Election of an ex-mayor at the age of 23 results in a loss in a corruption case appeal

BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the extortion and fraud convictions of a once-celebrated young Massachusetts mayor who was found guilty of extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars from marijuana businesses. Monday’s ruling by the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a series of challenges to former Fall River Mayor Jasiel … Read more

Democrats give in to political reality over same-sex marital bill

The Senate’s Respect for Marriage Act has progressives arguing that efforts to safeguard same-sex unions remain unfinished after concessions were made to Republican demands for bolstered religious liberty protections. The bill as it currently stands would officially repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and require state recognition of legal same-sex and interracial marriages but would … Read more

China objections dismissed by the US to South China Sea mission

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. Navy on Tuesday dismissed Beijing’s protests over a “freedom of navigation operation” conducted near a Chinese-held island in the South China Sea, in the latest incident drawing new attention to one of the world’s potential military flashpoints. In an unusual move, the Navy’s 7th Fleet issued a rebuttal to China’s … Read more