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  • Amid growing migrant crisis, 20 burn victims rescued at sea

    Sat, 18 Apr 2015 05:30:49 GMT

    MILAN (AP) — The unabated flow of migrants fleeing instability in Libya brought a new horror on Friday: The discovery of 20 migrants adrift at sea who had suffered grave burn injuries in a cooking gas explosion before departing Libya, and then were forced onto a smuggler's boat without treatment.

  • Cardinal Francis George, key Catholic orthodoxy voice, dies

    Sat, 18 Apr 2015 05:04:45 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Cardinal Francis George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who played a key role in the church's response to the clergy sex abuse scandal and led the U.S. bishops' fight against Obamacare, has died after a long fight with cancer. He was 78.

  • Attorneys seek dismissal of charges in Islamic State case

    Sat, 18 Apr 2015 03:15:39 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys for a Chicago-area man charged with trying to join the Islamic State group in Syria are seeking the dismissal of the charges.

  • Defense asks for new venue in police shooting of unarmed man

    Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:17:47 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Attorneys for a former North Carolina police officer accused of fatally shooting an unarmed former college football player want his trial held in another county.

  • Man pleads not guilty in killing of missing girlfriend

    Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:08:37 GMT

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A California man pleaded not guilty Friday to murder charges in the death of his girlfriend, whose skeletal remains were discovered in a jungle in Panama two years after she disappeared. Legal Blogs

  • How to Ethically Ignore Your Clients on Weekends


    It's Friday! You've worked all day and most of the nights for the past few weeks. You've come into the office on Saturday and worked through to Sunday morning. It's time for a break. Your sanity, or your marriage, may depend on it. So what do you do when......

  • ALEC Goes After Municipal Broadband Advocates


    It hasn't been a good few months for ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, the organization that brings together (often conservative) state legislators and corporate interests to write model legislation. Several major corporations have been jumping ship as the organization has faced increasing criticism. What's the best way to......

  • Pot Still as Bad as Heroin, Remains Schedule I Drug, Court Rules


    Marijuana will remain on the federal list of Schedule I drugs, next to heroin and LSD. After a five day evidentiary trial, the District Court for the Eastern District of California denied a motion to dismiss an indictment involving marijuana growing, which challenged the classification was unconstitutional. Under the......

  • Weed Law Round Up: Is Your Future Going Up In Smoke?


    Forget Bird Law; Weed Law is one of the hottest legal fields right now. As more states turn slowly towards legalization -- 23 states and D.C. allow medical marijuana, while four have fully legalized it -- many lawyers are looking to specialize in this growing (no pun intended) market. So, do you......

  • DUI Can Be Established With Circumstantial Evidence: Cal. Sup. Ct.


    Can a court use circumstantial evidence, along with blood and breath tests, to conclude that a driver was above the legal limit for alcohol intoxication? That's the question the California Supreme Court answered earlier this month, and it answered in the affirmative after Ashley Coffey challenged her driver's license suspension......

  • After Years of Investigation, EU Accuses Google of Antitrust Violations


    When I was in law school, course materials repeatedly referred to "Google or Bing," as in, don't use them for legal research. It was a combo that was, literally, laughable. Bing? Almost no one used Bing back then. And that's a problem, according to the European Union. With Google......

Criminal Law News

  • Indian troops fire at Kashmir protesters; teenager killed

    Sat, 18 Apr 2015 07:10:32 GMT

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Government forces fired on anti-India protesters in Kashmir on Saturday morning, killing a teenage student on the second day of violent clashes in the disputed Himalayan region, police said.

  • Australia arrests 5 on charges of plotting ANZAC Day attack

    Sat, 18 Apr 2015 06:17:46 GMT

    SYDNEY (AP) — Five Australian teenagers were arrested Saturday on suspicion of plotting an Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack at a Veterans' Day ceremony that included targeting police officers, officials said.

  • Gas-line blast closes major highway, injures at least 11

    Sat, 18 Apr 2015 05:41:34 GMT

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A large gas pipeline exploded into a tower of fire Friday in Central California, closing both directions of a major highway in the region and injuring at least 11 people, three of them critically, authorities said.

  • Cardinal Francis George, key Catholic orthodoxy voice, dies

    Sat, 18 Apr 2015 05:04:45 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Cardinal Francis George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who played a key role in the church's response to the clergy sex abuse scandal and led the U.S. bishops' fight against Obamacare, has died after a long fight with cancer. He was 78.

  • Shooting that wounded baby no longer considered road rage

    Sat, 18 Apr 2015 04:40:28 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) — A 1-year-old girl was shot in the head and critically wounded as she sat in a car with her parents in suburban Seattle.

Supreme Court News

  • SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Female justices honor O'Connor

    Thu, 16 Apr 2015 07:29:01 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — All three female justices on the Supreme Court came together Wednesday to pay tribute to the life and continuing legacy of former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to serve on the high court.

  • Gay mentor, belief in dignity at roots of Kennedy's views

    Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:19:45 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Irish Catholic boy who came of age in Sacramento after World War II is an unlikely candidate to be the author of the Supreme Court's major gay rights rulings.

  • Today in History

    Thu, 09 Apr 2015 04:00:59 GMT

    Today is Thursday, April 9, the 99th day of 2015. There are 266 days left in the year.

  • Supreme Court weighs Spider-Man toy patent fight

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:12:56 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Spider-Man's latest adventure is taking him through the strange and mysterious world of patent law.

  • Justices revive ex-UPS worker's pregnancy bias lawsuit

    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:10:25 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court gave a former UPS driver another chance Wednesday to prove her claim of discrimination after the company did not offer her lighter duty when she was pregnant.

Political News

  • Egypt runners defy Cairo mayhem as sport's popularity grows

    Sat, 18 Apr 2015 07:56:35 GMT

    CAIRO (AP) — Young Egyptians are once again organizing on social media and taking to the streets of Cairo by the hundreds every Friday, not to protest injustice or clash with police, but to enjoy long runs through one of the world's most crowded and chaotic cities.

  • Rouhani says Saudis will harvest hatred in Yemen

    Sat, 18 Apr 2015 07:28:06 GMT

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani harshly criticized Saudi Arabia Saturday, warning that the Saudi royal family in Riyadh will harvest the hatred it is sowing in Yemen through its airstrike campaign.

  • Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

    Sat, 18 Apr 2015 07:27:07 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

  • Diplomacy out, blunt talk in as Obama gets tough on GOP

    Sat, 18 Apr 2015 07:24:55 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With a tone of outrage and eye-rolling dismissiveness, President Barack Obama and his White House team are working out their aggressions on Republicans. Well into the final quarter of Obama's presidency the White House approach is, if you can't join 'em, beat 'em.

  • Fiorina says she'd neutralize Clinton's gender arguments

    Sat, 18 Apr 2015 07:20:46 GMT

    NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Carly Fiorina, the lone Republican woman eying the White House, wants to block Hillary Rodham Clinton from playing the "gender card" in the 2016 presidential race.