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Bump Stock Ban Takes Effect As Gun Rights Groups Ask Supreme Court For Delay

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| Anyone selling or owning bump stocks could face up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000. The devices are now classified as machine guns.

Prosecutors Drop Charges Against 'Empire' Actor Jussie Smollett, Angering Police

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The TV star was accused of filing a false report of a hate crime. Now, the decision to drop the charges has exposed a stark fault line between Chicago authorities and state and county officials.

The Supreme Court Takes Another Look At Partisan Redistricting

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A pivotal retirement and a new conservative majority could give the state legislatures a green light for even more partisanship when it comes to drawing political boundaries.

Who Is Attorney General William Barr?

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This is not the first time Barr has led the Justice Department. The seasoned D.C. lawyer has expressed expansive views on the powers of the president — and supported past presidential pardons.

Oklahoma Sheriff And Deputies Resign Over 'Dangerous' Jail

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"The condition of the jail is such that it does not comply with constitutional standards," Nowata County Sheriff Terry Sue Barnett told reporters after tendering her resignation.

Border Patrol Starts Releasing Asylum-Seeking Migrants To South Texas Streets

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The move is an apparent return by the government to the practice President Trump has called "catch and release" and promised to end when he was a presidential candidate.

Gorsuch Provides Decisive 5th Vote In Case Interpreting Treaty With Indian Tribe

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On a conservative court, Justice Gorsuch has been one of the most conservative voices. But in cases involving Indian treaties and rights, he is most often sympathetic to Indian claims.

Supreme Court Broadens The Government's Power To Detain Criminal Immigrants

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The ruling responds to two class-action lawsuits brought by legal immigrants who served criminal sentences and then were detained years later.

Supreme Court To Take Up D.C. Sniper Case, Raising Issue of Sentencing Minors

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Lee Boyd Malvo was convicted in the 2002 killings and is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. But he was a minor, and the Supreme Court says that's not allowed in most cases now.