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  • Boosting overtime: Obama calls for broader coverage

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:52:16 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.

  • Pope in US to meet with homeless, prisoners and immigrants

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:46:42 GMT

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will meet with homeless people, immigrants and prisoners during his upcoming trip to Cuba and the United States and become the first pope to address the U.S. Congress. He'll also preside over a meeting about religious liberty — a major issue for U.S. bishops in the wake of the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision.

  • Journey drummer Deen Castronovo jailed on rape charge

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:34:48 GMT

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A grand jury has indicted Journey drummer Deen Castronovo on a rape charge.

  • Lufthansa makes Germanwings compensation offer

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:30:24 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — Lufthansa on Tuesday offered financial compensation to relatives of people killed in the Germanwings crash three months ago — a proposal that a lawyer representing many German families immediately described as inadequate.

  • Consumer Reports finds some newer cars burn too much oil

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:21:00 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — Newer cars aren't supposed to need more oil between oil changes, but Consumer Reports found that some engines — mainly from Audi, BMW and Subaru — require an extra quart as often as once a month.

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

  • Confederate flag protests prompt more SC Statehouse security

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:58:43 GMT

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Security has been increased at the South Carolina Statehouse, where a Confederate flag has been the focus of protests since nine people were killed at a historic black church in Charleston two weeks ago, officials said Tuesday.

  • Rioting breaks out after death of man in police custody

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:51:31 GMT

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A demonstration against police erupted into violence in The Hague, with protesters angry at the death in custody of a man over the weekend smashing windows and throwing rocks and fireworks at officers.

  • Federal report faults police actions during Ferguson unrest

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:49:57 GMT

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Police antagonized crowds gathered to protest in Ferguson, violated free-speech rights and made it difficult to hold officers accountable, according to a U.S. Department of Justice report summary obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

  • Ex-oil tycoon suspected of ordering Russian mayor's killing

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:27:18 GMT

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian investigators announced Tuesday they are reopening the case of the 1998 killing of a Siberian mayor and consider former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky a prime suspect.

  • NZ man gets 15 years prison in Indonesia in drug smuggling

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:24:26 GMT

    BALI, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court on Tuesday sentenced a New Zealand man to 15 years in prison for trying to smuggle methamphetamine into the resort island of Bali.

Supreme Court News

  • 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.

  • 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.

Political News

  • FDA weighs new restrictions on liquid nicotine packets

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:56:52 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials are considering whether to require new warnings and child-resistant packaging on liquid nicotine packets used with e-cigarettes and other emerging tobacco products.

  • Questions and answers about the expiring Export-Import Bank

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:55:30 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Export-Import Bank expires Tuesday at midnight for the first time since the small federal agency was created during the Depression to help U.S. businesses export their products. Congress failed to renew the bank's charter because of opposition from Republicans who say it amounts to corporate welfare. However, the shutdown may end up being only temporary.

  • US stocks edge higher on speculation of a late Greek deal

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:55:23 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are edging higher in midday trading as investors hope for a last-minute deal on Greece's debt crisis.

  • Pope in US to meet with homeless, prisoners and immigrants

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:46:42 GMT

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will meet with homeless people, immigrants and prisoners during his upcoming trip to Cuba and the United States and become the first pope to address the U.S. Congress. He'll also preside over a meeting about religious liberty — a major issue for U.S. bishops in the wake of the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision.

  • Christie opens 2016 campaign, long climb ahead

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:45:25 GMT

    LIVINGSTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie opened his 2016 campaign for president Tuesday and, never one to aim small, declared he's "out to change the world."