McCready by 905 votes out of 282,717 ballots cast.


  • February 20th 2019 at 01:01

Trump confident he will prevail against lawsuits over emergency declaration

Trump confident he will prevail against lawsuits over emergency declarationThe group of states, including California and New York, has charged the president and top officials in his administration with taking away taxpayer funds for their communities to fulfill a promise from his 2016 campaign to curb illegal immigration and the flow of drugs. The White House declined to comment on the filing late on Monday, but Trump's remarks to reporters in the Oval Office suggested he was not concerned or surprised by the legal challenges. "I think, in the end, we're going to be very successful with the lawsuit," Trump said.


  • February 20th 2019 at 00:42

U.S. seeks return of $2.5 billion California high-speed rail funds

U.S. seeks return of $2.5 billion California high-speed rail fundsCalifornia Governor Gavin Newsom said last week the state will dramatically scale back a planned $77.3 billion high-speed rail project that has faced cost hikes, delays and management concerns, but will finish a smaller section of the line. The Transportation Department's Federal Railroad Administration said in a letter it wanted to halt funding because the state had "failed to make reasonable progress." It cited Newsom's announcement to scale back the project. Newsom's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


  • February 20th 2019 at 00:19

Teen in Lincoln Memorial protest sues Washington Post for $250 million

Teen in Lincoln Memorial protest sues Washington Post for $250 millionThe lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Kentucky by Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann, 16, seeks $250 million in damages - saying that was the amount Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com and the world's richest person, paid for the Post in 2013.


  • February 19th 2019 at 23:47
Yesterday β€” February 19th 2019Yahoo! News US

North Carolina poll workers admit improperly running early results

North Carolina poll workers admit improperly running early resultsThe investigation into the disputed Nov. 6 election for the state's 9th Congressional District seat also uncovered an unlawful absentee ballot scheme by an operative for Republican candidate Mark Harris, according to testimony at the hearing that could prompt a new vote. Poll worker Agnes Willis told the five-member State Board of Elections in Raleigh on Tuesday that she and other poll workers viewed early results in the Bladen County sheriff's race before the general election. North Carolina law prohibits running voting results before the general election.


  • February 19th 2019 at 23:12

Key White House deputy press secretary to leave for private sector

Key White House deputy press secretary to leave for private sectorLindsay Walters, one of the original communications officials in U.S. President Donald Trump's White House, plans to resign soon to join the private sector, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced on Tuesday. Walters, a former Republican National Committee aide who has been a deputy White House press secretary since Trump's presidency began, is going to be vice president for U.S. public policy at Edelman, a global communications firm.


  • February 19th 2019 at 21:22

Trump signs directive in step to create U.S. Space Force

Trump signs directive in step to create U.S. Space ForceRepublican U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed a directive to start the lengthy process of creating a new branch of the military dedicated to handling threats in space, the U.S. Space Force. Space Policy Directive 4 sets the foundation for a legislative initiative to establish a new force under the aegis of the Air Force, the branch currently responsible for space, comparable to the Marines under the U.S. Navy. The Trump administration has said it plans to usher in the force by 2020.


  • February 20th 2019 at 00:57
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