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Secret Service director tells senior officials to leave their posts

US Secret ServiceFour top officials at the Secret Service have been asked to leave their jobs.

"Based on the Independent Panel review, and my own assessments, I will be implementing leadership changes in the Secret Service management team," Acting Director Joseph Clancy said in a statement on Wednesday.

The Washington Post first reported the news.


Justices sock Obama administration on drug deportations

Elena kaganThe Supreme Court had a suggestion Wednesday for one of the more extreme reasons used by the Obama administration to deport documented immigrants on drug charges: Stick a sock in it.

The justices appeared fed up by the latest in a series of cases they have reversed over the past decade — cases in which immigrants have been deported or threatened with deportation because of minor drug offenses.


Oklahoma leaves drug cocktail unchanged in first executions since botched procedure

Oklahoma execution drug unchangedThe last time Oklahoma executed a prisoner, Clayton Lockett in April 2014, the triple-cocktail procedure unraveled into scenes that even a skilled horror film-maker would be hard pressed to emulate. Blood squirted all over the doctor jabbing at the inmate’s groin in a desperate attempt to find a vein,

Lockett writhed and groaned on the gurney as he took 43 minutes to die, eyewitnesses were traumatised long after the event.


At least 10 killed when Texas prison bus hit by train

texas prison trainA Texas prison bus carrying 15 people veered off a road and was hit by train on Wednesday, prison officials said, with local media saying at least 10 people were killed in the accident.

The bus with 12 inmates and three corrections officers was traveling from Abilene to El Paso when it skidded off a highway and ended up on railroad tracks, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said based on preliminary reports.

The accident took place near the western Texas city of Odessa.


Opponents Of LGBT Protections Forged Signatures Or Everyone In Houston Has The Same Handwriting

HoustonNext week, a judge will begin hearing arguments over the validity of conservatives’ petition seeking to overturn Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), a law that would protect LGBT people and other groups from discrimination but has yet to take effect because of these legal challenges.

The city of Houston rejected the signatures last year on technical grounds; many full pages of signatures could not be accepted because they were not filled out properly by petition circulators as city law dictates. Evidence has now surfaced suggesting that some of the signatures may have also been forged.


Mistrial for white ex-police chief in black man's death

Mistrial for ex-police chiefA judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a former small-town white police chief charged with murdering an unarmed black man in 2011.

Judge Edgar Dickson made the decision in the Richard Combs case just after 2 a.m. Tuesday, after the jury told him it remained deadlocked. Dickson thanked the jurors for their service, then dismissed them.

Combs shot and killed 53-year-old Bernard Bailey in May 2011, but wasn't charged with murder until last month.


Supreme Court rules for homeowners over mortgage dispute

SC rules for homeownersThe U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in favor of homeowners seeking to back out of mortgages when lenders are accused of failing to follow a federal “truth in lending” law.

On a 9-0 vote, the court handed a win to an Eagan, Minnesota couple, Larry and Cheryle Jesinoski, over the $611,000 loan they obtained in 2007 from Countrywide Home Loans Inc, now part of Bank of America Corp.


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