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  • Episcopalians OK allowing gay marriage in churches

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:50:02 GMT

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — After decades of debate and conflict, the Episcopal Church has completed its embrace of gay rights, changing church law to allow same-sex religious marriages throughout the denomination, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized marriage nationwide.

  • Witness: Man killed by police told officers 'shoot me'

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:47:49 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The man was angry. He threw rocks and scuffled with police. He yelled at them to "shoot me, kill me," before three officers opened fire, according to witnesses to the fatal shooting of an unarmed Mexican immigrant. The shooting sparked weeks of protest

  • Ex-state senator facing up to 20 years on racketeering

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:32:50 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former California state senator — once considered a leading candidate for a statewide office — is facing up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to a racketeering charge in an organized crime case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown.

  • California: Record water savings shows big cuts possible

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:21:26 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Water use in drought-stricken California plunged by record levels in May, and Gov. Jerry Brown's administration cited that as proof cities can hit steep summer conservation targets they have blasted as unfair.

  • Episcopalians vote to allow gay marriage in churches

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:19:37 GMT

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Episcopalians voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, solidifying the church's embrace of gay rights that began more than a decade ago with the pioneering election of the first openly gay bishop.

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  • If CPR Causes Broken Ribs, Can You Sue?

    2015-07-01T21:59:30Z

    You’re on the floor, not breathing. You are dead. Suddenly, a Good Samaritan runs up and performs CPR. Sure, he breaks a couple ribs, but you start breathing again. Paramedics arrive and rush you to the hospital. It’s a fact that broken ribs can result from CPR. If this occurs,......

  • How Will Obama's Proposed Overtime Pay Rule Affect Your Business?

    2015-07-01T18:48:00Z

    Last week, we wrote about Obama's plan to seek changes in current overtime pay rules to allow more workers to get overtime pay. This week, President Obama has finally proposed a rule change. Here is what you need to know about the President's proposed overtime rule:......

  • Oregon's Recreational Marijuana Law Takes Effect: Q and A

    2015-07-01T17:45:34Z

    Are you in Oregon right now? Do you notice that pungent scent in the air? It's probably the scent of legal recreational marijuana. Last year, Oregonians voted to make recreational use of marijuana legal. Today, Oregon residents can legally light up recreationally for the first time! Oregon's Measure 91......

  • How to Modify a Loan Agreement

    2015-07-01T16:59:59Z

    Are your loans getting too hard to pay? In certain instances, you can take advantage of the fact that loan agreements aren't set in stone. If you're in trouble and are unable to pay your loans, you may want to request a loan modification. Banks and the government offer......

  • SCOTUS: Same-Sex Marriage Bans Are Unconstitutional

    2015-07-01T15:58:44Z

    If you haven't heard about the Supreme Court's ruling regarding same-sex marriage in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, you've probably been living under a rock or have never used Facebook before. FYI: The Supreme Court ruled that marriage is a fundamental right and same-sex couples must be allowed......

Supreme Court News

  • In Supreme Court loss, death penalty foes see an opening

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:35:01 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — A strongly worded dissent in the U.S. Supreme Court's narrow decision this week upholding the use of an execution drug offered a glimmer of hope to death penalty opponents in what they considered otherwise a gloomy ruling. One advocate went so far Tuesday as to call it a blueprint for a fresh attack on the legality of capital punishment itself.

  • Court ruling spurs backers' hopes for redistricting changes

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:14:40 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Groups hoping to squeeze partisan politics out of how states shape congressional districts are hailing a Supreme Court decision that lets independent commissions, not legislatures, draw those lines.

  • Justices take up dispute over union fees

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:45:35 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider limiting the power of government employee unions to collect fees from non-members in a case that labor officials say could threaten membership and further weaken union clout.

  • Oklahoma, Florida move quickly to resume lethal injections

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:41:07 GMT

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma and Florida moved quickly to resume lethal injections after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of midazolam, a sedative that has been used in several problematic executions.

  • Supreme Court rules Texas abortion clinics can remain open

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:53:28 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court acted Monday to keep Texas' 19 abortion clinics open, amid a legal fight that threatens to close more than half of them.

Criminal Law News

  • Tunisia: 12 people detained in hotel attack probe

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:51:40 GMT

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A Tunisian official says that about 12 people have been detained in the investigation into a massacre at a beach resort that killed 38 people, mostly British tourists.

  • Witness: Man killed by police told officers 'shoot me'

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:47:49 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The man was angry. He threw rocks and scuffled with police. He yelled at them to "shoot me, kill me," before three officers opened fire, according to witnesses to the fatal shooting of an unarmed Mexican immigrant. The shooting sparked weeks of protest

  • Man questioned in case of missing Phoenix-area couple

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:46:38 GMT

    MARICOPA, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in Arizona questioned a "person of interest" Wednesday night in the case of a Phoenix-area couple missing for more than a week.

  • Suspect in DC mansion slayings due in court

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:15:53 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A man charged in the slayings of a wealthy family and their housekeeper inside a Washington mansion is due in court for a preliminary hearing.

  • New warden, increased security after New York prison escape

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 06:46:20 GMT

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new superintendent has been named at the maximum-security prison in upstate New York where two inmates escaped last month, and a range of new security measures has been put in place.

Political News

  • Episcopalians OK allowing gay marriage in churches

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:50:02 GMT

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — After decades of debate and conflict, the Episcopal Church has completed its embrace of gay rights, changing church law to allow same-sex religious marriages throughout the denomination, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized marriage nationwide.

  • Witness: Man killed by police told officers 'shoot me'

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:47:49 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The man was angry. He threw rocks and scuffled with police. He yelled at them to "shoot me, kill me," before three officers opened fire, according to witnesses to the fatal shooting of an unarmed Mexican immigrant. The shooting sparked weeks of protest

  • Man questioned in case of missing Phoenix-area couple

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:46:38 GMT

    MARICOPA, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in Arizona questioned a "person of interest" Wednesday night in the case of a Phoenix-area couple missing for more than a week.

  • Heeding Francis, Iowa Catholic leaders to pressure '16 field

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:38:42 GMT

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Roman Catholic leaders in the early voting state of Iowa will call Thursday on candidates for president to follow the teachings of Pope Francis and focus as much on the environment and income inequality in 2016 as they have in past elections on opposing gay marriage and abortion.

  • The Latest: France's Sapin says committed to Greece in euro

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:36:22 GMT

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest news on Greece's financial woes (all times local):