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  • Admired club's invite to Kardashian turns typically divisive

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:41:19 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kim Kardashian's upcoming appearance as a guest of one of San Francisco's most august institutions has caused a typical "love her/hate her" stir.

  • After mercury ruling, higher scrutiny of Obama climate rules

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:39:23 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sweeping pollution limits at the center of President Barack Obama's climate change plan are facing increased scrutiny in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that showed that the justices aren't afraid to thwart perceived overreach by Obama or his Environmental Protection Agency.

  • More overtime on the way? Obama proposes broader coverage

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:20:14 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — They're called managers, and they sometimes work grueling schedules at fast food chains and retail stores. But with no overtime eligibility, their pay may be lower per hour than many workers they supervise.

  • Rand Paul 1st major-party candidate to court pot donors

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:12:46 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul is courting donors from the marijuana business in a groundbreaking event in Denver.

  • Swedish woman gets $18M in sex harassment suit against boss

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 06:20:14 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A young Swedish woman who sued her former Wall Street executive boss over lurid allegations of sexual conquest, betrayal and stalking was awarded $18 million by a federal jury Monday.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • 5 Tips to Improve Your Legal Writing

    2015-06-29T17:59:38Z

    Lawyers are writers. A majority of legal work involves some form of writing, whether it's an email to a client, a brief for the court, or a memo for a partner. Yet, there's often little attention paid to the craft of writing, despite its central role in an attorney's practice.......

  • Deans and Scholars Pressure California to Adopt Uniform Bar Exam

    2015-06-29T16:03:03Z

    The Uniform Bar Exam is about to get more, well, uniform. The UBE, which provides one test and one score but portability to the 16 different states what accept it, was recently adopted by New York. The Empire State's 15,000-some bar examinees will sit for the UBE for the......

  • New DNA Evidence Can Reset Statute of Limitations, 7th Rules

    2015-06-29T13:57:18Z

    An armed robber who was discovered and prosecuted years after the crime has failed in his challenge to his conviction. Pascal Sylla, convicted in 2013 of committing a 2003 robbery in Anderson, Indiana, challenged a federal law which extended statutes of limitations when new DNA evidence links an individual......

  • Lawyer Won't Get Share of S.S. Central America's Sunken Treasure

    2015-06-26T18:59:19Z

    Well, I wish I'd known this earlier. Apparently, you can make a career as a treasure hunter, even in these modern times. Though it's not easy, as the Columbus-America Discovery Group learned when they went into receivership after collecting sunken treasure from the S.S. Central America. Their lawyer --......

  • 6th Circuit Overturned on Same-Sex Marriage

    2015-06-26T18:43:29Z

    The Sixth Circuit was always the outlier when it came to same-sex marriage. Over the past two years, the Fourth, Seventh, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits have all found a constructional right to same-sex marriage. Meanwhile the Sixth went it alone, rejecting the plaintiffs' claim that refusing to allow them......

  • Is Your Workplace Environment Toxic? 3 Tips for Coping

    2015-06-26T19:59:06Z

    We're not talking mercury in the ground or asbestos in the ceiling here. The type of toxic workplace we have in mind isn't one that poisons you over decades -- it grinds you down every day. A toxic work environment is filled with rude or insensitive interactions, aggressive relationships,......

Criminal Law News

  • AP PHOTOS: In Peruvian valley, coca harvest means survival

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 04:55:51 GMT

    SAMUGARI, Peru (AP) — Just before sunrise, Raul Rua joins 15 others, including women, teens and children, for a half-hour walk to pick coca in the world's No. 1 coca-producing valley.

  • Man in wheelchair robs bank in New York, makes getaway

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 04:37:08 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — It may not have been the fastest getaway, but police are searching for a man in a wheelchair who robbed a bank in New York City.

  • Convicted killer thought fellow escapee was slowing him down

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 04:30:27 GMT

    PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Two convicted killers who staged a complicated prison break together and then spent more than two weeks roaming in thick New York woods finally split up when one man decided his companion was slowing him down, going their separate ways a few days before one was shot and the other captured, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

  • Convicted killer thought fellow escape was slowing him down

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 04:22:35 GMT

    PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Two convicted killers who staged a complicated prison break together and then spent more than two weeks roaming in thick New York woods finally split up when one man decided he'd make better time without the other escapee.

  • Gov. Cuomo: Inmates had sights on Mexico but ride backed out

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 02:49:29 GMT

    PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Two convicted murderers who eluded a massive manhunt for three weeks planned to drive to Mexico after escaping prison but ended up walking toward Canada when their ride backed out — finally splitting up in their final days of freedom, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

Supreme Court News

  • 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.

  • Some Supreme Court justices' views on death penalty change

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:38:51 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg declared for the first time Monday that they believe it is "highly likely" that the death penalty is unconstitutional.

  • Justices rule against EPA power plant mercury limits

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:12:02 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday against the Obama administration's attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants, but it may only be a temporary setback for regulators.

  • Justices uphold use of drug implicated in botched executions

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:52:49 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it's "highly likely" the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.

Political News

  • The Latest: Greek banks to reopen to let pensioners get cash

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:52:47 GMT

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest news on Greece's financial woes on a day a big repayment to the International Monetary Fund is due and the country's bailout program with European creditors ends (all times local):

  • Reports: 2 dead after man sets self on fire on Japan train

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:48:13 GMT

    ODAWARA, Japan (AP) — A man riding one of Japan's high-speed bullet trains set himself on fire Tuesday, killing himself and another passenger as the coach filled with smoke, Japanese officials and media reports said.

  • The Latest: EU's Juncker makes last-ditch offer to Athens

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:41:04 GMT

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest news on Greece's financial woes on a day a big repayment to the International Monetary Fund is due and the country's bailout program with European creditors ends (all times local):

  • Court ruling spurs backers' hopes for redistricting changes

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:40:09 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Groups trying to curb the partisan sculpting of House districts are hoping their Supreme Court victory will prompt more states to create independent commissions to redraw congressional lines.

  • After mercury ruling, higher scrutiny of Obama climate rules

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:39:23 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sweeping pollution limits at the center of President Barack Obama's climate change plan are facing increased scrutiny in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that showed that the justices aren't afraid to thwart perceived overreach by Obama or his Environmental Protection Agency.