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  • Immigrants build document trails to remain in US

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:46:58 GMT

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Electricity bills. Speeding tickets. Dentist records. Money order receipts.

  • US sends 4 Afghans back home from Guantanamo

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:18:08 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Saturday that four Afghans from the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been returned to their home country in what U.S. officials are citing as a sign of their confidence in new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

  • Human rights in spotlight after US-Cuba deal

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:22:49 GMT

    HAVANA (AP) — To many exiles and their allies, President Raul Castro is a brutal dictator who locks up dissenters in gulag-like jails, snuffs out political discourse and condemns his people to socialist poverty.

  • Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:49:15 GMT

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

  • Lawyer: Woman did not intend to hit pedestrians

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:04:28 GMT

    TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — The attorney for a 56-year-old woman accused in the deaths of four people, including a 6-year-old boy, said it was an accident when she ran her car into nearly a dozen pedestrians outside a California church, describing her as someone who "does not live her life recklessly."

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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

  • N. Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:30:20 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack.

  • Kidnapped Mozambican businessman released

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:32:16 GMT

    MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — A wealthy Mozambican businessman, who was kidnapped last month, has been released, authorities said on Saturday.

  • Robbers strike at Berlin's famed KaDeWe store

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:37:23 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — Jewelry robbers struck at Berlin's famous KaDeWe department store Saturday, smashing display cases and running off with their loot.

  • Extremists in Nigeria lining up elderly and shooting them

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:06:33 GMT

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria are turning their guns on elderly people, killing more than 50 this week in a new tactic that has instilled more fear in areas the militants call an Islamic caliphate.

  • Australian woman arrested in deaths of 8 children

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:40:12 GMT

    SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian woman was arrested in the killings of eight children, seven of whom are believed to be her own, police said Saturday. The children were found dead inside the woman's home.

Political News

  • Congress finishes up, its members still grumbling

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:41:11 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The 113th Congress began its turbulent life two years ago battling over whether to help Superstorm Sandy victims.

  • Obama's Cuba moves reflect Florida political shift

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:37:32 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — For decades, the politics of Cuba in Florida were simple: anything less than a hard line stance against Fidel Castro and his regime was a sure way to lose a race for office.

  • Cubans imprisoned in US appear before parliament

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:33:45 GMT

    HAVANA (AP) — Three Cubans recently released from prison in the U.S. are getting a warm welcome home from the country's parliament.

  • N. Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:30:20 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack.

  • US sends 4 Afghans back home from Guantanamo

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:18:08 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Saturday that four Afghans from the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been returned to their home country in what U.S. officials are citing as a sign of their confidence in new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

Trending Legal News

  • What does "standard of care" mean in medical malpractice cases?

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:03:28 GMT

    Someone who gets sick or is injured while visiting New Orleans does not go to a doctor or hospital for treatment expecting to leave with a worsened medical condition. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of doctors and other health care...

  • Will change to Cuba policy impact immigration?

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:01:56 GMT

    Residents of the state of Florida are likely trying figure out what to make of President Obama’s recent shift regarding Cuba. Though the embargo was not actually lifted, the change eases travel restrictions and encourages trade between the two nations....

  • How federal and Texas laws can help you after a truck accident

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:39:19 GMT

    Many business owners will tell you that a source of frequent headaches for them is government regulation. As a general rule, the higher the risk that a business or its employees can cause injury to others, the more extensive government...

  • Federal law protects disability benefits while encouraging saving

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:07:13 GMT

    A recent story profiled one disabled North Carolina man’s struggle to further his skill set without jeopardizing his disability benefits. Thanks to a new law called the Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE Act, that goal may be a...

  • Scaffolding safety requirements and OSHA

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 04:56:15 GMT

    Scaffolding is integral to the process of many new construction and repair projects; wherever construction employees or contractors must gain access, scaffolding is likely to be found. As an example, the next time you see a newscast about developments in...