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  • Emotions rise as people hear immigration plan

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:57:29 GMT

    Emotions ran high as immigrant-rights activists, families and elected officials across the country watched President Barack Obama's televised announcement on immigration reform.

  • Obama spurns GOP with expansive immigration orders

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:45:10 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on "felons, not families."

  • Prosecutors dismiss 1975 murder charges against 3

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:39:19 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — A man convicted with his brother and his childhood friend of killing a businessman in 1975 said Thursday he's sorry his mother isn't alive to see that they can now walk free together because the only witness against them has recanted the damning testimony he gave as a 13-year-old.

  • Fed to review its oversight of big banks

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:34:33 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve said Thursday that it will review how it oversees the biggest U.S. banks amid criticism that it has grown too close to the financial institutions it is charged with regulating.

  • Text of President Obama's immigration address

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:22:18 GMT

    Text of President Barack Obama's immigration address Thursday night, as provided by the White House:

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  • Can Free Consultations Pay Off for Lawyers?

    2014-11-20T18:36:01Z

    Smooth or crunchy? Sean Connery or Roger Moore? Free consultations or no? These are the debates that characterize our times. Because this is a legal blog, we're going to have to save the first two for another blog (although, off the record, the answers are "crunchy" and "Roger Moore"). We're......

  • Why Should Lawyers Care About the 'Serial' Podcast?

    2014-11-20T17:03:01Z

    "Serial" is the hot new podcast that's taking the nation by storm. A spin-off of "This American Life," "Serial" is the story of Adnan Syed, a kid from a Baltimore suburb who was convicted of the murder of his ex-girlfriend in 1999. The show's creator, "TAL" producer Sarah Koenig, was......

  • How Many Lawyers Are on the Ferguson Commission and Who Are They?

    2014-11-20T16:38:01Z

    On Tuesday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced 16 people would come together to form the Ferguson Commission, a panel appointed to help the community heal after the shooting death of Michael Brown. According to The Associated Press, two attorneys will sit on the Ferguson commission, along with pastors, a......

  • Mont.'s Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down by Federal Judge

    2014-11-19T23:20:01Z

    Montana today became the 34th state to permit same-sex marriage after a federal district judge found the state's prohibition on gay marriage unconstitutional. For those keeping score at home, it's now one federal circuit and two district courts in favor of same sex marriage bans, as opposed to four circuits......

  • Michael Lewis Didn't Defame Wing Chau in 'The Big Short': 2nd Cir.

    2014-11-19T19:09:01Z

    Michael Lewis' nonfiction book The Big Short, published in 2011, chronicled the 2008 financial crisis as seen through the eyes of some of the people involved in it, including the hedge fund managers who "shorted" (bet against) the market. In one chapter of the book, Steven Eisman, one of Lewis'......

  • 4th Cir. Denies Stay for S.C. Gay Marriage Ruling

    2014-11-19T17:06:01Z

    There must have been some degree of pearl-clutching from gay marriage opponents on Tuesday, as the Fourth Circuit denied South Carolina's request to stay last week's federal ruling against the state's gay marriage ban. When U.S. District Court Judge Richard Gergel had struck down the Palmetto State's prohibition on......

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  • Prosecutors dismiss 1975 murder charges against 3

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:39:19 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — A man convicted with his brother and his childhood friend of killing a businessman in 1975 said Thursday he's sorry his mother isn't alive to see that they can now walk free together because the only witness against them has recanted the damning testimony he gave as a 13-year-old.

  • Arrest made after woman raped, burned in Kansas

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:18:43 GMT

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 26-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the rape and severe burning of a woman who was found in park near the Wichita State University campus, police said Thursday.

  • UK police spied on reporters for years, docs show

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:17:26 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — In January, freelance video journalist Jason Parkinson returned home from vacation to find a brown paper envelope in his mailbox. He opened it to find nine years of his life laid out in shocking detail.

  • Man who killed co-worker, cut out heart released

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:57:17 GMT

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A Fresno man who stabbed his co-worker dozens of times in 1984 and then cut out the man's heart and put it in his jacket pocket has been released from prison despite objections from Gov. Jerry Brown.

  • Police: Woman, 3 children shot in New Jersey

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:53:13 GMT

    TABERNACLE, N.J. (AP) — A shooting at a home in a secluded wooded area of southern New Jersey left two children dead and their brother and their mother critically wounded, state police said Thursday.

Supreme Court News

  • Correction: Billy Joel-Gershwin Prize story

    Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:53:58 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Nov. 19 about Billy Joel receiving the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, The Associated Press reported erroneously the spelling of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's first name. The spelling is Sonia, not Sonya.

  • Justices reject condemned Missouri inmate's appeal

    Wed, 19 Nov 2014 02:31:35 GMT

    BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a bid by Missouri inmate Leon Taylor to halt his execution just hours before the he was scheduled to be put to death.

  • Court gives immigrants in Arizona chance for bail

    Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:46:12 GMT

    PHOENIX (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court ruling has cleared the way for a wave of bail hearings for immigrants across Arizona.

  • SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Thomas hints at split

    Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:59:27 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas is suggesting that the Supreme Court was divided over whether to hear the gay marriage cases the justices rejected last month.

  • High court won't toss ruling on Ariz. no-bail law

    Fri, 14 Nov 2014 06:27:53 GMT

    PHOENIX (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court ruling has cleared the way for a wave of bail hearings for immigrants across Arizona.

Political News

  • Emotions rise as people hear immigration plan

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:57:29 GMT

    Emotions ran high as immigrant-rights activists, families and elected officials across the country watched President Barack Obama's televised announcement on immigration reform.

  • California tuition hike fight shifts to Sacramento

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:53:05 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — University of California President Janet Napolitano prevailed Thursday in persuading the system's governing board to authorize five years of tuition increases, a politically risky move likely to ignite months of debate to determine if the costs ultimately fall on students or taxpayers.

  • Obama spurns GOP with expansive immigration orders

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:45:10 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on "felons, not families."

  • Key UN peacekeeping review will be done from afar

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:39:57 GMT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Nobel Peace Prize winner who will lead the first major review of United Nations peacekeeping operations in 15 years said Thursday his panel likely will do it from afar.

  • Soaring generic drug prices draw Senate scrutiny

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:34:07 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers.

Trending Legal News

  • Medical debt escalating with high-deductible health plans

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:16:14 GMT

    Being in need of medical treatment can be painful -- not only physically but also financially. People in West Virginia who are faced with medical debt may understandably feel helpless, as though they will never be able to recover from...

  • Grandparents’ rights to visitation protected by state statute

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:13:50 GMT

    Any divorce involving children can quickly deteriorate into rancorous battles waged between spouses and their families. Far too often, the children of divorce accidentally get caught in the middle of these disputes. In some cases, a spiteful spouse may...

  • The danger of using hand-held devices while driving

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:10:17 GMT

    Since 2009, using hand-held devices while driving has been against the law in Ontario. Police began issuing tickets for the violation on February 1, 2010. Individuals who are using hand-held devices may be ticketed and be required to pay a...

  • What is Erb's Palsy?

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:10:10 GMT

    Expecting parents in Florida might be interested to know what exactly Erb's palsy is and how it happens. Erb's palsy is a type of brachial plexus palsy named for the first doctor to describe the condition. Around one or two...

  • Railroad-track company cited for worker death in Ohio

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:50:21 GMT

    A subsidiary of Reading company Vossloh North America received seven citations for an accident that occurred in the company's Cleveland manufacturing plant. The Cleveland subsidiary manufactures railroad tracks. The incident, which occurred on Aug. 21, killed a 45-year-old worker who...