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  • US coal mines nearing record low in worker deaths

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:53:33 GMT

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Less than five years after an explosion fueled by excess coal dust killed 29 men deep inside a West Virginia underground mine, the nation's coal mines are on pace for an all-time low in work-related deaths.

  • US mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:41:02 GMT

    HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cybervandalism," not one of war, against a movie company.

  • Pope's role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:28:15 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — The key role Pope Francis played encouraging talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro left fractures among his flock in South Florida, where many older Roman Catholics equate the Castro brothers with the devil.

  • States trying to lure lawyers into rural practice

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:24:27 GMT

    CORSICA, S.D. (AP) — By landing a steady job in a hopping metropolis, Jake Fischer achieved the dream of many who finished law school during the Great Recession. Then, he left the big-city life and moved to a small South Dakota town, lured by a program that seeks to boost the number of rural attorneys.

  • Canadian man told to pay $1.5 million for credit card fraud

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:18:08 GMT

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Prosecutors described a Toronto man's massive credit card fraud scheme as high-tech bank robbery — stealing the identities of 38,000 people in order to bilk dozens of banks. So when he was convicted of mail fraud in February 2011, the federal government began the arduous task of figuring out just how much each victim was owed.

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

  • Sharpton denounces violence against police

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:56:23 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton is denouncing any violence against police in the name of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

  • Canadian man told to pay $1.5 million for credit card fraud

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:18:08 GMT

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Prosecutors described a Toronto man's massive credit card fraud scheme as high-tech bank robbery — stealing the identities of 38,000 people in order to bilk dozens of banks. So when he was convicted of mail fraud in February 2011, the federal government began the arduous task of figuring out just how much each victim was owed.

  • Florida authorities say 1 police officer shot and killed

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:15:39 GMT

    TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say a police officer was shot and killed in Tarpon Springs early Sunday.

  • Pakistan says arrests made in Taliban school carnage

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:11:16 GMT

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's interior minister says authorities have made arrests in the case of the Taliban school attack that killed 148 in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

  • Palestinians throw stones, injure Israeli boy

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 13:33:31 GMT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinians hurling stones on Sunday at Jewish settlers' cars in the West Bank lightly injured a 4-year-old Israeli boy, the Israeli military said.

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

  • Sharpton denounces violence against police

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:56:23 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton is denouncing any violence against police in the name of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

  • NY farmers lament lost opportunity for gas riches

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:43:39 GMT

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — While environmental groups are doing a victory dance over New York's decision to ban fracking, farmers such as apple grower David Johnson are grieving for dashed hopes and dreams.

  • Pope's role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:28:15 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — The key role Pope Francis played encouraging talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro left fractures among his flock in South Florida, where many older Roman Catholics equate the Castro brothers with the devil.

  • Canadian man told to pay $1.5 million for credit card fraud

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:18:08 GMT

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Prosecutors described a Toronto man's massive credit card fraud scheme as high-tech bank robbery — stealing the identities of 38,000 people in order to bilk dozens of banks. So when he was convicted of mail fraud in February 2011, the federal government began the arduous task of figuring out just how much each victim was owed.

  • US companies eager to embrace Cuba face hurdles

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:13:03 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans. MasterCard covets another site for Americans to swipe credit cards. Marriott sees beachfront property that needs hotels.

Trending Legal News

  • Medical Board: Botched tubal ligation caused by surgical errors

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:27:12 GMT

    An obstetrician was handed a $5,000 fine at the conclusion of proceedings with his state's Medical Examining Board following a mistake that he had made over a year ago. New Jersey parents may already be familiar with the procedure known...

  • Options exist after a loved one dies in crash

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:30:48 GMT

    Everyday people throughout the state of Connecticut get into their vehicles to run errands and go to home, work and school. Though much of the time these trips are uneventful, on some occasions drivers are involved in serious crashes. In...

  • Keeping pedestrians who are children safe

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:24:11 GMT

    In most cases parents and guardians want to do everything they can to keep their children safe. As a result, while with their kids most spend a lot of time trying to anticipate issues that could arise and keep them...

  • 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....