|New Orleans removes first of four statues deemed racially offensive - |
Authorities took down the statue honoring the so-called Battle of Liberty Place, acting without notice and under the cover of darkness for security reasons, and will move it to a museum or other facility, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. A federal court cleared the way for its removal in March. Erected in 1891, the monument commemorates an 1874 attack on the racially integrated city police and state militia by the white supremacist "Crescent City White League," the mayor's office said.
|N.Y. appeals court to review conviction of ex-Goldman programmer - |
The nearly eight-year legal odyssey of former Goldman Sachs Group Inc programmer Sergey Aleynikov is not over, after New York State's highest court agreed to review his reinstated conviction for stealing high-frequency trading code. Aleynikov may appeal the conviction won by the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance because "questions of law are involved which ought to be reviewed," the Court of Appeals said in an order dated April 20. The order came nearly three months after an intermediate appeals court in Manhattan voted 5-0 to revive Aleynikov's conviction on one count of stealing Goldman code as he prepared to join a Chicago start-up, Teza Technologies LLC.
|Liberal U.S. justices lean toward death row inmate in mental health dispute - |
Liberal U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday indicated support for a convicted murderer held on Alabama's death row who argued he had a right to an independent medical expert to assess his mental health and potentially help him avoid execution. The legal fight involving Alabama inmate James McWilliams assumed greater importance in the past week after two death row inmates who Arkansas plans to execute, Don Davis and Bruce Ward, had their cases put on holding pending the Supreme Court's decision regarding McWilliams, due by the end of June.
|Trump pushes Democrats on border wall as government shutdown looms - |
U.S. President Donald Trump tried to press Democrats on Monday to include funds for his controversial border wall with Mexico in spending legislation as lawmakers worked to avoid a looming shutdown of the federal government. Republicans control both chambers of Congress, but a White House-backed bill to gut former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, failed to gather full party support and imploded last month.
|Trump talks about Mars mission on call with record-breaking astronaut - |
Whitson, 57, turned a zero-gravity summersault during the video call from the International Space Station, where she serves as station commander. "What an amazing thing you've done," said Trump, speaking from the Oval Office on his first call with an astronaut serving aboard the $100 billion orbital outpost. "It's a huge honor to break a record like this," Whitson said with a beaming smile.