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The Supreme Court Just Nixed A Rule That Made It Easier To Hold Cops Liable

SCOTUS nixes rule to hold police liableThe Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a legal rule that gave victims of police brutality in one part of the country a better chance of holding officers accountable in court over civil rights violations.

Known as the “provocation rule,” it was confined to the nine states covered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, which last year upheld a $4 million verdict against a pair of Los Angeles officers who broke into the shack of a homeless couple without a warrant and nearly killed them.

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US won't ban laptops on flights from Europe: report

US won't ban laptops on flights from EuropeThe Trump administration has decided not to ban laptops on the cabins of U.S.-bound flights from Europe, Politico reported Tuesday.

The decision was reportedly announced during a conference call between Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and European Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc.

A spokesperson for Homeland Security, however, said in a statement that the ban is still on the table.

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Cleveland officials announce discipline against officers in Tamir Rice shooting

Cleveland police disciplined over Tamir Rice shootingCleveland officials on Tuesday will announce discipline against the police officers involved in the 2014 fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

Mayor Frank Jackson, Chief Calvin Williams and Safety Director Michael McGrath will announce the discipline at an 11:30 a.m. news conference. City spokesman Dan Williams said the city will not release information on the discipline prior to the news conference.

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House Intel Subpoenas Trump's Personal Attorney

Micahel Cohn subpoenaed by House Intel CommitteeThe House intelligence committee has subpoenaed President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, as part of its ongoing investigation into Russia's election meddling and contacts with the Trump campaign, according to a congressional aide.

The aide spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss internal committee matters.

Cohen, a longtime attorney for the Trump Organization, remains a personal lawyer for Trump. He served as a cable television surrogate for the Republican during the presidential campaign.

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Russians talked about potentially 'derogatory' information on Trump, associates: report

Russians talked about incrimnating material on Trump, associatesRussian government officials reportedly talked about having possibly "derogatory" information about President Trump and some of his top aides during the 2016 presidential race.

The officials' discussions were intercepted by U.S. intelligence, CNN reported Tuesday, citing two former intelligence officials and a congressional source.

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Supreme Court sides with immigrant in case challenging sex laws

Supreme Court sides with immigrant The Supreme Court unanimously sided with a Mexican immigrant Tuesday who was going to be deported under immigration laws for having consensual sex with his 16-year-old girlfriend when he was 20 years old.

The justices said in the context of statutory rape offenses that criminalize sexual intercourse based solely on the ages of the participants, the generic federal definition of “sexual abuse of a minor” requires the age of the victim to be less than 16.

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White House communications director Mike Dubke resigns

Mike DubkeMike Dubke confirmed his resignation as White House communications director Tuesday.

The resignation was first reported by Axios which said Dubke, who has been in the role for three months, handed in his resignation on May 18.

"It has been my great honor to serve President Trump and this administration. It has also been my distinct pleasure to work side-by-side, day-by-day with the staff of the communications and press departments," Dubke said in a statement.

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Panama's ex-dictator Manuel Noriega dead at 83

Noriega dead at 83Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega, who recently underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor, has died at the age of 83, President Juan Carlos Varela said

"Death of Manuel A. Noriega closes a chapter in our history; his daughters and his family deserve a funeral in peace," Carlos Varela wrote late Monday on Twitter.

Noriega had been imprisoned since December 2011 in Panama on a 60-year sentence on an array of charges including murder, corruption and environmental crimes. He previously spent 21 years in French and U.S. prisons for drug trafficking and money laundering.

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Nighttime, early morning bombings in Baghdad kill 31

Baghdad bombs kill 31 5/30/17A massive bombing by the Islamic State group outside a popular ice cream parlor in central Baghdad and a rush hour car bomb in another downtown area killed at least 31 people on Tuesday, Iraqi officials said.

Later in the day, bombings in and around the Iraqi capital killed seven more people.

The attacks come as IS militants are steadily losing more territory to U.S.-backed Iraqi forces in the battle for Mosul, the country's second-largest city. The Sunni extremists are increasingly turning to insurgency-style terror attacks to distract attention from their losses.

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