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Deeply conservative Wyoming loses its only ACLU chapte

ACLULinda Burt, the executive director of the Wyoming American Civil Liberties Union, had planned to push hard for juvenile justice reform during the upcoming state legislative session. Wyoming is the only state from which the federal government withholds funds under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act because it fails to meet the law’s standards.

She prepared a presentation for an April 14 meeting of the legislature’s joint judiciary committee that outlined how most Wyoming children are processed in adult courts, many are jailed alongside adults and few receive protections afforded by traditional juvenile systems.


Supreme Court to hear historic same-sex marriage arguments

Spreme CourtThe Supreme Court is set to hear historic arguments in cases that could make same-sex marriage the law of the land.

The justices are meeting Tuesday to offer the first public indication of where they stand in the dispute over whether states can continue defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman, or whether the Constitution gives gay and lesbian couples the right to marry.


Supreme Court Throws Out Obamacare Contraception Ruling

Supreme CourtThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday revived religious objections by Catholic groups in Michigan and Tennessee to the Obamacare requirement for contraception coverage, throwing out a lower court decision favoring President Barack Obama's administration.

The justices asked the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its decision that backed the Obama administration in light of the Supreme Court's June 2014 ruling that allowed certain privately owned corporations to seek exemptions from the provision.


Seven police officers injured in violent clash in Baltimore

Baltimore MarylandSeven police officers were injured Monday afternoon in a violent clash with demonstrators that began near Mondawmin Mall and spread across West Baltimore. One officer was unresponsive and others suffered broken bones, police spokesman Eric Kowalczyk said.

Smoke filled the air as police responded with shields and a tactical vehicle. Demonstrators pelted officers with rocks, bricks and bottles, and assaulted a photojournalist, and officers fired back with tear gas and pepper balls.


Three Americans confirmed dead in Mount Everest Avalanche

Marisa GirawongThe U.S. Department of State has confirmed that three Americans were among the 17 people killed in Mount Everest after an avalanche triggered by the 7.9-magnitute earthquake in Nepal.

Camp medic Marisa Eve Girawong, filmmaker Tom Taplin and Google executive Dan Fredinburg died when the avalanche rolled down.

Girawong was an emergency room physician assistant from Edison, N.J., who was serving as the Mount Everest camp doctor for Madison Mountaineering, based in Seattle, Washington.


Raw Video: Ball of Flames Engulfs Tanker Truck Carrying 8,800 Gallons of Gas on Calif. freeway

Takner truck explosionA huge ball of flames engulfed a gasoline tanker truck on a freeway outside of Los Angeles on Sunday, sending black plumes of smoke into the air that could be seen for miles and causing a traffic nightmare.

The double-tanker truck was hauling 8,800 gallons of gas on the southbound 710 Freeway when it jackknifed near the Florence Avenue exit in Bell and exploded in flames, California Highway Patrol officials said.

Dozens of firefighters arrived just after 3:30 p.m. to battle the huge fire, which could be seen as far as downtown Los Angeles.

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New York police shoot unarmed man dead during East Village arrest attempt

NY police shoot unarmed manA man was shot and killed by New York police officers on Saturday, during an attempted arrest in the East Village neighbourhood of Manhattan.

An NYPD spokeswoman confirmed to the Guardian that the man was fatally shot earlier on Saturday afternoon, at around 1.45pm, but did not identify him, saying that the name had yet to be released to the press, pending notification of family.


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