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U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Referee State Disputes Over Marijuana

SCOTUS rejects pot appeal by statesThe U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to take up a lawsuit filed by two of Colorado's neighboring states over its legalization of marijuana.

Nebraska and Oklahoma said Colorado's decriminalization has "increased the flow of marijuana over their borders," forcing them to expend greater "law enforcement, judicial system, and penal system resources," thereby harming the welfare of their residents.


Controversial Texas family detention center to change back to all-male facility

Texas family detention center to revert back to male facilityA controversial family detention center in Texas will be converted back to an adult male facility, the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced on Thursday in the latest signal that the Obama administration will reduce the detention of women and children before the president’s time in office ends.

During a House appropriations committee hearing Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard asked the ICE director, Sarah Saldaña: “is it possible that ICE will stop using Karnes and Dilley [another facility] for families in [fiscal year 2017]?”


SEC says Amazon should allow shareholder vote on gender pay

Amazon must let investors vote on gender Inc (AMZN.O) should allow shareholders to vote on a proposal on gender pay equality, the U.S. securities regulator decided this week in rejecting the retailer's request to omit the measure from its annual ballot.

Arjuna Capital, the activist arm of investment firm Baldwin Brothers Inc, said it submitted the proposal to Amazon and eight other technology companies, including eBay Inc (EBAY.O) and Intel Corp (INTC.O).


Frank Sinatra Jr., son of the legendary actor and singer, dead at age 72

Frank Sinatra Jr diesHis voice was his, yet echoed his father’s just enough to invite a comparison he could never live up to. He was talented and tenacious, but Frank Sinatra Jr. was always burdened with that magical name.

Sinatra Jr. died Wednesday while on tour in Florida of cardiac arrest, his family said in a statement to The Associated Press. He was 72 and had not been ill, his family said.


FBI raids in Ramapo target yeshivas, tech businesses

FBI raids misused tech funds in Orthodox schoolsFBI agents and Rockland district attorney's office detectives fanned out across Ramapo on Wednesday with search warrants demanding that vendors and yeshivas provide records and account for equipment allegedly bought by religious schools with millions in federal education technology dollars.

Agents descended around 1:30 p.m. on vendors at 21 and 29 Robert Pitt Drive, Monsey; 161 Route 59, Monsey; and 386 Route 59, Airmont, among other locations. The raids spread in the late afternoon to yeshivas in the Monsey area.


Oregon Justice Department opens investigation of Grant County sheriff

Oregon sheriff invedstigatedThe state Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer, who met with militants from the wildlife refuge takeover in eastern Oregon and urged authorities to concede to some of their demands.

The investigation will be handled by the Criminal Justice Division in Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum's office. The division investigates public corruption as part of its duties.


3 friars in Pennsylvania abuse case removed from duties

3 friars dismissed in PaThree Franciscan friars charged with allowing a suspected sexual predator to hold jobs where he molested more than 100 children have been removed from their religious assignments in Florida and Minnesota.

Robert D’Aversa, 69; Anthony Criscitelli, 61; and Giles Schinelli, 73, are scheduled to surrender Friday, said Jeffrey Johnson, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office. They’re charged with child endangerment and criminal conspiracy.


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