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Judge orders gunmaker in Newtown school shooting case to begin turning over evidence

Newtown gun manufacturer has to turn over evidenceA Connecticut judge has shot down the latest attempt by the maker of the Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle to stall the lawsuit filed by the families of the 26 Newtown shooting victims.

Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis ordered Remington Arms Co. to begin turning over internal documents and other evidence — denying the gunmaker’s request to delay the process.


Obama commutes sentences of 58 prisoners

Obama commutes sentencesPresident Obama commuted the sentences of 58 federal prisoners convicted of drug crimes, the White House announced Thursday.

Eighteen of the inmates were serving life sentences, mostly on crack- or cocaine-related charges. Most will be released on Sept. 2, but some will be freed early next year.

Obama shared the story of Phillip Emmert, who became a heating and air conditioning professional after his sentence was commuted by President George W. Bush.


U.S. regulators ban e-cigarette, cigar sales to minors

Feds ban e-cigs for minorsThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday banned sales of e-cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and hookah tobacco to people under age 18, in line with cigarette rules, a move aimed at preventing a new generation from becoming addicted to nicotine.

The agency said it also will require companies to submit these products to it for regulatory review, provide it with a list of product ingredients and place health warnings on their product packages and in advertisements.


U.S. government: North Carolina LGBT law violates civil rights

McCroryA conservative group representing more than 50 Illinois parents challenged the Obama administration’s aggressive stance on letting transgender students use the bathrooms of their choice Wednesday — the same day the Justice Department warned North Carolina that a law requiring transgender people to use bathrooms that align with their gender at birth violates the Civil Rights Act.

The pair of developments seemed poised to increase the political pressure surrounding the administration's interpretation of Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination in education based on sex, and signals that a drawn-out legal battle — possibly going as far as the Supreme Court — could be in store. Access to bathrooms and locker rooms for transgender students has been debated hotly in the race for the White House, with Donald Trump arguing that such individuals should be free to use whichever bathroom they prefer.


Ex-FBI agent admits stealing $136,000 in drug money for cars, cosmetic surgery

FBI agents admits theftsA former FBI agent pleaded guilty Monday to stealing more than $136,000 in drug money and spending it on cars and plastic surgery.

Scott M. Bowman, 45, of Moreno Valley, Calif., pleaded guilty to several charges: conversion of property by a federal employee, obstruction of justice, falsification of records and witness tampering.

He is scheduled for sentencing Aug. 15 before U.S. District Judge Jesus G. Bernal of the Central District of California.


May Day in Seattle: Anti-capitalist protesters clash with police

May Day clashes in SeattleA peaceful march for worker and immigrant rights began about 3 p.m. in the Central District and ended downtown.

About 6 p.m., anti-capitalist demonstrators gathered at Westlake Park. Shortly after, the protesters clashed with police, but were pushed south of downtown.

Five officers have been injured in the clashes and at least nine protesters have been arrested, police said.


Migrant children kept from enrolling in school

migrant children kept out of US schoolsCandelario Jimon Alonzo came to the U.S. dreaming of becoming something more than what seemed possible along the rutted roads of his hometown in Guatemala's highlands. This was his chance: He could earn a U.S. high school education and eventually become a teacher.

Instead, the 16-year-old spends most days alone in the tumbledown Memphis house where he lives with his uncle, leaving only occasionally to play soccer and pick up what English he can from his friends.


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