May 5, 2016
Planned Parenthood says at least 24 states have cut its clinics of funding since mid-2015, when anti-abortion activists released videos purporting to show group officials negotiating prices for aborted fetal tissue. The footage gave rise to accusations that Planned Parenthood trafficked in body parts, which the group denies. Abortion laws in Kansas are among the strictest in the United States.
May 4, 2016
By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday will visit Flint, Michigan, a city struggling with the effects of lead-poisoned drinking water, as questions linger over whether his environmental regulators could have acted more urgently to address the crisis. Obama will get updates from federal officials on the response in Flint, a mostly African-American city where more than 40 percent of the city's 100,000 people live in poverty. "Like you, I'll use my voice to call for change and help lift up your community," Obama wrote last week to Amariyanna Copeny, an eight-year-old Flint girl who has marched in protests about the crisis and had asked to meet him.
May 3, 2016
Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who spent decades as one of the state's most powerful politicians before being convicted of corruption, is set to be sentenced on Tuesday for collecting millions of dollars in illegal kickbacks. Prosecutors have asked U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan to send the 72-year-old Silver to prison for more than 14 years. The sentencing caps a stunning fall from power for Silver, a Democrat who represented Manhattan's Lower East Side and served as speaker of the state Assembly from 1994 to 2015.
Apr 29, 2016
(Reuters) – A Maryland man accused of threatening Fox Television's Baltimore affiliate while wearing a hedgehog suit and a fake bomb vest loaded with foil-wrapped chocolate bars has been charged with arson and other counts, authorities said on Friday. The suspect, Alex Brizzi, 25, of Elkridge, Maryland, was shot and wounded by police after trying to deliver a flash drive with video about the end of the world during Thursday's incident at the offices of WBFF-TV. Police Commissioner Kevin Davis told a news conference that there was no connection to organized terrorism.
Apr 27, 2016
By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert could be sent to prison for up to 5 years when he is sentenced on Wednesday by a federal judge for a financial crime related to accusations of sexual abuse when he was a high school wrestling coach decades ago. One of his accusers, who was a 17-year-old wrestler when he claims Hastert performed a sex act on him after a practice, is expected to testify at the sentencing hearing in federal court in Chicago. The person, named as Individual D in court documents, will be the first of five accusers identified by federal prosecutors to make a public statement about Hastert.
Apr 25, 2016
Thousands of people flocked to North Carolina's capital on Monday to show both support and disdain for a law that has thrust the state into the international spotlight over its restrictions on transgender bathroom access and gay rights. North Carolina became the first U.S. state to require transgender people to use restrooms in public buildings and schools that match the sex on their birth certificate rather than their gender identity. "Our state is a state of crisis," Chris Sgro, executive director of the Equality North Carolina advocacy group, said earlier in the day before activists delivered petitions to Republican Governor Pat McCrory's office demanding the law's repeal.
Apr 25, 2016
A Dallas County grand jury has indicted former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel on a charge of misdemeanor assault with bodily injury after he allegedly struck his ex-girlfriend, media reported. A grand jury examined in the case against Manziel last week and a decision on an indictment was expected on Monday. KRLD radio, a CBS affiliate, reported late on Sunday that Manziel, 23, had been indicted on a class A misdemeanor domestic violence assault charge, citing a Dallas County District Attorney's office source.