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Federal Government Sues Companies Over Anti-Transgender Discrimination Claims

federal courthouse in DetroitThe Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed lawsuits Thursday against two companies accused of discriminating against transgender employees, the first time the federal government has brought suit under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to protect transgender workers.

The two complaints, filed in federal courts in Florida and Michigan, are the latest — and most ambitious — steps in a series of aggressive moves taken by the commission in the past several years to advance LGBT rights under existing laws.


Ex-S.C. trooper who shot unarmed man faces charges

Sean GroubertA former South Carolina state trooper who shot an unarmed man was charged Wednesday with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.

Sean Groubert, 31, was booked at the Richland County Detention Center. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

The charges were brought by the 5th Circuit Solicitor's Office, which reviewed the findings of an investigation into the incident conducted by the State Law Enforcement Division.


U.S. to pay $554 million to Navajo Nation

navajo code talkersThe Navajo Nation and the U.S. government have agreed to a $554 million settlement of claims that tribal resources were mismanaged.  Ben Shelly, president of the Navajo Nation, said town hall meetings will be held on the country's largest Native American territory to decide how the money should be used.

"The trust litigation has been a protracted battle, and in the end, it was a victory for tribal sovereignty," Shelly said Wednesday. "The Navajo Nation has worked tirelessly for many years to bring this issue to a close."


Attorney General Eric Holder to Resign

Eric HolderAttorney General Eric Holder will resign, a Justice Department official tells ABC News.  Holder was the nation's first African-American attorney general.

According to the official, "Attorney General Holder has discussed his plans personally with the president on multiple occasions in recent months, and finalized those plans in an hour-long conversation with the president at the White House residence over Labor Day weekend.


US Justice Department to review fatal police shooting of man in Walmart

John Crawford, shooting victimThe US government is to review the fatal police shooting of a man carrying a BB rifle in a Walmart store in Ohio, after a grand jury in the state declined to indict the officers involved.

The Justice Department’s civil rights division and the FBI will carry out a “thorough and independent review of the evidence” relating to the death of John Crawford III in Beavercreek last month, it was announced on Wednesday.


FBI report says mass shootings have increased in U.S. in recent years

mass shootings increase in USAThe number of shootings in which a gunman fired into a crowd has increased dramatically in recent years, according to an FBI report released Wednesday.

The study reviewed 160 mass shootings between 2000 and 2013 to identify common themes and to help local law enforcement prepare for or respond to similar killings in the future.

It focused on what the FBI calls "active shooter incidents," cases in which a gunman in an attack kills or shoots multiple people in a confined space.


Ruth Bader Ginsburg Thinks This Justice Is Responsible For Halting Access To Abortions

Ruth Bader GinsburgSupreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg thinks that the Supreme Court’s conservative attitude on abortion access can be traced to one of her colleagues.

“To be frank, it’s one person who made the difference: Justice [Anthony] Kennedy,” Ginsburg told Elle. “He was a member of the triumvirate used to [reaffirm] Roe v. Wade in the Casey case, but since then, his decisions have been on upholding restrictions on access to abortion.”


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