Lawsuit Against North Carolina Sex Offender Law



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Convicted sex offenders are fighting against North Carolina laws they say deprive them of constitutional rights without protecting children. On Monday, Two anonymous sex offenders and a Raleigh-based national nonprofit filed a federal lawsuit challenging the state laws. The lawsuit says the law violates the U.S. Constitution by enforcing added penalties after conviction and sentencing. The offenders say they are unconstitutionally banned from practicing their religion by being forbidden from entering churches. They further contend The law also violates constitutional due process rights, by depicting all offenders as dangers to young children.

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Homeless In Chicago Freeze



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According to Reuters.com, “Blanca Rodriguez, a 52-year-old homeless woman, spent a night at one of the warming centers Chicago set up ahead of the Arctic-like weather that froze a large swath of the United States this week.” Melissa Stratton, director of Communications and Government Affairs at the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications, “Last night, our usual shelter beds were at 99 percent capacity.”

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Raging ‘Camp Fire’ Has Burned The Town Of Paradise, California To The Ground



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On Friday, three wildfires raged across California, forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate their towns.
According to the Associated Press, in northern California, the ‘Camp Fire,’ almost completely destroyed the town of Paradise.
Business Insider reports, the fires started after windy conditions swept through the state, creating high fire danger.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in Butte County for the northernmost Camp Fire.
On Thursday, the Camp Fire traveled 18,000 acres to Paradise, California — growing at the rate of nearly 80 football fields per minute.
40,000 residents in the county were evacuated, around 1,000 structures have been destroyed, and 70,000 acres have been burned.
Evacuations on the limited roads in Paradise were slowed by accidents, abandoned vehicles, and medical emergencies including child labor.

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US City Working on Plan to Allow Marijuana in Public



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On Wednesday, the city of Denver, Colorado reportedly started work on becoming the first city in the US to allow public marijuana use in places such as coffee shops, yoga studios and art galleries. Even though voters approved the “social use” measure last November, the ballot proposal failed to spell out many rules for how marijuana could be used in public, beyond saying that it can’t be smoked inside and that patrons must be over 21 to use it. According to state legislators, Colorado’s Liquor Control Board already has decreed that no businesses with a liquor license can allow marijuana use. This means that the bill has been regulated to restaurants that don’t serve alcohol and other event spaces in the city.

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Milwaukee Woman Captured on FBI’s Most Wanted List



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Authorities tweeted that the Milwaukee woman recently added to the FBI’s list of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives was captured early Friday.
Shanika S. Minor was wanted for killing of an expectant mother and her unborn child. The 24 year old was nabbed in Fayetteville, North Carolina — two days after she became the subject of a large-scale effort to track her down.
She is accused in the March 6 killing of her mother’s 23-year-old pregnant neighbor. The victim was just five days away from her due date. The FBI said the women had earlier gotten into an argument over loud music. Minor then confronted the woman and shot her in the chest, the FBI said.

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Fed Authorities To Investigate Texas Bus Crash



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Officials said federal authorities are investigating a charter bus crash in far-south Texas that killed eight people and injured 44 more in a single-vehicle rollover.
Texas Department of Public Safety trooper Conrad Hein said seven people died at the scene on Saturday morning on US Highway 83, about 46 miles north of Laredo, and another died at a hospital.
He said, “The driver of the bus lost control and rolled over. Everything’s real preliminary right now.”
Hein said the driver was among the survivors. He did not release the identity of the driver or any passengers.
The trooper said it was raining on Saturday morning. It was uncertain, however, if that was a factor in the crash that occurred just before 11.30am. No other vehicles were in the area at the time
Starting Sunday morning, the National Transportation Safety Board said it was sending a team to investigate the wreck.

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Mormons Leaders Ask For A Chnage



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(Reuters) – Leaders of the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Thursday called on people to stop referring to the faith as Mormonism, although the church acknowledged one of its central texts would still be called the Book of Mormon. FILE PHOTO: Mormon Apostle Russell M. Nelson, next in line to lead the church, waits for the first session of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 187th semiannual general conference top start in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S., September 30, 2017.

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Here We Go Again: FBI Unable To Decrypt Texas Shooter’s iPhone



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The Federal Bureau of Investigation can’t decrypt a phone belonging to the gunman who killed 26 people in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
According to Gizmodo, the FBI’s announcement will likely start another battle between law enforcement and technology companies over encryption.
The issue first arose over the FBI wanting Apple’s help to decrypt the iPhones of the San Bernadino shooters.
FBI Special Agent Christopher Combs says the phone was flown to Quantico for examination. But so far, the FBI has been unable to unlock it.

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Cops Sat on Evidence That Might’ve Saved NC Teen: DA



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According to Newser.com, Police sat on evidence that may have saved the life of a North Carolina teen raped and murdered out side of her home.
Robeson County DA Luther Johnson Britt said Wednesday, that deputies failed to act on evidence tying 34-year-old Michael Ray McLellan to a 2016 assault.
While the evidence was rediscovered last week, Britt says both the sheriff’s office and district attorney’s office were notified in 2017 but failed to obtain confirmation in the form of a new DNA sample.

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Satanic Temple Finds Ironic Home In Salem, Mass.



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Thursday will mark the opening of the international headquarters for the Satanic Temple in Salem, Oregon, a city which has a history of persecuting those accused of Satan worship.
However, the church says its mission is to promote separation of church and state and not devil worship.
It was in Salem in the 1690s that 20 people were executed in the infamous Salem witch trials
Lucien Greaves, a spokesperson for the Satanic Temple says, “The irony that a town which one executed people because of alleged ties to Satan will now be hosting the headquarters of the world’s largest satanic organization is not lost on us,”
Salem city counsel president Josh Turiel told reporters, “It’s not really that big a deal. We’ve had weirder things pretty much on every other street corner.”

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Over 1,000 Aftershocks Hit Alaska After Huge Earthquake



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Since a huge 7.0 magnitude quake hit Alaska on Friday, more than 1,000 aftershocks of magnitudes 1.5 or greater have shaken the state in just two days. According to CNN, the majority were of a magnitude of 2.5 or weaker, meaning people didn’t likely notice them. However, data from USGS says that more than 350 of the aftershocks were higher than 2.5. Despite Friday’s giant quake striking just eight miles from the city of Anchorage, no fatalities or serious injuries were reported. The quake was still able to knock out power for many, rip open roads and splinter buildings.

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FEMA Sued by Churches in Texas Over Harvey Damage



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On Tuesday, three churches in Texas severely damaged by Hurricane Harvey sued the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The lawsuit was reportedly filed due to FEMA’s policy of refusing to provide disaster relief to houses of worship because of their religious status. In their complaint, the churches said FEMA’s public assistance program “categorically” violates their constitutional right to freely exercise their religion. The filing goes on to say that FEMA’s policy, which was enforced after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012, also contradicts a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision making it easier for religious groups to receive public aid.

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Texas Crime Blogger Priscilla Villarreal Arrested Over Her Scoops



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A crime blogger in Texas has been hit with felony charges by police, who accuse her of publishing information before it’s publicly available, the Laredo Morning Times reports. According to the Washington Post, 32-year-old Priscilla Villarreal—who goes by Lagordiloca, or the fat crazy lady—is a popular figure in Laredo, where she livestreams from crime scenes on her Facebook page, which has 84,000 followers. But she says local police are fed up with her. Meanwhile, the Laredo Police Department has gone after who it believes is Villarreal’s source: Officer Barbara Goodman.

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Charleston Church Shooter Refuses To Look At Grisly Photos Of His Victims



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The jury in the Charleston church shooting trial on Thursday were given their first extensive look at the aftermath of the carnage inside the fellowship hall. While most in the South Carolina courtroom sat somberly peering up at a screen during the prosecution’s hour-long display of graphic photos showing the victims’ lifeless bodies, complete with 360-degree images of the crime scene, one person in the courtroom noticeably avoided doing so: the shooter, Dylann Storm Roof.As the lead crime scene investigator at the scene, Brittany Burke, described the grisly scene, Roof sat still at the defense table, his neck turned downward, his eyes appearing closed at times.

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Utah Mormons Plan ‘Mass Resignation’ Over Church’s Anti-Gay Policy



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Members of the Church of Latter Day Saints are planning a “mass resignation” in Salt Lake City on Saturday in response to a leaked church policy that punishes the children of same-sex couples who don’t renounce their parents’ relationship.

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