TEXAS: Rental law unconstitutional
The Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch will decide soon whether to continue an expensive fight to defend an ordinance designed to keep immigrants without legal permission to be in the country from renting. The 5th U.S. Court of Appeals ruled the ordinance unconstitutional Monday. Farmers Branch, a bedroom community of 30,000 that is about 45 percent Latino, is one of several cities nationwide that have targeted immigration by enacting renting restrictions. The 2008 ordinance would have required all renters to obtain city licenses and for a city official to deny licenses to anyone found to be here illegally.
MASSACHUSETTS: Cop disciplined over photos
A police photographer who released photos of the arrest of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in reaction to a Rolling Stone magazine cover that he said glorified the suspect has been placed on desk duty pending an internal investigation, state police said Tuesday. Sgt. Sean Murphy was placed on administrative leave, stripped of his badge and gun, and transferred to a different state police unit following a disciplinary hearing.
NEVADA: Rescuer falls to his death
A Las Vegas police officer who was rescuing a hiker stranded in an off-limits area of a mountain northwest of the city died after falling from a helicopter hoist line. At an emotional news conference Tuesday, police offered details about the Monday night accident that killed search and rescue officer David Vanbuskirk, 36, at Mount Charleston. After landing, Vanbuskirk attached a safety harness to the stranded hiker. He signaled to the helicopter above to hoist them both up from the craggy ledge, but then somehow became detached from the line in midair and fell a "non-survivable" distance to the ground below, officials said.