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NBA player Jeff Taylor arrested for dometic assault

Jeff TaylorCharlotte Hornets forward Jeff Taylor has been arrested in Michigan on domestic assault charges, according to East Lansing Police.

The police department said in a statement Thursday that Taylor, 25, was charged with one count of domestic assault, one count of assault and one count of malicious destruction of property. His bond was set at $5,000.

A pretrial court date has been set for Oct. 8 at East Lansing District Court in Michigan. Jury selection for the case is set for Oct. 14, but Taylor also has the option of a bench trial.


Chicago flights grounded after fire at FAA radar facility

Ohare fireHundreds of flights have been grounded at Chicago's busy O'Hare and Midway airports following a fire at an air traffic control facility.

The disruptions are all but certain to ripple out and affect flights in other parts of the country. A flight from Houston to San Francisco, for example, could become delayed or canceled if the aircraft or crew scheduled to operate it gets knocked off schedule by the situation in Chicago.


Kansas City, Mo. is crossroads for crude by rail, documents show

Kansas City oil rail hubMissouri’s largest city has become a crossroads for trains carrying a type of crude oil that has ignited in multiple derailments, according to state documents that the railroads carrying the cargo didn’t want made public.

Each week, as many as 10 trains pass through Kansas City, each carrying at least 1 million gallons of Bakken crude from North Dakota, reports released this month by the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency show.

The railroads initially required states to sign agreements that they wouldn’t make the information public.


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.


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