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  • Nephew of lawyer-activist Chen released from China prison

    Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:55:10 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — The nephew of lawyer-activist Chen Guangcheng has been released from prison after serving a three-year, three-month sentence widely seen as retribution for his uncle's daring escape from house arrest.

  • Lawyer: Litvinenko poison may have harmed Londoners' health

    Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:45:37 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — A lawyer for British police says the killers of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko may have harmed Londoners' health as they trailed radioactive polonium-210 around the city.

  • IBM's Watson computing technology learns Japanese

    Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:45:06 GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — The IBM Watson super-brainy computing technology, which has helped organize massive data as well as beaten champions on the Jeopardy TV show, is now learning Japanese.

  • Israel passes law sanctioning force-feeding prisoners

    Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:36:20 GMT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's parliament passed a contentious law on Thursday that would permit the force-feeding of inmates on hunger strike, eliciting harsh criticism over the practice.

  • Preliminary hearing underway for Ukrainian pilot in Russia

    Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:25:51 GMT

    DONETSK, Russia (AP) — A preliminary hearing in the trial of a Ukrainian officer charged in the deaths of two Russian journalists has started in Russia's south.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • 3 Reasons Attorneys Fail When Speaking to Reporters

    2015-07-29T19:58:05Z

    You're more of a Perry Mason style lawyer than a Johnnie Cochrane, more Clarence Thomas than Antonin Scalia. You save the speechifying for the court room, leave the impassioned arguments in your briefs. But, when it comes to dealing with reporters, you might be doing yourself and your clients a......

  • Data Analytics Gain Ground in Law Firms, but Doubts Remain

    2015-07-29T18:58:09Z

    When it comes to making litigation decisions, lawyers usually depend on their experience, research, and gut instincts, rather than hard data. That's slowly changing, however, as more firms begin to embrace the use of data analytics when deciding how to pursue litigation. Of course, startups and the media have been......

  • Will SCOTUS Answer Nonprofits' ACA Contraception Mandate Prayers?

    2015-07-29T17:59:59Z

    You may see Obamacare back in front of the Supreme Court next term, at least if religious nonprofits have their way. Just over a year ago, the Court ruled in Hobby Lobby that the Affordable Care Act must accommodate the religious objections of closely held corporations.Now, the court is facing......

  • Man 'Terrorizes' State -- by Publishing Its Laws Online

    2015-07-29T17:14:25Z

    Hide your children! Hide your wives! The Georgia Annotated Code is free online! The annotated code was put online, gratis, by Public.Resource.org, the nonprofit run by Carl Malamud, a longtime advocate of moving legal documents into the public domain. Georgia has sued, claiming that the upload is an attempt to......

  • Want to Be a Federal Judge by Age 35? Follow Kozinski's Lead

    2015-07-28T22:37:56Z

    Top of your law school class? On the fast track to making partner? Don't expect us to be impressed. Real gunners become federal judges. Before they're 40. Honestly, it shouldn't be that hard. At least according to the Ninth Circuit's resident conservative, porn aficionado, and cinephile, Judge Alex Kozinski. Kozinski,......

  • How Litigation Changed Hip Hop Sampling

    2015-07-28T19:58:35Z

    If you were flipping through Seattle radio stations last Friday, you may have happened upon KEXP's deconstruction of the Beastie Boys' album Paul's Boutique. To celebrate the 26th anniversary of that album's release, the independent radio station played every track of Paul's Boutique, along with every track that was sampled......

Criminal Law News

  • Lawyer: Litvinenko poison may have harmed Londoners' health

    Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:45:37 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — A lawyer for British police says the killers of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko may have harmed Londoners' health as they trailed radioactive polonium-210 around the city.

  • Pakistan buries Islamic militant leader killed in attack

    Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:26:42 GMT

    MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Hundreds of followers and relatives of Pakistan's most feared Islamic militant leader attended his burial on Thursday, a day after he was gunned down in an assault on a police convoy.

  • Panicked 911 caller: Dispatcher had no reason to hang up

    Thu, 30 Jul 2015 07:35:01 GMT

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 911 caller said she was panicked about a friend being shot but stayed as calm as possible before a New Mexico dispatcher told her to "deal with it yourself" and hung up as she sought aid.

  • Las Vegas attempts to tame rowdy Fremont Street experience

    Thu, 30 Jul 2015 07:34:15 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A bawdy gauntlet of street performers and tip-seeking costumed characters crowding Las Vegas' Fremont Street have been driving tourists away, city leaders said as they moved toward imposing new rules to rein in the rowdy atmosphere.

  • Quotations in the News

    Thu, 30 Jul 2015 07:02:14 GMT

    "What you have there is basically raw sewage. It's all the water from the toilets and the showers and whatever people put down their sinks, all mixed up, and it's going out into the beach waters." — Marine biologist John Griffith, who examined AP's water quality tests in Rio de Janeiro, where athletes will compete in the 2016 Olympics and Paralympic water sports.

Supreme Court News

  • Today in History

    Mon, 20 Jul 2015 07:05:09 GMT

    Today is Monday, July 20, the 201st day of 2015. There are 164 days left in the year.

  • Conservatives warn IRS could target gay marriage opponents

    Thu, 16 Jul 2015 19:54:17 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A brief exchange during Supreme Court arguments in the same-sex marriage case has exploded into a full-blown crisis for some conservatives who warn that the IRS could start revoking the tax-exempt status of religious groups that oppose gay marriage.

  • Decision delayed in Kentucky clerk's same-sex marriage case

    Mon, 13 Jul 2015 21:32:27 GMT

    ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge has delayed a decision on whether a local official in Kentucky can use her religious beliefs to justify not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

  • Resistance to gay marriages travels a well-worn path

    Mon, 13 Jul 2015 02:03:43 GMT

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — In 1967, Liane Peters, an immigrant from Germany, fell in love with a quiet, handsome man she worked with at a Miami bakery. The couple went together to the Dade County courthouse and asked for a marriage license. But she was white and he was black, and a county judge turned them away.

  • 3 Supreme Court justices maintain substantial stock holdings

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:47:15 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New personal financial disclosures from the Supreme Court show that Chief Justice John Roberts and two other justices are maintaining significant investments in individual companies' stock.

Political News

  • US official: Plane debris in Indian Ocean same type as MH370

    Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:57:53 GMT

    SYDNEY (AP) — A sea-crusted wing part washed up on an island in the western Indian Ocean may be the first trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 since it vanished nearly a year and a half ago, and a tragic but finally solid clue to one of aviation's most perplexing and expensive mysteries.

  • Nephew of lawyer-activist Chen released from China prison

    Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:55:10 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — The nephew of lawyer-activist Chen Guangcheng has been released from prison after serving a three-year, three-month sentence widely seen as retribution for his uncle's daring escape from house arrest.

  • China falls again but other Asian stocks, Europe higher

    Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:43:28 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese stocks fell again Thursday while other major global markets rose after the U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged at a record low.

  • Afghan Taliban indicate pullout of peace talks in Pakistan

    Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:40:37 GMT

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan Taliban, who have been fighting to topple the Kabul government for almost 14 years, said on Thursday they are "not aware" of a new round of peace talks due the following day in Pakistan — a statement indicating the group may be pulling out of the negotiations.

  • Somalia president: No elections in 2016

    Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:40:26 GMT

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's president is ruling out the possibility of holding elections that are due next year, citing security challenges stemming from an Islamic insurgency.