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Supreme Court Tosses Sentences Of Five Juveniles Who Were Condemned To Die In Prison

Supreme Court tosses convictions of 5 juvenilesThe Supreme Court on Monday gave a new day in court to five Arizona defendants who were sentenced to spend the rest of their days in prison without the possibility of ever getting out.

What the five cases have in common is that every defendant was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole while they were still under the age of 18 ― a type of sentence the high court has said should be given to minors only in extreme circumstances.


Creationism in Texas Could Go Extinct on Election Day

Creationism in Texas Could Go Extinct on Election DayIn September, a group of educators chosen by the Texas Education Agency to streamline the state’s science curriculum standards removed portions of four passages that contained creationist language.

The new standards must still be approved by the Texas State Board of Education where creationists are fighting to reverse the changes. The board members, unlike the education agency staff, are elected officials. That means the fate of creationism in Texas could be determined on Election Day.


Alaska's first marijuana retailer opens to throngs of customers

Alaskas first pot retailerThey weren't giving away marijuana, but that didn't stop dozens from lining up hours in advance for the opening of Alaska's first pot shop on Saturday.

Residents of Valdez are calling their community "the highest little town at sea level," KTVA reported.

People in Alaska see the opening of Herbal Outfitters as a historic event in their state.


Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Vows To Fight Dakota Access Pipeline Through Winter

Daakota pipeline protestNative American leaders vowed on Saturday to protest through the winter against a North Dakota oil pipeline they say threatens water resources and sacred lands and are weighing lawsuits over police treatment of arrested protesters.

Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II said he and other tribal leaders were working on providing food, heat and shelter for protesters opposed to the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline.


Guatemalans sheltering in US church avoid deportation

Guatemalans shelter in churchReverend Babs Miller addressed churchgoers on a Sunday morning as a group of children sat cross-legged in the corner and played with puppets at the St Andrew's Presbyterian Church.

Miller appealed to the congregation to pray for people who have lost loved ones before delivering a more political message.

"We also lift up all those who have been displaced from their homes," she said. "May they find adequate shelter and food, as well as the things that can feed their very souls."


Baylor Regents Describe Gang Rape, Other Alleged Assault By Football Players

Baylor U assault chargesIn interviews with the Wall Street Journal, Baylor University regents shared previously undisclosed details of an investigation into the "horrifying" sexual assault allegations against football players at the school.

According to the Journal's report, which was published Friday, the regents said 17 women reported "sexual or domestic assaults involving 19 players, including four alleged gang rapes."


Plane Catches Fire At Chicago’s O’Hare Airport

O'Hare plane fireAn American Airlines flight leaving for Miami blew a tire and caught fire Friday afternoon, spewing huge billows of black smoke across O’Hare International Airport, but about 170 passengers and crew were able to make it off safely, officials said.

American Airlines Flight 383, a Boeing B767, was scheduled to depart at 2:20 p.m. but blew a tire at 2:35 p.m. and aborted takeoff, according to the FAA, which is investigating. Passengers and crew got off the plane by sliding down an emergency chutes. An American Airlines website says that the plane, manufactured in 2003, has a capacity for 218 passengers plus crew. American Airlines said in a statement that the crew initially aborted takeoff because of engine-related mechanical problems.


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