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The Alabama Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the state's probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, NBC News reported. The state's all-Republican court said in its ruling that the U.S. Constitution doesn't alter the probate judges' duty to administer state law, and that a federal court used "sleight of hand" when it blocked the state's ban on gay marriage. The challenge is the latest legal salvo in a growing debate in Alabama and nationwide over whether the decisions of federal justices trump those made by state judges, as states opposed to same-sex marriage try to block federal court decisions throwing out bans against it.
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A U.S. Justice Department investigation has found that police in Ferguson, Missouri, have habitually violated citizens' civil rights, with black residents bearing the brunt, NBC News reported. The probe, prompted by the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson last August, uncovered a pattern of unfair traffic stops, questionable arrests, unreasonable use of force and interference with free speech, according to information provided to NBC News by a Justice Department official. Investigators also found that Ferguson's black citizens, who make up about 67 percent of the city's 21,000 residents, made up 85 percent of traffic stops, and 93 percent of all arrests from 2012 to 2014. Ferguson officials have not responded to requests for comment on the findings.
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U.S. Park Police are investigating a report of shots fired near the National Security Agency's headquarters Tuesday.
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The rival Little League coach whose accusations cost Chicago's Jackie Robinson West their U.S. championship title was arrested early Tuesday after police say he chased a stranger into her home. Chris Janes, the vice president of the Evergreen Park Athletic Association, told NBC Chicago he "doesn't remember" what happened but thinks he simply went to the wrong home after having a few too many drinks. "I did something really stupid, and I feel awful," he said.
Congress has passed legislation that will fund the Department of Homeland Security without touching President Barack Obama's immigration actions, bringing an end to a months-long battle that threatened to shut down an agency tasked with helping protect the U.S. against terrorist threats. In a 257 to 167 vote, the House passed a "clean" Homeland Security funding bill on Tuesday without provisions that would curtail the president's executive orders on immigration. The Senate passed the legislation last week and the president's signature is certain.
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Target's chief executive said Tuesday that the huge American retailer plans to cut several thousand jobs over the next two years in an effort to cut $2 billion in costs, CNBC reported. "Our team is ... reducing complexity and simplifying the way we work," CEO Brian Cornell said in the company's latest earnings report. Last week, the retailer reported earnings of $1.50 per share on revenue of $21.75 billion, beating Wall Street's expectations, CNBC reported.
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Attorneys for Eddie Ray Routh filed a motion on Tuesday for a new trial after Routh was found guilty in the murders of "American Sniper" author and former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield.
Routh's attorney Wendy St. John also filed an appeal to overturn his conviction on Feb. 24.
Because the state did not seek the death penalty, Routh, 27, received an automatic life sentence without the possibility of parole.
More than 70 passengers aboard an Asiana Airlines flight that crashed in San Francisco two years ago have reached a settlement in their lawsuits against the airline, attorneys for the passengers and airline said in a court filing Tuesday. The settlement with 72 passengers who filed personal injury claims also includes Boeing Co., which made the destroyed 777, and Air Cruisers Co., the New Jersey company that made its evacuation slides. The filing did not include the settlement amount. Dozens more cases are still pending.
They make an unlikely pair, but World War II veteran Erling Kindem, 90, and Emmett Rychner, 4, are fast friends — and they celebrated a joyous reunion on Sunday, NBC affiliate KARE reported
. They became friends as neighbors in suburban Minneapolis last year, but sadly parted in September after Kindem and his wife moved to a retirement community, and Emmett and his parents moved to a new house. But the duo were reunited on Sunday for Kindem's 90th birthday, and sealed their friendship with a special gift.
A judge on Tuesday granted a defense motion suppressing some of the evidence in the case of a Massachusetts teenager charged with raping and killing his high school math teacher in 2013.
Among that evidence is an alleged confession Philip Chism gave to Danvers Police after the killing, as well as certain cell phone evidence police had gathered as a result of that interview.
Additional motions seeking to suppress statements made to Topsfield Police as well as evidence seized at Danvers High School and from Chism's pockets and backpack were denied by the judge.
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Protesters gathered Tuesday morning at the site where officers shot and killed a homeless man on Skid Row, then marched to the Los Angeles Police Department headquarters for a police commission meeting attended by Chief Charlie Beck. A rally involving LA Community Action Network and Skid Row community members began at about 8 a.m. near Sixth and San Pedro streets, where flowers, notes and other items were left at a memorial for the slain man, known to others on Skid Row as "Africa." Protesters carried signs that read, "Stop Modern Day Lynchings," "End the Police State" and "End the Safer Cities Initiative," a community policing program.
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Virginia mom of three Brooke Taheri opted to spend her Valentine’s Day working on her taxes, never imagining the holiday could get any less romantic. Then she discovered her identity had been stolen.
Georgia called off a second execution at the last minute on Tuesday because the lethal injection drugs appeared "cloudy," the state Department of Corrections said in a statement. A day after the state delayed the execution of Kelly Gissendaner, officials also postponed the execution of Brian Terrell out of an "abundance of caution." Gissendaner was waiting to hear if the U.S. Supreme Court would have postponed her execution on Monday night when prison officials postponed it at 11 p.m. ET, citing possible drug problems. Hundreds of clergy rallied Sunday to urge courts not to execute Gissendaner, who earned a theology degree during her 18 years of incarceration.
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