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Texas Muslims on edge amid protests, contest attack

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 06:48 PM

DALLAS (AP) — When an outspoken opponent of radical Islam sought to mock Muhammad in Texas, home to one of the nation's largest Islamic communities, local Muslims were encouraged to ignore her, and they did.

No one protested when Pamela Geller's cartoon contest attracted about 200 people to suburban Dallas Sunday, even though some Muslims in Texas were already feeling aggrieved and fearful over growing anti-Islamic sentiment in the state.

McConnell sets test vote on Iran sanctions bill

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 06:47 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has set a test vote for Thursday on stalled bipartisan legislation to let Congress review and possibly reject any agreement the Obama administration makes to ease sanctions on Iran in exchange for concessions on nuclear research and development.

The bill has been on the Senate floor off and on for more than two weeks.

Senate sustains Obama veto of bill on union rules

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 06:43 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has sustained President Barack Obama's veto of a bill that would have scrapped a new government rule on union elections.

The vote Tuesday was 96-3. It marked the second time Congress has failed to override an Obama veto since Republicans took control of the House and Senate in January. Obama earlier vetoed legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline.

Obama: Progress on immigration 'not always a straight line'

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 06:20 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says that when it comes to achieving a comprehensive overhaul of immigration laws progress is 'not always a straight line.'

He says that despite his executive actions on immigration, Congress still needs to pass legislation to make more permanent changes.

Obama reflected Tuesday during a large Cinco de Mayo gathering at the White House on the obstacles that have impeded his efforts to allow immigrants illegally in the United States to stay under certain conditions.

Capital murder indictment returned in U.Va. slaying case

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 05:59 PM

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The man charged with abducting and killing a University of Virginia student has been charged with capital murder and now faces the prospect of the death penalty.

An indictment announced Tuesday in Virginia's Albemarle County adds the charge in the case against Jesse Matthew Jr.

Prosecutor Denise Lunsford said the charge is based on new forensic evidence in the slaying of 18-year-old Hannah Graham.

Hawaii bill for birth certificate gender change passes

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 05:42 PM

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Legislature has passed a bill that could make it a lot easier for transgender people to change their gender on their birth certificates.

Right now, people in Hawaii are required to undergo gender reassignment surgery if they want to make that change. But the state House and Senate approved a bill Tuesday that removes the surgical requirement, sending the bill to Gov. David Ige.

Utah law allows gun owners to use deadly force in many cases

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 05:41 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Police say two Utah men fatally shot would-be criminals a few miles apart over the weekend, but neither shooter is expected to face charges in a gun-friendly state that was one of the first to pass a "Stand Your Ground"-style law more than 20 years ago.

In the first shooting, a man who holds a concealed carry permit intervened when a carjacker jumped into a woman's vehicle in Orem Saturday morning. The suspect was shot lunging for the bystander's gun, police say.

2 Michigan officers suspended after man's videotaped beating

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 05:39 PM

INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — Two police officers have been suspended without pay after the videotaped beating of a black man during a January traffic stop southwest of Detroit in Inkster.

WXYZ-TV (http://bit.ly/1KKqFqG ) reported Tuesday that officer Chuck Randazzo is suspended for 15 days and Sgt. Shawn Kritzer for 30 days.

Union representative Al Lewis says Randazzo was suspended for excessive force and bringing the department disrepute. Kritzer was suspended for improperly administering medical attention to Floyd Dent.

Buffett again to auction lunch for California charity

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 05:27 PM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Those hoping to sit down to a meal with billionaire Warren Buffett should be prepared to shell out big bucks.

Buffett will again auction off a private lunch to raise money for a California homeless charity. Buffett is chairman and CEO of Omaha, Nebraska-based Berkshire Hathaway.

Bidding for the lunch on eBay will begin May 31 and close June 5. Bidding starts at $25,000. Bidders must prequalify.

Officer charged in Gray death contends arrest was legal

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 05:07 PM

BALTIMORE (AP) — One of the Baltimore police officers who arrested Freddie Gray wants the police department and prosecutor to produce a knife that was the reason for the arrest, saying it was an illegal weapon.

The city's top prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, said Friday in charging the officer and five others that the knife was legal under Maryland law. She said that meant the officers had arrested Gray illegally.

The motion was filed Monday by attorneys for Officer Edward Nero in Baltimore District Court.

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