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April 21, 2015 2:27 PM Senate cuts deal to allow confirmation vote for Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch

A vote on Loretta Lynch as attorney general has been delayed for five months, but could finally be settled this week. WASHINGTON- Senate leaders have cut a deal allowing the long-delayed confirmation of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General to occur later this week, they announced Tuesday. "Democrats and Republicans have come to an agreement" on a bill combating 5

April 21, 2015 2:17 PM Senate reaches deal to vote on AG nominee Loretta Lynch

Senate leaders on Tuesday morning announced a deal on a long-stalled anti-human-trafficking bill, setting up a vote to confirm Loretta Lynch as attorney general as soon as tomorrow. “As soon as we finish the trafficking bill, as I’ve indicated for some time now, we’ll move to the president’s nominee for attorney general in the next day or so,” he added 4

April 21, 2015 2:11 PM Arizona Sheriff Arpaio faces contempt hearing over racial profiling

U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snow ordered the evidential federal court hearing in connection to issues including Arpaio's failure to comply with court orders to stop immigration enforcement operations. Officers will testify at the hearing. "I think for much of this process Arpaio has tried to wipe his hands of any wrongdoing," said Alessandra Soler 3

April 21, 2015 12:48 PM AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio faces contempt hearing in profiling case

A federal judge will decide whether Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his top aides deliberately disobeyed a 2013 court order to stop racially profiling Latinos. The hearing, set to begin Tuesday, will be one of the stiffest legal challenges the hard line immigration sheriff has faced. Judge Murray Snow assigned a federal monitor to oversee the Maricopa 2

April 21, 2015 8:05 AM Arizona Sheriff Faces Contempt Hearing in Profiling Case

The sheriff for metro Phoenix begins a four-day hearing Tuesday that could bring him fines, damage his credibility and make him politically vulnerable for his acknowledged violations of a judge's orders in a racial profiling case. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has acknowledged disobeying the judge's pretrial order that barred his immigration enforcement 3

April 21, 2015 8:05 AM The Council’s pee brains seek to set loose chaos on the streets

Cuffing police officers’ hands is no way to preserve public order and fight crime — least of all when the cops are doing the job right. So it is astonishing that City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is engineering a drive to decriminalize turnstile-jumping, public urination, riding a bicycle on the sidewalk, drinking in public and other low-level 3

April 21, 2015 2:44 AM Cops blast City Council proposal to decriminalize minor offenses; Bill de Blasio remains mum on the plan

Many people on Ludlow Street in the Lower East Side get tickets for open containers and public urinating. But these small offenses would lead to civil charges under a proposed city plan. A City Council plan to decriminalize several low-level offenses has been met with disdain by some cops — and continued silence from the mayor. The proposal — a subject 2

April 21, 2015 12:30 AM $134M Proposed for 10 BP-Funded Oil Spill Recovery Projects

State and federal officials overseeing $1 billion provided by BP PLC to spur recovery from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill said Monday that they're proposing another 10 projects totaling $134 million. About $700 million to repair environmental damage and enhance recreational access has been allocated previously, although some of that work has yet to begin 3

April 21, 2015 12:30 AM Sea turtles; 4 Mississippi bays; 4 Texas islands; Bluefin tuna, sharks could get $116.5M

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — State and federal officials overseeing $1 billion provided by BP PLC to spur recovery from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill said Monday that they're proposing another 10 projects totaling $134 million. About $700 million to repair environmental damage and enhance recreational access has been allocated previously, although some of that work has yet to begin 4

April 20, 2015 9:58 PM These 3 Lawsuits Are Taking the Chicago Police Department To Task For Brutality

In the first trial of a Chicago police officer for a shooting death in 17 years, a judge on Monday cleared Chicago Police Detective Dante Servin of all charges related to his killing of a 22-year-old unarmed black woman, Rekia Boyd. Servin's team did not even have to mount a defense in the trial for the off-duty 2012 shooting. The case is one of three 24