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Jussie Smollett Indicted On 16 Felony Counts By Chicago Grand Jury

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| The charges expand the initial single count of filing a false police report. Now Smollett is charged with multiple counts tied to different aspects of his alleged false report about being attacked.

#MeToo Awareness Sharpens Focus On Pay Equity

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After #MeToo, many employment attorneys say they've seen the number of pay-disparity cases spike, and employers are having to adapt by conducting investigations and pay audits.

Asylum-Seekers Can Appeal Fast-Track Deportations, Court Rules

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A 1996 law limited the ability of immigrants to appeal asylum officers' decisions of whether they truly fear persecution in their home country. An appeals court says those limits are unconstitutional.

Uber Not Criminally Liable In Death Of Woman Hit By Self-Driving Car, Prosecutor Says

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The woman was walking a bicycle across the road when she was fatally struck by the SUV. The car had a human operator behind the wheel but was in computer control mode at the time of the crash.

Supreme Court Denies Religious Building Preservation Funds Case

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The court let stand a New Jersey ruling not allowing government money for the restoration or preservation of religious buildings, like synagogues, temples, churches and mosques.

Court Says Jury Can't Strip Mongols Biker Club Of Its Trademarked Logo

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Federal prosecutors say the Mongols are a criminal operation and that their logo is central to their outlaw identity. But a judge ruled that the symbol is constitutionally protected.

Executing Someone With Dementia Might Violate Constitution, Justices Say

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A convicted murderer developed dementia while on Death Row. The Supreme Court blocked his execution for now, asking a lower court to determine whether the man understands why he is being put to death.

Federal Judge Orders Texas To End 'Flawed' Effort To ID Noncitizen Voters

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Texas officials later acknowledged that their list wrongly contained the names of U.S. citizens. The judge criticized what he called the state's threatening letters to suspect voters.

Supreme Court To Decide Fate Of World War I Memorial Cross On Public Land

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The American Humanist Association is challenging the existence of a 40-foot cross on government-owned land, but the Trump administration hopes a newly conservative majority will agree to let it stand.

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