Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces a jury on charges that he detonated bombs at the end of the Boston Marathon killing three and injuring others.
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The Alabama Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the state's probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, NBC News reported. The state's all-Republican court said in its ruling that the U.S. Constitution doesn't alter the probate judges' duty to administer state law, and that a federal court used "sleight of hand" when it blocked the state's ban on gay marriage. The challenge is the latest legal salvo in a growing debate in Alabama and nationwide over whether the decisions of federal justices trump those made by state judges, as states opposed to same-sex marriage try to block federal court decisions throwing out bans against it.
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In a stunning admission, the California Environmental Protection Agency wrote on Monday that state officials have allowed thousands of oil and fracking wells to dump waste water into protected underground aquifers, NBC Bay Area reported Tuesday. In February, California's Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) admitted that over 500 wells were injecting waste into clean aquifers protected by the EPA. Now, the state EPA has identified 2,500 wastewater disposal wells that are injecting waste into protected aquifers. The memo was sent to Governor Jerry Brown and John Laird, California's Secretary of Natural Resources. The letter indicated that 2,100 of the 2,500 offending waste water wells are currently active. The state Water Board has identified 200 of those wells that are of the highest concern.
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Scores of pot plants were seized and three people were arrested after one of them accidentally "butt-dialed" 911 and a dispatcher overheard their incriminating conversation about drugs, sheriff’s officials say. The call came in at about 11:30 p.m. Monday when a deputy pulled over to have lunch in his marked patrol car close to an Alpine house. When three men inside noticed the car, they started talking about drugs, about items needed to make butane honey oil and about wanting to hurt the deputy. Unbeknownst to them, one of them had "butt-dialed" 911.
The Sayreville board of education has moved to put its troubled 2014 high school football season behind it Tuesday night by naming a new head football coach to replace George Najjar, who last week was demoted to teaching phys ed classes at an elementary school. Christopher Beagan, currently the head coach at Monroe New Jersey High School for the past nine years, will be paid a salary of $82,553 a year as a phys ed and health teacher, a stipend of $12,051 as coach, and a stipend of $5,573 as strength and conditioning coach.
The father of a South Florida high school student is demanding the firing of a teacher who he says called his Muslim son a "rag head Taliban." Youssef Wardani, the father of 14-year-old Deyab-Houssein Wardani, appeared before the Broward School board Tuesday to demand the firing of Maria Valdes, his son's teacher at Cypress Bay High School. "My teacher called me a 'rag head Taliban,'" Deyab-Houssein Wardani told NBC 6 Tuesday. "I was a bit shocked and disappointed she called me that. But first off, she was my favorite teacher, and I would never have expected that from her."
More than 70 passengers aboard an Asiana Airlines flight that crashed in San Francisco two years ago have reached a settlement in their lawsuits against the airline, attorneys for the passengers and airline said in a court filing Tuesday.
A U.S. Justice Department investigation has found that police in Ferguson, Missouri, have habitually violated citizens' civil rights, with black residents bearing the brunt, NBC News reported. The probe, prompted by the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson last August, uncovered a pattern of unfair traffic stops, questionable arrests, unreasonable use of force and interference with free speech, according to information provided to NBC News by a Justice Department official. Investigators also found that Ferguson's black citizens, who make up about 67 percent of the city's 21,000 residents, made up 85 percent of traffic stops, and 93 percent of all arrests from 2012 to 2014. Ferguson officials have not responded to requests for comment on the findings.
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Attorneys for Eddie Ray Routh filed a motion on Tuesday for a new trial after Routh was found guilty in the murders of "American Sniper" author and former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield.
Routh's attorney Wendy St. John also filed an appeal to overturn his conviction on Feb. 24.
Because the state did not seek the death penalty, Routh, 27, received an automatic life sentence without the possibility of parole.
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The rival Little League coach whose accusations cost Chicago's Jackie Robinson West their U.S. championship title was arrested early Tuesday after police say he chased a stranger into her home. Chris Janes, the vice president of the Evergreen Park Athletic Association, told NBC Chicago he "doesn't remember" what happened but thinks he simply went to the wrong home after having a few too many drinks. "I did something really stupid, and I feel awful," he said.
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Park Police officials told News4 they're investigating a report of shots fired along BW Parkway and Route 32 in Fort Meade, Maryland.
The National Security Agency is located nearby, and has reported that one of its buildings has been damaged by what appears to be gunfire.
NSA and Park Police officials are investigating whether the incidents are related.
There is no word of any injuries.
The shooting comes just a couple hours after someone fired shots along the Maryland Intercounty Connector (ICC) near Interstate 95.
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Virginia mom of three Brooke Taheri opted to spend her Valentine’s Day working on her taxes, never imagining the holiday could get any less romantic. Then she discovered her identity had been stolen.
Congress has passed legislation that will fund the Department of Homeland Security without touching President Barack Obama's immigration actions, bringing an end to a months-long battle that threatened to shut down an agency tasked with helping protect the U.S. against terrorist threats. In a 257 to 167 vote, the House passed a "clean" Homeland Security funding bill on Tuesday without provisions that would curtail the president's executive orders on immigration. The Senate passed the legislation last week and the president's signature is certain.
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