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eBay Bans Confederate Flags

Confederate flageBay said in a statement today that it will ban Confederate flag-themed items, immediately, following in the footsteps of Walmart, Sears and K-Mart.

“We have decided to prohibit Confederate flags, and many items containing this image, because we believe it has become a contemporary symbol of divisiveness and racism,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

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Virginia to Phase Out Confederate Plates

Terry MccauliffeVirginia will phase out vehicle license plates featuring the Confederate battle flag, the state's governor said on Tuesday, following the fatal shootings of nine black worshipers at a historic South Carolina church, allegedly by a white gunman.

The state, which was part of the pro-slavery Confederacy in the U.S. Civil War, will no longer allow specialty license plates for the Sons of Confederate Veterans group that feature the flag, said Governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat.

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Walmart, Sears removing Confederate flag items

Walmart, Sears remove confederate wareWalmart and Sears said they would stop selling products bearing the Confederate flag, days after a white gunman shot nine people dead at a historically black South Carolina church.

The move by the major retailers came the same day South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called on lawmakers to take down the Confederate battle flag at the state capitol grounds, and a Mississippi lawmaker called for the removal of the Confederate emblem from the state flag.

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S.C. Gov. Haley calls for removal of Confederate flag near the state Capitol

Confederate flag in South CarolinaSouth Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state Capitol Monday.

"Today we are here in a moment of unity to say it's time to move the flag from the capitol grounds," Haley said during a news conference attended by Republican senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, as well as other state leaders.

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Court: Mother and daughter deported to Guatemala need to be returned to U.S. immediately

Court: return mother and daughter from GuatemalaA mother and her 12-year-old daughter who were deported to Guatemala on Friday need to be immediately returned to the United States, a U.S. Court of Appeals judge ordered.

In a rare move, Chief Judge Theodore A. McKee of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals has order U.S. officials to search for the 34-year-old mother, Ana, and her daughter, who were pulled from their rooms at a Pennsylvania family detention center at 3 a.m. Friday and placed on a plane flying to Panama City.

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Darryl Hamilton, Ex-MLB Player, Killed In Apparent Murder-Suicide

Darryl HamiltonMajor League Baseball analyst and former player Darryl Hamilton was found dead in a suburban Houston apartment on Sunday, gunned down in what police are calling a murder-suicide.

Cops found the bodies of 50-year-old Hamilton and Monica Jordan, 44, in Jordan's home at about 4:45 p.m., the Houston Chronicle reported. Cops were responding to a 911 call about a disturbance at the address, and found Hamilton dead in the front entryway, and Jordan dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in another room.

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High court strikes down raisin program as unconstitutional

rasin farmer ruling from SCThe Supreme Court ruled Monday that a 66-year-old program that lets the government take raisins away from farmers to help reduce supply and boost market prices is unconstitutional.

In an 8-1 ruling, the justices said forcing raisin growers to give up part of their annual crop without full payment is an illegal confiscation of private property.

The ruling is a victory for California farmers Marvin and Laura Horne, who claimed they were losing money under a 1940s-era program they call outdated and ineffective. They were fined $695,000 for trying to get around the program.

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