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Supreme Court upholds college affirmative action program

Supreme Court upholds affirmative actionThe Supreme Court today voted to uphold a component of the University of Texas’ admissions policy that takes race into account.

In a 5-3 vote, the justices upheld the judgment of the court of appeals, which had ruled in favor of the state’s using race in admissions.

This case is the second trip to the Supreme Court for Abigail Fisher, a white woman who was denied admission to the University of Texas and then filed a lawsuit challenging the university’s use of race in admissions.

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20 arrested at die-in outside NRA headquarters

die-in arrestssAbout 20 protesters were arrested Tuesday morning after an all-night vigil outside the National Rifle Association's Virginia headquarters.

The arrests came after an overnight demonstration attended by about 100 people outside the Fairfax, Va., headquarters of the NRA. The group said they were there in mourning for the Orlando, Fla., shooting victims.

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Federal Judge Refuses To Block Mississippi Anti-LGBT Law

Federal Court upholds anti LGBT lawThe American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi said the measure, set to take effect on July 1, unconstitutionally discriminates against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

The ACLU is suing on behalf of state residents Nykolas Alford and Stephen Thomas, a gay couple engaged to be married within the next three years, arguing the law violates their 14th Amendment rights. The ACLU is also suing on behalf of at least one of its members, who plans to marry a same-sex partner next year, the order said.

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Anton Yelchin: Jeep that killed Star Trek actor was recalled for rollaway risk

Anton YelchinThe SUV that rolled down a driveway and killed Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin was being recalled because the gear shifters have confused drivers, causing the vehicles to roll away unexpectedly, government records show.

Yelchin, 27, a rising actor best known for playing Chekov in the rebooted series, died on Sunday after his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee pinned him against a mailbox pillar and security fence at his home, Los Angeles police said.

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Sotomayor issues blistering opposition to evidence obtained in unlawful stops

Justice SotomayorJustice Sonia Sotomayor issued a blistering dissent on Monday as the US supreme court ruled that evidence of a crime could be used even though police illegally stopped the defendant when obtaining it.

The court’s opinion came in a case in which a detective illegally stopped Edward Strieff as he walked out of a house in South Salt Lake, Utah. Police had received an anonymous tip that the house he walked out of contained “drug activity”, but did not have a particular reason to suspect Strieff. A name check revealed an outstanding “small traffic warrant” for Strieff, and police arrested and searched him on that basis. He was found to be carrying methamphetamine.

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NYC police officials charged in bribery corruption scandal

NYC Police officers charged in bribrty aseTwo high-ranking New York Police Department officers were arrested Monday on charges accusing them of taking $100,000 worth of free flights, prostitutes, expensive meals and other bribes in exchange for providing a "private police force" for local businessmen.

Deputy Chief Michael Harrington, Deputy Inspector James Grant and a third defendant, Brooklyn businessman Jeremy Reichberg, were charged with conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud — the latest development in a series of overlapping public corruption investigations coordinated by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. David Villanueva, an NYPD sergeant assigned to the gun license bureau, was arrested on charges of conspiring to commit bribery.

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Read: Partial 911 transcripts from Orlando shootings

orlando shooterThe FBI has released an excerpt from the timeline of events and partial transcripts of the conversations that took place between Omar Mateen and Orlando police negotiators from inside Pulse nightclub during the mass shooting that left 49 people dead and dozens more wounded.

When officials released the transcripts Monday, they noted they declined to name Mateen. Below, he is referred to as "OM." They also redacted names of the groups Mateen pledged allegiance to.

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