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  • Nobel Prize in literature: What to look out for

    Wed, 07 Oct 2015 14:47:59 GMT

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — On Thursday, the winner of this year's Nobel Prize in literature will be announced by the first ever female permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, Sara Danius. Will the prize awarding body choose to honor the occasion by picking a female winner? Will it break new ground by giving the prize to a journalist? Or will it rush to bestow the coveted prize on one of the many aging favorites? The secretive academy drops no hints on whom they are considering but that doesn't stop literature buffs from guessing. Here is a look at some of the themes and potential candidates being mentioned in this year's speculation:

  • Mother-son bond over guns links Oregon, Connecticut slayings

    Wed, 07 Oct 2015 14:41:15 GMT

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The deadly shooting last week at an Oregon community college has an eerie parallel with the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 pupils and six adult staff members in 2012.

  • Jury being picked in teen's trial over math teacher's death

    Wed, 07 Oct 2015 14:39:51 GMT

    SALEM, Mass. (AP) — Jury selection has begun in the trial of a Massachusetts teenager accused of raping and killing his math teacher.

  • Judge to consider lawsuit over Arkansas lethal injection law

    Wed, 07 Oct 2015 14:27:53 GMT

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A judge is set to consider arguments on Arkansas' request to dismiss a lawsuit from death row inmates challenging the state's secrecy law surrounding its execution drugs.

  • The Latest: Nobel winner hopes to inspire science in Turkey

    Wed, 07 Oct 2015 14:19:58 GMT

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Latest developments in the announcements of the Nobel Prizes (all times local): Legal Blogs

  • So You Want to Argue Before SCOTUS? Get in Line


    Within the legal community, a sure-fire way to boost the prestige of a firm is to argue before the Supreme Court of the United States. The legal community and general public treat the Court with hallowed reverence (although this may be changing). Even proximity to Washington DC can do wonders......

  • Lawyer Marketing Beyond TV: How to Adapt to Changing Media Habits


    Lawyer marketing ain't what it once was. You can't get away with just a listing in the Yellow Pages, an ad in the local paper, and word of mouth anymore. High speed Internet, mobile devices, and those dang Millennials have radically changed how people consume information today. Here's how the......

  • 6 New DC Supererior Court Candidates for Obama to Consider


    The retirements of Hon. Ann O'Regan Keary and Hon. Harold L. Cushenberry, Jr. from the DC Superior Court leave vacancies that the Judicial Nomination Commission is eager to fill. The Commission recently forwarded a list of nominees to President Obama.......

  • Legal Industry, Still in Flux, Added 4,700 Jobs in September


    They're up, they're down, and they're up again. The Department of Labor's latest monthly report shows that the legal industry gained 4,700 jobs in September, a large increase following August's loss. But even those late-summer numbers are looking better in autumnal light. The DoL also revised August's numbers, saying......

  • California Legalizes Physician-Assisted Suicide


    With the stroke of a pen yesterday, California became the fifth and largest state to allow physician-assisted suicide when Gov. Jerry Brown signed the End of Life Option Act. The Act allows doctors to prescribe lethal doses of medicine to mentally competent adults suffering from a terminal illness. The......

  • Your Weeds Are Beautiful but They're Also Illegal, Posner Says


    You may love the sight of dandelions or want to cover your lawn in crabgrass. Maybe bunches of native wildflowers make your heart sing, while sculpted hedges and pedigree roses fail to impress. Well, sorry Mary Mary quiet contrary: your garden isn't allowed to grow that way in Chicago.......

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  • Changes to justices' opinions will be highlighted

    Tue, 06 Oct 2015 07:44:44 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking a step to address criticism that its inner workings are opaque.

  • Familiar, divisive social issues on Supreme Court agenda

    Mon, 05 Oct 2015 18:03:49 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's new term began Monday with no cross words between the justices, although a steady stream of divisive social issues awaits them in the coming months.

  • Today in History

    Sun, 04 Oct 2015 04:00:58 GMT

    Today is Sunday, October 4, the 277th day of 2015. There are 88 days left in the year.

  • Abortion, birth control, race top Supreme Court's agenda

    Sat, 03 Oct 2015 13:20:19 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Abortion, birth control and race are among the most divisive issues the Supreme Court will confront over the next nine months, amid a presidential election campaign in which some candidates are talking pointedly about the justices and the prospect of replacing some of them in the next few years.

  • Supreme Court to review European suit against R.J. Reynolds

    Thu, 01 Oct 2015 15:12:25 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will decide whether the European Union can pursue its lawsuit claiming that tobacco company R.J. Reynolds sponsored cigarette smuggling in Europe as part of a global money-laundering scheme with organized crime groups.

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