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Prep school grads accused of hiring high school and college students for suburban drug ring

A pair of Pennsylvania prep school graduates are accused of recruiting high school and college students to work for them in a drug ring operating at several suburban schools. KYW-TV reported on Monday that 18-year-old Timothy Brooks and 25-year-old Neil Scott were arraigned on Monday and identified as the leaders…

Widow files damage claims over Washington state mudslide disaster

By Jonathan Kaminsky OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) – The widow of a man killed in the Washington state mudslide has filed damage claims asserting that official inaction contributed to the disaster that took more than 40 lives. Thomas Durnell, 65, was at home on March 22 when the mudslide hit and…

Oklahoma death row inmates win right to ask state to identify lethal injection ingredients

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – Two Oklahoma inmates, including one scheduled for execution on Tuesday, won stays of executions on Monday when the state’s highest court ruled the inmates have a right to challenge the secrecy over the drugs the state intends to use to put them to…

United Auto Workers suddenly withdraws legal challenge to Tenn. Volkswagen plant vote

By Amanda Becker and Bernie Woodall CHATTANOOGA, Tenn./DETROIT (Reuters) – The United Auto Workers, surprising even its supporters, on Monday abruptly withdrew its legal challenge to a union organizing vote that it lost at a Volkswagen AG plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee in February. Just an hour before the start of…

Supreme Court Justice Breyer raises questions over rules for Guantanamo imprisonment

A U.S. Supreme Court justice on Monday raised questions about the scope of the government’s authority to detain terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, offering a glimmer of hope to those held for years without charge. The high court refused to hear the appeal of a Yemeni man held for 12…

Cliven Bundy tells Alex Jones: Sean Hannity is my hero

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy backed away slightly from previous threats against federal agents during an interview with conservative radio host Alex Jones on Monday, while both expressed their admiration for Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “He is my hero and he supported me and this movement and I appreciate and love…

Alaska lawmakers vote to formally recognize indigenous languages

By Steve Quinn JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) – Alaska lawmakers gave final approval on Monday to a bill that would officially recognize the state’s 20 indigenous languages in a symbolic move that gives a nod to tribal efforts to save Native American tongues at risk of dying out. The move would…

Supreme Court will not hear FL Gov. Rick Scott’s appeal on drug tests for welfare recipients

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Monday declined to review an executive order issued by Florida Governor Rick Scott that had required all state employees take random drug tests. The high court’s decision not to hear the case means a May 2013 11th U.S. Circuit Court…

‘Tongan Crip’ gang member shot dead in Utah courthouse after attacking witness

By Peg McEntee SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) – An accused street gang member standing trial in federal court in Salt Lake City was shot to death by a deputy marshal on Monday as the defendant attacked a witness who was testifying against him, federal law-enforcement officials said. Siale Angilau, 25,…

Federal appeals court orders Justice Dept. to release ‘white paper’ on drone program

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal appeals court ordered the U.S. Department of Justice to turn over key portions of a memorandum justifying the government’s targeted killing of people linked to terrorism, including Americans. In a case pitting executive power against the public’s right to know what…

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