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  • Kim Kardashian says sexy selfies can be empowering

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:51:24 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The big reveal from Kim Kardashian's guest turn for San Francisco's revered Commonwealth Club of California on Tuesday night? She was wearing maternity Spanx under her black designer dress to conceal cellulite, not her pregnant belly.

  • Mass. teen charged with killing teacher wants trial moved

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:44:43 GMT

    SALEM, Mass. (AP) — Lawyers for a Massachusetts teenager charged with killing his high school math teacher have asked a judge to move their client's trial out of eastern Massachusetts, saying it will be difficult to pick an impartial jury given the large amount of publicity the case has received.

  • Tractor-trailer hitches could be faulty, 6,000 may be in use

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:37:05 GMT

    BATAVIA, Ohio (AP) — On a twisty, snow-lined hill that the locals call "Devil's Backbone," a 12-ton semi-trailer came loose from its tractor and plowed into an oncoming line of pre-dawn commuters.

  • Thailand arrests 2 alleged brokers who sent slaves to boats

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 09:58:11 GMT

    BANGKOK (AP) — Two Thai men described as key figures in a human trafficking ring that provides slave crews for fishing boats were arrested, officials said Wednesday, as new regulations aimed at cracking down on illegal fishing took effect.

  • What's next for California's contentious vaccine law

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 09:32:44 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a hotly contested California bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country in the wake of an outbreak of measles at Disneyland late last year.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • First Week at the Firm: How to Handle Your Court's Local Rules

    2015-06-30T21:57:16Z

    Welcome to First Week at the Firm, a FindLaw feature for beginning associates, focused on helping you navigate the transition into firm life. We hope you'll enjoy this new series and come back regularly for more insider tips. Sure, in law school you studied the Federal Rules of Civil......

  • Court Strikes Down EPA's Mercury Regulations

    2015-06-30T18:53:32Z

    There's a reason doctors advise pregnant women to avoid eating fish -- there's a high risk that they are contaminated by mercury, a powerful neurotoxin to which pregnant women and children are particularly vulnerable. How do fish end up full of mercury? Most commonly, the cause is air pollution released by......

  • Patent Trolls Go After Firewall Companies Using Lapsed Patent

    2015-06-30T17:59:41Z

    Perhaps you've heard of a firewall. If you're an architect, you might be thinking of the actual fire-proof walls used to stop the spread of blaze from, say, apartment to apartment. If you're pretty much anyone else, a firewall is one of the many network settings you may have......

  • How Your Firm Can Be Certified as a Leader in Supporting Women

    2015-06-30T16:59:47Z

    Maybe you've heard the news: Even though women are entering the legal field at unprecedented rates, women are still paid less than their male counterparts. Also, women are largely absent from high-level positions in firms. Some clear progress is being made, however. The Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) has......

  • Bar Review Milestones: Only One Month Until the Exam

    2015-06-30T16:01:48Z

    The bar exam is just about a month away. One month. If you aren't starting to feel the pressure now, you should be. But you don't need to start pulling your hair out just yet. You've got plenty of time to shore up your strengths and deal with your......

  • Who Can Draw Legislative Districts? The People, SCOTUS Says

    2015-06-30T15:58:45Z

    The Supreme Court has upheld Arizona's use of independent commissions in drawing legislative districts. In order to prevent gerrymandering, the state elected, through public referendum, to establish an independent commission to draw congressional districts. The state legislature challenged this practice, arguing that it violated the constitution's Elections Clause, which......

Criminal Law News

  • The Latest: Egypt officials say 38 killed, 54 hurt in Sinai

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:51:33 GMT

    CAIRO (AP) — The latest news on the near-simultaneous militant attacks in Egypt's restive northern Sinai Peninsula that killed 38 soldiers (all times local):

  • Another black church in South Carolina burns; cause unknown

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:49:34 GMT

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Twenty years after the Ku Klux Klan burned it down, a South Carolina black church, north of Charleston, has caught fire again and authorities were trying to determine why.

  • Italian police arrest family of couple who traveled to Syria

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:49:03 GMT

    ROME (AP) — Italian anti-terrorism police on Wednesday arrested several family members of a married couple who traveled to Syria to join the Islamic State group and were allegedly trying to persuade their relatives to join them, officials said.

  • Spain seizes 3.5 tons of cocaine, 69 arrested across Europe

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:41:55 GMT

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say they seized more than 3 tons of cocaine and broke up a major international drug trafficking gang whose leader lived in luxury in Madrid, posing as a soccer talent scout.

  • Thailand arrests 2 alleged brokers who sent slaves to boats

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 09:58:11 GMT

    BANGKOK (AP) — Two Thai men described as key figures in a human trafficking ring that provides slave crews for fishing boats were arrested, officials said Wednesday, as new regulations aimed at cracking down on illegal fishing took effect.

Supreme Court News

  • In Supreme Court loss, death penalty foes see an opening

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:35:01 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — A strongly worded dissent in the U.S. Supreme Court's narrow decision this week upholding the use of an execution drug offered a glimmer of hope to death penalty opponents in what they considered otherwise a gloomy ruling. One advocate went so far Tuesday as to call it a blueprint for a fresh attack on the legality of capital punishment itself.

  • Justices take up dispute over union fees

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:45:35 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider limiting the power of government employee unions to collect fees from non-members in a case that labor officials say could threaten membership and further weaken union clout.

  • Oklahoma, Florida move quickly to resume lethal injections

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:41:07 GMT

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma and Florida moved quickly to resume lethal injections after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of midazolam, a sedative that has been used in several problematic executions.

  • Supreme Court rules Texas abortion clinics can remain open

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:53:28 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court acted Monday to keep Texas' 19 abortion clinics open, amid a legal fight that threatens to close more than half of them.

  • Some Supreme Court justices' views on death penalty change

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:38:51 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg declared for the first time Monday that they believe it is "highly likely" that the death penalty is unconstitutional.

Political News

  • The Latest: Egypt officials say 38 killed, 54 hurt in Sinai

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:51:33 GMT

    CAIRO (AP) — The latest news on the near-simultaneous militant attacks in Egypt's restive northern Sinai Peninsula that killed 38 soldiers (all times local):

  • Italian police arrest family of couple who traveled to Syria

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:49:03 GMT

    ROME (AP) — Italian anti-terrorism police on Wednesday arrested several family members of a married couple who traveled to Syria to join the Islamic State group and were allegedly trying to persuade their relatives to join them, officials said.

  • China says concerned over Turkish religious complaints

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:46:26 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — China expressed its displeasure Wednesday with Turkey's complaints about restrictions on worship and fasting by minority Chinese Uighur Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan.

  • Events leading to government probe of big-rig hitches

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:39:04 GMT

    March 1, 2011: Fontaine Fifth Wheel sends service bulletin to customers telling them that the Ultra LT hitch used on semis may not lock properly and trailers can detach from tractors on the road. The bulletin also is sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

  • The Latest: IS branch claims deadly attacks in Egypt's Sinai

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:38:33 GMT

    CAIRO (AP) — The latest news on the near-simultaneous militant attacks in Egypt's restive northern Sinai Peninsula that have killed at least 30 soldiers (all times local):