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  • UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $850 M for oil spill

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 02:40:38 GMT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution Friday asking Israel to pay Lebanon over $850 million in damages for an oil spill caused by an Israeli air force attack on oil storage tanks during its war with Hezbollah in July 2006.

  • Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 02:12:05 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court Friday for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica.

  • Ashanti 'shocked' by prospect of stalker retrial

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 02:03:06 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ashanti is appalled by the prospect of facing her accused stalker again in court, but the Grammy-winning R&B singer said Friday she's determined to see the case through after a mistrial.

  • Some gray wolves to be returned to endangered list

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:57:42 GMT

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday threw out an Obama administration decision to remove gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region from the endangered species list — a decision that will ban further wolf hunting and trapping in three states.

  • Man charged with disrupting Qatar-to-Houston flight

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:40:18 GMT

    HOUSTON (AP) — A federal indictment alleges a Houston man disrupted a flight from the Persian Gulf to Houston earlier this month, including threatening to blow up the plane.

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  • Ohio Sup. Ct. Upholds Cities' Traffic-Camera Tickets, Appeals

    2014-12-19T19:27:00Z

    The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the use of traffic cameras by state municipalities as well as the administrative procedure for hearing appeals by those ticketed. The ruling was split, with three of the court's seven justices dissenting, reports The Plain Dealer. And the decision comes as legislation requiring......

  • Girls in 'Slender Man' Stabbing Found Competent to Stand Trial

    2014-12-19T16:24:01Z

    Two girls accused of stabbing a friend because of a belief in "Slender Man" have been found competent to stand trial. Anissa Weier, 13, and Morgan Geyser, 13, allegedly attempted a sort of ritualistic murder to please "Slender Man" -- a fictional, shadowy figure that began as an Internet......

  • Fla. Judge Grants Same-Sex Divorce, Invalidates State Law

    2014-12-19T16:18:01Z

    A Florida judge granted Florida's first same-sex divorce on Wednesday, simultaneously striking down the state's refusal to recognize out-of-state gay marriages. Heather Brassner and Megan Lade were joined in a Vermont civil union in 2002, but Brassner has tried unsuccessfully to untie the knot in Florida for the last......

  • Whole Foods Sued Over Child's Death, Allegedly From Tainted Beef

    2014-12-18T22:25:01Z

    Whole Foods is being sued by a Massachusetts couple over their son's death after he allegedly ate tainted beef that was purchased from the store. Melissa and Andrew Kaye filed suit in federal court in Boston on Tuesday, alleging that the grass-fed beef purchased at a Whole Foods Market led......

  • 14 Charged Over Deadly Meningitis Outbreak in 2012

    2014-12-18T21:40:01Z

    Fourteen people are facing federal criminal charges after a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people nationwide. Those indicted include the co-founders, pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians of the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts, reports The Associated Press. They are accused of failing to follow proper safety standards,......

Supreme Court News

  • Supreme Court won't stop gay marriages in Florida

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:24:04 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday refused to block gay marriages in Florida, the latest of about three dozen states allowing same-sex weddings.

  • 1st Florida gay divorce granted by judge

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:03:52 GMT

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The first formal divorce for a gay couple in Florida history was granted Wednesday by a Broward County judge who used the case to join other judges in declaring the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

  • Scalia, Kagan: Common ground often trumps ideology

    Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:43:21 GMT

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — One is a sharp-tongued, self-described "wise guy" originalist, who believes the Constitution means today what it meant when it was first written.

  • Court: Traffic stop OK despite mistake of law

    Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:12:43 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Police can use evidence seized during a traffic stop even if it turns out the officers initially pulled a car over based on a misunderstanding of the law, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.

  • Scalia: Hard to rule out 'extreme measures'

    Sat, 13 Dec 2014 08:07:05 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is joining the debate over the Senate's torture report by saying it's hard to rule out the use of extreme measures to extract information if millions of lives were threatened.

Criminal Law News

  • Man charged with disrupting Qatar-to-Houston flight

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:40:18 GMT

    HOUSTON (AP) — A federal indictment alleges a Houston man disrupted a flight from the Persian Gulf to Houston earlier this month, including threatening to blow up the plane.

  • Driver pleads not guilty in pedestrian deaths

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:32:50 GMT

    TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — A woman accused of killing four people, including a 6-year-old boy, while running her car into pedestrians outside a California church appeared in court Friday cuffed to a gurney and pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter charges.

  • Lawsuit shows resistance to legalization of pot

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:29:34 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — Despite growing public support for legalizing marijuana, a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma shows that at least two segments of American society are prepared to fight the idea before the nation's highest court — social conservatives and law enforcement.

  • NY pain doctor gets prison in manslaughter case

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:10:21 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A pain doctor convicted of manslaughter in two patients' overdose deaths was sentenced Friday to more than a decade in prison, after patients' relatives pleaded for a tough punishment and said he put money ahead of medicine.

  • 2-year sentence for man in Connecticut gun scare

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:07:30 GMT

    MILFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who prompted a lockdown at the University of New Haven when he brought a semi-automatic rifle and other guns to campus was sentenced Friday to two years in prison.

Political News

  • UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $850 M for oil spill

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 02:40:38 GMT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution Friday asking Israel to pay Lebanon over $850 million in damages for an oil spill caused by an Israeli air force attack on oil storage tanks during its war with Hezbollah in July 2006.

  • Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 02:12:05 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court Friday for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica.

  • AP WAS THERE: US breaks relations with Cuba

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:58:03 GMT

    EDITOR'S NOTE — When the United States severed its diplomatic relationship with Cuba on Jan. 3, 1961, it kicked off a year in which CIA-funded counterrevolutionaries would try to invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs, and after that, the withdrawal or ouster of almost all American and European media from the island, including The Associated Press' American staff.

  • Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:53:25 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government.

  • Prepackaged caramel apples linked to 4 deaths

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:52:31 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.

Trending Legal News

  • A tax audit could follow divorce

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 02:04:58 GMT

    In a previous post we some factors that when present could prompt the Internal Revenue Service to conduct an audit. There are multiple other factors other than the ones we discussed in that post. One of them is divorce. It...

  • Pursuing justice & compensation after a drunk driving accident

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:56:29 GMT

    You likely need no reminder that Christmas and New Year’s Eve are almost here. While the holidays should be a joyful time, far too many families find themselves grieving. This is because other holiday revelers made the selfish and destructive...

  • Makers of tainted drugs face criminal charges for meningitis outbreak

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:46:05 GMT

    Just over two years ago, many Americans learned more about the disease meningitis than they ever wanted to know. That’s because hundreds of patients across 20 states contracted fungal meningitis after receiving tainted medicine from a single compounding pharmacy. Before...

  • Eye-tracking tech may be fast and inexpensive test for brain injury

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:10:41 GMT

    Last month, we wrote about an incident in which a high school football player in New York died as the result of a traumatic brain injury that coaches and other officials allegedly failed to address. The player was not taken...

  • Hackers face prosecution, but who exactly is the victim?

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:04:06 GMT

    The federal government confirmed this week that North Korea was behind the Sony Pictures Entertainment cyber attack. Officials admit they are still a little fuzzy on the actual mechanics of the Nov. 24 attack, but they are confident that North...