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  • China indicts Jackie Chan's son on drug charge

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:47:12 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese prosecutors on Monday indicted the son of Hong Kong action film star Jackie Chan on the charge of sheltering others to use drugs, more than four months after he was detained.

  • Indonesian janitors get up to 8 years in rape case

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:44:32 GMT

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court sentenced five janitors Monday to up to eight years in prison over the rape of a kindergartner at an international school in Indonesia.

  • Fatal shooting reported at Myanmar mine protest

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:15:55 GMT

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A woman was fatally shot Monday during a crackdown on protesters at a controversial Chinese-backed copper mine in northwestern Myanmar, activists and an opposition lawmaker said.

  • AP poll: Police killings of blacks voted top story of 2014

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:58:50 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The police killings of unarmed blacks in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere — and the investigations and tumultuous protests they inspired — was the top news story of 2014, according to The Associated Press' annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.

  • 10 Things to Know for Today

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:57:56 GMT

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • Should Lawyers Take Acting Classes?

    2014-12-19T16:45:01Z

    Being a trial lawyer is truly a theatrical experience. It involves not only the technical elements of theater, like staging and voice, but also the truly "act-y" parts. What will you say, and when? How will you react to a question you already know the answer to? And most importantly,......

  • KBR Employee Appeals D.C. Circuit Ruling in Whistleblower Suit

    2014-12-18T20:03:01Z

    In 2005, Harry Barko, an employee of government contractor Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR), filed a False Claims Act complaint. KBR, which at the time was a subsidiary of Halliburton, provided military support services in Iraq. Barko alleged that KBR was inflating costs and receiving kickbacks. This case, for which......

  • 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......

Criminal Law News

  • China indicts Jackie Chan's son on drug charge

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:47:12 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese prosecutors on Monday indicted the son of Hong Kong action film star Jackie Chan on the charge of sheltering others to use drugs, more than four months after he was detained.

  • Indonesian janitors get up to 8 years in rape case

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:44:32 GMT

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court sentenced five janitors Monday to up to eight years in prison over the rape of a kindergartner at an international school in Indonesia.

  • Fatal shooting reported at Myanmar mine protest

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:15:55 GMT

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A woman was fatally shot Monday during a crackdown on protesters at a controversial Chinese-backed copper mine in northwestern Myanmar, activists and an opposition lawmaker said.

  • 10 Things to Know for Today

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:57:56 GMT

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

  • Spain: Princess Cristina to be tried for fraud

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:14:53 GMT

    MADRID (AP) — A Spanish judge on Monday ordered the king's sister, Princess Cristina, to be tried along with her husband on charges of tax fraud — making her the first member of the country's royal family to face charges in court since the royalty was restored in 1975.

Supreme Court News

  • Supreme Court won't stop gay marriages in Florida

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:24:04 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday refused to block gay marriages in Florida, the latest of about three dozen states allowing same-sex weddings.

  • 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.

Political News

  • Pope issues blistering critique of Vatican bureaucracy

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:59:28 GMT

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis issued a blistering critique Monday of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him, denouncing how some people lust for power at all costs, live hypocritical double lives and suffer from "spiritual Alzheimer's" that has made them forget they're supposed to be joyful men of God.

  • India lawmakers demand Modi speak on Hindu conversions

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:53:51 GMT

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Opposition lawmakers, charging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done little to stop hard-liners in his party from forcibly converting religious minorities to Hinduism, threw Parliament into an uproar Monday, with the upper house repeatedly adjourned after descending into shouting matches.

  • China punishes hospital for operating room photos

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:33:16 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese health authorities put a hospital president on probation and fired three other supervisors following public outrage over photos posted online of smiling medical staff posing with patients in the middle of surgery.

  • Chinese military plane crashes; 2 deaths reported

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:27:37 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese military plane crashed in the country's northwest on Monday and a news website says at least two people were killed.

  • Zimbabwe's president fires more cabinet members

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:16:19 GMT

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's government says the president has fired two cabinet ministers believed to be loyal to the ousted vice president, while thousands of civil servants have not been paid Christmas bonuses.

Trending Legal News

  • Avoid public intoxication charges in Virginia this holiday season

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:41:03 GMT

    With Christmas in only a few days and New Year's Eve soon to follow, it is important to give our readers a reminder about some Virginia laws that govern people's actions in public. Virginia has laws on the books...

  • Creditor harassment over debts discharged in bankruptcy

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:38:08 GMT

    When a person files for bankruptcy, any of his or her debts are forgiven or included in a payment plan approved by the court. We briefly discussed last week how it is possible for people to go ahead and...

  • Accurate diagnosis prior to power morcellation is unlikely

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:32:56 GMT

    In our past two posts, we have discussed the recent news regarding power morcellators being used in gynecological surgeries. This tool has been used to cut up uterine fibroids, and in some cases, the uterus, so it could be...

  • 2 adult club workers file suit for discrimination and retaliation

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:10:16 GMT

    Even though it is illegal, many employees are subjected to hostile work environments. Unfortunately, many fail to report the issues because they fear retaliation. New Jersey workers who have suffered discrimination need not fear, retaliation is illegal.  Two workers who...

  • Former police officer convicted of employee fraud in California

    Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:02:33 GMT

    When it comes to legal matters, details always play an important role, but this is especially true in a workers' compensation matter. Whether an injured worker is legally entitled to benefits will depend upon the extent of the worker's injury,...