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  • Contractors ill-equipped for secret Cuba programs

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:56:37 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When the U.S. government's global-aid agency launched secret plans to undermine Cuba's communist government, it didn't turn to the CIA for help. Instead, it used little-known contractors to carry out the operations — leading to multiple detentions and the high-profile arrest of American Alan Gross.

  • 2 states challenge Colorado marijuana legalization

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:52:25 GMT

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska and Oklahoma are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional.

  • Bondage 'master' convicted in plot to kill wife

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:49:06 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area man was convicted Thursday of murder in a plot to kill his wife so he could devote himself to a life of bondage and domination in an upper-class suburb with women who called him "Master Bob."

  • President signs legislation ending Nazi benefit checks

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:40:17 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits.

  • Ice buckets, breaking the Internet: A year in pop culture

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:28:20 GMT

    Just for fun, let's try to picture the year in pop culture, all in one image.

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  • The Top 10 Strategist Blog Posts of 2014

    2014-12-18T19:40:01Z

    The 10 most popular posts of 2014 on FindLaw's Strategist blog ran the gamut -- from things you could learn from Frank Underwood to a judge beating a public defender (not in a battle of wits; like, with his fists). Did your favorite post make the cut? Read on to......

  • NLRB Modifies Union Election Rules, With Dissent

    2014-12-18T19:23:01Z

    Just in time for the new year, the National Labor Relations Board has announced changes to its representation case procedures. That's just a fancy, lawyer-talkin' way of referring to union elections conducted by the NLRB at the union's or employer's request. The thrust of the new rules is to streamline......

  • BlackBerry Classic Has Arrived; We've Got Deja Vu x2

    2014-12-18T19:14:01Z

    You miss that QWERTY keyboard, don't you? You're not alone. Many of us do, which is why BlackBerry keeps releasing new keyboard-equipped models, including two entrants this quarter alone -- the Passport and the Classic. We've talked about the Passport -- behemoth phablet meets QWERTY taskmaster at a premium price......

  • The Ultimate Holiday Guide: 65 Last-Minute, Lawyerly Gift Ideas

    2014-12-18T19:01:01Z

    Did you know it's a week until Christmas? Yeah, we couldn't believe it either. And the problem is that we still have outstanding gifts to buy. Not "outstanding" as in "amazing," but as in, "we haven't bought them yet." Perusing the FindLaw archives to get some gift ideas, we discovered......

  • CFPB Sues Sprint Over 'Cramming' That Cost Customers Millions

    2014-12-18T17:50:01Z

    The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has filed a lawsuit against Sprint, alleging the company illegally billed wireless customers for millions of dollars in unauthorized charges through a practice known as "cramming." The lawsuit is the third such action the government has taken to combat "cramming" charges on cellphone bills......

  • Oral Arguments in Warrantless Cell Tower Location Data Requests Case

    2014-12-17T23:08:01Z

    This is an early contender for a Supreme Court case -- assuming, of course, one of the parallel cases in a burgeoning circuit split doesn't make it onto the High Court's docket first. The facts are relatively unremarkable: Aaron Graham and Eric Jordan were convicted of robbery after prosecutors used......

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  • Contractors ill-equipped for secret Cuba programs

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:56:37 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When the U.S. government's global-aid agency launched secret plans to undermine Cuba's communist government, it didn't turn to the CIA for help. Instead, it used little-known contractors to carry out the operations — leading to multiple detentions and the high-profile arrest of American Alan Gross.

  • Pope Benedict helped free American from Cuba

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:35:54 GMT

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis rightly got credit for helping bring the U.S. and Cuba together and free U.S. government subcontractor Alan Gross. But it was actually Francis' predecessor, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, who made the first high-level Vatican manoeuver to release Gross, spurred in part by an unlikely group of papal lobbyists.

  • Bondage 'master' convicted in plot to kill wife

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:21:46 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — A jury on Thursday convicted a Detroit-area man of murder in a plot to kill his wife so he could devote himself to a life of bondage and domination in an upper-class suburb with women who called him "Master Bob."

  • Suspected Islamic extremists kidnap 185 in Nigeria

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:21:05 GMT

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least 185 in an attack near the town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were taken hostage in April, witnesses said Thursday.

  • Judge: Slender Man stabbing defendants competent

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:18:57 GMT

    WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please the fantasy character Slender Man are fit to stand trial, a judge ruled Thursday.

Supreme Court News

  • 1st Florida gay divorce granted by judge

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:03:52 GMT

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The first formal divorce for a gay couple in Florida history was granted Wednesday by a Broward County judge who used the case to join other judges in declaring the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

  • Scalia, Kagan: Common ground often trumps ideology

    Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:43:21 GMT

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — One is a sharp-tongued, self-described "wise guy" originalist, who believes the Constitution means today what it meant when it was first written.

  • Court: Traffic stop OK despite mistake of law

    Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:12:43 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Police can use evidence seized during a traffic stop even if it turns out the officers initially pulled a car over based on a misunderstanding of the law, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.

  • Scalia: Hard to rule out 'extreme measures'

    Sat, 13 Dec 2014 08:07:05 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is joining the debate over the Senate's torture report by saying it's hard to rule out the use of extreme measures to extract information if millions of lives were threatened.

  • Court: No pay for Amazon warehouse security checks

    Tue, 09 Dec 2014 18:05:21 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that warehouse workers who fill orders for retail giant Amazon don't have to be paid for time spent waiting to pass through security checks at the end of their shifts.

Political News

  • Contractors ill-equipped for secret Cuba programs

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:56:37 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When the U.S. government's global-aid agency launched secret plans to undermine Cuba's communist government, it didn't turn to the CIA for help. Instead, it used little-known contractors to carry out the operations — leading to multiple detentions and the high-profile arrest of American Alan Gross.

  • Report: Secret Service needs outsider as leader

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:53:03 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An external review of the Secret Service says the next director should be hired from outside the insular agency.

  • 2 states challenge Colorado marijuana legalization

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:52:25 GMT

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska and Oklahoma are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional.

  • World War II bomb defused in German city

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:52:05 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — A World War II bomb has been successfully defused in an eastern German city after some 9,700 people were evacuated from the surrounding area and a meeting of a state legislature was interrupted.

  • Putin: West wants to defang, declaw Russian bear

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:46:46 GMT

    MOSCOW (AP) — Sternly warning the West it cannot defang the metaphorical Russian bear, a confident-looking President Vladimir Putin promised Thursday to shore up the plummeting ruble and revive the economy within two years.

Trending Legal News

  • Why holiday shopping may be difficult for the disabled

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:36:55 GMT

    Tis the season to do holiday shopping. This may a joy to many people, but it be annoying when you have to search far and wide for a parking spot. This can be made even more difficult if you are...

  • Woman, 56, Dies After Being Hit By Car in Bronx

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:27:57 GMT

    Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the latest victim of a NYC fatal pedestrian accident. A-56-year-old woman lost her life yesterday after being struck by a vehicle in the Bronx. Details have not been released as of this post. Despite...

  • Brain injury symptoms for different areas of the brain

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:25:01 GMT

    Brain trauma has the potential to disrupt any brain function, and the symptoms that brain injury patients experience depend on where the damage occurs in their brains. The Northern Brain Injury Association of British Columbia lays out a list of...

  • Recent declines in hospital errors

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:24:27 GMT

    New York residents may benefit from learning more about statistics related to fatal medical errors. Researchers have found that when physicians adhered to a standardized checklist and improved communications, the number of hospital errors declined by 25 percent. Since...

  • Modifying child custody orders in Texas

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:24:24 GMT

    There are circumstances that may arise after a child custody order has been previously issued by a court that necessitate changing the order. When such a situation happens, Texas law allows people to seek a modification or change in the...