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Pay-to-Play Cop Bob Bates Found Guilty in Fatal Shooting of Black Man

Bob Bates sentenced to 4 yearsA jury Wednesday recommended that Bob Bates, a Tulsa volunteer sheriff’s deputy, serve four years in prison for fatally shooting an unarmed black man last year when he mistook his gun for a Taser.

Bob Bates was a wealthy insurance executive turned volunteer cop when he killed an unarmed black man in Tulsa. The grandpa deputy claimed he mistook his gun for a Taser when he delivered the fatal blast.


TSA finds record-breaking 73 guns in carry-on luggage in a week

73 guns found on luggage in one week bby TSA- The TSA confiscated a record-breaking 73 guns from various airline passengers' carry-on bags last week. Out of that batch, 68 of the guns were loaded and 27 had a round in the chamber.

The previous record of 68 was set just last fall, in October 2015. The TSA said on its blog that when weapons are spotted at security checkpoints, even novelty items that are not actually weapons, will cause delays at airports because "explosives detection professionals must respond to resolve the alarm," the TSA said.


High court sides with police officer in free speech case

Free speech ruling by SC The Supreme Court sided with a New Jersey police officer Tuesday in a case challenging whether he could sue his bosses for punishing him over their mistaken belief that he was expressing his political views.

In a 6-2 decision, the court said Jeffrey Heffernan, a former Paterson, N.J., detective, had the right to bring a First Amendment challenge against the city even if he wasn’t actually participating in a political campaign.


Conservatives boycott Target over transgender bathroom policy

Target bathroom boycottA conservative Christian activist group has gained more than half a million signatures and counting from people pledging to boycott Target over its transgender bathroom policy.

The petition started by the American Family Association on Wednesday raises concerns that Target's inclusive stance on transgender rights encourages sexual predators and puts women and young girls in danger, because "a man can simply say he 'feels like a woman today' and enter the women's restroom."


Colorado court won't hear case of baker who refused service to gay couple

Colorado court refuses to hear baker caseThe Colorado Supreme Court rejected hearing the case of the baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.

The court's decision upholds the Colorado Court of Appeals ruling last summer that Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, can't use religious beliefs as grounds for denying a same-sex couple service.


Cleveland settles lawsuit, to pay $6 million to family of Tamir Rice

Family of Tamir Rice get settlementThe city of Cleveland on Monday reached a $6 million settlement in a lawsuit over the death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy shot by a white police officer while playing with a pellet gun outside a recreation center.

An order filed in U.S. District Court in Cleveland said the city will pay out $3 million this year and $3 million the next. There was no admission of wrongdoing in the settlement.


Florida Supreme Court Halts 24-Hour Waiting Period For Women Seeking Abortions

Florida court voids waiting period for abortionsThe Florida Supreme Court put legislation mandating a 24-hour waiting period for abortion on hold on Friday, according to the Tampa Bay Times. It is latest salvo in a legal battle that began after the measure passed last year. The ruling was 5-2 in favor of temporarily stopping the waiting period from going into effect while the court decides if it will hear a case on whether the waiting period is unconstitutional.

The law requires a woman to see a doctor in person an entire day before she gets an abortion. The ACLU and Bread and Roses Women’s Health Center, an abortion clinic based in Gainesville, sued the state last year, claiming that it infringes on privacy rights under the state constitution. This recent ruling is a win for those groups, which were dealt a legal blow in February when a three-judge panel of the First District Court of Appeals ruled to allow the law to go forward.


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