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  • New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:51:37 GMT

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits.

  • Amid scrutiny, Uber says it will focus more on safety

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:49:04 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Uber promises to focus on rider safety amid increasing concerns that its drivers are not adequately screened for past criminal convictions.

  • Man gets life sentence in Vermont teacher's death

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:43:09 GMT

    ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — A man accused with his wife of kidnapping and killing a teacher was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison, with the judge saying they hunted their victim like prey.

  • Judge: Boy, 14, shouldn't have been executed in SC

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:33:43 GMT

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill town, a judge threw out the conviction, saying the state committed a great injustice.

  • AP EXPLAINS: Montana's 'stand your ground law'

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:29:16 GMT

    The murder trial of a Montana man who shot and killed 17-year-old German exchange student Diren Dede in his garage tested a state law that gives a person the right to use force or threaten to use force to protect his or her own home from unlawful entry or attack, particularly a provision known as "stand your ground." Markus Kaarma unsuccessfully invoked the law in his defense, saying he was protecting his family and property. He was convicted of deliberate homicide Wednesday. Here's a brief explanation of the law and controversy surrounding it.

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  • Eager Judge Declares Obama's Immigration Plan Unconstitutional

    2014-12-17T16:19:01Z

    This guy. How badly did he want to make headlines? Late last month, President Barack Obama announced that he would use executive orders to push through certain immigration reforms. Republicans screeched. Congress bemoaned the trampling of their authority. States' attorneys general filed a lawsuit. Even a few members of the......

  • DIY Law Firm Website? Here's Your Shopping List

    2014-12-17T18:18:01Z

    It you build it, they will come. Maybe. If you build it right. And there's a lot that goes into building a law firm website "right": SEO, graphics, mobile-friendly layout, content, conversion optimization, and a whole lot more. But don't jump off that building yet. Just like those with DIY......

  • From Zillow's Orange County Office: Another 5 Employee Lawsuits

    2014-12-17T17:53:01Z

    Zillow might be better off burning down this office. First opened in 2012 as an office for selling ads to real estate agents, Zillow's Irvine, California, office has become a hotbed for employee lawsuits. There was the sexual harassment lawsuit that we blogged about earlier this month. And this week,......

  • Clearing Up 5 Things About the Apple iPod Antitrust Lawsuit

    2014-12-17T17:44:01Z

    Yesterday, a federal jury found that Apple's iTunes 7 updates, made between 2006 and 2009, weren't anticompetitive . The verdict caps 10 years of litigation alleging Apple locked other music providers out of its iPods. There's been quite a bit of misreporting what's actually going on in this case, so......

  • ABA Report: Law School Enrollment Declines, as Expected

    2014-12-17T17:16:01Z

    Did anyone not see this coming? We've seen sign after sign after sign of decreased demand for law school seats: fewer LSAT takers, fewer applications, dismal post-graduation job prospects, and more. We've seen some schools cut class sizes, one cut a campus, and a few that obstinately refuse to correct......

  • No Sexual Reassignment Surgery for Inmate: En Banc 1st Cir.

    2014-12-16T22:48:01Z

    Michelle Kosilek, born as Robert, is a transgender individual who identifies as female and who wishes for her physical sex to match her gender. The problem is, she murdered her wife in 1990. The Massachusetts Department of Correction does not wish to pay for sexual reassignment surgery. Kosilek argues that......

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  • Amid scrutiny, Uber says it will focus more on safety

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:49:04 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Uber promises to focus on rider safety amid increasing concerns that its drivers are not adequately screened for past criminal convictions.

  • Man gets life sentence in Vermont teacher's death

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:43:09 GMT

    ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — A man accused with his wife of kidnapping and killing a teacher was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison, with the judge saying they hunted their victim like prey.

  • Judge: Boy, 14, shouldn't have been executed in SC

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:33:43 GMT

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill town, a judge threw out the conviction, saying the state committed a great injustice.

  • AP EXPLAINS: Montana's 'stand your ground law'

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:29:16 GMT

    The murder trial of a Montana man who shot and killed 17-year-old German exchange student Diren Dede in his garage tested a state law that gives a person the right to use force or threaten to use force to protect his or her own home from unlawful entry or attack, particularly a provision known as "stand your ground." Markus Kaarma unsuccessfully invoked the law in his defense, saying he was protecting his family and property. He was convicted of deliberate homicide Wednesday. Here's a brief explanation of the law and controversy surrounding it.

  • Nigerian court sentences 54 soldiers to death

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:21:35 GMT

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria on Wednesday sentenced 54 soldiers to death for mutiny, assault, cowardice and refusing to fight Islamic extremists.

Supreme Court News

  • 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.

  • Court: No pay for Amazon warehouse security checks

    Tue, 09 Dec 2014 18:05:21 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that warehouse workers who fill orders for retail giant Amazon don't have to be paid for time spent waiting to pass through security checks at the end of their shifts.

Political News

  • US-Cuba thaw could benefit farmers, energy and travel firms

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:52:33 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Freighters once carried Cuban nickel and limestone to the port of New Orleans and North Dakota beans to Havana. Cuban families ate bowls of American rice, while U.S. tourists flocked to casinos and nightclubs in Havana.

  • New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:51:37 GMT

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits.

  • Cash-strapped Indian airline SpiceJet grounded

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:49:49 GMT

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Low-cost Indian airline SpiceJet grounded all flights Wednesday after oil companies stopped supplies of jet fuel to the financially beleaguered carrier.

  • Customs & Border Protection launch wait time app

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:40:04 GMT

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — People entering the United States from Canada or Mexico have a new tool to avoid long waits at the border.

  • Cuban exile community divided over Obama changes

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:38:37 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — President Barack Obama surprise move to re-establish ties with Cuba was applauded by the men and women in a barber shop on Calle Ocho, the heart of Miami's Cuban exile community. Waitresses stopped serving coffee at the El Pub restaurant as Obama spoke on TV. One wiped a tear from her eye as she clasped her hands, overcome with emotion at changes no one believed would come.

Trending Legal News

  • How does boating under the influence work in California?

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:02:20 GMT

    When you think about drinking and operating and vehicle, almost everyone will immediately picture someone driving a car after having too much to drink at a bar. However, there are many cases where an individual has a bit too much...

  • What does best interests of the child really mean?

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:23:48 GMT

    The best interests of the child is a commonly-used term in family law matters, particularly when courts are hearing child custody petitions. According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway, no all-inclusive definition of the term exists. However, with a...

  • Common estate planning errors

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:20:34 GMT

    When people in Florida plan how to handle their estates upon their passing, most would like to avoid fights between their intended beneficiaries and problematic legal problems left behind. Unfortunately, sometimes people make some common mistakes when drafting their trust...

  • Types of Maine alimony and spousal support

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:16:43 GMT

    If you live in the state of Maine and are going through the divorce process, it is important to understand what you will face in the future and how to deal with any situation that comes your way. While...

  • What does it take to make the most of life after a work accident?

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:14:19 GMT

    If given the choice of losing an arm or a leg, which would you pick? Has such a question ever been posed to you outside of a hypothetical? Probably not. When such issues are thrust upon us, they are usually...