A federal judge struck down California's death penalty on Wednesday, ruling that death-row wait times are too long and the application of the sentence is too arbitrary, in violation of a constitutional ban on 'cruel and unusual punishment.'
The Hillary Clinton juggernaut is up and rolling toward the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination – and it's even stronger than in 2008, at least in Iowa and New Hampshire, polls show. But the general election is another story.
Azamat Tazhayakov is accused of agreeing with another friend to take a backpack containing opened fireworks and other items from Tsarnaev's dorm room. He is charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy.
Several wildfires in the Pacific Northwest have caused governors in Seattle and Oregon to declare states of emergency, moves with allow them to call in the National Guard to assist with firefighting efforts.
Gov. Chris Christie travels Thursday to Iowa, the first caucus state in 2016, to greet voters and raise money for fellow Republicans. Despite the woes of Bridge-gate, GOP voters appear to be warming to him again, polls show.
A federal judge called California's death penalty an empty promise that violated Eighth Amendment protections against cruel and unusual punishment. Executions have been suspended in California for eight years.
Some cities – Los Angeles, Dallas, Tampa – are getting involved in the response to the child migrant crisis on the border. Their main role so far is to coordinate local nonprofit and faith groups that can provide services.
In closing arguments, prosecutors said Azamat Tazhayakov, friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect, helped hide incriminating evidence. Defense attorneys say he’s just a 'friend of a kid who committed a heinous act.'
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus and organized labor are pressing Obama to use his executive authority to ease deportations. But the child migrant crisis is making 'prosecutorial discretion' unpopular.
The California water board has passed new restrictions to rein in water use amid the worst drought in state history. Until now, residents in big cities and suburbs have been largely shielded from the drought's effects.