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Lawsuit accuses Milwaukee police of illegal stop-and-frisks

The Milwaukee Police Department is operating a stop-and-frisk program that mostly targets black and Latino residents who are often detained without cause, the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin alleges in a lawsuit filed Wednesday.

Scientists discover 7 ‘Earthlike’ planets orbiting a nearby star

This image provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech shows an artist’s conception of what the surface of the exoplanet TRAPPIST-1f may look like, based on available data about its diameter, mass and distances from the host star. (NASA/JPL-Caltech / Associated Press)
A newfound solar system just 39 light years away contains seven warm, rocky, Earthlike planets, scientists say. The discovery, reported Wednesday in the journal Nature, represents the first time astronomers have ever detected so many terrestrial planets orbiting a single star. Researchers say the system is an ideal laboratory for studying alien worlds and could be the best place in the galaxy to search for life beyond Earth.

Thousands of emails detail EPA head’s close ties to fossil fuel industry

In this Feb. 21, 2017, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks in Washington. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)
In his previous role as Oklahoma’s attorney general, the Environmental Protection Agency’s new administrator regularly huddled with fossil fuel firms and electric utilities about how to combat federal environmental regulations and spoke to conservative political groups about what they call government“overreach,” according to thousands of pages of emails released Wednesday.

Powerball jackpot tops $400 million for 1st time in months

In this Jan. 13, 2016, file photo, a clerk at a convenience store pulls Powerball tickets from a printer for a customer in Tampa, Fla. (Chris O'Meara / Associated Press)
The Powerball jackpot has climbed above $400 million for the first time in nearly three months. The top prize for Wednesday night’s drawing will be an estimated $403 million if paid over 29 years or $244 million in cash. Winners then would have to pay taxes on their winnings.

Trump’s top officials seek to sell Mexico on new immigration crackdown

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is seen at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. (Molly Riley / Associated Press)
The Mexican border police officer hung from the back of the truck rumbling through the streets of Tapachula, near the border with Guatemala, one hand on the overhead roll bar and the other on his AR-15 rifle. Made in the USA, he said. So was his bullet-proof vest. And much of his training.

Indictment: Tennessee deputy guarded an undercover drug deal

Federal prosecutors in West Tennessee say a former sheriff’s deputy is facing charges that he provided security during a cocaine deal. The U.S. attorney’s office in Memphis said Wednesday that former Crockett County Deputy Calvin Fields has been indicted on charges of distributing powder cocaine and possession of a firearm during commission of drug-trafficking.

Trump’s immigration crackdown likely to bring lawsuit flood

Wilfredo Mendoza, of Boston, left, and Christina Villafranca, of Malden, Mass., right, displays a placards during a rally called “We Will Persist,” Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in Boston. (Steven Senne / Associated Press)
President Donald Trump’s plan to round up and deport millions of undocumented immigrants is likely to trigger waves of lawsuits that may soon dwarf the legal fight over the administration’s temporary ban on travelers from seven Muslim majority countries.

Trump intends to release 2018 budget in mid-March

Budget Director Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Budget Committee. (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)
President Donald Trump’s administration is aiming to release a fiscal 2018 budget outline on March 14, a White House official confirmed Sunday to CQ. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said it is the White House’s “intention” to release the outline, also called a “skinny” budget, on that date.

Testosterone therapy benefits elusive, major studies find

Testosterone therapy for older men possibly could provide some benefit, but there are also signs it could cause harm, according to a major series of studies published Tuesday. The five studies are published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and JAMA Internal Medicine. Four are the product of the Testosterone Trials, which examined the effect of testosterone gel on healthy men aged 65 and older who had age-related low testosterone levels.

Russia’s pension money for veterans could be linked to election hacking investigation

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a meeting in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. (Mikhail Klimentyev / Associated Press)
Hundreds of thousands of dollars flow every month from Russia to its former soldiers living in the United States, usually unseen and unchecked. But now U.S. investigators are examining whether this river of pension benefits intended for Russian military veterans is somehow mixed up in efforts to undermine last fall’s U.S. election and put Donald Trump in the White House.

Trump administration working on transgender bathroom guidelines

In this May 17, 2016, file photo, a new sticker is placed on the door at the ceremonial opening of a gender neutral bathroom at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)
The Trump administration is working on a new set of directives on the use of school bathrooms by transgender students, the White House said Tuesday. The announcement alarmed LGBT groups across the country who have urged President Donald Trump to safeguard Obama-era guidelines allowing students to use school restrooms that match their gender identity, not their assigned gender at birth.

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