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  • How 5 Gulf Coast states will divide BP oil spill settlement

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:49:01 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Most of the $18.7 billion proposed settlement that BP reached over its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill would go to five Gulf Coast states, if the deal is approved by a judge. A portion of the settlement is not assigned to any particular state. Here's how the state-specific money breaks down, with payments to states being made over nearly two decades:

  • Report: Saudi king censors TV host, pro-Brotherhood scholar

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:47:12 GMT

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A government-linked Saudi news website reported Thursday that King Salman ordered an investigation and trial of a pro-Muslim Brotherhood scholar and a television host after an episode that was critical of his predecessor King Abdullah's policies toward the outlawed Islamist group.

  • FDA clears drug for leading form of cystic fibrosis

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:37:32 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials have approved a new combination drug for the most common form of cystic fibrosis, the debilitating inherited disease that causes internal mucus buildup, lung infections and early death.

  • Judge awards $134M in suit over death, injury of soldiers

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:34:32 GMT

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge in Utah has awarded $134.2 million to an American solider injured in Afghanistan and the widow of another soldier killed there in a lawsuit filed against a Canadian man who pleaded guilty in a grenade attack involving the two soldiers when he was 15.

  • Egypt military pounds Sinai militant positions, kills 23

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:19:38 GMT

    CAIRO (AP) — The Egyptian military pounded Islamic militant positions and killed 23 extremists in dawn raids in Sinai on Thursday, a day after an unprecedented assault by Islamic State-linked extremists in the restive peninsula that undermined government efforts to stem an insurgency in the area despite a two-year crackdown.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • Advising a Corporate Client? Think Ethically, Not Just Legally

    2015-07-01T19:44:58Z

    When advising a corporate client, lawyers may be tempted to limit their inquiry into the legality of a particular business practice or matter. Instead, they should also consider the ethical implications of their advice. There are codified ethics guidelines, laws and regulations, all of which attempt to establish minimal......

  • Disparate Impact Can Show Housing Discrimination, Court Rules

    2015-07-01T18:30:18Z

    With all the attention given to the Supreme Court's recent rulings on Obamacare, same-sex marriage, and the death penalty, it was easy to overlook several other important decisions. For example, last Thursday, the Supreme Court recognized that housing policies which have a disproportionate impact of certain groups can violate......

  • Business in England? Consider Becoming an English Solicitor

    2015-07-01T17:29:18Z

    If you're an Anglophile or just in-house at a company that does frequent work with the Brits -- either way, you might benefit from becoming a solicitor in England and Wales. Becoming a solicitor (that's English for "attorney") can help you understand the laws and regulations of England and......

  • 3 Times When It Makes Sense to Get an LLM

    2015-07-01T16:58:39Z

    A Juris DoctFor is a terminal degree. Not because it kills you, though it might, but because it's the highest level of degree awarded in legal studies. So what do you do if a J.D. just isn't enough? You go down one -- to a Master of Laws, or......

  • Privacy Group Wants to Stop Uber's Background Data Collection

    2015-07-01T16:35:30Z

    Alternative Title: Privacy Group Files FTC Complaint Over Uber's Data, Privacy Policy Uber has had a rough go of it recently. Two weeks ago, the California Labor Commission ruled that at least one driver was an Uber employee, not the independent contractor Uber had claimed. Last week, taxi drivers......

  • Can't Copyright Just Part of a Collaborative Work, 2nd Cir. Rules

    2015-07-01T09:59:05Z

    Contributors to a creative work, whose contributions are inseparable from that work, cannot copyright their contribution alone, the Second Circuit ruled on Monday. The decision came from a dispute between an independent film's producer and its director, after the director attempted to copyright the raw footage of the film......

Criminal Law News

  • 'Cartel Land' shows good and bad of vigilantes in Mexico, US

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:57:53 GMT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The documentary "Cartel Land" opens with chilling night scenes of large-scale methamphetamine cooking in rural Mexico. What viewers later learn is how such drug production became deeply intertwined with the vigilante movement that emerged in 2013 and 2014 to oust the region's main drug cartel.

  • Body of prison escapee released to New York funeral home

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:56:33 GMT

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The body of a convicted murderer who was fatally shot three weeks after he broke out of prison was released to a funeral home Thursday as his fellow escapee continued his recovery at a hospital under heavy guard.

  • Church fires common, but usually not the result of arson

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:54:24 GMT

    GREELEYVILLE, S.C. (AP) — As investigators probe church fires including the blaze that destroyed a rural black church targeted by the Ku Klux Klan 20 years ago, the question is spreading through social media: #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches?

  • Judge awards $134M in suit over death, injury of soldiers

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:34:32 GMT

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge in Utah has awarded $134.2 million to an American solider injured in Afghanistan and the widow of another soldier killed there in a lawsuit filed against a Canadian man who pleaded guilty in a grenade attack involving the two soldiers when he was 15.

  • Expert says "hit list" was written by Delaware court gunman

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:14:37 GMT

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A supposed "hit list" and two homemade death certificates found after a shooting at a Delaware courthouse in 2013 were written by the gunman whose widow and children are being tried on federal conspiracy and cyberstalking charges, a defense handwriting expert testified Thursday.

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

  • Maryland governor out of hospital after 1st round of chemo

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:59:21 GMT

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is out of the hospital and back at work after his first round of chemotherapy for an aggressive form of cancer.

  • UN observers say Burundi elections on Monday were not free

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:59:00 GMT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. observer mission has concluded that Burundi's parliamentary elections on Monday were not "free, credible and inclusive."

  • Body of prison escapee released to New York funeral home

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:56:33 GMT

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The body of a convicted murderer who was fatally shot three weeks after he broke out of prison was released to a funeral home Thursday as his fellow escapee continued his recovery at a hospital under heavy guard.

  • Iran takes hard line on inspections, sanctions at nuke talks

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:56:16 GMT

    VIENNA (AP) — Iran took a hard line Thursday on two of the biggest demands of world powers in a final nuclear accord, rejecting any extraordinary inspection rules and threatening to ramp up enrichment of bomb-making material if the United States and other countries re-impose sanctions after the deal is in place.

  • Navy triples paid maternity leave to 18 weeks

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:54:24 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Navy is tripling the amount of paid maternity leave that female sailors and Marines can take after the birth of a child, and will now provide a total of 18 weeks off.