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3rd mistrial in case of ex-cop accused of killing daughter's black boyfriend

Ex-cip gets 3rd mistrial in killing of daughter's black boyfriendFor the third time in less than a year a jury deadlocked on Friday and forced a mistrial in the murder case of a white former Oklahoma police officer accused of killing his daughter's black boyfriend, astonishing prosecutors and frustrating the boyfriend's family.

Judge Sharon Holmes declared the mistrial in the case of former Tulsa police officer Shannon Kepler, who was accused of fatally shooting 19-year-old Jeremey Lake in August 2014, not long after Lake started dating Kepler's then-18-year-old daughter, Lisa. Attorneys involved said the jurors deliberated for 2 ½ to three hours.


Harvard social club revokes membership for 9 women, reverts to all-male status

Harvard social clup expels womenA 2-year-old project of admitting women to a traditionally all-male Harvard social club, which counts T.S. Eliot and Bill Gates among its ranks, has ended abruptly with the alumni-heavy board revoking the provisional membership of all nine women.

The unexpected decision last month, first reported by The Harvard Crimson, deeply divided the Fox Club, pitting undergraduates against alumni. Membership is for life, and alumni largely control the club through its graduate board.


Hawaii judge declines to clarify travel ban

Hawaii judge declines to define travel banA federal court judge declined to clarify the scope of the government's travel ban, telling Hawaiian plaintiffs to seek guidance from the U.S. Supreme Court.

The ruling Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson of the District of Hawaii will keep the portions of the travel ban, ordered by President Donald Trump, in place. It will likely generate additional court filings as Hawaii seeks to limit the order, The Washington Post said Friday.


Microsoft to lay off thousands in sales, marketing reshuffle

Microsoft to lay off thousandsMicrosoft plans to shed thousands of jobs in a major reboot to focus on its fast-growing cloud-computing business.

"Microsoft is implementing changes to better serve our customers and partners," Microsoft said in a statement to USA TODAY. "Today, we are taking steps to notify some employees that their jobs are under consideration or that their positions will be eliminated. Like all companies, we evaluate our business on a regular basis. This can result in increased investment in some places and, from time-to-time, re-deployment in others."


Hobby Lobby fined $3M for smuggling Iraq religious artifacts

Hobby Lobby stole Iraq artifactsHobby Lobby Stores has agreed to pay a $3 million federal fine and forfeit thousands of ancient Iraqi religious artifacts smuggled from the Middle East that the government alleges were intentionally mislabeled for import, federal prosecutors said.

The Oklahoma City-based craft store chain's devout Christian owners have long shown an interest in the biblical Middle East and started to collect artifacts from the region in 2009, according to a civil complaint filed in New York on Wednesday. Hobby Lobby President Steve Green is the owner of one of the largest collections of religious artifacts in the world and is building a Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., due to open in the fall.


NYPD officer fatally shot while sitting inside police vehicle in the Bronx, suspect killed

NYPD officer killedAn NYPD officer was assassinated early Wednesday by an ex-con who marched up to her NYPD vehicle and pumped a bullet into the helpless cop’s head, authorities said.

Officer Miosotis Familia, 48, was mortally wounded by the 12:30 a.m. gunshot on a Bronx street as she neared the end of her Fourth of July shift, cops said.


Forty-one states have refused Kobach's request for voter information

Kris KobachForty-one states have refused the Trump administration's request for certain voter information, according to a CNN inquiry to all 50 states.

State leaders and voting boards across the country have responded to the letter with varying degrees of cooperation -- from altogether rejecting the request to expressing eagerness to supply information that is public.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, vice chairman of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which President Donald Trump created by executive order in May, sent a letter to all 50 states last Wednesday requesting a bevy of voter data, which he notes will eventually be made available to the public.

TVNL Comment:  The Idiot in the WH, who has no clue how government works, thinks he can give an order and everyone will jump to comply.  No, Donald, there are limits to your power.  Read the US Constitution.  Oh, never mind.



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