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  • New York City officials say major crime is down this year

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:58:32 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is on pace this year for fewer than 100,000 reported major crimes for the first time in at least two decades, officials said Wednesday.

  • Ex-Iowa State scientist gets prison for faking HIV research

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:58:32 GMT

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa State University scientist who altered blood samples to make it appear he had achieved a breakthrough toward a potential vaccine against HIV was sentenced Wednesday to more than 4 ½ years in prison for making false statements in research reports.

  • Oregon judge denies bail for Journey drummer accused of rape

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:49:08 GMT

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon judge has denied bail for the drummer of rock band Journey, saying his repeated attempts to contact a woman he's accused of raping show that he poses a threat.

  • Polygamous Montana trio applies for wedding license

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:49:07 GMT

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man said Wednesday that he was inspired by last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage to apply for a marriage license so that he can legally wed his second wife.

  • Family sues after California frat pledge died on hazing hike

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:38:21 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The family of a California college student who died during a grueling fraternity hazing hike is suing the organization and the school, saying the young man's death was senseless and easily preventable.

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  • Advising a Corporate Client? Think Ethically, Not Just Legally

    2015-07-01T19:44:58Z

    When advising a corporate client, lawyers may be tempted to limit their inquiry into the legality of a particular business practice or matter. Instead, they should also consider the ethical implications of their advice. There are codified ethics guidelines, laws and regulations, all of which attempt to establish minimal......

  • Disparate Impact Can Show Housing Discrimination, Court Rules

    2015-07-01T18:30:18Z

    With all the attention given to the Supreme Court's recent rulings on Obamacare, same-sex marriage, and the death penalty, it was easy to overlook several other important decisions. For example, last Thursday, the Supreme Court recognized that housing policies which have a disproportionate impact of certain groups can violate......

  • Business in England? Consider Becoming an English Solicitor

    2015-07-01T17:29:18Z

    If you're an Anglophile or just in-house at a company that does frequent work with the Brits -- either way, you might benefit from becoming a solicitor in England and Wales. Becoming a solicitor (that's English for "attorney") can help you understand the laws and regulations of England and......

  • 3 Times When It Makes Sense to Get an LLM

    2015-07-01T16:58:39Z

    A Juris DoctFor is a terminal degree. Not because it kills you, though it might, but because it's the highest level of degree awarded in legal studies. So what do you do if a J.D. just isn't enough? You go down one -- to a Master of Laws, or......

  • Privacy Group Wants to Stop Uber's Background Data Collection

    2015-07-01T16:35:30Z

    Alternative Title: Privacy Group Files FTC Complaint Over Uber's Data, Privacy Policy Uber has had a rough go of it recently. Two weeks ago, the California Labor Commission ruled that at least one driver was an Uber employee, not the independent contractor Uber had claimed. Last week, taxi drivers......

  • Can't Copyright Just Part of a Collaborative Work, 2nd Cir. Rules

    2015-07-01T09:59:05Z

    Contributors to a creative work, whose contributions are inseparable from that work, cannot copyright their contribution alone, the Second Circuit ruled on Monday. The decision came from a dispute between an independent film's producer and its director, after the director attempted to copyright the raw footage of the film......

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  • In Supreme Court loss, death penalty foes see an opening

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:35:01 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — A strongly worded dissent in the U.S. Supreme Court's narrow decision this week upholding the use of an execution drug offered a glimmer of hope to death penalty opponents in what they considered otherwise a gloomy ruling. One advocate went so far Tuesday as to call it a blueprint for a fresh attack on the legality of capital punishment itself.

  • 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.

Political News

  • Obama: 'Feeling pretty good' about health care

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:59:01 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Fresh off a Supreme Court victory, President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he's "feeling pretty good" about the state of his health care law and pleaded for bipartisan cooperation on ways to make it work even better.

  • Ex-Iowa State scientist gets prison for faking HIV research

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:58:32 GMT

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa State University scientist who altered blood samples to make it appear he had achieved a breakthrough toward a potential vaccine against HIV was sentenced Wednesday to more than 4 ½ years in prison for making false statements in research reports.

  • Overcoming hostilities, US and Cuba to open embassies

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:57:27 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than a half-century of hostility, the United States and Cuba declared Wednesday they will reopen embassies in each other's capitals this month, marking a historic full restoration of diplomatic relations between the Cold War foes.

  • Polygamous Montana trio applies for wedding license

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:49:07 GMT

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man said Wednesday that he was inspired by last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage to apply for a marriage license so that he can legally wed his second wife.

  • The Latest: Cuba embassy plan riles Republican hopefuls

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:46:41 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Cuba will open embassies in their capital cities after more than 50 years of hostilities between the two countries. The latest developments (all times local):