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Writer, Manson prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi dead at 80

Vincent BugliosiVincent Bugliosi, the Los Angeles prosecutor who became a best-selling author with "Helter Skelter" -- his true-crime account of the Manson Family killings -- has died at the age of 80, his wife confirmed Tuesday.  He died Saturday of cancer.

Bugliosi rose to prominence as the 35-year-old deputy district attorney assigned to try Charles Manson and several of his followers over a series of bloody 1969 murders meant to incite a race war.


Marital Rape Is Semi-Legal in 8 States

marital rape legal An Ohio woman can be drugged and sexually assaulted—legally—if the perpetrator is her spouse. How marital rape in America secretly lives on.

Not too long ago, the term “marital rape” was considered an oxymoron. In some U.S. states, it might as well still be one.

Lawmakers in Ohio are trying to remove archaic forms of “marital privilege” in state laws pertaining to rape, The Columbus Dispatch reports. Although marital rape is illegal in Ohio as well as nationwide, the notion of marital privilege or exemption dates from an era when a man could only be charged with rape if the alleged victim was not his wife—an era that only ended in the United States on July 5, 1993 when North Carolina criminalized marital rape, becoming the final state to do so.


Federal appeals court backs strict Texas abortion law

Federal court backs Texas abortion lawA federal appeals court Tuesday upheld most of a strict Texas abortion law that foes say will force most abortion clinics in the state to shut their doors.

The ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans came in a lawsuit challenging requirements that clinics providing abortions provide hospital-level operating room standards. The court said clinics failed to show that many women would be unconstitutionally burdened by the law.

The Center for Reproductive Rights said it will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices had put the 2013 law on hold last year, sending it back to the appeals court for review.


White House press briefing interrupted after bomb threat

Capitl bomb threatThe White House press corps returned to the building's briefing room Tuesday after being evacuated following a "telephonic bomb threat."

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said after the briefing resumed that the room was carried out as a precaution taken by the Secret Service, adding that the threat was made before 2 p.m.

Earnest also said the briefing room was the only room evacuated within the White House complex. He also said that, while President Obama was on sight, he was not moved from the complex.


Kalief Browder, 22, held for three years in prison without trial, kills himself

Kalief BrowderA 22-year-old man who, as a teenager, was held for almost three years without trial in New York’s Rikers Island prison, killed himself on Saturday at his home in the Bronx.

Kalief Browder became the face of a movement to reform the prison after the New Yorker detailed how he was held for almost three years without trial. He was accused of stealing a backpack, a charge he denied.

He spent the next three years awaiting trial amid repeated court delays before New York prosecutors dropped the charges against him in 2013.


TSA Missed 73 Workers on Terror Watchlist

TSA employs 73 on terror listTSA’s multi-layered process to vet aviation workers for
potential links to terrorism was generally effective. In addition
to initially vetting every application for new credentials, TSA
recurrently vetted aviation workers with access to secured
areas of commercial airports every time the Consolidated
Terrorist Watchlist was updated.

However, our testing showed that TSA did not identify 73 individuals with terrorism-related category codes because TSA is not authorized to receive all terrorism-related information under current interagency watchlisting policy.


Ex-SC officer indicted for murder in shooting of black man

Michael SlagerA white former North Charleston police officer has been indicted on a murder charge in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man who was running away from the officer.

The April 4 shooting was captured on video by a bystander and showed officer Michael Slager firing eight times at 50-year-old Walter Scott. The shooting rekindled the ongoing national debate about the treatment of black suspects at the hands of white officers.


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