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Mom of murder victim says Hernandez still guilty

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Judge E. Susan Garsh ruled Tuesday that a legal doctrine that calls for vacating convictions when a defendant dies before the appeal was binding precedent. The legal doctrine behind today's ruling is known as abatement ab initio ("from the beginning"). The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court procedurally voids first-degree murder convictions in cases when a defendant dies before their appeal is heard. Read More »

Clinton has herself to blame for her defeat

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Sarah Taylor of The Blaze reports , "Things got heated on Wednesday's airing of " The View " when conservative co-host Jedediah Bila opined that Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election simply because 'she lied to people.'". "Really the central problem we had with the whole e-mail investigation was proving people. had some sense they were doing something unlawful". November 6, 2016: Two days before the election, Comey told Congress that the newly discovered emails did not change the FBI's ... Read More »

Fourth Circuit Judge: Trump Never Apologized for Muslim Ban Comments

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in the high-profile case, in which the American Civil Liberties Union has challenged the order as unconstitutional on the basis of religious freedom. "He changed it from religion to nationality ... and (New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani) advised him to do it that way". Gone, too, are the statements , announcements, endorsements and ads from the campaign - including Trump's plan to combat the opioid crisis. Read More »

Utah rancher tells Zinke monument unnecessary

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, second from right , is joined by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, right, during a press conference Monday, May 8, 2017 , at the Butler Wash trailhead within Bears Ears National Monument near Blanding, Utah. "We have history going through there", said Benally, who lives in the nearby town of Bluff. "That was basically my mom's playground as she was growing up". Read More »

Judge agrees to toss Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction

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She said she was compelled to follow it. Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III said he plans to appeal Tuesday's ruling to the Massachusetts Supreme Court. A prosecutor has urged a judge to reject a request from lawyers for ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez to erase his conviction in a 2013 murder under a legal doctrine that calls for vacating convictions when a defendant dies before an appeal can be heard. Read More »

New Orleans takes down white supremacist monument

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The first of the four primary monuments came down early Monday morning amid controversy over whether the statues merely honor fallen soldiers or diminish the evil of slavery. The first to go is the Liberty Place Monument, a white obelisk commissioned in 1874 by the Crescent City White League, which commemorates the white mobs that killed police officers in an attempt to stop an integrated post-Civil War government. Read More »

Health care mess: House takes a small step

Democrats aren't happy about the House Republican health care bill, but they are upbeat about the prospect of the measure serving as a millstone around GOP necks. Almost every major medical group, including the American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association, and the AARP advocacy group for older Americans, strongly opposed the Bill. Read More »

House votes to send road-funding bill to governor

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The House vote, a veto-proof majority, was a day after the state Senate voted 32-12 to adopt the same proposal , which will raise roughly $630 million a year to fix state roads. Many GOP Senators wanted offsetting tax cuts in return for supporting higher driving taxes and fees. The DOT has said it needs an additional $28 billion dollars over the next 25 years to bring the state's 41,400 miles of roadway to good condition. Read More »

Abedin didn't send as many emails as Comey said

Reportedly, "only a handful" of emails were forwarded to Weiner by Abedin. Though the presidential election was now six months ago, Comey is still misleading people about the emails, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation can't even figure out how to correct it all. Read More »

Jimmy Carter on Bernie: 'Y'all see why I voted for him?'

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Asked by the moderator about the rise of authoritarian politics in the United States and elsewhere, both the Vermont senator and former president agreed on a single root cause: political and economic inequality. the fossil fuel industry; these are the people who are ripping us off and these are the people who are donating money to candidates who represent their interests and not the interest of the middle class, of working people", announced Sanders. Read More »

Senate Dems ask GOP to drop their plan to repeal 'Obamacare'

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Republican leaders have largely brushed aside that criticism, and McConnell said Tuesday all 52 members of the GOP conference would have a voice in the discussions. Some senators want to start over and write their own bill. The office scored the original GOP health care bill, concluding that while the bill could have reduced the deficit by $337 billion, it also would have left as many as 24 million people without insurance. Read More »

Iowa Rep. Rod Blum quits interview over town hall questions

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Blum dismissively responded, " I don't represent all Iowans ". "Some would make the case that you represent all Iowans", Scheinblum said. SCHEINBLUM: Would you still take donations from a Republican, in Iowa City? "I'm done. "The coverage may not always be a good coverage", she said of the potential loss of protections against insurers charging sick people more than healthy individuals for the same policy. Read More »

Teen arrested in recorded death of Utah girl

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The girl had been reported missing by the Spanish Fork Police Department on the morning of her death. Cellphone video was recovered at the scene and allegedly shows the girl standing on a rock with a rope around her neck. Pryzbycien is being held on suspicion of murder. In one bag was a handwritten note identifying the girl and a cell phone. But then he did absolutely nothing to help her or prevent her from doing what she did. Read More »

Trump's comments on Muslims could end the travel ban

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The Trump administration argued that these statements made on the campaign trail should not be considered when reviewing the constitutionality of the ban. "He changed it from religion to nationality ... and (New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani) advised him to do it that way". "It really is about 200 million people caught in this net when you add up these six countries", Keenan said. Read More »

Bear visits Connecticut woman's home while she's baking

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The menacing animal even made its way onto the decks railing before standing up and peering in. The homeowner said the bear has previously been spotted in her back yard. At one point, the bear was able to open up the screen door, but thankfully, it couldn't manage to open the glass slider. "Though it looks cute on the railing, this bear was angry about not being able to get at the food", resident Bob Belfiore said. Read More »

Arizona man arrested in suspected serial killings

The Associated Press reports that Saucedo faces a total of "26 felony counts of homicide, aggravated assault and drive-by-shooting". Three other attacks took place in east-central Phoenix . A "wide host of evidence" linked Saucedo to the series of shootings, including ballistics, surveillance, witnesses and other forensic evidence, Howard said. Read More »

Freedom caucus member launches bid for Idaho governor

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In 2014, Labrador ran against then-Whip Kevin McCarthy for Majority Leader, McCarthy being the establishment favorite and ultimate victor in that competition. "Raul Labrador was not helping Idahoans", Ferguson said. He's probably visited Florida to campaign for various presidential candidates more than he's visited northern Idaho. Read More »

Don't let America down on health care, Trump tells Senate Republicans

A study by the Urban Institute found that federal Medicaid funding to New Jersey on a per person basis would drop by 20.6 percent, more than any other state . Obama defended his signature achievement in Boston Sunday night while accepting the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. In his Twitter comment, Trump contended, "ObamaCare premiums and deductibles are way up - it was a lie and it is dead!" Almost every major medical group, including the American Medical Association and the ... Read More »

Trump pushes Senate Republicans to act on health care bill

And that was in a chamber Republicans control 238-193. The legislation could become a major issue for vulnerable House Republicans in divided districts, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has already threatened they will "glow in the dark" over their vote. Read More »

Dead, 3 Injured in UT Austin Stabbing Attack

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A student has been killed and three others injured after multiple people were stabbed inside the University of Texas at Austin campus in the US. White may have been targeting additional victims, but was stopped by a UT police officer as he entered Jester Center dormitory, according to the document. Read More »

Highlights of the latest hearing on Russian election meddling

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The presence of her co-witness, Washington veteran and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, also had the effect of bolstering Yates' comments. MCEVERS: How's the White House responding to all of this now? "He's acutely aware that when the former president speaks, he consumes a lot of the oxygen", said Eric Schultz, Obama's senior adviser. Read More »

Missouri Valley Conference invites Valpo to join the league

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Valparaiso is already located within the league's footprint, providing a strong geographic fit in addition to a good match on-court with a league that prioritizes basketball. The Horizon League has been hoping to get into multiple-bid territory with the NCAA Tournament. But Valparaiso's departure - which would cost the school a Horizon League buyout in the neighborhood of $500,000 - sets that goal back, substantially, while leaving the Horizon League with nine member institutions. Read More »