Relief granted to transgender students fighting North Carolina's bathroom law

A gender neutral bathroom is seen at the University of California, IrvineWINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday blocked the University of North Carolina from enforcing a state law requiring transgender people to use single-sex restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to the gender on their birth certificate. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder's order granting a preliminary injunction applies only to the three transgender plaintiffs named in a lawsuit challenging the measure, known as House Bill 2 or HB 2. North Carolina in March became the first U.S. state to bar people from using restrooms in government buildings and public schools consistent with their gender identity.

Woman kidnapped, held for 18 years cannot sue U.S. over parole failures: court

An officer prepares to escort Phillip Garrido out of the courtroom after receiving his sentence in PlacervilleA woman who was kidnapped near her California home at the age of 11 and held captive for 18 years by a convicted sex offender cannot sue the U.S. government for failing to properly supervise him on parole, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday. A three-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco decided 2-1 that while the crimes against Jaycee Dugard were horrific, the interaction of state and federal statutes did not hold the government liable for the incompetence of parole officers in such cases. "While our hearts are with Ms. Dugard, the law is not," Judge John Owens wrote in a 14-page ruling upholding a lower court that dismissed the lawsuit.

Two plead guilty in 2014 armed standoff at Bundy ranch in Nevada

Protesters gather at the Bureau of Land Management's base camp near Bunkerville, NevadaJerry DeLemus, 61, and Blaine Cooper, 36, pleaded guilty during separate hearings on Thursday in federal court in Las Vegas, according to court records and a statement from prosecutors. The standoff, which began when federal agents seized cattle at Bundy's ranch over unpaid grazing fees, came to symbolize opposition to federal management of public lands in the American West.

Judge won't block California's strict child vaccination law

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge will not immediately block a California law that requires all schoolchildren to be vaccinated and is one of the strictest in the nation for eliminating exemptions based on religious and personal beliefs.
Girl's killing is New Mexico's latest horrific child death

This Aug. 25, 2016 booking photo provided by the Metropolitan Detention Center shows Michelle Martens. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says what happened to the little girl "is unspeakable and justice should come down like a hammer" on whoever is responsible. Officer Tanner Tixier said in a news release Wednesday, Aug. 24, that charges are being filed against Martens, Fabian Gonzales, and Jessica Kelley.(Metropolitan Detention Center via AP)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The killing this week of a 10-year-old Albuquerque girl who was drugged, raped and dismembered is the just latest horrific child slaying case for New Mexico, which has the nation's highest youth poverty rate and a state government that has had highly publicized difficulties protecting children from abuse.

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