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Radical cleric Abu Hamza jailed for life by US court

Cleric gets life sentence in NYCRadical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri has been sentenced to life in prison by a court in New York for supporting terrorism.

He was convicted in May of multiple charges, including hostage-taking and plotting to set up a terrorism training camp in the US. His trial followed a lengthy extradition process from the UK.

During the sentencing, his lawyers asked the judge to take into account his missing hands and eye.


Court to weigh overturning gay marriage bans in three southern states

Courrt weighs overturning ban on gay marriage in southern statesA federal appeals court is set on Friday to weigh whether to strike down same-sex marriage bans in the conservative southern states of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

A three-judge panel will hear arguments about gay marriage bans in the three states, setting up a possible decision that could allow gay marriages to go ahead.

The hearings before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit come as momentum builds nationwide to allow same-sex marriage, which is now legal in 36 states.


Honda Fined $70 Million For Not Reporting Death Complaints

Honda finedThe Obama administration said Thursday it is fining Honda $70 million — the largest civil penalty levied against an automaker — for not reporting to regulators some 1,729 complaints that its vehicles caused deaths and injuries, and for not reporting warranty claims.

The Japanese automaker acknowledged in November that it failed to report the death and injury complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over an 11-year period beginning in 2003. The company admitted it learned of the omissions in 2011 but had waited three years to take action.


Extended Tamir Rice shooting video shows officers restrained sister

Tamir RiceCleveland police officers forced Tamir Rice's 14-year-old sister to the ground, handcuffed her and placed in the back of a Cleveland police car steps away from her wounded 12-year-old brother.

The scene plays out within the first two minutes of the 30 minute video taken from the Cudell Recreation Center surveillance camera that captured the shooting. The additional video was obtained by Northeast Ohio Media Group after protracted talks with city officials, who initially refused to release it.


Appeals court hears arguments on restrictive Texas abortion law

Appeals court hears abortion casesFederal appeals court judges heard arguments Wednesday on a stringent Texas abortion law that critics say would shutter more than half the state's remaining abortion clinics, and asked pointed questions of attorneys for both sides.

In the closely watched case, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is weighing a requirement that the state's abortion clinics must meet certain hospital-like standards for care, equipment and staffing. The law, known as HB2, had been voided by a lower court last year.


NAACP Chapter Bombing in Colorado Springs Deliberate: FBI

NAACP bombingA homemade explosive Tuesday blew up outside the Colorado Springs, Colorado, chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in what the FBI has called a deliberate incident, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The chapter’s offices, as well as Mr. G’s Hair Design Studios barber shop located inside the building, sustained minor damage from the explosion. No deaths or injuries have been reported.


This Letter Could Restart The Case Against Darren Wilson

Michael Brown caseThe NAACP Legal Defense Fund* wrote an open letter to Missouri Judge Maura McShane asking her to investigate Ferguson prosecutor Bob McCulloch and his team for misconduct.

The NAACP notes that, under Missouri law, McShane has the authority to investigate McCulloch and appoint a new special prosecutor to handle the case against Darren Wilson. Such a move would effectively restart the case against Wilson for killing Michael Brown, after no charges were filed against Wilson during last year’s grand jury proceeding.


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