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Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin Due In Court Over College Admissions Scandal

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| The two actresses are the most high-profile faces of the alleged massive college admissions fraud that has sent shock waves through the U.S. higher education system.

Supreme Court Closely Divides On 'Cruel And Unusual' Death Penalty Case

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A divided court ruled against a Missouri man who said, because of a rare medical condition, death by lethal injection would constitute "cruel and unusual punishment."

Supreme Court Sees 2 Similar Death Penalty Questions Very Differently

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An Alabama man was denied the right to have his Muslim spiritual adviser in the death chamber. But a Texas prisoner's execution was delayed because he was denied his Buddhist minister.

Trump Extends Deportation Protection For Liberians In The U.S.

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The delay will give Congress time to work on a possible permanent pathway for thousands of Liberians to remain in the U.S.

After Inmate Suicides, Alabama Prisons On Trial

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A federal judge already has ruled that mental health care for inmates in Alabama's prisons is "horrendously inadequate." Now he's looking at the system's response to 15 suicides in the past 15 months.

Federal Judge Blocks North Carolina Ban On Abortions Later Than 20 Weeks

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The law runs afoul of Supreme Court precedent banning abortion restrictions based on which week of pregnancy the mother is in, the judge wrote.

Kavanaugh Seems Conflicted On Partisan Gerrymandering At Supreme Court Arguments

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The court once again appeared divided on whether redistricting could be done on the basis of politics. The newest justice seemed to be at least open to considering it as a problem.

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Bump Stock Ban Takes Effect As Gun Rights Groups Ask Supreme Court For Delay

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Anyone selling or owning bump stocks could face up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000. The devices are now classified as machine guns.

Prosecutors Drop Charges Against 'Empire' Actor Jussie Smollett, Angering Police

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The TV star was accused of filing a false report of a hate crime. Now, the decision to drop the charges has exposed a stark fault line between Chicago authorities and state and county officials.