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Supreme Court case over who qualifies for state grant money in Missouri should move forward, lawyers for the state and a Columbia, Missouri, church said Tuesday. As an appeals court judge, he was receptive to arguments that government programs can violate religious freedom. A broad ruling by the Supreme Court could require states to ignore their own constitutions and direct taxpayer money to churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of worship - opening a Pandora's box that puts our ...
  • Who Was Facebook Killer Steve Stephens?

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    State police say Steve Stephens was spotted Tuesday morning by state police in Erie County, in the state's northwest corner. "As the vehicle was spinning out of control from the PIT maneuver, Stephens pulled a pistol and shot himself in the head ", the PA State Police report.
  • China's man on North Korea crisis cools heels in Beijing

    China's man on North Korea crisis cools heels in Beijing

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    That's according to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who was speaking at an event in Seoul on Tuesday hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce, his last stop in the country. The unannounced visit at the start of Pence's 10-day trip to Asia was a USA show of force that allowed him to gaze at North Korean soldiers from afar and stare directly across a border marked by razor wire.
  • Death Of NY State Appeals Court Judge Found In Hudson River 'Suspicious'

    Death Of NY State Appeals Court Judge Found In Hudson River 'Suspicious'

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    The NYPD said it would treat the death of Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first black woman to serve on New York's top court, as suspicious because there was no immediate indication of suicide or criminality. "As the first African-American woman to be appointed to the state's Court of Appeals, she was a pioneer", Cuomo said. "Through her writings, her wisdom and her unshakable moral compass, she was a force for good whose legacy will be felt for years to come".
  • 'Not so wonderful' brief marriage preceded school shooting

    'Not so wonderful' brief marriage preceded school shooting

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    Marsden said counselors met with Jonathan's parents Tuesday. The family has asked for privacy during this time, but wants the public to know that Martinez was a happy child. The gunman's "relatively short" marriage and his alleged history of crime and drug use preceded the attack at the grade school, according to police.
  • Justice plans crackdown on violent street gangs

    Justice plans crackdown on violent street gangs

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    Sessions told host Tucker Carlson that he had "no doubt" that Obama's policies led to the group's growth, saying "so many of these people are illegally here, and they came without proper authority". Its members are known for their violent methods and fierce gang loyalty. Since then, federal authorities say, it has sent members north to fill depleted ranks and seek new territory, often in bloody turf wars.
  • Alabama Governor Robert Bentley Quits Over Sex Scandal, Kay Ivey Replaces Him

    Alabama Governor Robert Bentley Quits Over Sex Scandal, Kay Ivey Replaces Him

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    Alabama Governor Robert Bentley on Monday afternoon resigned [statement, video] from his office after impeachment proceedings were initiated against him by lawmakers that morning. "Well it was a fast-moving day", she admitted. The same laws regarding succession don't cover naming a new Lieutenant Governor, however, meaning the post will technically remain vacant until the 2018 general election.
  • "My Special Friend." Bentley Report Reveals Secret Text Messages

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    The committee will make a recommendation to the full House on whether to impeach Bentley. Jones says the committee will meet Monday to discuss the next steps. The special counsel to the Judiciary Committee, Sharman, has said the committee hadn't violated any due process rights. "You have a branch of government, the executive branch, who has come to a separate branch of government attempting to enjoin the proceedings of a third, co-equal branch of government", Lathram said.
  • Cops: Man kills 3 on street, says he 'hates white people'

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    As he was taken into custody, Muhammad yelled out, " Allahu Akbar " or "God is great" in Arabic, Dyer said. However, Dyer said Muhammad's Facebook contains numerous anti-government posts and claims of hating white people. Dyer indicated it was "still too early" to know if the shootings were an act of terrorism. A Fresno city spokesman says county offices are on lockdown, and people have been urged to shelter in place.
  • People Shot And Killed In Fresno, California

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    Police say it is too early for them to determine if the shooting was an act of terrorism, according to the Bee . Muhammad made other statements to police but those comments have not been released, Dyer said . Muhammad surrendered to police, telling an officer: "I did it". Muhammad then opened fire at a restaurant but didn't hit anyone. Police say two of the victims may have been clients of Catholic Charities, which provides a variety of services for refugees, the homeless and those for ...
  • Prosecutors toss thousands of tainted drug cases

    Prosecutors toss thousands of tainted drug cases

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    But the ACLU and other organizations filed a lawsuit in 2014 on behalf of three individuals whose cases were tainted by Dookhan, which led to the state's Supreme Judicial Court in January ordering the district attorneys to make a lists of cases that should be dismissed and should be re-prosecuted.
  • Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized as precaution, according to spokesman

    Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized as precaution, according to spokesman

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    This comes just 3 months after the illness forced the 92-year-old former president to spend 2 weeks in the ICU. His wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, 91, had an overlapping stay at the same hospital for treatment of bronchitis. George Herbert Walker Bush, born June 12, 1924, in Milton, Massachusetts, also served as a congressman, Central Intelligence Agency director and Ronald Reagan's vice president.