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  • News Guide: A look at latest Ebola developments

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:55:29 GMT

    No African countries are on the United Nations list of contributors to fight Ebola. With few exceptions, African governments and institutions are offering only marginal support as the continent faces its most deadly threat in years. Pledges to deploy 2,000 African health workers have remained largely that — promises. The epidemic did not even figure on the agenda of a session on peace and security at the Pan-African Parliament in South Africa last week. Angry legislators from Sierra Leone and Liberia said they feel abandoned. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, chairwoman of the 53-nation African Union, said this week at a meeting with the U.N. secretary-general and the World Bank president in Ethiopia that Ebola "caught us by surprise."

  • Man who says he hoarded convicted of murder

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:46:59 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A jury convicted a Northern California man of first-degree murder in the killing of an animal control officer, rejecting testimony from a psychologist who stars on the reality show "Hoarders" that the defendant's hoarding disorder could have made him react violently to anyone trying to take his pets.

  • Canadian gets life sentence in Mounties shootings

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:08:52 GMT

    MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) — A man convicted of fatally shooting three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers and wounding two others was given Canada's harshest prison sentence in more than 50 years.

  • No-fly list challenge survives state-secrets claim

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:04:25 GMT

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A judge has rejected the federal government's effort to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the no-fly list on the grounds that the lawsuit would expose state secrets.

  • Judge rejects Ebola quarantine for nurse

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:01:56 GMT

    FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A Maine judge gave nurse Kaci Hickox the OK to go wherever she pleases, handing state officials a defeat Friday in their bid to restrict her movements as a precaution against Ebola.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • Does Your Law Firm Website Need Videos?

    2014-10-31T19:07:01Z

    I have a pet peeve: I hate it when a website has a really interesting link in a post, something that SCREAMS "Click me! CLICK ME!" like the "Exorcist" girl, and then when I do, it's a standalone video. A video. A video that I can't watch in public unless......

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  • Maine Judge Rejects In-Home Quarantine for Ebola Nurse Kaci Hickox

    2014-10-31T18:45:01Z

    A judge in Maine has reversed a temporary in-home quarantine order for a nurse who treated Ebola victims in West Africa. The judge's new order, issued Friday, removes many of the restrictions initially placed on the nurse's movement. Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere had issued a temporary order Thursday, requiring nurse......

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  • 'How To Get Away With Murder' Review: Season 1, Episode 6

    2014-10-31T16:40:01Z

    Last week, "HTGAWM" taught us all about jury selection, jury tampering, and jury nullification. This week, we left the juries behind to get a crash course in appellate litigation and what Wait List Wes looks like just after he's showered. So, you know, the important things. (As always: Spoiler alert!)......

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  • Manuel Noriega Loses 'Call of Duty' Publicity Suit Against Activision

    2014-10-31T16:31:01Z

    Wait, Manuel Noriega is in court and he's the plaintiff? It's more likely than you think. Apparently following on the heels of Lindsay Lohan, Noriega -- yes, the same one who was the military dictator of Panama from 1983 to 1989 -- sued Activision, maker of the game "Call of......

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  • What Can GCs Learn from the EEOC's Live Twitter Chat?

    2014-10-31T16:24:01Z

    Earlier this week, as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the EEOC held a "live Twitter chat" where members of the public could ask questions about disabilities and employment that would be answered on Twitter by EEOC Chair Jenny Yang and Commissioner Chai Feldblum. So what did we learn......

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Criminal Law News

  • Albuquerque police reforms ordered

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:57:19 GMT

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department and New Mexico's largest city have reached a deal to overhaul Albuquerque's police department amid several accusations of excessive force, agreeing to reforms that include new training and protocols for investigating officer shootings.

  • Painted faces at parks need painstaking removal

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:56:24 GMT

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A series of graffiti-like paintings on rocks in National Parks across the West set off a furor on social media this month, angering people who say they desecrated some of the nation's most famously picturesque landscapes. They've also created a headache for park managers who have the delicate task of cleaning up the sites without causing further damage.

  • Slain officer's handcuffs were ready for suspect

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:54:40 GMT

    MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania State Police had a special pair of handcuffs set aside and ready for the man wanted in the fatal shooting of one of their troopers, Cpl. Bryon Dickson.

  • Man who says he hoarded convicted of murder

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:46:59 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A jury convicted a Northern California man of first-degree murder in the killing of an animal control officer, rejecting testimony from a psychologist who stars on the reality show "Hoarders" that the defendant's hoarding disorder could have made him react violently to anyone trying to take his pets.

  • Correction: Strip Mall-Arson story

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:14:45 GMT

    BELLE VERNON, Pa. (AP) — In a story Oct. 29 about a suspected arson fire in a Pennsylvania strip mall, The Associated Press reported erroneously the relationship of the suspect to the store where the fire took place. Police say suspect Johnathan Szabo was a customer of the Dollar General store, not an employee.

Supreme Court News

  • Millions in Social Security for expelled Nazis

    Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:32:08 GMT

    OSIJEK, Croatia (AP) — Former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream.

  • Expelled Nazis got millions in Social Security

    Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:44:55 GMT

    OSIJEK, Croatia (AP) — Former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream.

  • Expelled Nazis paid millions in Social Security

    Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:22:34 GMT

    OSIJEK, Croatia (AP) — Former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream.

  • High court balks at last-minute voting changes

    Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:04:48 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has allowed Texas to use its strict voter ID law in the November election even after a federal judge said the law was the equivalent of a poll tax and threatened to deprive many blacks and Latinos of the right to vote this year.

  • Justices balk at last-minute voting changes

    Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:31:07 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has allowed Texas to use its strict voter ID law in the November election even after a federal judge said the law was the equivalent of a poll tax and threatened to deprive many blacks and Latinos of the right to vote this year.

Political News

  • Baker insists fish tale true, got some info wrong

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:57:31 GMT

    NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial nominee Charlie Baker insists his emotional account of a New Bedford fisherman who regretted forcing his sons into the struggling industry was a true story, though he acknowledges that he got some of the details wrong.

  • Albuquerque police reforms ordered

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:57:19 GMT

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department and New Mexico's largest city have reached a deal to overhaul Albuquerque's police department amid several accusations of excessive force, agreeing to reforms that include new training and protocols for investigating officer shootings.

  • Judge suggests it's OK for Redskins to sue Indians

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:51:37 GMT

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal judge seems to think Native Americans offended by the Washington Redskins team name are properly being sued by the NFL franchise.

  • US blacklists Myanmar ruling party lawmaker

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:44:12 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury on Friday blacklisted a hard-line lawmaker of Myanmar's ruling party, accusing him of undermining political and economic reforms.

  • Don't forget to set your clocks back

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:34:40 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Most people in the United States are getting an extra hour of sleep this weekend, thanks to the annual shift back to standard time.

Trending Legal News

  • Preparing for a safe Halloween

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:19:05 GMT

    Only a few hours remain before this year’s crop of trick-or-treaters descend upon neighborhoods all over America. Have you done a final safety check yet? It is vitally important that you ensure that any visitors to your property remain reasonably...

  • Hospital chain to pay $37 million to settle FCA lawsuit

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:03:12 GMT

    In a prior post, we noted how the criminal division of the U.S. Department of Justice would begin reviewing False Claims Act cases having to do with improper medical billing to Medicare. We also noted how the criminal division had...

  • Confusion exists over medical marijuana laws

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:51:44 GMT

    U.S. federal and state drug laws often impose stiff penalties on individuals found to possess or distribute illegal drugs. When it comes to many Schedule I drugs like cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines; federal and state guidelines related to drug charges...

  • When can criminal assault and battery charges be filed?

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:45:27 GMT

    From a fist fight between two patrons at a bar to an altercation outside a home that ends in one individual pulling out a gun and shooting and injuring another, criminal charges related to assault and battery are likely to...

  • Causes and signs of a skull fracture

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:40:42 GMT

    West Virginia drivers may know that head injuries are common in a car accident and could result in persistent problems that interfere with daily life. Understanding the types of head injuries and their repercussions are important. Skull fractures are caused...