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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.


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.


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.


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.


Supreme Court turns down assault weapons cases

SCOTUS turns down weapons casesFresh off the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, the Supreme Court refused Monday to hear a challenge to assault weapons bans passed in Connecticut and New York after the Newtown elementary school massacre of 2012.

The challenges were denied without comment from the court in an expected action. Just last December — five days after a terrorist attack killed 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif. — they refused to hear a challenge to a Chicago suburb's ban on such semi-automatic weapons.


Former Vanderbilt University football player guilty of rape in retrial

Brandon VandenburgA former Vanderbilt University football player was found guilty late Saturday of the rape of an unconscious woman in his dorm room almost three years ago.

A jury of seven women and five men deliberated for 4½ hours before delivering the verdicts at about 8:20 p.m. Brandon Vandenburg was found guilty on all eight counts, leaving him to a potential prison sentence of 15 to 25 years.


Southern California wildfire spreads as blazes hit parched states

S California wildfires spreadA wildfire fed by parched land and high winds spread in Southern California on Saturday, prompting hundreds of people to evacuate their homes as the blaze formed destructive columns of flames known as "fire tornadoes."

The so-called Sherpa Fire in Santa Barbara County, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles, had burned through about 7,100 acres (2,870 hectares) by early Saturday and firefighters had contained about a quarter of the blaze, Santa Barbara County said on its Twitter feed.


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