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  • Shell to revive plans to drill in Arctic

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:55:01 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc plans to resume drilling in Alaska this year even as it plans to cut spending by $15 billion over the next three years because of the drop in oil prices.

  • Survivalist pleads not guilty in trooper's ambush killing

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:47:48 GMT

    MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — A survivalist who spent more than a month on the run after authorities say he killed one Pennsylvania State Police trooper and wounded another in a late-night ambush pleaded not guilty Thursday, setting the stage for a trial at which prosecutors will seek to put him on death row.

  • Venezuelan hedge fund manager gets 13 years in prison

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:42:36 GMT

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Venezuelan-American hedge fund manager was sentenced Thursday to 13 years in prison for running a Connecticut fraud scheme involving hundreds of millions of dollars from Venezuela's state oil company.

  • Long-awaited trial to open in Etan Patz missing-child case

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:40:29 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The teenage stock clerk was just a name in a file for decades, one of many people police encountered while searching for a 6-year-old boy named Etan Patz. Thirty-five years later, Pedro Hernandez is going on trial in a case that defined the nation's approach to missing children.

  • A look at Etan Patz case that fueled missing-child campaign

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:39:38 GMT

    A look at the murder case stemming from the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz, which helped catalyze a national missing-children's campaign:

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • 5 Traits to Look For in a Great Legal Assistant

    2015-01-29T18:59:01Z

    What should you look for in a paralegal or legal assistant? We don't mean "what should you put in the job application." That's easy: Writing skills, attention to detail, flexible schedule, and so on. We're talking about personality traits that an ideal paralegal possesses, things that are essential to him......

  • Meet Ted Wells, Lawyer-Turned-NFL 'Deflategate' Investigator

    2015-01-28T20:14:01Z

    Who is Ted Wells Jr., and why are blogging about him?By now, you've either never heard of "Deflategate" or you're sick of hearing about it. Here's the short, short version: In the AFC championship game between the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots on January 18, it was discovered......

  • SEC OKs Share Registration for Calif. Marijuana Company

    2015-01-28T19:41:01Z

    Every startup needs a lawyer, but startups are already shaky value propositions if you think you're going to burst onto the GC stage, or advance your extant career by working for a company that develops an app to check the temperature of your bath water. (It's even worse when you......

  • FTC's 'Internet of Things' Report States the Obvious

    2015-01-28T16:53:01Z

    The Internet of Things -- all those gizmos that connect to the Internet, like your refrigerator, your thermostat, and that device that tells you how many eggs you have in the fridge -- is what our future looks like. It's also, as we've chronicled before, a huge security risk. Thankfully,......

  • Calif. State Judges Can't Belong to the Boy Scouts Anymore

    2015-01-27T22:52:01Z

    Ah, the Boy Scouts. They teach you how to use knives, camp in the woods, and make things out of other things. The Boy Scouts have been under fire in recent years, though. Turns out they're a Christian organization that, until 2012, refused to admit openly gay Scouts, and still......

  • EEOC Wins 'Mark of the Beast' Religious Discrimination Suit

    2015-01-27T20:53:01Z

    Here's what's not interesting about this case brought by the EEOC: An employee was forced to retire because of his religious beliefs. A West Virginia jury found in favor of the employee, Beverly R. Butcher Jr., and awarded him $150,000. Here's what is interesting about this case: Butcher's employer, Consol......

Criminal Law News

  • San Francisco investigates fire alarms after deadly blaze

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:42:56 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials are investigating whether fire alarms and fire escapes were working properly after a massive blaze ripped through a building in San Francisco's bustling Mission District, killing a man and injuring five other people.

  • Venezuelan hedge fund manager gets 13 years in prison

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:42:36 GMT

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Venezuelan-American hedge fund manager was sentenced Thursday to 13 years in prison for running a Connecticut fraud scheme involving hundreds of millions of dollars from Venezuela's state oil company.

  • Long-awaited trial to open in Etan Patz missing-child case

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:40:29 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The teenage stock clerk was just a name in a file for decades, one of many people police encountered while searching for a 6-year-old boy named Etan Patz. Thirty-five years later, Pedro Hernandez is going on trial in a case that defined the nation's approach to missing children.

  • A look at Etan Patz case that fueled missing-child campaign

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:39:38 GMT

    A look at the murder case stemming from the 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz, which helped catalyze a national missing-children's campaign:

  • Chief: Not clear how officer was hurt when teen was killed

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:35:29 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — The Denver police chief says it is not clear from a preliminary investigation how an officer was injured when a 17-year-old girl driving a stolen car was killed by police.

Supreme Court News

  • Supreme Court refuses to halt execution of Ga. man

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:03:27 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Supreme Court has refused to halt the execution of a Georgia man whose lawyers say he is ineligible to be executed because he is intellectually disabled. Warren Lee Hill's lawyers argue he shouldn't be executed because he is intellectually disabled.

  • High court won't halt Georgia execution

    Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:48:33 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Supreme Court has refused to halt the execution of a Georgia man whose lawyers say he is ineligible to be executed because he is intellectually disabled.

  • Justices will review use of midazolam as execution drug

    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 23:49:20 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is stepping into the issue of lethal injection executions for the first time since 2008 in an appeal filed by death row inmates in Oklahoma.

  • Campaign finance protest, hidden camera disrupt high court

    Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:05:08 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For the second time in 11 months, opponents of Supreme Court rulings lifting limits on money in political campaigns briefly disrupted proceedings in the courtroom and embarrassed the court by managing to get a camera past court security.

  • Scalia could be surprise vote in Supreme Court housing case

    Wed, 21 Jan 2015 23:44:04 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration may need the vote of a frequent conservative antagonist on the Supreme Court to preserve a decades-old strategy for fighting housing discrimination.

Political News

  • House Dems seek better messaging, not new policies, for 2016

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:57:56 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — House Democrats say better messaging rather than changes to policy is the key to winning elections.

  • Obama to seek to bust spending limits by $74 billion

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:54:04 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will ask Congress to boost government spending by roughly 7 percent above current limits, the White House said Thursday, setting up a certain clash with Republicans who insist that federal spending must be held in check.

  • Penn St. ex-player who overcame spinal injury now a lawmaker

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:45:05 GMT

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A former Penn State football player who recovered from a spinal cord injury has been sworn in as a New Jersey legislator.

  • San Francisco investigates fire alarms after deadly blaze

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:42:56 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials are investigating whether fire alarms and fire escapes were working properly after a massive blaze ripped through a building in San Francisco's bustling Mission District, killing a man and injuring five other people.

  • Venezuelan hedge fund manager gets 13 years in prison

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:42:36 GMT

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Venezuelan-American hedge fund manager was sentenced Thursday to 13 years in prison for running a Connecticut fraud scheme involving hundreds of millions of dollars from Venezuela's state oil company.

Trending Legal News

  • Waze and Means: Tracking the Police Through Social Networks

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:41:53 GMT

    Waze bills itself as the world's largest community-based traffic and navigation app. Drivers using Waze share information about the roads in real time, both passively (by leaving the app open to run while driving) and actively (by punching in...

  • How can drivers prevent truck accidents during winter?

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:39:08 GMT

    Truck accidents, which often yield catastrophic outcomes, can happen anytime, anywhere. Here in Maryland, trucks frequent the state's major beltways and it is not surprising that Maryland drivers experience collisions and accidents involving these huge vehicles. Now that winter...

  • Does a property owner have a duty to prevent injury?

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:38:52 GMT

    It is not uncommon for Pennsylvania residents to enter the property of another. Whether it is a home, school, or business, a visitor expects that it is safe to enter the premises. But when an accident occurs, an injured...

  • Why should Pennsylvanians avoid soft baby bedding?

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:38:45 GMT

    Although most Pennsylvania parents take great care determining which baby products to use, the most seemingly innocuous products can hurt a baby and sometimes even result in death. Readers may be surprised to learn that soft bedding is one...

  • How to file a workers' compensation claim

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:38:29 GMT

    Many New Yorkers make it their entire career without suffering a serious on-the-job injury. For everyone else, it is essential to know how to file a workers' compensation claim. To file a claim, injured workers need to fill out...