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Court tosses $3.4M award to child porn victim

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 15:00
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea to make it easier for victims of child pornography to collect money from people who view their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet. Two dissenting justices said Congress should change the law to benefit victims. The justices said in a 5-4 ruling that a 1994 federal…
Report on CIA interrogations shadows Gitmo trials
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:46
The Senate's forthcoming report on the CIA's use of harsh interrogation techniques could add to the legal complications facing the long-delayed U.S. military tribunals of terrorist suspects at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. The Obama administration is removing or censoring national security secrets in the Senate report, a declassification process that will involve the Pentagon as well as spy agency officials. Two U.S. officials familiar with planning for the report's declassification said the Defense Department…
Supreme Court upholds Michigan's affirmative action ban
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:46
STORY HIGHLIGHTSKey argument in opinion concludes that lower court didn't have authority to set aside Michigan lawMichigan law bars publicly funded colleges from granting preferential treatment on the basis of raceThe debate centers on whether affirmative action programs would be phased out in the futureIt's now possible that other states could seek to act on affirmative action Washington (CNN) -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a Michigan law banning the use of racial criteria…
Prince Charles' brother-in-law dies in NYC after fall
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:45
LONDON (AP) — Royal officials in Britain say that the brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has died after sustaining a serious head injury following a fall in New York. Clarence House said that the 62-year-old Mark Shand died in the hospital Wednesday after falling late Tuesday. It said in a statement that Camilla, her husband Prince Charles and all of her family members are "utterly devastated by this sudden and tragic loss.
Ukraine militants: U.S. journalist held over 'destabilizing' reports
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:45
SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday confirmed they are detaining a U.S. journalist working with Vice News. The self-declared separatist mayor of Slaviansk told reporters the journalist, Simon Ostrovsky, had been detained for reporting what he said was false information that was "destabilizing for us" but that he was being treated well. Mayor Vyacheslav Ponomaryov attempted to joke about the situation. "There's nothing wrong with Ostrovsky.
Shakeup marks new era for pardon process
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:45
Controversial Pardon Attorney Ronald Rodgers is stepping down from his post and will be replaced by a former journalist and nonprofit executive as part of a sweeping overhaul of the federal clemency process. Deborah Leff, whose previous post at the Justice Department involved increasing access to lawyers for poor defendants, will take over from Rodgers to shepherd through the thousands of new clemency petitions from nonviolent federal inmates hoping to receive a commutation under the…
Obama dines at world-class sushi restaurant in Japan
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:31
For his first meal in Japan - the first stop in a four-country trip through Asia that began Tuesday evening - President Obama got to dine at one of the world's most renowned sushi restaurants. Mr. Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had an hour-and-a-half dinner at Sukibayashi Jiro in Tokyo's Ginza district Wednesday. U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy and National Security Advisor Susan Rice were also in attendance. Chef Jiro Ono is…
Justice Department prepares to consider more clemency requests
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:31
The Justice Department on Wednesday released guidelines it will use to step up its consideration of clemency requests from federal prisoners. Expecting an influx of thousands of applications for clemency, the Justice Department released six criteria that prisoners seeking a reduced sentence must meet: Inmates who are currently serving a federal sentence in prison and, by operation of law, likely would have received a substantially lower sentence if convicted of the same offense todayAre non-violent,…
Illinois lawmakers squabble over funding for Obama library
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:31
Some Illinois lawmakers want to entice President Obama to locate his presidential library in Chicago by offering up $100 million in state funds for the library's construction, but the proposal has spurred a backlash from those concerned about the state's strained budget. Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, a Democrat, put his proposal to help fund the library up for a vote in a House committee meeting last week. No votes had been scheduled for that…
Lawmaker: We need to keep pressure on Russia
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:30
Rep. David Cicilline weighs in on ongoing Ukraine crisis. If your browser has Adobe Flash Player installed, click above to play. Otherwise, click below.