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President Joe Biden signs an executive order on police reform in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday, the second anniversary of the death of George Floyd. Floyd’s family and attorneys Antonio Romanucci and Ben Crump were among those attending. – AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Biden signs police reform order on anniversary of Floyd’s death

President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday to improve accountability in policing — a meaningful but limited action on the second anniversary of George Floyd’s death that reflected the challenges in addressing racism, excessive use of force and public safety when Congress is deadlocked on stronger measures.
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Former Army colonel to tackle search for Supreme Court leaker

When Gail Curley began her job as Marshal of the U.S. Supreme Court less than a year ago, she would have expected to work mostly behind the scenes: overseeing the court’s police force and the operations of the marble-columned building where the justices work.
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New maps create challenge for women seeking reelection

Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018 thanks to a record showing by Democratic female candidates. Two years later, a record number of GOP women won seats, bringing the number of women in the chamber to a historic high.

Plainfield Central sex-assault hazing case dismissed

The parents of two high school football players who were allegedly sexually assaulted by teammates as part of a hazing ritual do not have a case against the coaches or school district under Title IX, a federal judge held.

Former House leader Arroyo sentenced for bribery scheme

A former Democratic leader in the Illinois House was sentenced Wednesday to nearly five years in prison for his role in a bribery scheme.

Former Union Pacific machinist gets $4.5M after back injury

A former Union Pacific employee who required spinal fusion surgery after injuring his back working on a Metra locomotive received a $4.5 million settlement.

Transgender man’s privacy suit against Cook County survives challenge

A federal judge cleared the way for a medical technician who used to work at the Cook County Jail to pursue a lawsuit alleging his supervisor invaded his medical privacy by telling his co-workers he is transgender.

DeKalb jury awards $2.4M against bar in fatal crash

A DeKalb County jury awarded $2.4 million to the mother of a man who was killed in a drunk driving crash after the driver was allegedly over-served after hours at a Plano bar.
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