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Supreme Court: Cross Can Stand On Public Land In Separation Of Church And State Case

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| The high court's conservative majority sided with those advocating for "religious freedom" in a major win for groups like the American Legion.

72 Philadelphia Police Officers Placed On Desk Duty Over Offensive Social Media Posts

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Police officials in Philadelphia are describing the action as the largest removal of officers from the street in recent memory.

NXIVM Leader Keith Raniere Found Guilty Of All Charges In Sex Cult Case

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The secretive group espoused a philosophy of self-help but was accused of recruiting women as sex slaves. Charges against Raniere, known as "Vanguard," included sex trafficking and racketeering.

Sandy Hook Victim's Father Wins Defamation Suit, Alex Jones Sanctioned

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"Mr. Pozner has sought for years to try to get these conspiracy theorists to understand that his son really was a person and that his son really did die," attorney Jake Zimmerman told NPR.

'Wake-Up Call' About A Broken System: New Study Shows Failings Of Probation, Parole

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The nationwide analysis has concluded that probation and parole violations amount to nearly half of admissions to state prisons. The majority of those violations were minor infractions.

Supreme Court Hands Democrats A Win On Racial Gerrymandering In Virginia

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Eleven legislative districts in Virginia were declared to be sorted by race and were redrawn. The court's decision Monday left that in place.

Phoenix Mayor Apologizes After Video Of Police Drawing Gun On Family Over Stolen Doll

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Viral footage of the incident captured by bystanders has already prompted an internal police probe, a $10 million civil rights claim and a chorus of fury on social media.

Possessing Marijuana In Prison 'Is Not A Felony,' California Court Says

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A three-judge panel ruled that because it's legal to have small amounts of pot in California, the same is true inside prison. They also say it's still illegal to smoke or ingest cannabis in prison.

Blue Ribbon Panel Calls For Independent Oversight Of LA Probation Department

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A blue ribbon panel says L.A. County should create an independent commission to oversee its long-troubled Probation Department. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze discusses what he says would be a significant development.

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