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  • nbc6 pride Nov 19, 2019

    For Trans Activists, Recent Setbacks Temper Long-Term Hopes

    Amid their annual vigils for transgender homicide victims, trans rights activists in the U.S. are trying to maintain long-term optimism even as many hard-won protections are under threat. Just a few weeks ago, President Donald Trump’s administration argued before the Supreme Court that employers should be allowed to fire workers because they are transgender. The administration also has moved to...

  • JUDGE Sep 13, 2019

    In Era of Legal Pot, Can Police Search Cars Based on Odor?

    Sniff and search is no longer the default for police in some of the 33 states that have legalized marijuana. Traditionally, an officer could use the merest whiff of weed to justify a warrantless vehicle search, and whatever turned up — pot, other kinds of illegal drugs, something else the motorist wasn’t allowed to have — could be used as...

  • JUDGE Sep 10, 2019

    Weed Bouquets: Saying ‘I Do’ With Your Best Buds

    There’s something blooming when it comes to wedding planning: brides are using cannabis plants to arrange bridal bouquets. The growing trend in marijuana matrimony has guests waking up and smelling the roses as couples take their special day to a higher level.

  • Donald Trump Aug 23, 2019

    Trump Admin. Plans for Utah Monument Guts Protections, Opens Site to Mining

    The U.S. government’s final management plan for lands in and around a Utah national monument that President Donald Trump downsized doesn’t include many new protections for the cliffs, canyons, waterfalls and arches found there, but it does include a few more safeguards than were in a proposal issued last year. The Bureau of Land Management’s plan for the Grand Staircase-Escalante...

  • JUDGE Jul 2, 2019

    Judge Blocks Trump Policy Keeping Asylum-Seekers Locked Up

    A federal judge in Seattle on Tuesday blocked a Trump administration policy that would keep thousands of asylum-seekers locked up while they pursue their cases, saying the Constitution demands that such migrants have a chance to be released from custody. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman ruled Tuesday that people who are detained after entering the country illegally to seek protection...

  • Donald Trump Jun 28, 2019

    Judge Weighs New US Policy Keeping Asylum Seekers Locked Up

    Immigrant rights activists asked a U.S. judge Friday to block a new Trump administration policy that would keep thousands of asylum seekers locked up while they pursue their cases, instead of giving them a chance to be released on bond. Attorney General William Barr announced the policy in April as part of the administration’s efforts to deter a surge of...

  • Associated Press Jun 25, 2017

    Gay Pride Parades Sound a Note of Resistance — and Face Some

    Thousands of people lined the streets for gay pride parades Sunday in coast-to-coast events that took both celebratory and political tones, the latter a reaction to what some see as new threats to gay rights in the Trump era. In a year when leaders are anxious about the president’s agenda, parade organizers in New York and San Francisco were more...

  • Associated Press Jun 4, 2019

    Is ‘Big Tech’ Too Big? A Look at Growing Antitrust Scrutiny

    Is Big Tech headed for a big breakup? The U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission are moving to investigate Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple over their aggressive business practices, and the House Judiciary Committee has announced an unprecedented antitrust probe , promising “a top-to-bottom review of the market power held by giant tech platforms.” In addition, at least...

  • Associated Press Jun 4, 2019

    Is ‘Big Tech’ Too Big? A Look at Growing Antitrust Scrutiny

    Is Big Tech headed for a big breakup? The U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission are moving to investigate Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple over their aggressive business practices, and the House Judiciary Committee has announced an unprecedented antitrust probe , promising “a top-to-bottom review of the market power held by giant tech platforms.” In addition, at least...

  • Donald Trump May 7, 2019

    Georgia’s Republican Gov. Kemp Signs Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Ban

    Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed legislation on Tuesday banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. That can be as early as six weeks, before many women know they’re pregnant. Kemp said he was signing the bill “to ensure that all Georgians have the opportunity to live, grow, learn and prosper in our great state.” The signing caps...

  • attorney May 3, 2019

    Judges Declare Ohio’s Congressional Map Unconstitutional

    A federal court ruled Friday that Ohio’s congressional map is unconstitutional and ordered a new one be drawn for the 2020 elections. A three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court in Cincinnati ruled unanimously that district boundaries were manipulated for partisan gain by Republican mapmakers and violates voters’ rights to democratically select their representatives. The ruling blocks Ohio from holding...

  • Donald Trump Mar 30, 2019

    ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Ban Heads to Georgia Governor’s Desk

    Watchful eyes now turn to Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, wondering when he might sign a “heartbeat” abortion ban that he supported and helped push through. The Georgia House gave final approval Friday to legislation outlawing abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, sending the bill to Kemp. If enacted, it’d be among the strictest abortion bans in the...

  • Donald Trump Mar 30, 2019

    ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Ban Heads to Georgia Governor’s Desk

    Watchful eyes now turn to Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, wondering when he might sign a “heartbeat” abortion ban that he supported and helped push through. The Georgia House gave final approval Friday to legislation outlawing abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, sending the bill to Kemp. If enacted, it’d be among the strictest abortion bans in the...

  • officer Mar 10, 2019

    Modern Policing: Algorithm Helps NYPD Spot Crime Patterns

    When a syringe-wielding drill thief tried sticking up a Home Depot near Yankee Stadium, police figured out quickly that it wasn’t a one-off. A man had also used a syringe a few weeks earlier while stealing a drill at another Home Depot 7 miles south in Manhattan. The match, though, wasn’t made by an officer looking through files. It was...

  • Donald Trump Feb 5, 2019

    Trump Judicial Pick: ‘I Cringe’ at Past Remarks on Date Rape

    President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Brett Kavanaugh on a high-profile appeals court said Tuesday she cringes at some of the language she used as a college student in writing about sexual assault, race and equal rights for women. Neomi Rao told the Senate Judiciary Committee that writings in which she criticized affirmative action and suggested that intoxicated women were...

  • Connecticut Feb 4, 2019

    Hartford Police Launch Body Camera Program

    For the first time, Hartford Police officers will wear body cameras, recording video of most encounters they have with city residents, and interactions while out on patrol.

  • Feb 4, 2019

    Hartford Police to Use Body Cameras

    Hartford police on Monday announced a pilot program to have dozens of officers wear body cameras.

  • New York Dec 29, 2018

    Elections, Films Help Effort to Ban Gay Conversion Therapy

    Activists urging more states to ban gay conversion therapy for minors are expecting major gains in 2019, thanks to midterm election results and the buzz generated by two well-reviewed films.

  • NBC Nov 7, 2018

    Stefanowski Drops Legal Challenge for Last Minute Election Day Registration Voters

    During the final hours of Election Day, frustration filled New Haven’s City Hall as last-minute voters waited in long lines, including for Election Day registration.

  • Nov 7, 2018

    ACLU Probes New Haven Election Day Registration Lines

    The ACLU wants to hear from people who may not have been able to take advantage of same-day registration on Tuesday in New Haven because of long lines.

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