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  • China indicts Jackie Chan's son on drug charge

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:34:06 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese prosecutors on Monday indicted the son of Hong Kong action film star Jackie Chan on the charge of sheltering others to use drugs, more than four months after he was detained.

  • Woman fatally shot at Myanmar mine protest

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:17:39 GMT

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A woman was fatally shot Monday during a crackdown on protesters at a controversial Chinese-backed copper mine in northwestern Myanmar, activists and an opposition lawmaker said.

  • Police departments on alert after cop killings

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:00:51 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Big-city police departments and union leaders around the country are warning the rank and file to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media in the days after a man ambushed two officers and shot them to death inside their patrol car.

  • Fatal shooting reported at Myanmar mine protest

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:40:55 GMT

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A woman was fatally shot Monday during a crackdown on protesters at a controversial Chinese-backed copper mine in northwestern Myanmar, activists and an opposition lawmaker said.

  • Spain: Princess Cristina to be tried for fraud

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:19:31 GMT

    MADRID (AP) — A Spanish judge on Monday ordered the king's sister, Princess Cristina, to be tried along with her husband on charges of tax fraud — making her the first member of the country's royal family to face charges in court since the royalty was restored in 1975.

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

  • Neighbor talks about shooting before NYPD killings

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:50:00 GMT

    TOWSON, Md. (AP) — The ex-girlfriend of the man who ambushed two NYPD officers screamed for help after she was shot, banged on a neighbor's door and said: "I can't die like this, please please help me," according to the neighbor who said she saw the woman and called for help.

  • Prosecutor: No terror link in France car rampage

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:40:10 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — The prosecutor in the French city of Dijon says the driver who ran down 13 pedestrians in the city has a long history of severe mental illness and no links to terrorism.

  • China indicts Jackie Chan's son on drug charge

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:34:06 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese prosecutors on Monday indicted the son of Hong Kong action film star Jackie Chan on the charge of sheltering others to use drugs, more than four months after he was detained.

  • Woman fatally shot at Myanmar mine protest

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:17:39 GMT

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A woman was fatally shot Monday during a crackdown on protesters at a controversial Chinese-backed copper mine in northwestern Myanmar, activists and an opposition lawmaker said.

  • 2 attacks in France raise alarm, call for caution

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:16:32 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — French officials called for vigilance but warned against jumping to conclusions Monday after a pair of weekend attacks — one in which a driver ran down 13 bystanders, and another in which a recent convert to Islam knifed police officers.

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

  • Zimbabwe's president fires more cabinet members

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:50:21 GMT

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's festive season is marked by continued political infighting and financial austerity, as the president fired two more cabinet ministers and the country's civil servants learned they will not get annual holiday bonuses.

  • Nazarbayev: Ukraine conflict is 'nonsense'

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:42:12 GMT

    MOSCOW (AP) — Kazakhstan's president says the conflict in eastern Ukraine is "nonsense" and is calling on Russia and Ukraine to find a way to resolve it.

  • Prosecutor: No terror link in France car rampage

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:40:10 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — The prosecutor in the French city of Dijon says the driver who ran down 13 pedestrians in the city has a long history of severe mental illness and no links to terrorism.

  • Russian deputy PM talks up the ruble

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:31:36 GMT

    MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian Cabinet minister said on Monday he's expecting the ruble to extend its recent gains and added that the government is not planning to introduce currency controls on Russian companies.

  • North Korea skipping UN Security Council meeting

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:26:44 GMT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An angry North Korea, now on the defensive over a U.S. accusation of hacking, is refusing to take part in a groundbreaking U.N. Security Council meeting Monday where the country's bleak human rights situation will be discussed for the first time.

Trending Legal News

  • New EPA rules on coal ash to be enforced by states, citizens

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:56:22 GMT

    Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency released new regulations governing the amount of coal ash plants can release in their operations. Coal ash, as some readers know, is a byproduct of coal combustion that can contain various toxic substances, including...

  • Woman claims that her termination was based upon discrimination

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:53:15 GMT

    Regardless of a worker's age, race or any other protected status characteristics, all should be treated fairly, but that is not always the case. A former Texas employee of Central United Life claims that she lost her job due to...

  • Studies indicate new treatments effective in battling debilitating depression

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:06:29 GMT

    An estimated 10 percent of U.S. adults struggle with depression. For these individuals, feelings of sadness and hopelessness are persistent and color their daily lives and social interactions. Depression is about more than just feeling sad. Chemical changes within the...

  • Injured police officer could seek personal injury claim

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:00:07 GMT

    The driver of a vehicle that was pulled over by an Ohio police officer was apparently the only individual not injured in a recent serious car wreck. In Ohio, the law requires that motor vehicles slow their speed and, if possible,...

  • Avoid public intoxication charges in Virginia this holiday season

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:41:03 GMT

    With Christmas in only a few days and New Year's Eve soon to follow, it is important to give our readers a reminder about some Virginia laws that govern people's actions in public. Virginia has laws on the books...