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U.S. appeals court denies Manning's bail request, upholds contempt finding

U.S. appeals court denies Manning's bail request, upholds contempt findingThe ruling is a blow to Manning, who has been detained since March after she declined to answer questions in connection with the governments long-running investigation into Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange. In a comment released by a spokesman, Manning said that while disappointing, the appeals court ruling will still allow her to "raise issues as the government continues to abuse the grand jury process." "I don't have anything to contribute to this, or any other grand jury," Manning added. Assange was arrested on April 11 at Ecuador's Embassy in London, after U.S. prosecutors in the Eastern District of Virginia unsealed a criminal case against him alleging he conspired with Manning to commit computer intrusion.

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 16:47:03 -0400
Leader of armed group at U.S. border boasted of assassination training: FBI

Leader of armed group at U.S. border boasted of assassination training: FBILarry Hopkins, the leader of the United Constitutional Patriots who was arrested on Saturday, appeared in court in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on Monday to face charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The FBI said it found guns during a 2017 visit to his home. The UCP says it has helped the U.S. Border Patrol detain some 5,600 migrants in New Mexico in the last 60 days.

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 16:15:31 -0400
Six dead in crash of twin-engine plane in Texas

Six dead in crash of twin-engine plane in TexasThe pilot of the Beechcraft BE58 was preparing to land at Kerrville Municipal Airport when the plane went down, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford. The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash and Federal Aviation Administration investigators are also on their way to the scene. The flight had departed earlier on Monday from West Houston Airport in Texas, Lunsford said in an email.

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 15:43:58 -0400
Boys now allowed to dance on Minnesota high school teams

Boys now allowed to dance on Minnesota high school teamsThe change announced on Friday night by the Minnesota State High School League followed a March 6 decision by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul, Minnesota blocking the rule's enforcement. Roughly one-third of U.S. states offer competitive dance as a high school sport, but Minnesota had been the last to restrict it to girls. In a memo to school activities directors and posted on its Facebook page, the league said the settlement avoids protracted litigation, and will allow boys to join competitive dance teams beginning in the 2019-2020 school year.

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 14:50:43 -0400
Medicare hospital fund reserves likely to be exhausted in 2026: U.S. report

Medicare hospital fund reserves likely to be exhausted in 2026: U.S. reportThe report from the board of trustees for Social Security and Medicare also projected that Social Security funds could be depleted by 2035, leading to potential reductions in expected payouts to retirees and other beneficiaries. Senator Bernie Sanders, among a large field of contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination, has unveiled a "Medicare-for-All" plan that would eliminate private insurance and shift all Americans to a public healthcare plan. "At a time when some are calling for a complete government takeover of the American health care system, the Medicare Trustees have delivered a dose of reality in reminding us that the program's main trust fund for hospital services can only pay full benefits for seven more years," Seema Verma, administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), said.

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 14:24:16 -0400
Washington student, Denver man among the dead in Sri Lanka blasts

Washington student, Denver man among the dead in Sri Lanka blastsKieran Shafritz de Zoysa, a fifth-grader at Sidwell Friends, died in one of the blasts, the school emailed to friends and family, according to WJLA television in Washington. Kieran was living in Sri Lanka, on leave from the school and expected to return, the email said.

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 17:13:31 -0400
U.S. Supreme Court takes up major gay, transgender job discrimination cases

U.S. Supreme Court takes up major gay, transgender job discrimination casesThe Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether U.S. law banning workplace discrimination on the basis of sex protects gay and transgender workers, as the conservative-majority court waded into a fierce dispute involving a divisive social issue. At issue in the high-profile legal fight is whether gay and transgender people are covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex as well as race, color, national origin and religion. President Donald Trump's administration has argued that Title VII does not cover sexual orientation or gender identity.

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 12:52:16 -0400
Philadelphia can exclude foster agency that won't work with same-sex couples: court

Philadelphia can exclude foster agency that won't work with same-sex couples: courtIn a 3-0 decision, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Catholic Social Services failed to show that the placement freeze amounted to religious persecution or bias, violating its First Amendment rights to free speech and religious freedom. Circuit Judge Thomas Ambro said Philadelphia was trying merely to stop what it considered a "clear violation" of a city anti-discrimination law covering sexual orientation, making a preliminary injunction inappropriate.

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 12:14:30 -0400
U.S. records 71 new measles cases in week as outbreak spreads

U.S. records 71 new measles cases in week as outbreak spreadsThe U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it had recorded 626 cases of the highly contagious and sometimes deadly disease in 22 states as of April 19, the highest rate of infection in five years. The CDC had previously reported 555 cases in 20 states between Jan. 1 and April 11. The current outbreak will likely surpass the 2014 outbreak in number of cases, the CDC said on Monday.

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 10:58:12 -0400
FBI arrests leader of armed group stopping migrants in New Mexico

FBI arrests leader of armed group stopping migrants in New MexicoThe arrest came two days after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) accused the group of illegally detaining migrants and New Mexico's Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham ordered an investigation. Hopkins, 69, also known as Johnny Horton, was arrested in Sunland Park, New Mexico, on a federal complaint charging him with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement. "We're not worried about it, he's going to be cleared," said Jim Benvie, a spokesman for the United Constitutional Patriots (UCP), blaming his arrest on political pressure from Lujan Grisham.

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 10:40:49 -0400
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