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Federal court rejects NRA’s challenge to plan tracking gun sales

Court rejects challenge to government’s requirement for gun dealers to report multiple sales of semi-automatic weapons The National Rifle Association has suffered a rare setback in its crusade to block new gun regulations after a federal appeals court allowed the U.S. government to go ahead with a plan to reduce…

Florida welfare drug testing program struck down by federal appeals court

Republican-led efforts to drug test all recipients of public assistance were dealt a possible death blow Tuesday by a federal appeals court when the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Florida’s controversial 2011 law requiring all welfare recipients and applicants to undergo drug testing. According to the Colorlines blog,…

Former prisoner can sue over order to cut dreadlocks

(Reuters) – A former prisoner can sue a state prison employee for ordering him to shear his dreadlocks, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday. A Chicago appeals court revived a lawsuit by ex-inmate Omar Grayson against Harold Schuler, an official at Big Muddy Correctional Center in Illinois who required…

Padilla revives lawsuit against Rumsfeld for alleged torture

WASHINGTON — Lawyers for Jose Padilla, the US citizen arrested in 2002 for an alleged “dirty bomb” plot, launched an action to try to revive a lawsuit over his alleged torture at an American naval base. Padilla, who is incarcerated at a high security jail in Colorado, previously sued in…

Supreme Court to decide health care case on Nov. 10

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court will decide on November 10 whether or not to take up the case of President Barack Obama’s historic health care law, court sources said Wednesday. The decision by the nine justices, to be made in closed session, could be made public that day or…

Immigrants fear for children in case of deportation

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Parents who entered the United States illegally so fear for their future in Alabama that many are drawing up legal custody papers in case they have to leave their children behind following deportation. “They could just run us out of the country when we are out in…

U.S. to crack down on commodity traders; will it stick?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is poised on Tuesday to push through the toughest measures yet to curtail speculation in commodity markets, likely shifting the focus of a fierce four-year debate from the regulators to the courts. In a measure decried by Wall Street and trading companies as a…

Supreme Court rejects same sex couple’s adoption bid

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court turned down a gay couple’s request Tuesday to have both of their names listed as the parents of an adopted boy. The nine justices rejected without comment the appeal by Oren Adar and Mickey Ray Smith, backing a federal appeals court ruling earlier this…

Immigrant kids shun Alabama schools over tough law

As many as 2,000 children have stopped going to public schools in Alabama as the toughest immigration law in the country forces families into hiding for fear of deportation, rights advocates say. “The impact on immigrant children and families has been nothing short of terrifying,” said Ali Noorani, head of…

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell to be officially lifted Tuesday

Though it’s been months since both chambers of Congress voted to end the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy disallowing openly gay people to serve in the military, not until this week was the policy officially ended. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell will see its sunset on Tuesday. An estimated 14,000…

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