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Why Facebook Profiles are Replacing Credit Scores

Getting a loan based on your credit score is so old-fashioned.<p>Over the last few years, a number of technology startups have created ways to …

FinTech

This map shows the huge amount of land the federal government owns in the American West

Since Saturday, armed antigovernment protesters constituting a self-styled militia have occupied a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon.<p>At the heart of the protest is the militia members' desire to transfer ownership of the land from the federal government to private hands. Ammon Bundy, the apparent …

Forests

Treasure hunter who found sunken ship, gold bars to appear in Florida federal court

A treasure hunter locked in a legal battle over one of the greatest undersea hauls in American history was scheduled to appear in federal court Thursday after two years on the run.<p>The U.S. Marshals Service captured former fugitive Tommy Thompson at a Hilton hotel in West Boca Raton on Tuesday. The …

U.S. Federal Courts

W.H.: New gun rules for mentally ill

The Obama administration proposed two new federal rules Friday that it said would provide more information about the mentally ill to gun-background-check databases.<p>The rules, proposed by the Justice and Health and Human Services departments, would allow the federal database access to some mental …

Court Decision: Schools Can Stop Students From Wearing American Flag

<i>The Washington Post’s</i> Volokh Conspiracy reports that the 9th Circuit has upheld the right of a California high school to forbid students from wearing …

Fresh crop of water rules worries farmers

DETROIT -- Proposed revisions to water regulations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers have Michigan farmers wondering whether they'll eventually be harvesting more bureaucracy, delays and costs than crops.<p>The EPA-Army Corps proposal would modify the federal …

California Laws Restrict Groundwater Use on Private Land

“<i>With the stroke of his pen, the Governor changed over 100 years of water laws – without the people’s input. This is not the democracy Californians</i> …

Supreme Court Rules 8-1 Citizens Have No Protection Against 4th Amendment Violations by Police Ignorant of the Law

In a blow to the constitutional rights of citizens, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in <i>Heien v. State of North Carolina</i> that police officers are …

Radar that 'sees' through walls raises privacy concerns

<b>The use of technology that allows the police to "see" inside the homes of suspects has raised privacy questions.</b><p>At least 50 US police forces are believed to be equipped with radars that can send signals through walls.<p>The use of the radar device, known as Range-R, was made public in a Denver court …

Surveillance

Justice Department working on national car-tracking database

The Justice Department has acknowledged constructing a database to track the movements of millions of vehicles across the U.S. in real time.<p>The program, whose existence was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, is primarily overseen by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to combat drug …

U.S. Department of Justice

Cops are routinely using this secret cell phone tracking tool

Big federal agencies with ominous-sounding three-letter acronyms aren't the only ones that spy on your activities -- your local police might be doing it, too. Take for instance, the police department of Erie County, New York, which was recently caught using stingray devices in at least 47 instances …

Feds to return $107G they seized from NC business owner, attorneys say

Lyndon McLellan fought the law -- and apparently, he won.<p>The North Carolina business owner for months has been battling the federal government after IRS agents last fall seized $107,000 from him, under a controversial practice known as civil forfeiture. But his attorneys at the Institute for …

Corruption

NY's de Blasio bans protesters at event to 'free speech zone'

The many groups that have gathered on New York's noisy streets to engage in peaceful protest have long had a champion in Bill de Blasio, but now that the progressive is running City Hall, the honeymoon may be over.<p>“You would expect something like that from someone in government who didn’t profess …

Rights & Freedoms

The Government is Out to Seize Your Land Again

At the very beginning of our nation’s history, English philosopher John Locke was a hugely inspiring guy. His ideas were key in the development of …

DOJ says Apple should be forced to unlock encrypted user data if asked by government

Earlier this week, Apple stated that it would be nearly impossible for it to access the data on a passcode-locked iOS device running iOS 8 or later. The company also noted, however, that even if it were possible, it would not feel comfortable doing so as to not tarnish the trust it shares with its …

Kentucky Waffle House Denies Service to Uniformed Soldier for Carrying Sidearm

On September 27 a uniformed soldier said he entered a Waffle House in Nicholasville, Kentucky and was asked to take his gun outside if he wanted …

Waffle House to Concealed Permit Holder Who Saved the Day: Thanks but No Thanks

On October 10, Breitbart News reported that a concealed carry permit holder witnessed an armed robbery in progress at a Charleston, South Carolina, …

Guns

Common Core-aligned writing lesson on gun debate fuels claims of political agenda

Common Core backers are sneaking a social and political agenda into nationalized curriculum, say critics, who now have new ammo in a writing lesson plan for teachers that they say gives a slanted perspective of the gun debate.<p>A study guide dubbed, "The Battle Over Gun Control," authored by KQED, a …

Gun Control

2nd Circuit upholds N.Y. and Conn. arms bans; contradicts Heller and McDonald

On Monday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit upheld most of the 2013 arms prohibition laws enacted in New York and Connecticut. The circuit issued a joint opinion in two related cases, <i>New York State Rifle & Pistol Assoc. v. Cuomo</i>, and <i>Connecticut Citizens’ Defense League v. Malloy</i>. The …

Guns

Man with concealed carry license who killed attempted robber won't be charged

Chicago police said Monday they won't charge a customer with a concealed carry license who shot and killed an armed man during an attempted robbery of a store on the city's southwest side.<p>Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says investigators classified the shooting as self-defense after they …

Guns

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Boundaries of the Contiguous United States <br>How the U.S. has changed over time: Animated Map <br>Map Showing Geographical Center of the United States: …

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Student Rights: Can I Get Searched at School?

Students do have constitutional rights but they are limited. Public school students have an expectation of privacy for their property but can be …

New Jersey

Is It Legal to Publish Mugshots Before a Guilty Verdict?

Florida is famous for, among other things, its expansive Sunshine Laws, some of the most permissive in the country when it comes to access to public …

Crime

Satanic Rituals at High School Football Games

The Satanic Temple of Seattle has requested permission to lead a satanic invocation on the field after a high school football game, all because an …

High School Football

When Can Police Use Deadly Force?

Police may use deadly force when it is necessary and proportional. While on duty, officers' lives are genuinely endangered, as last week's shooting …

Law Enforcement

Supreme Court Calendar: 3 Cases to Watch in November

Can prosecutors try and pick an all-white jury? Can you sue a company for breaking the law, even if it didn't hurt you in the process? And can …

United States