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GOP Senator Backs Legislation to Ratify ERA Now After McConnell Blocked Senate Vote

GOP Senator Backs Legislation to Ratify ERA Now After McConnell Blocked Senate Vote

On Friday, Republican Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski introduced a joint resolution with Democratic Maryland Senator Ben Cardin to remove the deadline to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), a constitutional amendment that that would specifically state that women are entitled to the same legal rights as men.The amendment reads, "Equality of rights under the law…...

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Lawyer blames Mexican cartel in Nevada drug, cockfight case

Lawyer blames Mexican cartel in Nevada drug, cockfight case

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — A defense lawyer says two Elko County men accused of trafficking drugs and conducting illegal cockfights feared for their lives and were only taking orders from higher-ups in a Mexican cartel that was running the operation in rural northeast Nevada.The trial in Elko County District Court is expected to wrap up…...

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‘MLK/FBI’ Director: ‘The US Has Reached a Tipping Level’

‘MLK/FBI’ Director: ‘The US Has Reached a Tipping Level’

A version of this story about “MLK/FBI” and Sam Pollard first appeared in the Documentaries issue of TheWrap’s awards magazine. The documentary “MLK/FBI” delves into the years in the 1960s when the FBI engaged in a clandestine campaign to spy on and discredit civil rights activist and leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Director Sam Pollard’s…...

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Folks smuggling gang jailed for lorry deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants

Folks smuggling gang jailed for lorry deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants

The main members of a people smuggling gang have been given long jail sentences after 39 Vietnamese illegal immigrants suffocated in the back of their lorry.Defence lawyers had argued that none of the smugglers had known there were so many men, women and children crammed into the sealed trailer. The victims died when they ran…...

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California opens civil rights probe into Los Angeles Sheriff’s Division

California opens civil rights probe into Los Angeles Sheriff’s Division

LOS ANGELES — California’s top prosecutor opened an investigation on Friday into the scandal-plagued Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, probing accusations the agency had engaged in a long pattern of excessive force, illegal shootings and abuse of jail inmates.The civil rights probe follows years of allegations that the nation’s largest local law enforcement agency was…...

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GOP Senator Backs Legislation to Ratify ERA Now After McConnell Blocked Senate Vote

GOP Senator Backs Legislation to Ratify ERA Now After McConnell Blocked Senate Vote

On Friday, Republican Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski introduced a joint resolution with Democratic Maryland Senator Ben Cardin to remove the deadline to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), a constitutional amendment that that would specifically state that women are entitled to the same legal rights as men.The amendment reads, "Equality of rights under the law…...

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Approved knowledgeable blames Mexican cartel in Nevada drug, cockfight case

Approved knowledgeable blames Mexican cartel in Nevada drug, cockfight case

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — A defense lawyer says two Elko County men accused of trafficking drugs and conducting illegal cockfights feared for their lives and were only taking orders from higher-ups in a Mexican cartel that was running the operation in rural northeast Nevada.The trial in Elko County District Court is expected to wrap up…...

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‘MLK/FBI’ Director: ‘America Has Reached a Tipping Level’

‘MLK/FBI’ Director: ‘America Has Reached a Tipping Level’

A version of this story about “MLK/FBI” and Sam Pollard first appeared in the Documentaries issue of TheWrap’s awards magazine. The documentary “MLK/FBI” delves into the years in the 1960s when the FBI engaged in a clandestine campaign to spy on and discredit civil rights activist and leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Director Sam Pollard’s…...

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Contributors smuggling gang jailed for lorry deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants

Contributors smuggling gang jailed for lorry deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants

The main members of a people smuggling gang have been given long jail sentences after 39 Vietnamese illegal immigrants suffocated in the back of their lorry.Defence lawyers had argued that none of the smugglers had known there were so many men, women and children crammed into the sealed trailer. The victims died when they ran…...

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California opens civil rights probe into Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department

California opens civil rights probe into Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department

LOS ANGELES — California’s top prosecutor opened an investigation on Friday into the scandal-plagued Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, probing accusations the agency had engaged in a long pattern of excessive force, illegal shootings and abuse of jail inmates.The civil rights probe follows years of allegations that the nation’s largest local law enforcement agency was…...

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