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Supreme Court rules for sex offender in child pornography case testing power of judges, juries
Supreme Court rules for sex offender in child pornography case testing power of judges, juries

The Supreme Court ruled that even sex offenders deserve to have the reasons for their sentences determined by a jury, not a judge.

Feds: Rep. Duncan Hunter paid for affairs with campaign cash
Feds: Rep. Duncan Hunter paid for affairs with campaign cash

U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter of California illegally used campaign money to finance romantic flings with lobbyists and congressional aides, spending thousands of dollars on meals, cocktails and vacations, federal prosecutors say. A government court filing late Monday detailed allegations about the married Republican congressman's affairs with five women following an indictment last year charging Hunter and his wife with misspending more than $200,000 in campaign funds on trips and other personal expenses. Margaret Hunter, who served as the six-term congressman's campaign chairwoman, pleaded guilty this month to one count of corruption and agreed to testify against her husband.

Illinois joins 10 other U.S. states in legalizing recreational marijuana
Illinois joins 10 other U.S. states in legalizing recreational marijuana

Illinois on Tuesday became the 11th U.S. state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults after Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law a bill that also provides for the removal of certain previous drug convictions and will generate new revenue for the financially troubled state. The Democratic governor hailed the measure, which was passed by the legislature last month, for allowing as many as 700,000 marijuana-related records and convictions to be erased. "This legislation will clear the cannabis-related records of nonviolent offenders through an efficient combination of automatic expungement, of gubernatorial pardon and individual court action," Pritzker said at a...

US border chief quits amid outcry over child detainees: report
US border chief quits amid outcry over child detainees: report

The chief US customs and border enforcement official is stepping down amid an uproar over the treatment of migrant children detained along the border with Mexico, US media reported Tuesday. John Sanders will resign as acting commissioner of the Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) in the coming weeks, The New York Times cited a federal official as saying. Sanders has led the agency since April, when US President Donald Trump reshuffled his immigration offices and tapped CBP chief Kevin McAleenan to replace Kirstjen Nielsen as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

A best-selling cookbook with 500 Instant Pot recipes is on sale for $3.99 right now
A best-selling cookbook with 500 Instant Pot recipes is on sale for $3.99 right now

If you think you love your Instant Pot now, just wait until you get your hands on this best-selling cookbook. It's packed full of 500 -- you read that correctly... FIVE HUNDRED -- different recipes that all make use of the greatest kitchen tool there is, the Instant Pot. You'll find everything from chicken and beef dishes to vegetarian meals, stews, plenty of sides, and just about everything else you can imagine. It's called the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Cookbook: 500 Everyday Recipes for Beginners and Advanced Users and the Kindle version is on sale right now for just $3.99! Remember, the Kindle version works on Kindle eReaders as well as in the Kindle app that's available for every...

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NASA's Methane Discovery Could Point to Life on Mars

NASA is being cautious, but the new discovery challenges past assumptions.

Iran's Zarif says "B-Team" wants war, not diplomacy, with Tehran

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, in a tweet after U.S. imposed new sanctions on Tehran, said hawkish politicians close to U.S. President Donald Trump were thirsty for war rather than diplomacy. Zarif has in the past said that a so-called "B-team" including Trump's national security adviser John Bolton, an ardent Iran hawk, and conservative Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could goad Trump into a conflict with Tehran.

BMW adds a Gran Coupe to the 8 Series lineup
BMW adds a Gran Coupe to the 8 Series lineup

BMW has revealed that the 8 Series lineup is gaining another member and one that's bigger than any other model in the segment: the 2020 8 Series Gran Coupe. A new model was added Wednesday to the BMW 8 Series family and it's one that tops the segment. The four-door 2020 8 Series Gran Coupe is not only longer, taller, and provides more interior space than its Coupe counterpart, but it's also available in three variations.

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