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Supreme Court turns down assault weapons cases

SCOTUS turns down weapons casesFresh off the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, the Supreme Court refused Monday to hear a challenge to assault weapons bans passed in Connecticut and New York after the Newtown elementary school massacre of 2012.

The challenges were denied without comment from the court in an expected action. Just last December — five days after a terrorist attack killed 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif. — they refused to hear a challenge to a Chicago suburb's ban on such semi-automatic weapons.


Former Vanderbilt University football player guilty of rape in retrial

Brandon VandenburgA former Vanderbilt University football player was found guilty late Saturday of the rape of an unconscious woman in his dorm room almost three years ago.

A jury of seven women and five men deliberated for 4½ hours before delivering the verdicts at about 8:20 p.m. Brandon Vandenburg was found guilty on all eight counts, leaving him to a potential prison sentence of 15 to 25 years.


Southern California wildfire spreads as blazes hit parched states

S California wildfires spreadA wildfire fed by parched land and high winds spread in Southern California on Saturday, prompting hundreds of people to evacuate their homes as the blaze formed destructive columns of flames known as "fire tornadoes."

The so-called Sherpa Fire in Santa Barbara County, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles, had burned through about 7,100 acres (2,870 hectares) by early Saturday and firefighters had contained about a quarter of the blaze, Santa Barbara County said on its Twitter feed.


Federal judge dismisses Texas' lawsuit over Syrian refugees

Federal Judge Dismisses Texas Lawsuit Over Syrian RefugeesTexas' efforts to halt the arrival of Syrian refugees have been blocked by a federal judge, who rejected Republican leaders' claims that refugees pose an imminent risk or that states deserve a say in resettlements.

The ruling comes days after presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump called to block non-citizen Muslims from entering the U.S. following the Orlando nightclub massacre.


Stanford case judge removed from new sex case

Persky removed from new sex caseA California judge who has faced withering criticism for giving a lenient sentence to former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner in a sex assault case has been removed from another sex case.

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen blocked the transfer of the new sexual assault case to Judge Aaron Persky, who is the subject of a recall petition, several media outlets reported Tuesday.

Persky was briefly transferred a case to decide whether a former San Jose nurse should stand trial on charges he sexually assaulted a patient while she was sedated.


There have been 93 US gun-related deaths in 72 hours, not including Orlando

Orlando deathsA mass shooting at the Pulse club in Orlando left 49 people dead.

Omar Mateen also wounded 53 clubbers before being shot dead by police.

Now Gavin Newsom, Lt Gov of California and former mayor of San Francisco, is reminding people of the 93 other people who have died in the US in the last 72 hours in separate "gun violence" incidents.


California Baptist pastor praises Orlando massacre

Baptist Minister: Orlando victims got what they deserve"Are you sad that 50 pedophiles were killed today?" asked Jimenez. "Um no. I think that’s great. I think that helps society. I think Orlando, Florida, is a little safer tonight. The tragedy is that more of them didn’t die. The tragedy is I’m kind of upset he didn’t finish the job — because these people are predators. They are abusers."

Initial reports said 50 people were killed at the nightclub. Law enforcement officials clarified Monday that 50 dead included the gunman.


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