The apparent use of a police chokehold on New Yorker Eric Garner, who later died, has further strained NYPD relations with the city's minority residents. The incident is a test for new Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Increasingly, advocates and law enforcement officials are teaming up to show that some of the worst domestic violence situations can be prevented. However, in a Texas tragedy, Ronald Lee Haskell is accused of killing six members of his ex-wife’s family.
A Boulder County clerk, citing a US appeals court ruling against Utah's ban, has issued more than 100 marriage licenses to same-sex couples, saying she believed she had a moral and legal obligation to do so.
New York police officers questioning Eric Garner about an alleged minor crime – selling cigarettes on the street – subdued Mr. Garner using a chokehold banned more than 20 years ago. Soon after, he was dead.
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.'
A federal appeals court has ruled in a case that made it all the way to the US Supreme Court. The University of Texas' method for partially using race in admissions is essential to creating a diverse student body, the court said.
Days after addressing one facet of Obamacare's contraception mandate in the Hobby Lobby ruling, the Supreme Court dealt with another Thursday, issuing a stay that protects a nonprofit Christian college from federal penalties for noncompliance.
Kentucky's gay marriage ban was struck down Tuesday by a US district judge, the 11th to reject a state law outlawing same-sex unions. His ruling, unlike some others, did not lay out a fundamental right for gay couples to marry.