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  • Suspended Supreme Court judge in Panama sentenced to prison

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:56:04 GMT

    PANAMA CITY (AP) — A three-member judicial panel sentenced a suspended Panamanian Supreme Court justice to five years in prison for unjustified enrichment in an unusual case of corruption that captured this Central American nation's attention.

  • Ringling Bros to retire its elephants, ending a tradition

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:55:33 GMT

    POLK CITY, Fla. (AP) — Elephants have always been part of The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, ever since showman P.T. Barnum brought Jumbo, "a massive 12-foot African elephant," to America in 1882 to star in the "Greatest Show on Earth." Whenever the circus came to town, parades of pachyderms heralded its arrival, drawing patriotic crowds that boosted sales and even attracted vote-hungry politicians. Feld Entertainment, which owns the circus, still keeps 43 elephants, 13 of which are performing. But years of pressure from activists alleging abuse have caused a "mood shift" among consumers, circus executive Alana Feld told The Associated Press, and the Feld family would rather spend money on elephant care than lawyers. The Felds say they'll phase out elephant acts by 2018 as the remaining performers retire to their 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in central Florida.

  • Dad accused of punching 3-month-old; son had 17 broken bones

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:47:56 GMT

    BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man has been charged with punching his 3-month-old son, and doctors say the baby had 17 broken bones and skull fractures.

  • Selma's 50th anniversary brings comparisons to Ferguson

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:45:08 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — They only lasted minutes, but the beatings of civil rights marchers in Selma, Alabama, permanently seared the inhumanity of Southern segregation onto the American conscience.

  • Cardinal Egan, retired NY archbishop, dies at age 82

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:43:48 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Cardinal Edward Egan, the former archbishop of New York who oversaw a broad and sometimes unpopular financial overhaul of the archdiocese and played a prominent role in the city after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, died Thursday. He was 82.

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  • Jodi Arias Case: What Is a Sentencing Mistrial?

    2015-03-05T20:16:01Z

    Jody Arias will be sentenced to life in prison after jurors failed to agree on whether to sentence her to death. A previous jury convicted Arias in 2013 of killing her lover, Travis Alexander. With jurors deadlocked on sentencing and no indication they could reach a consensus, the judge was......

  • H-1B Visas, H-4 Spouses, and Work Permits: What You Need to Know

    2015-03-05T19:53:01Z

    Under new rules, dependent spouses of H-1B visa holders (known as H-4 visa holders) will soon be able to apply for work permits. In a recent announcement, USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez said that DHS will extend eligibility for employment authorization to H-4 visa holders. H-4 visa holders previously could......

  • Ebola Nurse's Lawsuit: 3 Lessons for Personal Injury Cases

    2015-03-04T23:08:01Z

    The Texas nurse who contracted Ebola from a patient has filed a lawsuit against the hospital where she worked. Nina Pham alleges the hospital's negligence led to her catching the deadly disease and is seeking compensation for continuing physical and emotional effects. Although some additional claims focus on the......

  • 3 Business Tax Credits That Can Pay Off for SMBs

    2015-03-04T22:05:01Z

    As business owners know, we are smack dab in the middle of tax season. Yay! But with the tax code spanning over 70,000 pages, most entrepreneurs don't have the time to comb through it to figure out which tax credits are available. Have no fear, FindLaw is here. Before......

  • Proud Dad Curt Schilling 'Sons' Twitter Trolls; Could Charges Follow?

    2015-03-04T20:06:01Z

    You mess with the bull, you get the horns. Some Twitter trolls messed with proud papa Curt Schilling after he tweeted congratulations to his daughter her acceptance to college. Schilling responded by tracking down and exposing a few choice commenters, one of whom has already been fired, and may......

Supreme Court News

  • New play brings Supreme Court Justice Scalia to the stage

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:29:22 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Actor Edward Gero has spent a lot of time in court over the past year — the Supreme Court to be exact — watching, studying and listening to one justice in particular, seeing how he behaves.

  • Failures by 3 governments preceded homeless man's death

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:49:15 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mistakes and miscommunication by three governments on three continents over nearly 20 years led to a homeless man known as "Africa" being on Los Angeles' Skid Row, where he was shot by police after authorities say he became combative and appeared to reach for an officer's weapon.

  • A defiant Alabama regains ground against gay marriage

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:16:33 GMT

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's stand against same-sex marriage regained ground Wednesday after the state's highest court ruled that its ban remains legal, despite federal court pressure to begin issuing licenses to gays and lesbians. But advocates said they're not giving up either — and that the justices in Montgomery will find themselves on history's losing side.

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    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:56:34 GMT

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  • Excerpts from health care case argued at the Supreme Court

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:37:26 GMT

    Excerpts from arguments before the Supreme Court on Wednesday about whether the nation's health care law makes subsidies for buying insurance available to residents of all states, or only to people in states that establish their own insurance exchanges:

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  • Netanyahu's Iran speech gains tacit support in Saudi Arabia

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:57:08 GMT

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's fiery speech this week before the U.S. Congress, in which he argued against an emerging nuclear deal with Iran, has received tacit support from an unlikely quarter -- Saudi Arabia.

  • Suspended Supreme Court judge in Panama sentenced to prison

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:56:04 GMT

    PANAMA CITY (AP) — A three-member judicial panel sentenced a suspended Panamanian Supreme Court justice to five years in prison for unjustified enrichment in an unusual case of corruption that captured this Central American nation's attention.

  • Boehner, bipartisan group pressure Obama on Ukraine

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:54:34 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner and a group of top Democrats and Republicans stepped up the pressure on President Barack Obama to provide lethal, defensive weapons to Ukraine in its fight against Russian-backed separatists.

  • Selma's 50th anniversary brings comparisons to Ferguson

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:45:08 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — They only lasted minutes, but the beatings of civil rights marchers in Selma, Alabama, permanently seared the inhumanity of Southern segregation onto the American conscience.

  • Hillary Clinton email trove under review for release

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:41:06 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government will review a huge cache of Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails for possible release after revelations she conducted official business as secretary of state in the shadows of a private account. The disclosure has raised questions in the buildup to her expected presidential run about whether she adhered to the letter or spirit of accountability laws.

Trending Legal News

  • Taking Louisiana misdemeanor charges seriously

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 03:52:43 GMT

    Louisiana law defines felonies as crimes punishable by prison time or death. The state's legal definitions of crimes are simple: all offenses not classified as felonies are misdemeanors. Misdemeanor sentences may include fines, probation and sometimes jail but not...

  • How to avoid being the victim of credit counseling scams

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 02:27:38 GMT

    Many people in New York, who are struggling with financial challenges seek assistance from credit counseling organizations. While the majority of these agencies provide helpful debt relief services, others seek only to take advantage of people. Those who fall victim...

  • Tips for preventing dog bites

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 02:23:10 GMT

    Over 53 million people own dogs as pets in the United States. Most dog owners likely don't think their pet will bite or maul someone. However, there are an estimated 4.7 million victims of dog bites each year. About...

  • More than 30 charged in connection with drug ring

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:41:59 GMT

    According to police, 32 individuals are facing charges in Pennsylvania in connection with a Colombian drug ring. Local officials were informed in January 2014 of a possible connection between heroin trafficking in Montgomery County and in Medellin, Colombia, by agents...

  • Man accused of jewelry theft swallows diamond ring

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:41:52 GMT

    A man in New York has been arrested for purchasing over $200,000 worth of jewelry using cloned credit cards. The 33-year-old Troy man was detained after buying a pair of diamond earrings and a Rolex watch from a store on...