Monday , 26 June 2017

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Joe Arpaio on trial over immigration actions echoing Trump's

The immigration rhetoric and crackdowns pushed by President Donald Trump have a familiar ring in Arizona, where former Sheriff Joe Arpaio once used similar tactics to become a national figure. Now, Arpaio is going on trial on a criminal charge stemming from those immigration enforcement actions. The eight-day trial that begins Monday in federal court in Phoenix will determine whether ... Read More »

Fugitive lawyer says he's fled the US using fake passport

A fugitive Kentucky lawyer at the center of a nearly $600 million Social Security fraud case has fled the country using a fake passport and has gotten help from someone overseas with a job to help support himself. The flamboyant disability lawyer Eric Conn, in an email exchange with The Lexington Herald-Leader over the weekend, told the paper he flew ... Read More »

An Arkansas prison inmate recaptured after 32 years

An Arkansas prison escapee who had been on the run for more than three decades has been recaptured. The state Department of Corrections says 60-year-old Steven Dishman was arrested Sunday at a home in Springdale in northwest Arkansas by local law enforcement and state troopers. The department initially spelled Dishman’s first name as Stephen. Details of what led authorities to ... Read More »

LGBTQ pride marches marked by protests across the U.S.

The celebratory tone of gay pride marches from San Francisco to Istanbul on Sunday were undergirded by an atmosphere of political expression and protest. Chelsea Manning, the transgender U.S. army soldier who was imprisoned for leaking classified military information about the Iraq war before being released through a pardon by outgoing president Barack Obama, celebrated her first New York City ... Read More »

Homeless college students a growing concern on campuses

Jennifer Carr knows she’s not the profile of a typical college student. The Detroit-area woman is 37 and has battled alcohol and heroin addiction. She’s also been homeless in the past and even now is categorized as someone who is precariously housed. Carr’s story is not unusual. Studies suggest thousands of students at community colleges nationwide could be considered homeless ... Read More »

Detroit judge to consider US freeze on Iraqi deportations

A federal judge in Detroit will consider whether to put a temporary national halt on the deportation of Iraqi nationals recently rounded up by U.S. authorities. Judge Mark Goldsmith will hold a hearing Monday on the request by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU wants to expand its case beyond the roughly 114 detainees arrested in the Detroit area. ... Read More »

Police standoff in Pennsylvania ends in apparent murder-suicide

A man and a woman wanted for parole violation barricaded themselves inside a Pennsylvania home after allegedly firing shots at police, and on Saturday night died in an apparent murder-suicide. The couple was being sought after allegedly firing at police shortly before noon on Saturday. Following that incident, the man and woman fled and then barricaded themselves inside of the ... Read More »

California father buries wrong man after coroner's mistake

Eleven days after laying his son to rest, Frank J. Kerrigan got a call from a friend. “Your son is alive,” he said. “Bill (Shinker) put my son on the phone,” Kerrigan said. “He said ‘Hi Dad.’ “ Orange County coroner’s officials had misidentified the body, the Orange County Register reported Friday (http://bit.ly/2tZSyZj). The mix-up began on May 6 when ... Read More »

Landmarks across US lit up in honor of LGBT Pride

Structures across the U.S. — including city halls, bridges, and skyscrapers — are bathed in rainbow lighting this weekend in honor of LGBT Pride. June is internationally recognized as Pride Month, and many cities — including New York City — are hosting Pride marches on Sunday. From New York City’s Empire State Building to Minnesota’s Lowry Bridge to San Francisco ... Read More »

Mayors to Trump: immigration orders meddle with cities

Mayors are warning President Donald Trump that toughening immigration enforcement meddles with U.S. cities’ affairs. More than 250 mayors are meeting at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Miami Beach to take a stance on issues from climate change to the federal budget and health care. They are reviewing resolutions that would strongly oppose Trump’s crack down on illegal immigration. ... Read More »