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  • US sends 4 Afghans back home from Guantanamo

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:50:43 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Saturday that four Afghans from the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been returned to their home country in what U.S. officials are citing as a sign of their confidence in new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

  • Crime in NYC drops even as tactics draw criticism

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:25:21 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Even as New York's police department takes heat for its tactics in the outrage over the Eric Garner chokehold case, year-end crime statistics show two clear trends: low-level arrests are holding steady and overall crime continues to fall.

  • More crime lows in NYC despite rising complaints

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:02:32 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Even as New York's police department takes heat for its tactics in the outrage over the Eric Garner chokehold case, year-end crime statistics show two clear trends: low-level arrests are holding steady and overall crime continues to fall.

  • Immigrants build document trails to remain in US

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:46:58 GMT

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Electricity bills. Speeding tickets. Dentist records. Money order receipts.

  • Human rights in spotlight after US-Cuba deal

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:22:49 GMT

    HAVANA (AP) — To many exiles and their allies, President Raul Castro is a brutal dictator who locks up dissenters in gulag-like jails, snuffs out political discourse and condemns his people to socialist poverty.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • Should Lawyers Take Acting Classes?

    2014-12-19T16:45:01Z

    Being a trial lawyer is truly a theatrical experience. It involves not only the technical elements of theater, like staging and voice, but also the truly "act-y" parts. What will you say, and when? How will you react to a question you already know the answer to? And most importantly,......

  • KBR Employee Appeals D.C. Circuit Ruling in Whistleblower Suit

    2014-12-18T20:03:01Z

    In 2005, Harry Barko, an employee of government contractor Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR), filed a False Claims Act complaint. KBR, which at the time was a subsidiary of Halliburton, provided military support services in Iraq. Barko alleged that KBR was inflating costs and receiving kickbacks. This case, for which......

  • The Top 10 Strategist Blog Posts of 2014

    2014-12-18T19:40:01Z

    The 10 most popular posts of 2014 on FindLaw's Strategist blog ran the gamut -- from things you could learn from Frank Underwood to a judge beating a public defender (not in a battle of wits; like, with his fists). Did your favorite post make the cut? Read on to......

  • NLRB Modifies Union Election Rules, With Dissent

    2014-12-18T19:23:01Z

    Just in time for the new year, the National Labor Relations Board has announced changes to its representation case procedures. That's just a fancy, lawyer-talkin' way of referring to union elections conducted by the NLRB at the union's or employer's request. The thrust of the new rules is to streamline......

  • BlackBerry Classic Has Arrived; We've Got Deja Vu x2

    2014-12-18T19:14:01Z

    You miss that QWERTY keyboard, don't you? You're not alone. Many of us do, which is why BlackBerry keeps releasing new keyboard-equipped models, including two entrants this quarter alone -- the Passport and the Classic. We've talked about the Passport -- behemoth phablet meets QWERTY taskmaster at a premium price......

  • The Ultimate Holiday Guide: 65 Last-Minute, Lawyerly Gift Ideas

    2014-12-18T19:01:01Z

    Did you know it's a week until Christmas? Yeah, we couldn't believe it either. And the problem is that we still have outstanding gifts to buy. Not "outstanding" as in "amazing," but as in, "we haven't bought them yet." Perusing the FindLaw archives to get some gift ideas, we discovered......

Criminal Law News

  • Crime in NYC drops even as tactics draw criticism

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:25:21 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Even as New York's police department takes heat for its tactics in the outrage over the Eric Garner chokehold case, year-end crime statistics show two clear trends: low-level arrests are holding steady and overall crime continues to fall.

  • More crime lows in NYC despite rising complaints

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:02:32 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Even as New York's police department takes heat for its tactics in the outrage over the Eric Garner chokehold case, year-end crime statistics show two clear trends: low-level arrests are holding steady and overall crime continues to fall.

  • N. Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:30:20 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack.

  • Kidnapped Mozambican businessman released

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:32:16 GMT

    MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — A wealthy Mozambican businessman, who was kidnapped last month, has been released, authorities said on Saturday.

  • Robbers strike at Berlin's famed KaDeWe store

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:37:23 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — Jewelry robbers struck at Berlin's famous KaDeWe department store Saturday, smashing display cases and running off with their loot.

Supreme Court News

  • Supreme Court won't stop gay marriages in Florida

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:24:04 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday refused to block gay marriages in Florida, the latest of about three dozen states allowing same-sex weddings.

  • 1st Florida gay divorce granted by judge

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:03:52 GMT

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The first formal divorce for a gay couple in Florida history was granted Wednesday by a Broward County judge who used the case to join other judges in declaring the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

  • Scalia, Kagan: Common ground often trumps ideology

    Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:43:21 GMT

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — One is a sharp-tongued, self-described "wise guy" originalist, who believes the Constitution means today what it meant when it was first written.

  • Court: Traffic stop OK despite mistake of law

    Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:12:43 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Police can use evidence seized during a traffic stop even if it turns out the officers initially pulled a car over based on a misunderstanding of the law, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.

  • Scalia: Hard to rule out 'extreme measures'

    Sat, 13 Dec 2014 08:07:05 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is joining the debate over the Senate's torture report by saying it's hard to rule out the use of extreme measures to extract information if millions of lives were threatened.

Political News

  • Cubans imprisoned in US appear before parliament

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:51:07 GMT

    HAVANA (AP) — Members of the Cuban parliament gave a standing ovation Saturday to three men convicted of spying in the United States who were released as part of a historic agreement to restore relations between the two long-hostile countries.

  • US sends 4 Afghans back home from Guantanamo

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:50:43 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Saturday that four Afghans from the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been returned to their home country in what U.S. officials are citing as a sign of their confidence in new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

  • Soviet threat to Santa? No way, said JFK in 1961

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:48:06 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — The Kennedy Presidential Library wants to remind the world that not even the threat of thermonuclear conflict can stop Santa Claus from making his rounds.

  • Obama's Cuba moves reflect Florida political shift

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:47:02 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — For decades, the politics of Cuba in Florida were simple: anything less than a hard line stance against Fidel Castro was a sure way to lose a race for office.

  • Spanish protest their nation's new security law

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:45:46 GMT

    MADRID (AP) — Thousands of people protested in Spanish cities on Saturday against a new law that sets hefty fines for offenses such as burning the national flag and demonstrating outside parliament buildings or strategic installations.

Trending Legal News

  • What does "standard of care" mean in medical malpractice cases?

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:03:28 GMT

    Someone who gets sick or is injured while visiting New Orleans does not go to a doctor or hospital for treatment expecting to leave with a worsened medical condition. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of doctors and other health care...

  • Will change to Cuba policy impact immigration?

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:01:56 GMT

    Residents of the state of Florida are likely trying figure out what to make of President Obama’s recent shift regarding Cuba. Though the embargo was not actually lifted, the change eases travel restrictions and encourages trade between the two nations....

  • How federal and Texas laws can help you after a truck accident

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:39:19 GMT

    Many business owners will tell you that a source of frequent headaches for them is government regulation. As a general rule, the higher the risk that a business or its employees can cause injury to others, the more extensive government...

  • Federal law protects disability benefits while encouraging saving

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:07:13 GMT

    A recent story profiled one disabled North Carolina man’s struggle to further his skill set without jeopardizing his disability benefits. Thanks to a new law called the Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE Act, that goal may be a...

  • Scaffolding safety requirements and OSHA

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 04:56:15 GMT

    Scaffolding is integral to the process of many new construction and repair projects; wherever construction employees or contractors must gain access, scaffolding is likely to be found. As an example, the next time you see a newscast about developments in...