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Native Americans move to frontlines in battle over voting rights

Native Americans move to frontlines in battle over voting rightsElvis Norquay, a member of the Chippewa Indian tribe, has lived most of his 58 years on North Dakota?s remote Turtle Mountain reservation and says he?s never had a problem voting. Norquay is among a growing number of Native Americans embroiled in court battles over changes to voting laws that could influence the outcome of some tight races in the November 2016 presidential and congressional elections. While the Native American population is small nationally, lawsuits involving tribes over voting problems have proliferated since the Supreme Court struck down parts of the Voting Rights Act in 2013, a signature legislative achievement of the 1960s civil rights movement.



For men accused of trying to join Islamic State, Minnesota trial nears end

The federal jury trial of three Somali-American men from Minnesota accused of trying to help Islamic State militants and fight with the group in Syria was nearing its end, with closing arguments set for Tuesday. Mohamed Farah, Abdirahman Daud and Guled Omar are charged with conspiring to provide material support to Islamic State and commit murder outside the United States, charges that could result in a life sentence for each if they are convicted. Farah, Daud and Omar are the only three to face trial in U.S. District Court in Minnesota.


A bar as a national monument? New York's LGBT landmark vies for honor

People gather outside the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New YorkThe New York bar known as the birthplace of the gay pride movement could become the country's first national monument honoring LGBT rights under a plan to be considered by President Barack Obama. The Stonewall Inn in Manhattan's Greenwich Village was the site of a 1969 police raid that touched off riots and ignited a long struggle to bring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people into the mainstream and guarantee their rights. A year after the Stonewall riots, activists staged the country's first gay rights parade.



Rewind! Germany's top court nixes Kraftwerk sample verdicts

Rewind! Germany's top court nixes Kraftwerk sample verdictsBERLIN (AP) ? German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk have suffered a legal setback at Germany's highest court in a suit over a two-second sample.



Feds: Woman repeatedly dislocated shoulder to get pain pills

PITTSBURGH (AP) ? A Pennsylvania woman charged with purposely and repeatedly dislocating her shoulder so she could get painkillers is scheduled to plead guilty.


Puerto Rico's tourist industry feels economic sting of Zika

FILE - In this May 23, 2016, file photo, an Aedes aegypti mosquito sits inside a glass tube at the Fiocruz institute where they have been screening for mosquitos naturally infected with the Zika virus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In Puerto Rico fear over Zika is stunting the growth of tourism, the only industry that was starting to flourish as the island teeters on financial collapse amid a decade-long economic crisis.(AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) ? It was the wedding of one of her best friends, and Natalie Kao was going to be a bridesmaid in a fun, tropical setting on a small island just off the east coast of Puerto Rico. But the prevalence of the Zika virus across the U.S. territory gave her pause.



U.S. top court to hear State Farm case over Hurricane Katrina fraud claim

Houses remain surrounded by floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana.WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear an appeal by State Farm contesting a jury finding that the insurance company defrauded the federal government when assessing damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 along the Gulf of Mexico coast. The court will review a 2015 ruling by the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the verdict in a suit brought under the federal False Claims Act, which lets people sue over allegations that the government has been defrauded. (Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)



High court will hear State Farm appeal in Katrina fraud case

WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Supreme Court will consider whether to overturn a jury verdict against State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. in a whistleblower case alleging fraud against the U.S. government after 2005's Hurricane Katrina.


Big CAT scan: LSU mascot Mike the Tiger in cancer treatment

FILE - This Oct. 26, 2013, file photo, shows LSU's Mike the Tiger on the field before the NCAA college football game against Furman in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman, File)BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) ? Call it a big CAT scan.



US home prices rise in March as spring buying season begins

This Thursday, May 26, 2016, photo shows a home for sale in Carlsbad, Calif. The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index for April is released on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)WASHINGTON (AP) ? U.S. home prices kept climbing in March as the spring home buying season began, but so far the higher costs haven't thwarted sales.



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