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Federal Judge Rules No-Fly List Process Is Unconstitutional

A federal judge in Oregon says the process surrounding the federal government's "no-fly list" is unconstitutional.

Specifically, U.S. District Judge Anna Brown said the process doesn't give Americans on the list an effective way to challenge their inclusion.

The Oregonian reports:

Asiana Flight 214 crashed at San Francisco International Airport in July 2013. The NTSB concluded Tuesday that an over-reliance on automated systems contributed to the crash.

NTSB: Too Much Technology, Too Little Training Caused Asiana Crash

Pilot misjudgment and an over-reliance on automated systems were the main causes of last year's crash of Asiana Flight 214 in San Francisco that killed three people, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded Tuesday.

The Boeing 777 with 307 people aboard came in too low and too slow in its landing approach, the NTSB said. It hit a seawall, ripping off the tail and sending the plane's fuselage skidding down the tarmac.

The board said there was confusion over whether the plane was maintaining adequate speed for landing.

Cuddling up to read a story with the very young helps them recognize words and learn vocabulary, researchers say.

Never Too Young: Pediatricians Say Parents Should Read To Infants

Children whose parents read to them get a head start on language skills and literacy, as well as lovely cuddle time with Mom or Dad. But many children miss out on that experience, with one-third of children starting kindergarten without the language skills they need to learn to read.

So the nation's pediatricians are upping the ante, asking parents to start reading to their children when they're tiny babies.

And pediatricians are becoming book purveyors, handing out books to families who might not have the resources to buy them.

FBI Says It Freed 168 U.S. Children In Sex-Trafficking Raids

The authorities rounded up 281 pimps and freed 168 juveniles last week, targeting child sex-trafficking operations in more than 100 U.S. cities. Police arrested 21 pimps in Phoenix, the most of any FBI division. Other hotspots in the coordinated raids were centered in Denver, Cleveland, and Los Angeles.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson listens while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Tuesday.

On Capitol Hill, A Debate Over What's Driving Central American Exodus

Today, on Capitol Hill, there was a sober debate about the humanitarian crisis developing along the Southern border.

Sure, there were some partisan barbs, but for the most part the hearing by the House Committee on Homeland Security, focused on how the United States understands the exodus of children from Central America.

'Shameful' Verdict Exposes Egyptian Journalists' Fears

A jury of 9th grade peers is sworn in at a "teen court" session in Michigan.

New Approaches To Discipline Strive To Keep Kids Out Of Jail

School's out for the summer. For young people in New York City, if last summer was any guide, that may mean they're less likely to be arrested.

The "school-to-prison pipeline" is the name given the connection between young people, especially poor boys of color, getting into trouble in school and getting into trouble with the law.

Fans gather in Chicago's Grant Park to watch the U.S. play Portugal Sunday — a game that set a new ratings record for soccer on ESPN.

World Cup Ratings Spike: How Popular Is Soccer In The U.S.?

Sunday's thrilling and frustrating World Cup match between the U.S. and Portugal drew an average of 24.7 million viewers, according to the Nielsen ratings company, a result that puts the game above the recent NBA finals.

The game's total U.S. viewership of 24.7 million includes ratings from both ESPN (18.2 million viewers) and the Spanish-language Univision (6.5 million); it doesn't include the 1.37 million people ESPN says streamed the game online.

A portrait of Lt. Giuseppe Petrosino.

In Mafia Arrests, Clues To Slaying Of An NYPD Officer A Century Ago

Lt. Giuseppe Petrosino is the only New York police officer to be killed in the line of duty outside the United States. It happened in March 1909 when Petrosino, one of the most celebrated officers in the department's history, was sent to Italy to investigate the Mafia.

The New York Times reports:

"He stayed in hotels under an assumed name, and grew a beard to alter his appearance. But his reputation and purpose had preceded him.

Miami Heat superstar LeBron James, seen here at a news conference last week, will reportedly file papers to become a free agent, opting to end his contract with Miami.

LeBron James Will Reportedly Become Free Agent, Ending Miami Contract

NBA star LeBron James is shaking things up at the Miami Heat, reportedly opting to end his contract early to become a free agent. The move comes one week after James and the Heat were trounced by the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals.

"LeBron James' agent Rich Paul has told Heat LeBron will exercise early termination option," ESPN's Chris Broussard tweeted today.