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  • More overtime on the way? Obama proposes broader coverage

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:57:49 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.

  • Chinese student faces prosecution in China for Iowa slaying

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:45:16 GMT

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Chinese authorities have arrested a former University of Iowa student in southeastern China and say they will prosecute him in the slaying of his girlfriend in Iowa, where her body was found stuffed into the truck of her car, Iowa City police said.

  • Judge declares mistrial after defendant hits lawyer

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:44:05 GMT

    WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A judge has declared a mistrial for a Massachusetts murder suspect who punched his lawyer in the face in open court.

  • Texas abortion providers study whether clinics could reopen

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:54:49 GMT

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Abortion providers cheered a move by the U.S. Supreme Court to temporarily block part of a Texas law that would have closed more than half the state's 19 remaining abortion clinics. Now they are studying whether it could also allow them to reopen some previously shuttered facilities and whether that would even be feasible.

  • Woman faces sentencing in death, dismemberment of adult son

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:49:14 GMT

    MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A 61-year-old suburban Detroit woman convicted of killing and dismembering her adult son faces sentencing. Legal Blogs

  • 5 Tips to Improve Your Legal Writing


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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,......

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  • 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: 2 NATO troops wounded in Taliban attack in Kabul

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:56:49 GMT

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The latest news on a suicide attack in the Afghan capital targeting a NATO convoy on the Kabul airport road, near the U.S. Embassy.

  • Top Philippine police chief ordered dismissed over contract

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:49:15 GMT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' anti-graft prosecutor on Tuesday ordered the national police chief and 10 other officers dismissed from the service for approving a contract to deliver gun licenses with a courier company that had no track record.

  • Maryland governor feeling 'strong' amid chemotherapy

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:38:58 GMT

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says after 60 hours of chemotherapy treatments for an aggressive form of cancer he's feeling "healthy and strong."

  • Court ruling spurs backers' hopes for redistricting changes

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:38:58 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.

  • The Latest: EU's Juncker says Greek debt could be looked at

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:36:54 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):