The Obama administration is considering seeking congressional authorization for military action against the Islamic State under a revamped counter-terrorism strategy President Barack Obama announced last year. A mandate from Congress could provide domestic legal justification for the unlimited use of force against the Sunni Muslim group across Iraq and Syria, a senior administration official said. Congress last formally authorized such action in 2001, against al-Qaeda and its associates, and 2002, against Iraq under Saddam Hussein. read more
A Daytona Beach, Florida, father who walked in on a man sexually battering his 11-year-old son Friday beat the suspect unconscious and bloody, according to a 911 call. "I just walked in on a grown man molesting [my son]," the upset father told a dispatcher. "And I got him in a bloody puddle for you, officer." Raymond Frolander, 18, of Holly Hill was charged with sexual battery by an 18-year-old on a victim under 12 and is being held without bail, Volusia County Branch Jail records show. Frolander admitted the assault, police claimed. "I don
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The State Board of Elections plans to re-evaluate its definition of a valid identification under Virginia's new voter ID law after a state lawmaker raised concerns about the rule.
On June 10, the board determined that expired but otherwise valid forms of identification will be accepted at the polls. Board members voted Tuesday to reconsider the regulation and reopen the public comment period for 21 days. The board plans to study whether it has the authority to determine what forms of ID are valid, media outlets reported.
A federal judge in Orange County ruled Wednesday that California's death penalty violates the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney, ruled on a petition by death row inmate Ernest Dewayne Jones, who was sentenced to die nearly two decades ago. In overturning Jones' death sentence, Carney noted that the inmate faced "complete uncertainty as to when, or even whether" he will be executed. The "random few" who will be executed "will have languished for so long on Death Row that their execution will serve no retributive or deterrent purpose and will be arbitrary," Carney said. "No rational person, can question that the execution of an individual carries with it the solemn obligation of the government to ensure that the punishment is not arbitrarily imposed and that it furthers the interests of society."
Shawnee County District Court Judge Franklin Theis rules from the bench Friday to allow Kansas to move forward with a dual voting system to help enforce a proof-of-citizenship requirement for new voters. The secretary of state's office has directed counties to handle ballots differently, based on whether the voter has used a state or national registration form, the latter of which does not require proof of citizenship. read more