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  • The Latest: Chicago Public Schools mum on indictment

    Thu, 08 Oct 2015 20:57:58 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — The latest on the indictment of former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, following a federal investigation into a $20 million no-bid contract (all times local):

  • Video: California officers ignored dying man's distress

    Thu, 08 Oct 2015 20:54:15 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A police video ordered released by a California judge shows officers repeatedly ignoring signs of medical distress in a man they suspected of being a drug dealer, even telling a 911 dispatcher to ignore calls from his family for help.

  • After the flood, a rush to preserve drinking water

    Thu, 08 Oct 2015 20:45:22 GMT

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's capital city had too much water. Now, officials are racing to make sure it has enough.

  • Honolulu begins final push to clear major homeless camp

    Thu, 08 Oct 2015 20:45:18 GMT

    HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu city crews on Thursday began clearing the final section of one of the nation's largest homeless encampments, once home to hundreds of people.

  • Prosecutors' brief backs conviction in prep school rape case

    Thu, 08 Oct 2015 20:43:12 GMT

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Prosecutors say the conduct of a former student at an elite New Hampshire prep school convicted of sexually assaulting a freshman days before he graduated justifies a felony conviction of using a computer to lure her for sex. Legal Blogs

  • SCOTUS to Start Highlighting Changes in its Opinions


    The US Supreme Court announced Monday that it will start highlighting changes to public released opinions. The changes will be highlighted in the text of the opinion and both the old and new material will be visible to readers by placing their cursor over the brightened sections. This may not......

  • Want Federal Habeas Review? It Just Got Easier in the 9th Circuit


    The 9th Circuit clarified the law for misdemeanants seeking Habeas Review this Wednesday. The court en banc overruled its own 1995 decision, Larche v. Simons, requiring misdmeanants in California to exhaust all available state remedies before seeking Federal Habeus review by filing a petition in California's highest court. The circuit......

  • California Continues Quixotic Quest to Cancel Citizens United


    California voters may be able to express their opposition to Citizens United when they go to the ballot box. The California Supreme Court seems poised to allow a public referendum, proposed by the state legislature, on whether the Constitution should be amended to overturn the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens......

  • Florida Judge Suspended After Fisticuffs with Public Defender


    The Florida Supreme Court suspended Brevard County Judge John C. Murphy on Monday, sending a strong message to the state's magistrates: stop trying to beat up public defenders. Last June, Judge Murphy got into a bit of a spat with public defender Andrew Weinstock, telling him "You know, if......

  • NSA/GCHQ Tool Watches the Watchmen? Not Really


    2015 has been a good year for online privacy advocates -- kind of. Earlier this year, the Investigatory Power Tribunal in the UK ruled that British Intelligence Services (unfortunately not the same as M16) overstepped their legal authority when they accessed the private communications of millions that had been......

  • Religious, State-Funded Children's Home Gets One More Day in Court


    A religious child-care provider, whose biggest client was the state of Kentucky, will be able to continue a longstanding lawsuit a bit longer, thanks to a Sixth Circuit ruling on Monday. Sunrise Children's Services provides group housing, foster care placement and other services to Kentucky children in state custody. Those......

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Supreme Court News

  • 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.

Political News

  • Figures on government spending and debt

    Thu, 08 Oct 2015 20:57:54 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Figures on government spending and debt (last six digits are eliminated). The government's fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.

  • Jury deliberating in trial of Atlanta Hawks' Thabo Sefolosha

    Thu, 08 Oct 2015 20:57:34 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A jury is deliberating in the New York City trial of a professional basketball player charged with resisting arrest and other crimes.

  • Snyder supports switching Flint water system back to Detroit

    Thu, 08 Oct 2015 20:56:12 GMT

    FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday called for Flint to switch back to Detroit's water system to address a public health emergency and grapple with broader concerns about the effects of the aging pipes distributing the city's water supply.

  • The Latest: Palestinians meet UN official to protest attacks

    Thu, 08 Oct 2015 20:54:47 GMT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The latest developments in ongoing tensions between Palestinians and Israelis following days of violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank (all times local).

  • Ex-narcotics detectives charged in scheme to steal drug cash

    Thu, 08 Oct 2015 20:45:39 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Three suburban narcotics detectives falsified affidavits and police reports to steal thousands of dollars seized from suspected drug dealers, federal authorities said Thursday in announcing charges in a scheme that prosecutors say compromised legitimate criminal cases.