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Fever-Reading Drones Just First of a Wave of Privacy Challenges, Civil Liberties Advocates Say
Privacy
Fever-Reading Drones Just First of a Wave of Privacy Challenges, Civil Liberties Advocates Say

MIAMI — Last month, police departments in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Connecticut unveiled what was initially touted as a potential new tool against a pandemic: drones capable of taking a person’s temperature from 300 feet in the air. Both agencies... Read More

Lawmakers Warn Contact-Tracing is Ripe for Abusive Surveillance
Civil Rights
Lawmakers Warn Contact-Tracing is Ripe for Abusive Surveillance

WASHINGTON — It is a big promise from Silicon Valley to a nation looking for ways to be freed from home confinement: Smartphones could discreetly detect those who may have COVID-19 and nudge them to quarantine, blunting renewed outbreaks as... Read More

Trump Says He'll 'Suspend Immigration,' Offers No Details
Immigration
Trump Says He'll 'Suspend Immigration,' Offers No Details

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday that he will sign an executive order “to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States” because of the coronavirus. “In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the... Read More

Hoyer Presses States to Collect Data on Racial Disparities and COVID-19
Civil Rights
Hoyer Presses States to Collect Data on Racial Disparities and COVID-19
2020-04-10 19:05:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer urged the National Governors Association Friday to direct its members to collect demographic data on racial disparities and the coronavirus outbreak. Hoyer's request, directed to Govs. Larry Hogan, of Maryland, and Andrew Cuomo,... Read More

Federal Judge Says Texas Providers Can Temporarily Resume Abortions
State News
Federal Judge Says Texas Providers Can Temporarily Resume Abortions

AUSTIN, Texas — Going against a recent federal appeals court ruling, a lower federal judge says Texas abortion providers can offer certain abortions while they continue fighting in court against a state order that halted most abortions. U.S. District Judge... Read More

Immigrants Must Have Bond Hearing After Being Held 6 Months, Appeals Court Rules
Immigration
Immigrants Must Have Bond Hearing After Being Held 6 Months, Appeals Court Rules

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court decided 2-1 Tuesday that detained immigrants facing deportation and possible persecution in their home countries must be given bond hearings after six months. The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals,... Read More

Roberts May Cast Deciding Vote in First Major Abortion Case of Trump Era
Supreme Court
Roberts May Cast Deciding Vote in First Major Abortion Case of Trump Era
2020-03-04 19:51:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — All eyes were on Chief Justice John Roberts Wednesday as the Supreme Court appeared to be sharply divided over issues raised during the first major abortion case of the Trump presidency. The case out of Louisiana could test... Read More

A Supreme Court Retreat From Roe vs. Wade Could Begin This Week
Supreme Court
A Supreme Court Retreat From Roe vs. Wade Could Begin This Week

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear its first abortion case since President Donald Trump’s two appointees took their seats, a dispute that could mark the first step in a gradual retreat from Roe vs. Wade. Justices will... Read More

House Overwhelmingly Passes Legislation Making Lynching a Federal Hate Crime
Congress
House Overwhelmingly Passes Legislation Making Lynching a Federal Hate Crime
2020-02-26 21:59:47
by Dan McCue

The House, in an overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion, passed legislation that would classify lynching as a federal hate crime. The Emmett Till Antilynching Act, introduced by Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., passed on a vote of 410-4. The Act is named for... Read More

Supreme Court to Hear Case of Religion vs. Gay Rights Over Foster Care
Supreme Court
Supreme Court to Hear Case of Religion vs. Gay Rights Over Foster Care

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Monday it would decide another clash between religion and gay rights, this time involving Philadelphia’s termination of a contract with Catholic Social Services over the group’s refusal to place foster children with same-sex couples.... Read More

As Congress Stalls on Data Privacy, Big Tech Tangles With States
Privacy
As Congress Stalls on Data Privacy, Big Tech Tangles With States

WASHINGTON — Top U.S. technology companies are shifting their focus to state capitals to shape emerging data privacy laws as progress on a federal bill has slowed. Trade groups representing consumer-oriented technology companies such as Amazon, Google and Facebook, as... Read More

Felons Who Can’t Afford Fines and Fees Shouldn’t be Stopped From Voting in Florida, Appeals Court Rules
State News
Felons Who Can’t Afford Fines and Fees Shouldn’t be Stopped From Voting in Florida, Appeals Court Rules

ORLANDO, Fla. — A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld the limited injunction that allowed 17 ex-felons, including some from Orange County, to register to vote despite not being able to afford the fines and fees imposed as part of their... Read More

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