States ratchet up transgender battle with lawsuit against U.S.
Wed, 25 May 2016 18:00:07 -0400
Officials from 11 U.S. states sued the Obama administration on Wednesday to overturn a directive telling schools to let transgender students use bathrooms matching their gender identity, decrying the policy as "a massive social experiment." Ramping up the simmering battles over contentious cultural issues in America, the states, led by Texas and most with Republican governors, accused the federal government of rewriting laws by "administrative fiat." "We are willing to fight this all the way to the Supreme Court if we have to," Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told reporters in Austin. Amid a national debate on transgender rights, President Barack Obama's administration on May 13 told U.S. public schools that transgender students must be allowed to use the bathroom of their choice, upsetting Republicans and paving the way for fights over federal funding and legal authority.
South Carolina governor to sign ban on abortion past 19 weeks
Wed, 25 May 2016 17:48:14 -0400
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, Texas (Reuters) - Republican South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on Wednesday signed into law a bill banning most abortions after 19 weeks of pregnancy unless the mother's life is at risk, a spokesperson told Reuters on Wednesday. The South Carolina legislature passed the bill last week, making it the 17th U.S. state to approve such a ban. A signing ceremony will take place on a date to be announced later, said Haley representative Chaney Adams.
Kentucky judge rules Louisville can remove Confederate monument
Wed, 25 May 2016 18:04:30 -0400
The city of Louisville, Kentucky can remove a 121-year-old monument to Confederate soldiers that critics have objected to as an emblem of slavery, a state judge ruled on Wednesday. In a ruling from the bench, Jefferson Circuit Judge Judith McDonald-Burkman dissolved her temporary order from three weeks ago that had blocked the city and a local university from taking down the monument. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said he would work on relocating the 70-foot-high monument after getting the judge's written order, according to a statement from his office.
Man sentenced for killing, dismembering girlfriend in Panama
Wed, 25 May 2016 20:19:53 -0400
SAN DIEGO (AP) â A California man was sentenced to 26 years in prison Wednesday for killing his girlfriend in Panama, dismembering her body with a machete and disposing of her remains in the jungle.
Report: Vermont troopers more likely to search black drivers
Wed, 25 May 2016 20:16:54 -0400
SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt. (AP) â Black drivers stopped by Vermont State Police were five times more likely to be searched than white drivers, even though contraband was more likely to be found when white motorists were searched, according to a report on five years of traffic-stop data.
Church slaying families accept pursuit of death penalty
Wed, 25 May 2016 20:16:10 -0400
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) â The husband of a woman gunned down at a historic black church in Charleston with eight other people said Wednesday he won't be at peace until the man charged in the slayings is put to death.
District accused of demoting employee for maternity leave
Wed, 25 May 2016 20:11:22 -0400
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) â Federal officials are suing a South Florida school district, claiming an assistant principal was demoted for taking maternity leave.
Missouri man charged in shooting death of 8-month-old son
Wed, 25 May 2016 20:10:03 -0400
ST. LOUIS (AP) â A St. Louis-area father was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in the death of his 8-month-old son â a shooting an investigator says happened after the man threatened his wife who told him during a car ride she wanted a divorce.
Authorities: Unruly group instigated violence at Trump rally
Wed, 25 May 2016 20:05:35 -0400
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) â A day after a riot erupted outside a Donald Trump rally, Albuquerque officials blamed the downtown melee not on impassioned politics but on an unruly group intent on creating chaos in a city that has seen more than its share of violence.
Ex-owner: Jon Stewart's horse used for kids' finger-painting
Wed, 25 May 2016 20:05:18 -0400
KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (AP) â A horse adopted by Jon Stewart and his wife hadn't been shot more than 100 times by a paintball gun as previously reported but had been used as a canvas for children's finger-painting parties, its former owner said.