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Police generally need a warrant to look at records that reveal where cellphone users have been, the Supreme Court ruled Friday in a big victory for privacy interests in the digital age.
The justices' 5-4 decision marks a big change in how police may obtain information that phone companies collect from the ubiquitous cellphone towers that allow people to make and receive calls, and transmit data. The information has become an important tool in criminal investigations.
Chief Justice John Roberts, joined by the court's four liberals, said cellphone location information "is detailed, encyclopedic and effortlessly compiled." Roberts wrote that "an individual maintains a legitimate expectation of privacy in the record of his physical movements" as they are captured by cellphone towers.
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The House of Representatives on Friday passed the largest legislative package on opioids in recent history, NBC News reported.
The package, made up of 58 bills, would direct federal agencies to prioritize training, support recovery centers and conduct research to help combat the growing epidemic, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says killed 42,000 people in 2016.
Among the provisions: requiring medical records list a patient's addiction history, change how prescription pills are distributed and direct the National Institutes of Health to develop non-addictive painkillers.
The package passed 396-14 after months of debate and now heads to the Senate.
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California health officials reported Friday that 374 terminally ill people took drugs to end their lives in 2017, the first full year after a law made the option legal.
The California Department of Public Health said 577 people received aid-in-dying drugs last year, but not everyone used them. The law allows adults to obtain a prescription for life-ending drugs if a doctor has determined they have six months or less to live. They can self-administer the drugs.
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Chicago Public Schools correspondence provided to The Associated Press shows that the nation's third-largest school district gave a former Roman Catholic priest access to its schools for months despite knowing he was forced to leave the priesthood for sexually abusing a boy of 6 when he was around 15.
Only after the victim and the AP asked why the district let former cleric Bruce Wellems enter schools as part of alternative-schooling programs he oversees, did the nation's third-largest school district recently ban him.
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Two days after President Donald Trump ordered an end to the separation of families at the border, federal authorities Friday were still working on a plan to reunite an estimated 1,800 children with their parents and keep immigrant households together. Some locked-up parents report struggling to get in touch with children being held in many cases hundreds of miles away, in places like New York, Michigan and Chicago. Some said they don't even know where their children were.
A bourbon warehouse in Kentucky partially collapsed on Friday, potentially damaging around 9,000 barrels of bourbon
The “zero tolerance” policy separated 2,235 families at the U.S.-Mexico border from April 19 to June 9. Parents were detained separately and children sent to shelters. Now families may be detained together indefinitely due to court backlogs.
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Three DNA companies have announced they will donate DNA kits to help reunite immigrant children with their parents, as the Trump administration moves to end a policy of splitting up families at the U.S.-Mexico border.
MyHeritage said in a news release that it aims to provide 5,000 free DNA tests for interested parents and children who were separated. 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki said in a tweet the company would “welcome any opportunity to help.” DNA Diagnostics Center said it plans to provide DNA tests and send trained staff members to the detention facilities.
The Association of Camp Nursing provides tips for keeping your child healthy and safe during their summer camp adventures.
An 800-pound, nearly 11-foot-long steel sculpture of a bent and burned drug spoon, placed in front of the Stamford, Connecticut, headquarters of drugmaker Purdue Pharma as part of an opioid crisis protest, has been removed.
Artist Domenic Esposito and Fernando Alvarez, the owner of the Alvarez Gallery, dropped the sculpture outside the headquarters Friday. Police arrested Alvarez and charged him with obstruction of free passage, and the city’s department of public works hauled the sculpture away.
An 84-year-old former New England Mafia boss was convicted Friday of killing a nightclub owner to keep him from ratting out the mobster to authorities in 1993, all but ensuring the once-feared and powerful gangster will die behind bars.
A Guatemalan man living in Westborough, Massachusetts, has had a long few months. Elmer Oliva’s wife and kids were detained at the border and separated as part of the Trump administration’s zero...
The Honduran toddler in a pink jacket pictured sobbing at the U.S.-Mexico border was not separated from her mother when they were detained, as was widely assumed, a man who identified himself as her father told various news outlets.
The 2-year-old was photographed by John Moore of Getty Images as outrage was growing over President Donald Trump’s policy of breaking apart families who had crossed the border illegally. But in fact, she and her mother remained together, the father, Denis Valera, said.
“My daughter has become a symbol of the ... separation of children at the U.S. border. She may have even touched President Trump’s heart,” Valera told Reuters in a telephone interview.
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Thousands of bourbon barrels were piled in a massive heap Friday after a large section of a whiskey storage warehouse collapsed at a distillery in the heart of Kentucky bourbon country.
About 9,000 barrels filled with aging bourbon were affected by the warehouse collapse at the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown, said Nelson County Emergency Management spokesman Milt Spalding. No injuries were reported following the late-morning collapse, he said.
Barton bourbon is owned by Sazerac, a New Orleans-based spirits company. Spokeswoman Amy Preske said the company was assessing the damage and declined further comment.
The Supreme Court ruled a 5-4 decision generally requiring police to obtain warrants for any cellular tracking data.