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  • CA Supreme Court Upholds Teacher Tenure Protections

    2016-08-25T21:09:00Z

    Good news for teachers in the Golden State: the California Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal challenging teacher tenure and other job protections for educators. This means seniority rules and due process protections for teachers will remain in place, after a trial court judge threw them out in 2014.......

  • Is It Divorce Season Yet?

    2016-08-25T20:12:00Z

    Love comes and goes, and it’s easy to think that relationships end when the people in them decide to go their separate ways. But researchers seem to have stumbled upon a seasonal schedule to breakups. A new report based on 15 years of divorce data noted two seasonal spikes in......

  • Who's Liable for Gunshot Injuries? When Can You Sue?

    2016-08-25T20:02:43Z

    Guns can do a lot of damage. Whether unintentional or intentional, gunshot wounds can be catastrophic. And while the criminal justice system can punish some people for purposefully or recklessly shooting another person, that may not cover accidental shootings and may not cover the true cost of gunshot injuries. In......

  • DOJ: Pre-Trial Bail System Is Unconstitutional

    2016-08-25T18:57:32Z

    If you charge someone with a crime, you want to guarantee that they'll show up for trial and possible punishment. And the idea behind bail is that if a criminal defendant has a large amount of money on the line, he or she is more likely to appear. The accused......

  • Bad Vibrations: Marky Mark's Wahlburgers Sued for Wage Theft

    2016-08-24T21:34:00Z

    If it can happen to Mickey D's, it can happen to Marky Mark. The former rapper's family burger joint, Wahlburgers, has been sued for unpaid wages, claiming "rampant ... wage theft and violations of federal and state labor law" at the Coney Island franchise since opening in 2015. And if......

Supreme Court News

  • WHY IT MATTERS: Issues at stake in election

    Sat, 27 Aug 2016 06:39:39 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A selection of issues at stake in the presidential election and their impact on Americans, in brief:

  • Garland tells law students that careers can be unpredictable

    Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:59:48 GMT

    Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland told entering Harvard Law School students on Friday that they shouldn't expect a predictable career path because life can take surprising turns.

  • Burr sticks to low-key style in N. Carolina re-election bid

    Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:45:54 GMT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican Sen. Richard Burr drives alone, steering his white 2013 Hyundai sedan to dozens of factory tours and other North Carolina stops. If there's a TV camera or a reporter, he'll talk. If not, he'll move on.

  • WHY IT MATTERS: Supreme Court

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:19:43 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: No one likes an even number on a court that makes decisions by majority vote. Yet that's just what the Supreme Court has been left with, eight justices, since the death of Antonin Scalia in February.

  • WHY IT MATTERS: Supreme Court

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:47:56 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: No one likes an even number on a court that makes decisions by majority vote. Yet that's just what the Supreme Court has been left with, eight justices, since the death of Antonin Scalia in February.

Criminal Law News

  • Study: Harris County, Texas, death penalty cases biased

    Sat, 27 Aug 2016 18:23:31 GMT

    HOUSTON (AP) — A Harvard Law School study reports that racial bias, over-aggressive prosecutions and inadequate representation for poor defendants plagues Harris County's handling of death penalty cases.

  • The Latest: Suspect in Albuquerque girl's death visits court

    Sat, 27 Aug 2016 18:18:57 GMT

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the gruesome killing of a 10-year-old girl from Albuquerque, New Mexico, (all times local):

  • Man arrested in shocking killings of 2 Mississippi nuns

    Sat, 27 Aug 2016 18:13:10 GMT

    DURANT, Miss. (AP) — A man suspected in the slayings of two nuns found dead in their Mississippi home has been arrested and charged with capital murder in the shocking killing that rocked the small town communities where the women served, authorities said.

  • Turkey extradites 5 Macedonians planning to join IS

    Sat, 27 Aug 2016 18:03:30 GMT

    SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonian police say Turkey has extradited five Macedonians arrested in Istanbul in an operation to crack down on recruitment for the Islamic State group.

  • Spanish police arrest 57 in illegal Chinese immigration ring

    Sat, 27 Aug 2016 17:58:51 GMT

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say they have arrested 57 people and dismantled an illegal immigration ring giving Chinese citizens Spanish residency permits through fake job contracts as domestic staff.

Political News

  • Clinton receives first intelligence briefing as nominee

    Sat, 27 Aug 2016 18:30:09 GMT

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Hillary Clinton received her first national security briefing Saturday as the Democratic presidential nominee, meeting with intelligence officials for an overview of the major threats facing the nation around the globe.

  • Study: Harris County, Texas, death penalty cases biased

    Sat, 27 Aug 2016 18:23:31 GMT

    HOUSTON (AP) — A Harvard Law School study reports that racial bias, over-aggressive prosecutions and inadequate representation for poor defendants plagues Harris County's handling of death penalty cases.

  • Man arrested in shocking killings of 2 Mississippi nuns

    Sat, 27 Aug 2016 18:13:10 GMT

    DURANT, Miss. (AP) — A man suspected in the slayings of two nuns found dead in their Mississippi home has been arrested and charged with capital murder in the shocking killing that rocked the small town communities where the women served, authorities said.

  • Kurdish-led Syria forces face off with Turkish-backed rebels

    Sat, 27 Aug 2016 18:11:58 GMT

    BEIRUT (AP) — Backed by Turkish tanks and reports of airstrikes, Turkey-allied Syrian rebels clashed with Kurdish-led forces in northeastern Syria in a new escalation that further complicates the already protracted Syrian conflict.

  • The Latest: Iowa governor says Trump can win on agriculture

    Sat, 27 Aug 2016 17:53:55 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign (all times EDT):