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A Staten Island grand jury on Wednesday ended the criminal case against a white New York police officer whose chokehold on an unarmed black man led to the man’s death, a decision that drew condemnation from elected officials and touched off a wave of protests. The fatal...
The rookie Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice last month had been deemed unfit for duty at a previous police department and was in the process of being fired when he resigned from his post, according to records released Wednesday. Cleveland police...
A DWI case against a South Texas appeals judge who failed a field sobriety test in July was dismissed last month, the McAllen Monitor reported Wednesday. Nora Longoria, a 13th Court of Appeals judge, was pulled over last July while going 69 mph in a 55 mph zone in the Rio Grande...
Americans increasingly have to dig into their own pockets to pay for medical care, a shift that is helping to curb the growth in health spending by employers and the government. The trend is being accelerated by the Affordable Care Act because many private plans sold by the law’...
A Washington state teacher acknowledged ordering an 8-year-old student to unclog a toilet with his bare hands, and the boy's parents say the educator deserves more than a reprimand. Artie and Lisa Adams told KEPR-TV ( http://bit.ly/1vml84o ) that they learned of the Nov. 6...
Sen. Ted Cruz implored fellow Republicans on Wednesday to block funding for the president’s immigration action — a gambit that could complicate last-minute talks to keep the government open past next week. He also demanded a freeze on Senate confirmations. That put in the...
A mall Santa and his elf have been fired after they turned away a seven-year-old girl with autism because she was there with her service dog, Pup-Cake. Abcde Santos, whose name is pronounced 'Ab-Suh-Dee', her family and the dog waited in line for 30 minutes to see Santa at The...
If you think it's a half-baked idea to legally protect kids' rights to play with their food, think again, says one Texas lawmaker. Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City, has filed a bill that would prohibit schools from punishing students who use their hands, playthings and, yes...
After two years of poor academic performance, teachers and administrators at Dwight Middle School have now been told that the Texas Education Agency is taking the action they've been dreading. Ed Suarez, South San Spokesman, said the school is going to be reconstituted. "...