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Rikers Island prison guards charged over fatal beating

Rikers islandTwo prison guards have been charged over the death of a black inmate in New York City, prosecutors in Manhattan have announced.

The charges stem from the beating death of Ronald Spear, 52, in 2012 who was at Rikers Island awaiting trial for burglary.  New York medical officials ruled the death a homicide, but Bronx prosecutors had refused to pursue charges.


Bus crash in New York's Lincoln Tunnel injures 18 people

Lincolm Tunnel crashTwo buses crashed in the Lincoln Tunnel linking New York City and New Jersey on Wednesday, injuring 18 people at the end of morning rush hour, none of them critically, officials said.

A New Jersey Transit bus and a privately operated bus collided in the center tube of the 1.5-mile tunnel at 9:35 a.m., said Joe Pentangelo, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the tunnel.


'Horrific' Police Beating in California Caught on Camera

Salinas police attackThe brutal aftermath of a violent confrontation last Friday between the police and a man in Salinas, Calif., was captured on camera, uploaded to YouTube and shows what the police chief there described as "horrific" and "inflammatory."

The video, which was shot in a shaky minute-and-a-half, does not show what caused several officers to repeatedly strike the man, Jose Velasco, 28, with batons while he writhed on the pavement in the middle of the street.


Writer, Manson prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi dead at 80

Vincent BugliosiVincent Bugliosi, the Los Angeles prosecutor who became a best-selling author with "Helter Skelter" -- his true-crime account of the Manson Family killings -- has died at the age of 80, his wife confirmed Tuesday.  He died Saturday of cancer.

Bugliosi rose to prominence as the 35-year-old deputy district attorney assigned to try Charles Manson and several of his followers over a series of bloody 1969 murders meant to incite a race war.


Marital Rape Is Semi-Legal in 8 States

marital rape legal An Ohio woman can be drugged and sexually assaulted—legally—if the perpetrator is her spouse. How marital rape in America secretly lives on.

Not too long ago, the term “marital rape” was considered an oxymoron. In some U.S. states, it might as well still be one.

Lawmakers in Ohio are trying to remove archaic forms of “marital privilege” in state laws pertaining to rape, The Columbus Dispatch reports. Although marital rape is illegal in Ohio as well as nationwide, the notion of marital privilege or exemption dates from an era when a man could only be charged with rape if the alleged victim was not his wife—an era that only ended in the United States on July 5, 1993 when North Carolina criminalized marital rape, becoming the final state to do so.


Federal appeals court backs strict Texas abortion law

Federal court backs Texas abortion lawA federal appeals court Tuesday upheld most of a strict Texas abortion law that foes say will force most abortion clinics in the state to shut their doors.

The ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans came in a lawsuit challenging requirements that clinics providing abortions provide hospital-level operating room standards. The court said clinics failed to show that many women would be unconstitutionally burdened by the law.

The Center for Reproductive Rights said it will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices had put the 2013 law on hold last year, sending it back to the appeals court for review.


White House press briefing interrupted after bomb threat

Capitl bomb threatThe White House press corps returned to the building's briefing room Tuesday after being evacuated following a "telephonic bomb threat."

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said after the briefing resumed that the room was carried out as a precaution taken by the Secret Service, adding that the threat was made before 2 p.m.

Earnest also said the briefing room was the only room evacuated within the White House complex. He also said that, while President Obama was on sight, he was not moved from the complex.


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