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  • Thousands gather in Portland as Oregon eases into legal weed

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:44:15 GMT

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is easing into an era of legal marijuana after an early-morning party on a bridge at the center of Portland.

  • Russian prosecutors scoff at Baltics independence probe

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:43:38 GMT

    MOSCOW (AP) — A request by Russian lawmakers to check the legality of Soviet recognition of the independence of three ex-Soviet Baltic republics makes no sense, the Prosecutor General's office said Wednesday.

  • Massive assault on Egypt army in Sinai kills 64 troops

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:41:58 GMT

    EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Dozens of Islamic militants unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks, including suicide car bombings, on Egyptian army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday, killing at least 64 soldiers, officials said.

  • Federal judge: Alabama counties must allow gay marriage

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:29:46 GMT

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — With a handful of Alabama counties still refusing to grant gay marriages even as they issued licenses for straight weddings, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that all must abide by court decisions allowing same-sex unions.

  • Ex-state senator pleads guilty to racketeering in California

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:23:29 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An ex-California state senator has pleaded guilty to a racketeering charge in an organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • First Week at the Firm: How to Handle Your Court's Local Rules

    2015-06-30T21:57:16Z

    Welcome to First Week at the Firm, a FindLaw feature for beginning associates, focused on helping you navigate the transition into firm life. We hope you'll enjoy this new series and come back regularly for more insider tips. Sure, in law school you studied the Federal Rules of Civil......

  • Court Strikes Down EPA's Mercury Regulations

    2015-06-30T18:53:32Z

    There's a reason doctors advise pregnant women to avoid eating fish -- there's a high risk that they are contaminated by mercury, a powerful neurotoxin to which pregnant women and children are particularly vulnerable. How do fish end up full of mercury? Most commonly, the cause is air pollution released by......

  • Patent Trolls Go After Firewall Companies Using Lapsed Patent

    2015-06-30T17:59:41Z

    Perhaps you've heard of a firewall. If you're an architect, you might be thinking of the actual fire-proof walls used to stop the spread of blaze from, say, apartment to apartment. If you're pretty much anyone else, a firewall is one of the many network settings you may have......

  • How Your Firm Can Be Certified as a Leader in Supporting Women

    2015-06-30T16:59:47Z

    Maybe you've heard the news: Even though women are entering the legal field at unprecedented rates, women are still paid less than their male counterparts. Also, women are largely absent from high-level positions in firms. Some clear progress is being made, however. The Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) has......

  • Bar Review Milestones: Only One Month Until the Exam

    2015-06-30T16:01:48Z

    The bar exam is just about a month away. One month. If you aren't starting to feel the pressure now, you should be. But you don't need to start pulling your hair out just yet. You've got plenty of time to shore up your strengths and deal with your......

  • Who Can Draw Legislative Districts? The People, SCOTUS Says

    2015-06-30T15:58:45Z

    The Supreme Court has upheld Arizona's use of independent commissions in drawing legislative districts. In order to prevent gerrymandering, the state elected, through public referendum, to establish an independent commission to draw congressional districts. The state legislature challenged this practice, arguing that it violated the constitution's Elections Clause, which......

Criminal Law News

  • Mom accused of contaminating son's IV gets 6 years in prison

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:50:50 GMT

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A West Virginia woman accused of deliberately contaminating her 9-year-old son's IV with fecal matter has pleaded guilty in Cincinnati and has been sentenced to six years in prison.

  • California law decried after black woman's 'lynching' arrest

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:49:12 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When Sacramento police arrested black activist Maile Hampton over her role in a Black Lives Matter protest in January, they didn't charge her with obstructing traffic, trespassing or disturbing the peace.

  • Massive assault on Egypt army in Sinai kills 64 troops

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:41:58 GMT

    EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Dozens of Islamic militants unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks, including suicide car bombings, on Egyptian army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday, killing at least 64 soldiers, officials said.

  • Ex-state senator pleads guilty to racketeering in California

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:35:05 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An ex-California state senator pleaded guilty Wednesday to a racketeering charge in an organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown.

  • Man charged with robbing same New Jersey bank 5 years later

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:34:34 GMT

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Philadelphia man robbed a New Jersey bank four months after he was released from prison for robbing the same place five years earlier.

Supreme Court News

  • In Supreme Court loss, death penalty foes see an opening

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:35:01 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — A strongly worded dissent in the U.S. Supreme Court's narrow decision this week upholding the use of an execution drug offered a glimmer of hope to death penalty opponents in what they considered otherwise a gloomy ruling. One advocate went so far Tuesday as to call it a blueprint for a fresh attack on the legality of capital punishment itself.

  • Justices take up dispute over union fees

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:45:35 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider limiting the power of government employee unions to collect fees from non-members in a case that labor officials say could threaten membership and further weaken union clout.

  • Oklahoma, Florida move quickly to resume lethal injections

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:41:07 GMT

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma and Florida moved quickly to resume lethal injections after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of midazolam, a sedative that has been used in several problematic executions.

  • Supreme Court rules Texas abortion clinics can remain open

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:53:28 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court acted Monday to keep Texas' 19 abortion clinics open, amid a legal fight that threatens to close more than half of them.

  • Some Supreme Court justices' views on death penalty change

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:38:51 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg declared for the first time Monday that they believe it is "highly likely" that the death penalty is unconstitutional.

Political News

  • After court ruling, Obama says more to do on health care

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:59:04 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Barack Obama says he wants to refocus on improving health care quality, expanding access and rooting out waste now that the Supreme Court has upheld a key element of his health care law.

  • US stocks gain as Greece appears to be willing to negotiate

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:58:40 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks moved higher Wednesday on hopes that a deal between Greece and its creditors could be put together to prevent the country from exiting the euro. In deal news, Chubb Corp. surged after agreeing to be acquired by rival insurance company Ace Ltd. Investors also got some encouraging news on hiring and manufacturing a day before the government's monthly jobs report.

  • Study: Polar bears could feel global warming's bite by 2025

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:57:04 GMT

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A government report indicates about a third of the world's polar bears could be in imminent danger from greenhouse gas emissions as soon as 2025.

  • 3,000 baby floats recalled because they can deflate

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:51:45 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — About 3,000 inflatable baby floats are being recalled because they can deflate, posing a risk that a child could drown.

  • Confidential UN report positive on Iran nuclear commitments

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:51:35 GMT

    VIENNA (AP) — Iran has met a key commitment under a preliminary nuclear deal setting up the current talks on a final agreement, leaving it with several tons less of the material it could use to make weapons, according to a U.N. report issued Wednesday.