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Feds charge 12 Detroit school principals with bribery

Barbara McQuadeA dozen current and former principals in the Detroit Public Schools system are facing federal bribery and fraud charges, according to court records.

The charges are expected to be announced later Tuesday by the the U.S. Attorney's Office at a news conference. U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade will be joined by FBI and IRS officials at the news conference.


Supreme Court split over teachers' dues delivers win for unions

Supreme CourtThe Supreme Court split 4-4 Tuesday on a challenge brought by public school teachers who objected to paying union dues, delivering a big win for the unions – in the first major case where the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s vote would have proved decisive.

The California teachers in the case had challenged a state law requiring non-union workers to pay “fair share” fees into the public-employee unions to cover collective bargaining costs.


FBI able to hack San Bernardino phone; Apple case to be dropped

iphone hacked by FBILaw enforcement sources confirm to CBS News' Jeff Pegues that the FBI has been able to get into the iPhone used by the San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook.

The Department of Justice said in a statement they have asked a California judge to vacate her order compelling Apple to assist the FBI in unlocking the iPhone used by Farook who, with his wife Tashfeen Malik, slaughtered 14 at a holiday luncheon attended by many of his work colleagues on Dec. 2.


Capitol shooting suspect in custody, lockdown lifted

Capitol on lockdownU.S. Capitol police shot a male suspect Monday afternoon following reports of gunfire at the Capitol Visitors Center, law enforcement officials said.

A female civilian bystander was injured by shrapnel, but no U.S. Capitol Police officers have been injured.

The Capitol complex was locked down for nearly an hour following the incident. The Senate Sergeant at Arms has told staffers and others to "return to normal operations."

"Per USCP, shelter in place has been lifted and the Capitol is open for official business


Supreme Court rejects Illinois ex-governor's corruption appeal

SC rejects Illinois governor appealThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected flamboyant former two-term Democratic Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s appeal of convictions on corruption charges including attempted extortion from campaign contributors, wire fraud and other crimes.

The court left in place a July 2015 ruling by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld the bulk of the convictions. Blagojevich is serving a 14-year sentence.


Georgia's Gov. Deal to veto 'religious liberties' bill

Georgie governor to veto religious freedom billGeorgia Gov. Nathan Deal said Monday he would veto a controversial bill allowing faith-based organizations to deny services to gay people.

The Republican governor, who until 1995 was a Democrat, said HB 757 or the so-called "religious freedom" bill, opposed by gay rights advocates and businesses, "doesn't reflect the character of our state or the character of its people."


California lawmakers reach deal to raise state minimum wage to $15

california legislatureCalifornia lawmakers have reached a tentative deal with labor groups to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next six years, a move that could head off a costly fight at the ballot box in November.

The Legislature is expected to roll out the deal this week, according to the Assembly speaker’s office. In an email obtained by the Chronicle, Speaker Anthony Rendon told Assembly Democratic Caucus members “there appears to be a minimum wage deal,” which will be discussed Monday during a caucus meeting. A vote on the plan could come as early as Thursday, sources said.


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