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  • Washington sues feds over safety of nuclear waste tanks

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:59:16 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state is suing the federal government again over cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation — this time over the danger posed to workers by vapor releases from underground waste-storage tanks.

  • Judge refuses to drop charges against police in Gray death

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:58:55 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss charges against six police officers in connection with the death of a black man from injuries he suffered while in custody. The judge also refused to remove the prosecutor in the case.

  • FBI: Defendant in California kidnapping blamed vaccine

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:42:04 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The FBI says the man charged in a California kidnapping that police initially dismissed as a hoax told a television news reporter he had a psychotic break and blamed a side effect from a vaccine in part for his behavior.

  • Parents want son with Down syndrome to attend local school

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:41:04 GMT

    WESTHAMPTON BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — The parents of a 12-year-old New York boy with Down syndrome are going to federal court to try to force their school district to provide him a local education in a case that experts say happens frequently across the country.

  • The Latest: 6 Baltimore officers to be tried separately

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:38:08 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The latest on the first court hearing for six Baltimore police officers who are charged in the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who died a week after suffering a spinal cord injury in custody (all times local):

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  • After a Natural Disaster, Bring in the Lawyers, Says State Bar Ass'n

    2015-09-02T17:58:59Z

    When you think natural disaster response, you don't necessarily think of lawyers. Clean water, medical aid, and even evacuations might seem like more pressing concerns following a major hurricane, wildfire, or earthquake. But in the aftermath of many natural disasters, lawyers can be an essential resource, helping victims access housing,......

  • Class Action Specialists Reach Out to 'Victims of Google'

    2015-09-02T16:54:27Z

    Has Google done you wrong? Well, then Hausfeld, an international plaintiff's firm, wants to hear from you. The firm, known for its high-profile class actions, recently launched a platform to help individuals and businesses pursue potential lawsuits against Google. The Google Redress & Integrity Platform, or GRIP, is specifically......

  • California Agrees to End Solitary Confinement Abuses in Prison

    2015-09-02T12:59:23Z

    California will strictly limit its use of solitary confinement in prisons, the state announced on Tuesday. The changes are expected to greatly reduce the number of inmates held in isolation. Currently, inmates are often kept in small, windowless cells for 22 hours a day, often suffering severe psychological distress as......

  • Practicing in Marijuana Law Remains a Risky Bet

    2015-09-01T21:57:29Z

    Think your future is in weed law? Twenty-three states and D.C. have laws allowing for medical marijuana. Washington, Colorado, Oregon, and Alaska have legalized recreational weed, and California is expected to join them next year. All those growers, distributors, and vendors need lawyers and if the end of marijuana......

  • Supreme Court Denies Stay, Ordering Ky. Clerk to Issue Marriage Licenses

    2015-09-01T19:45:07Z

    The Supreme Court has refused to grant an emergency stay to a Kentucky county clerk who refused to wed gay couples. This June, the Supreme Court recognized marriage as a fundamental right that cannot be denied to same-sex couples. The Court's refusal to grant a stay, issued in a one-sentence......

  • 7 Logical Fallacies Lawyers Need to Stop Using

    2015-09-01T16:57:43Z

    Argumentation is part of any lawyer's DNA. It's essential to the profession and it's often something lawyers deeply enjoy. But good argumentation means avoiding -- or at least recognizing -- the hundreds of logical fallacies that can work their way into an exchange. Of course, one man's sophistry is......

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  • FBI: Defendant in California kidnapping blamed vaccine

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:42:04 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The FBI says the man charged in a California kidnapping that police initially dismissed as a hoax told a television news reporter he had a psychotic break and blamed a side effect from a vaccine in part for his behavior.

  • The Latest: 6 Baltimore officers to be tried separately

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:38:08 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The latest on the first court hearing for six Baltimore police officers who are charged in the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who died a week after suffering a spinal cord injury in custody (all times local):

  • Wrongly convicted brothers each get $750,000 in compensation

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:07:36 GMT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When two brothers were released after three decades of wrongful imprisonment, they struggled to adapt to an outside world neither had experienced since they were teenagers. The older one has managed to adjust and keep his "head up high," but the younger one, according to his family, is a broken man.

  • Sasquatch sighting! Maine police say Bigfoot artist nabbed

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:03:02 GMT

    KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — Authorities have nabbed a man who's accused of spray-painting images of Sasquatch on public property in Kennebunk, Maine.

  • Man gets jail for writing racist graffiti on refugees' homes

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:55:30 GMT

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man has admitted scrawling racist graffiti on the homes of four African refugee families and will spend the next year in county jail.

Supreme Court News

  • Federal judge orders Kentucky clerk and her staff to court

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:31:30 GMT

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A county clerk in Kentucky who invoked "God's authority" Tuesday for defying the U.S. Supreme Court on gay marriage has been summoned by a federal judge to explain why she should not be fined or jailed for contempt.

  • Kentucky clerk still won't issue same-sex marriage licenses

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:01:09 GMT

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A county clerk in Kentucky has again refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, invoking her religious beliefs and "God's authority" — this time in defiance of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against her.

  • Will clerk issue gay marriage licenses after court ruling?

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:50:31 GMT

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled against the county clerk who refused to issue gay marriage licenses, leaving her with perhaps her toughest decision yet: Hand out licenses or risk potential fines or even possible jail time.

  • Supreme Court rules against clerk in gay marriage case

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 06:52:34 GMT

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday ruled against the Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, and the clerk will arrive at work Tuesday morning to face her moment of truth.

  • Clerk asks US Supreme Court to intervene in marriage case

    Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:25:01 GMT

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Two months after it legalized gay marriage nationwide, the U.S. Supreme Court is being asked by a Kentucky county clerk for permission to keep denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Political News

  • Legionnaires' disease cases rise at Illinois veterans home

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:47:52 GMT

    The death toll from a Legionnaires' disease outbreak at a western Illinois veterans home has climbed to seven, and the state's public health director has warned that more fatalities could occur.

  • Nuclear regulators boost oversight of Massachusetts plant

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:43:35 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Federal inspectors said Wednesday they're increasing their oversight of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in the wake of a shutdown during a winter storm.

  • FBI: Defendant in California kidnapping blamed vaccine

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:42:04 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The FBI says the man charged in a California kidnapping that police initially dismissed as a hoax told a television news reporter he had a psychotic break and blamed a side effect from a vaccine in part for his behavior.

  • Obama seals Iran deal win as Senate Democrats find 34 votes

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:39:17 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Overcoming ferocious opposition, President Barack Obama secured a legacy-defining foreign policy victory Wednesday as Senate Democrats clinched the necessary votes to ensure the Iran nuclear agreement survives in Congress.

  • Obama visit to Arctic spotlights tough life in Alaska

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:38:59 GMT

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — With a historic visit to the Alaska Arctic, President Barack Obama was shining a spotlight Wednesday on the plight of residents in rural Alaska, where Alaska Natives and others toil under rough-and-tumble conditions that most Americans would be hard-pressed to imagine.