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Self-styled U.S. citizen border patrol unravels after leader's arrest

Self-styled U.S. citizen border patrol unravels after leader's arrestSUNLAND PARK, N.M./TAOS, N.M. (Reuters) - A group of armed Americans who have been stopping migrants illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border abandoned their New Mexico camp on Tuesday, days after its leader was arrested and allies deserted them during a storm of criticism. The abrupt departure of the paramilitary group, the United Constitutional Patriots (UCP), followed allegations they had kidnapped migrants and an ultimatum by the Union Pacific Railroad for them to leave the area in 30 minutes after the company accused the group of trespassing. Larry Hopkins, leader of the UCP, appeared in court in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on Monday to face firearms charges following his arrest by the FBI at the weekend.



ST Engineering wins up to $1.9 billion contract to build icebreakers for U.S. Navy

ST Engineering wins up to $1.9 billion contract to build icebreakers for U.S. NavySingapore Technologies Engineering Ltd said on Wednesday it has won a contract worth up to $1.94 billion to build as many as three icebreaker ships for the U.S. Navy. The U.S. Department of the Navy awarded VT Halter Marine, ST Engineering's shipbuilding business in Mississippi, a $746 million contract for the detail design and construction of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) polar security cutter, the Singapore-based company said in a statement. The first ship is due for delivery in 2024, said ST Engineering.



Supreme Court stumped by the case of the unconscious drunken driver

Supreme Court stumped by the case of the unconscious drunken driverU.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday wrestled with whether police need a court-issued warrant to draw an unconscious suspect's blood in a case involving a Wisconsin man convicted of drunken driving based on blood obtained without his consent. The nine justices appeared divided over the case as they heard about an hour of arguments in an appeal by the man, Gerald Mitchell, of state court rulings that endorsed the ability of police to test blood drawn from an unconscious person. Mitchell appealed a ruling by Wisconsin's highest court that the blood draw did not violate the U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches.



Self-styled citizen border patrol abandons New Mexico camp: police

Self-styled citizen border patrol abandons New Mexico camp: policeSUNLAND PARK, N.M./TAOS, N.M. (Reuters) - An armed group that has been stopping migrants illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border honored a request to leave their camp in New Mexico on Tuesday and appeared to be heading home, the local police chief said. The group's leader Larry Hopkins appeared in court in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on Monday to face firearms charges following his arrest on Saturday by the FBI. Sunland Park, New Mexico, Police Chief Javier Guerra said the group left their campsite outside the town following a request by the Union Pacific Railroad, which said they had trespassed on its land.



Florida judge won't release video in NFL Robert Kraft prostitution sting

Florida judge won't release video in NFL Robert Kraft prostitution stingThe billionaire owner of the six-time Super Bowl champions is among dozens of men accused of soliciting prostitution inside Orchids of Asia Spa in Jupiter, Florida. Palm Peach County Judge Leonard Hanser said Kraft's right to a fair trial could be harmed if prosecutors release the video to media outlets, which requested the footage under Florida's robust open government laws.





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