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  • Kentucky man to be sentenced in wife's alleged mercy killing

    Wed, 07 Oct 2015 20:56:42 GMT

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Virginia Chumbley was asleep when she was shot to death in her home. The killer left the handgun in the bedroom and cried as he called 911.

  • US Sen. Harry Reid suing exercise band maker over eye injury

    Wed, 07 Oct 2015 20:51:52 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — U.S. Sen. Harry Reid is suing a company that makes and markets a flexible exercise band that he says slipped from his hand, causing him to fall and suffer eye, face and rib injuries on New Year's Day.

  • Alleged mastermind of Nigeria bomb attempts suicide in court

    Wed, 07 Oct 2015 20:50:39 GMT

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — He's alive: the message comes from Nigerian prison officials after the alleged mastermind of a 2010 bomb attack at Nigeria's Independence Day celebrations tried to kill himself at a court hearing, followed by rumors he had died in jail.

  • House forming special panel to probe Planned Parenthood

    Wed, 07 Oct 2015 20:40:07 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House neared creation Wednesday of a special committee to investigate Planned Parenthood and its procurement of fetal tissue as Republicans continued pressing an issue that has galvanized conservatives since secret videos surfaced this summer.

  • Obama apologizes to aid group for US attack on Afghan clinic

    Wed, 07 Oct 2015 20:38:34 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama apologized to Doctors Without Borders on Wednesday for the American air attack that killed at least 22 people at its hospital in Afghanistan, and said the U.S. would examine military procedures to look for better ways to prevent such incidents. Legal Blogs

  • 7 Words Lawyers Misuse


    If an act, say a conspiracy to misuse a word, is incomplete, it's inchoate. Is a completed act choate? Not if you're Antonin Scalia. The Supreme Court Justice hates the word so much that he's interrupted oral arguments (not rare) to chastise a lawyer (rarer) for using the phrase. But......

  • Should Juries Recommend Capital Punishment? SCOTUS Will Decide


    The US Supreme Court ushered in a new term yesterday morning with a bevy of polarizing social issues: the death penalty, affirmative action, and contraception. The Court's docket this year is already furnished with two cases of particular significance regarding capital punishment. The Court will answer this question: is a......

  • 3 Child Actors Who Became Lawyers, Just Like on TV


    If you've been staying on top of the new fall TV season, you've probably heard about The Grinder. It's a new Fox comedy starring Rob Lowe as an actor who decides to become a lawyer after starring in a long-running legal drama. Basically, someone turned "I'm not a lawyer,......

  • Apple Takes a New, More Transparent Approach to User Privacy


    Apple launched a new privacy website last week, seeking to better explain its privacy commitment to the public. It starts by stating what any sophisticated technology user has known for years: "When an online service is free, you're not the customer. You're the product." But now the tech giant......

  • So You Want to Argue Before SCOTUS? Get in Line


    Within the legal community, a sure-fire way to boost the prestige of a firm is to argue before the Supreme Court of the United States. The legal community and general public treat the Court with hallowed reverence (although this may be changing). Even proximity to Washington DC can do wonders......

  • Lawyer Marketing Beyond TV: How to Adapt to Changing Media Habits


    Lawyer marketing ain't what it once was. You can't get away with just a listing in the Yellow Pages, an ad in the local paper, and word of mouth anymore. High speed Internet, mobile devices, and those dang Millennials have radically changed how people consume information today. Here's how the......

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  • 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

  • Sarkozy nixes disciple from vote for 'white race' remark

    Wed, 07 Oct 2015 20:58:45 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — The conservative party of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday excluded one of its most high-profile figures from running in December regional elections after she said that France is a "country of the white race," a remark that caused a scandal reaching beyond the party.

  • Justice Dept, police gather for summit on violent crime

    Wed, 07 Oct 2015 20:58:31 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department officials met Wednesday with police commanders, mayors and FBI leaders from across the country to discuss ways to reduce violent crime.

  • State Dept urges lifting of holds on ambassadorial nominees

    Wed, 07 Oct 2015 20:52:50 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is calling on Senate Republicans to stop blocking nominees for roughly two dozen ambassadorial and senior agency posts, saying the holds are interfering with the conduct of U.S. diplomacy.

  • US Sen. Harry Reid suing exercise band maker over eye injury

    Wed, 07 Oct 2015 20:51:52 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — U.S. Sen. Harry Reid is suing a company that makes and markets a flexible exercise band that he says slipped from his hand, causing him to fall and suffer eye, face and rib injuries on New Year's Day.

  • Battling IS, Iraqi Kurdish fighters exposed to mustard gas

    Wed, 07 Oct 2015 20:51:21 GMT

    IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Several Iraqi Kurdish troops tested positive for mustard gas after battles this summer with the Islamic State group in northern Iraq, a spokesman for the paramilitary group said Wednesday.