The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Wednesday, June 14, ordered the Trump administration to conduct further environmental reviews of the Dakota Access pipeline but stopped short of halting oil-pumping operations pending further hearings beginning June 21. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg handed a limited victory to Native American tribes in North Dakota that had challenged the administration's effort to speed the project, and his dense, 91-page opinion directed both sides to appear before him next Wednesday to decide next legal steps.
When policymakers talk about problems with the nation's jails and over-incarceration, they are often discussing concerns that center on the largest cities. But a new study released Tuesday, June 13, shows that rural jails are growing the fastest and are driving a national increase in jail population. That growth is especially surprising, researchers say, because it comes even as the crime rates in those rural areas remain much lower than their urban counterparts.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is asking congressional leaders to undo federal medical marijuana protections that have been in place since 2014, according to a May letter that became public Monday. The protections, known as the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, prohibit the Justice Department from using federal funds to prevent certain states "from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana."
Timothy Piazza and the other pledges being hazed in February hoped that the men of Penn State's Beta Theta Pi fraternity would ultimately welcome them as brothers. Instead, when Piazza's night of binge drinking took a deadly turn, his family says his would-be brothers treated him "like roadkill." The family has been outspoken about their 19-year-old son's final hours since 18 fraternity brothers were charged in his death. The Piazzas' latest comments were on the "Today Show" on Monday.
It's that time of year again: This week kicks off the 2017 broadcast upfronts, in which NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS and CW officially announce their new fall schedules. An antiquated practice in the age of streaming and year-round premiere dates? Perhaps -- but major advertising dollars are still up for grabs.
On Friday, May 12, the world was hit by one of the biggest cyberattacks in recent history. The culprit was "ransomware" known as WanaCryptOr 2.0, or WannaCry. It operates by encrypting a computer system and demanding a ransom to release it. This money would be paid in the digital currency bitcoin to an unknown source, who would - in theory, at least - provide a decryption key to unlock the system. To do all this, the software exploits a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows that is thought to have been first identified by the National Security Agency and was later leaked online.