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Supreme court sidesteps North Carolina dispute over Republican election maps

Supreme court sidesteps North Carolina dispute over Republican election mapsBy Andrew Chung WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court threw out a lower court's ruling that Republicans lawmakers in North Carolina drew congressional district boundaries to ensure lopsided electoral victories for their party against rival Democrats. The justices sent the case back to a federal three-judge panel to reconsider whether the plaintiffs, including a group of Democratic voters, have the necessary legal standing to sue in the case involving a contentious practice called partisan gerrymandering. The Supreme Court put on hold the lower court's order that a new map be drawn, leaving the Republican-drawn districts in place for congressional elections in November, giving a boost to Republicans in their bid to maintain control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mon, 25 Jun 2018 11:20:04 -0400
Conviction of SAC's Martoma upheld despite jury instructions

Conviction of SAC's Martoma upheld despite jury instructionsA divided federal appeals court on Monday upheld the insider trading conviction of Mathew Martoma, a former portfolio manager for billionaire Steven A. Cohen, finding enough evidence to establish guilt despite defective jury instructions. It said the instructions wrongly allowed a conviction solely on evidence that a Michigan doctor had tipped Martoma about a Alzheimer's drug trial to maintain a friendship, rather than to offer a benefit or further a "quid pro quo" relationship.

Mon, 25 Jun 2018 11:10:43 -0400
Supreme Court turns away 'Making a Murderer' case appeal

Supreme Court turns away 'Making a Murderer' case appealThe justices turned away Brendan Dassey's appeal of a lower court ruling upholding his conviction for murder, sexual assault and mutilation of a corpse in connection with the 2005 death of a freelance photographer named Teresa Halbach. Dassey, 16 years old at the time of the murder and now 28, told police officers who interrogated him four times in 48 hours that he had helped his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill Halbach.

Mon, 25 Jun 2018 10:41:00 -0400
Supreme Court ducks dispute over florist who refused gay wedding request

Supreme Court ducks dispute over florist who refused gay wedding requestAfter siding with a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sent back to lower courts a similar dispute over a florist who declined to create flower arrangements for a same-sex wedding based on her Christian beliefs. The justices threw out a 2017 ruling by Washington state's Supreme Court that Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene's Flowers in the city of Richland, about 200 miles (320 km) southeast of Seattle, had violated the state's anti-discrimination law and a consumer protection measure.

Mon, 25 Jun 2018 10:39:59 -0400
U.S. prosecutors cancel meeting with Stormy Daniels: lawyer

U.S. prosecutors cancel meeting with Stormy Daniels: lawyerA meeting between adult film actress Stormy Daniels and federal prosecutors in New York investigating President Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen scheduled for Monday has been canceled, a lawyer representing Daniels said late on Sunday. Attorney Michael Avenatti said in a Twitter post he had been informed by the U.S. Attorney's Office that the meeting was canceled because media had found out about it and "they can't handle a few cameras outside their offices." Prosecutors are investigating Cohen for possible crimes related to his business dealings, a source familiar with the investigation told Reuters in April. The probe stems in part from a referral by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating whether there was any coordination between associates in Trump's 2016 election campaign and Russia.

Mon, 25 Jun 2018 10:39:32 -0400
Migrants 'knock at front door' for asylum after Trump crackdown

Migrants 'knock at front door' for asylum after Trump crackdownBy Anthony Esposito and Lizbeth Diaz TIJUANA/REYNOSA, Mexico (Reuters) - More Mexicans and Central Americans are lining up to make asylum requests at the U.S.-Mexico border as word spreads of a U.S. crackdown on families crossing illegally and the threat of brutal gangs lying in wait if they go it alone. Officials at shelters in border cities as well as migrants from Mexico and Central America told Reuters there was a rising number of people waiting, often for weeks, to make asylum pleas to immigration authorities at official border crossings. Many of the dozens of migrants interviewed by Reuters said they decided to present an official asylum request after hearing about parents being separated from children when crossing the U.S. border illegally, and about friends making successful requests.

Mon, 25 Jun 2018 10:39:11 -0400
Trump says illegal immigrants should be deported with 'no judges or court cases'

Trump says illegal immigrants should be deported with 'no judges or court cases'By Doina Chiacu and Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Sunday that people who enter the United States illegally should be sent back immediately to where they came from without any judicial process, likening them to invaders who are trying to "break into" the country. In a series of tweets on Sunday, Trump said: "We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country. Strong Borders, No Crime!" It was unclear if Trump was advocating an expansion of the provision that allows expedited removals of illegal immigrants at or near the U.S. border, a policy his administration has embraced since he took office.

Mon, 25 Jun 2018 10:38:49 -0400
Pentagon eyes temporary camps for immigrants at two bases

Pentagon eyes temporary camps for immigrants at two basesBy Phil Stewart EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska (Reuters) - The U.S. military is preparing to build temporary camps at two military bases to house immigrants, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Sunday, in the latest sign of a growing U.S. military support role for President Donald Trump's politically charged immigration policies. Mattis, speaking to reporters during a flight to Alaska, did not specify the names of the bases or say whether they would house immigrant children or their parents, or both. "The details are being worked out ... about exactly how much capacity they need at the two bases, what other kinds of facilities they need built," Mattis said, as he disclosed the request for the facilities from the government's Department of Homeland Security.

Mon, 25 Jun 2018 10:38:44 -0400
Where are the beds? Questions surround Trump's plan to hold families in detention

Where are the beds? Questions surround Trump's plan to hold families in detention(This version of the June 21 story corrects Murdza's title in the second to last paragraph) By Reade Levinson, Yeganeh Torbati and Kristina Cooke (Reuters) - One child stopped eating and fell into a depression. A third child started biting other children. These are the experiences of children who have spent just three weeks at a temporary family immigration detention at the South Texas Family Detention Center in Dilley, Texas, attorneys and volunteers who work at the center told Reuters. The Dilley site is one of only three in the United States designed to hold parents and children together in immigration detention.

Mon, 25 Jun 2018 09:55:55 -0400
California wildfire threatens to cut off rural community

California wildfire threatens to cut off rural community(Reuters) - A spreading wildfire threatened early Monday to cut off access to a rural community in northern California, where authorities ordered the evacuation of around 2,500 residents. Erratic winds and high temperatures were fueling the Pawnee Fire in the Spring Valley region about 100 miles (160 km)northwest of Sacramento. The blaze had jumped the single road leading to the mainly residential community in a couple of places, said Dale Carnathan, emergency services manager for the Lake County Sheriff's Office said.

Mon, 25 Jun 2018 03:07:48 -0400
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