Brent Kaderli has a wheelchair-accessible van waiting in the driveway, a hospital bed in a spare bedroom and an electric lift that's left unused. If the 30-year-old quadriplegic had his way, he'd be living here, in his father's house, with help from aides. Instead, he is in an institution, hoping each day for a place that feels more like a home.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Prominent Shiite leaders pushed Thursday for the removal of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as parliament prepared to start work next week on putting together a new government, under intense U.S. pressure to rapidly form a united front against an unrelenting Sunni insurgent onslaught.
The U.S. Supreme Court handed a victory to anti-abortion activists on Thursday by making it harder for states to enact laws aimed at helping patients entering abortion clinics to avoid protesters, striking down a Massachusetts statute that had created a no-entry zone. On a 9-0 vote, the court said the 2007 law violated freedom of speech rights under the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment by preventing anti-abortion activists from standing on the sidewalk and speaking to people entering the clinics. The ruling casts into doubt similar fixed buffer zones adopted by several municipalities around the country, including San Francisco and Pittsburgh. The Massachusetts law was enacted in part because of safety concerns highlighted by violent acts committed against abortion providers in the past.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was not a target of an investigation into possible illegal coordination between his campaign and special interest groups during elections in 2011 and 2012, a lawyer for the prosecutor leading the investigation said on Thursday. Randall Crocker, an attorney representing special prosecutor Francis Schmitz, said Thursday that documents released publicly last week outlined the prosecutor's legal theory of the investigation and did not establish the existence of a crime. A federal judge halted the investigation in response to a lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin Club for Growth that accuses prosecutors of violating their free-speech rights. "At the time the investigation was halted, Governor Walker was not a target of the investigation," Crocker said in the statement.
The father of a man who killed six people in a California college town said in a television interview that his son's rampage came as a surprise, despite contentions by some victims' families that the attack might have been prevented. Peter Rodger, a Hollywood film director, told Barbara Walters in an interview set to air Friday on ABC's "20/20" that prior to the shooting he did not believe his son, Elliott, 22, could "hurt a flea." Elliot Rodger stabbed three men to death in his apartment in the town of Isla Vista on May 23 before fatally shooting three more people near the campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara.