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  • 'Natural' cigarette maker subject of class-action lawsuit

    Sun, 04 Oct 2015 08:31:02 GMT

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The company behind a line of cigarettes touted as natural is being targeted in a class-action lawsuit.

  • Pope opens family meeting and sparks are expected to fly

    Sun, 04 Oct 2015 08:05:06 GMT

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Few Vatican meetings have enjoyed as controversial a run-up as the three-week gathering of bishops on family issues that opens Sunday: There have been allegations of manipulation and coercion. Secret caucuses to plot strategy. A de-facto law passed to take the wind out of the debate. And on the eve of the synod, a Vatican monsignor outing himself, urging the pope to hear his voice, and denouncing widespread homophobia in the church.

  • A glare, a handshake, a pope: Busy UN summit makes history

    Sun, 04 Oct 2015 04:10:04 GMT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russian airstrikes launched in Syria during the U.N.'s 70th anniversary gathering of more than 150 world leaders stole the spotlight and highlighted deep divisions on how to end that conflict and manage the many thousands of people fleeing to Europe in search of safety.

  • AP analysis: Dozens of deaths likely from VW pollution dodge

    Sun, 04 Oct 2015 01:08:45 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Volkswagen's pollution-control chicanery has not just been victimless tinkering, killing between five and 20 people in the United States annually in recent years, according to an Associated Press statistical and computer analysis.

  • Death row inmate at 16, later freed, she can't escape past

    Sat, 03 Oct 2015 23:15:48 GMT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — She slipped out of the house before dawn, leaving behind four handwritten letters. Legal Blogs

  • 7 Lawyer Commercials That Are So Bad They're Good


    Sometimes you aim for greatness and fail. Sometimes that failure itself can be a form of triumph, as in the lawyer commercial which begins "Are you thinking of choosing a lawyer based on his dogs?" Attorney commercials aren't typically Oscar-worthy. Bad lawyer advertising has essentially become its own artistic genre.......

  • A Lawyer's Guide to HTGAWM Season 2, Episode 2: Hostile Witness


    The Golden Age of Television continues, with How to Get Away With Murder at its vanguard. Yesterday's episode featured two court proceedings, as many dead bodies, and a very chemistry-free Sapphic love scene. In typical HTGAWM fashion, they got most of the law wrong. But it made for great,......

  • There's a 70 Percent Chance You're Incompetent, Survey Suggests


    In the opinion of Sam Glover, founder of Lawyerist, there's a 70 percent chance that you're incompetent and unfit to represent your clients. That's a pretty bold statement. According to a recent 2015 ABA survey of legal technology, only 35% of lawyers actually employ email encryption -- a number that......

  • Where Lawyers Live and How Far Their Dollar Goes


    We all know the legal market is in flux, still recovering from its 2007 downturn. But that recovery isn't even across the nation. As a recent ABA attorney population survey shows, some states, like Florida, have seen their legal sectors explode over the last ten years. Others are still well......

  • Cash Payments to Athletes? No. Ban on Cash Payments? No.


    The NCAA lost some and won some in the wake of the Ninth Circuit decision. The court ruled 2-1 that the National Collegiate Athletic Association was not required to pay athletes royalties for the use of their names and likenesses. On the other hand, the court also found that a complete......

  • How In-House Counsel Can Handle a Government Shutdown


    A government shut down over Planned Parenthood has been averted. Yesterday, Congress went to the brink of shutting down the federal government over Planned Parenthood funding and pulled back at the last minute. But the compromise could only be temporary, according to The Washington Post. And of course, there's......

Criminal Law News

  • Israel bars Palestinians from Jerusalem's Old City

    Sun, 04 Oct 2015 07:42:52 GMT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police took the unprecedented step of preventing Palestinian residents of Jerusalem from entering the walled Old City on Sunday after two Palestinian stabbing attacks against Israelis.

  • The Latest: Condition of one of shooting victims improves

    Sun, 04 Oct 2015 07:37:51 GMT

    ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The latest on the deadly shooting at a community college in Oregon (all times local):

  • The Latest: Father tells of daughter's ordeal in Oregon

    Sun, 04 Oct 2015 07:25:42 GMT

    ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The latest on the deadly shooting at a community college in Oregon (all times local):

  • Bangladesh rejects IS claim of killing Japanese man

    Sun, 04 Oct 2015 07:18:56 GMT

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — For the second time in a week, Bangladesh's government on Sunday rejected a claim by the Islamic State group that it was responsible for gunning down a foreigner in the South Asian country.

  • The Latest: Israeli-Palestinian tensions soar after attacks

    Sun, 04 Oct 2015 06:49:20 GMT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The latest developments after a Palestinian teenager stabbed two Israelis to death and wounded a woman and a toddler before being shot and killed in Jerusalem's Old City, part of a series of recent attacks that have aggravated tensions in the Holy Land (all times local).

Supreme Court News

  • 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.

  • Supreme Court justice says she owes female predecessors

    Wed, 30 Sep 2015 21:16:18 GMT

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan said Wednesday she stands "on the shoulders" of the women who came before her on the court.

  • Man convicted of ordering boss' killing set for execution

    Wed, 30 Sep 2015 20:18:48 GMT

    McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to stop the execution of an Oklahoma inmate who claims that new evidence uncovered by his lawyers can prove his innocence.

Political News

  • Doctors Without Borders leaves Afghan city after airstrike

    Sun, 04 Oct 2015 08:49:41 GMT

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — International medical charity Doctors Without Borders said on Sunday it has withdrawn from the northern Afghan city of Kunduz after a deadly airstrike destroyed its hospital, killing 19 people.

  • Mainstream Portuguese moderates expected to prevail in vote

    Sun, 04 Oct 2015 08:25:50 GMT

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Moderate mainstream parties were expected to triumph in Portugal's general election Sunday, after more radical alternatives failed to exploit public discontent over austerity measures.

  • Jordanian MP says son joined IS, carried out suicide attack

    Sun, 04 Oct 2015 08:00:38 GMT

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A Jordanian parliament member said he learned from Islamic State-linked media that his son carried out a suicide attack in Iraq, three months after dropping out of medical school and joining the extremist group.

  • Israel bars Palestinians from Jerusalem's Old City

    Sun, 04 Oct 2015 07:42:52 GMT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police took the unprecedented step of preventing Palestinian residents of Jerusalem from entering the walled Old City on Sunday after two Palestinian stabbing attacks against Israelis.

  • Flash floods on French Riviera kill at least 10

    Sun, 04 Oct 2015 07:34:18 GMT

    ANTIBES, France (AP) — Sudden heavy rains around the French Riviera have killed at least 10 people, including some trapped in cars, a campsite and a retirement home, and left six missing. Car and train traffic was disrupted along the Mediterranean coast.