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Texas Supreme Court rules against Houston mail voting plan

Texas Supreme Court rules against Houston mail voting planThe Texas Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that voters in Houston cannot receive unsolicited mail-in ballots for November’s presidential election, thwarting an effort to expand voting in the third-largest county in the United States.

The court concluded that the state’s election law did not authorize a plan by Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins to mail ballot applications to the county’s 2.4 million registered voters.

The Supreme Court sent the case back to a lower court, which it directed to issue an injunction to prohibit Hollins from sending ballot applications to registered voters.


British ISIS suspects allegedly linked to murders of American hostages will face charges

Isis suspects to face US courtThe Justice Department will announce charges against British ISIS suspects believed to be linked to the kidnapping and murders of American and British hostages in Syria, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Assistant Attorney General John Demers, FBI Director Christopher Wray and other federal officials will make the announcement during a press conference Wednesday morning.

Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, whom captives had referred to as the Beatles because of their British accents, are in the custody of the U.S. military in Iraq. The two had admitted to their roles in ransom negotiations for Western hostages but denied allegations that they tortured and murdered the captives.

Kotey admitted extracting "proof of life" information and email address from European hostages so ISIS could contact family members with ransom demands. Elsheikh said he was a liaison between the prisoners and the ISIS officials who handled the negotiations.


Grand jury indicts St. Louis couple who pointed guns at protesters

McClosky couple indicted in St. louis
A grand jury in St. Louis on Tuesday indicted Mark and Patricia McCloskey on counts of exhibiting a weapon and tampering with evidence four months after footage circulated showing the couple pointing guns at Black Lives Matter protesters outside their home.

The couple's attorney, Joel Schwartz, said the grand jury reached the decision after the McCloskeys appeared before a judge earlier in the day, NBC affiliate KSDK reported.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner had issued felony charges against the couple in June for unlawful use of a weapon. The grand jury added the tampering-with-evidence charge on Tuesday.


Eddie Van Halen Dead At 65

Eddie Van Halen dies at 65

Legendary musician Eddie Van Halen died Tuesday at the age of 65 after undergoing treatment for cancer, according to a statement from his son.

“I can’t believe I’m having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning,” Wolf Van Halen said.

“He was the best father I could ever ask for,” he continued. “Every moment I’ve shared with him on and off stage was a gift.

“My heart is broken and I don’t think I’ll ever fully recover from this loss. I love you so much, Pop.”


Louisville SWAT team condemned raid on Breonna Taylor's home as 'just an egregious act'

Breonna TaylorMembers of the Louisville Metro Police SWAT unit condemned the planning and execution of the March raid on Breonna Taylor’s home, with one saying it was an “egregious act.”

Lt. Dale Massey and other members of LMPD's SWAT team told the Profession Integrity Unit in interviews after Taylor’s death the three officers involved violated a basis rule of policing — identifying your target and what's in the background before you shoot.

Sgt. Brandon Hogan called that "basic academy stuff," according to interviews obtained by The Louisville Courier Journal as part of LMPD's investigative file.


Supreme Court rejects appeal from county clerk who wouldn't issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Kim Davis appeal rejected

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from Kim Davis, the former Kentucky county clerk who gained national attention five years ago when she cited her religious beliefs in refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Although the court was apparently unanimous in refusing to hear her appeal, two of the conservative justices said the 2015 ruling making same-sex marriage the law of the land amounted to a "cavalier treatment of religion." Davis "may have been one of the first victims" of the decision, "but she will not be the last," wrote Clarence Thomas for himself and Samuel Alito.

After the marriage ruling, gay couples sued Davis for refusing to issue them marriage licenses, and she was briefly jailed for contempt when she continued to refuse after a court ordered her to grant them. Kentucky later changed state law so that marriage licenses were no longer issued in the name of the county clerk.


Texas police officer on leave after fatally shooting Black man who witnesses say was breaking up a fight

Jonathan Price killedA  Texas police officer has been placed on leave as authorities investigate after a man was shot and killed Saturday.

Officials from Wolfe City, located about an hour northeast of Dallas, said the shooting is being investigated by the Texas Rangers but did not identify the officer involved or the victim in a statement Sunday. Relatives and friends identified the man killed as Jonathan Price, 31, a city employee who was beloved in his community, WFAA-TV reported.

Witnesses told the outlet that a man and a woman were arguing at a Kwik Check gas station, and when Price tried to step in, the man assaulted him. Officers arrived and used a taser on Price before shooting him.

Kyla Sanders, who was at a store across the street when the shooting occurred, told the station Price was a "pillar of the community."


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