|U.S. top court won't review Houston police shooting 'waistband' defense - |
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court, turning down a chance to test the limits of police use of force, declined on Monday to revive an unarmed suspect's lawsuit accusing a Houston officer of unconstitutional excessive force for shooting him in the back after he reached for his own waistband.
|Lawyer representing United passenger takes on American Airlines - |
The lawyer representing Dr. David Dao, who was dragged from a United Airlines plane, said he will also represent a woman whose clash with an American Airlines flight attendant went viral over the weekend. Thomas Demetrio told CNBC on Monday that he will represent both passengers whose recent confrontations with airline and airport employees sparked global outrage and prompted a nationwide conversation over U.S. carriers' treatment of passengers. The video is a microcosm of what's wrong with the airline industry today," Demetrio said in an interview with CNBC.
|Congress returns as Trump pressures Democrats ahead of funding deadline - |
With a deadline looming this week to avert a U.S. government shutdown, Congress returns to work on Monday as President Donald Trump leans on Democrats to include funding for his promised border wall with Mexico in spending legislation. The Republican president took to Twitter on Sunday to warn Democrats that the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, could soon lose essential funding without Democratic support for a congressional spending plan to keep the government running. Should talks fail, the government would shut down on Saturday, Trump's 100th day in office.
|New Orleans removes first of four racially divisive statues - |
Also slated to be relocated from their current public locations around the city are statues of Confederacy President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard. The statues have less relevance to New Orleans than to the Confederacy, having been put up decades after the Civil War as part of the "Cult of the Lost Cause" and to show that the South bore no sense of guilt for fighting a war in which its practice of slavery was a central issue, the city said. Lee never even set foot in New Orleans, it said.
|U.S. high court won't review WellCare ex-CEO fraud conviction - |
Farha began serving a three-year sentence at a minimum security federal prison in Alabama after the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld his conviction in August 2016. Farha had asked the justices to overturn his conviction, taking issue with the trial judge's handling of his case.