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  • Paul is first major-party candidate to court pot donors

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 02:59:13 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul courted donors from the new marijuana industry Tuesday, making the Kentucky senator the first major-party presidential candidate to publicly seek support from the legal weed business.

  • Bush tax returns: Big income, big taxes since 1981

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 01:57:32 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has earned nearly $28 million since leaving the Florida governor's mansion and paid an effective federal income tax rate of roughly 36 percent in the past three decades, according to tax returns released by his campaign on Tuesday.

  • Authorities: Gay slur carved into Utah man's arm was staged

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 01:36:05 GMT

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A man who reported someone beat him and carved a homophobic slur into his arm staged the attacks, authorities in rural Utah said Tuesday.

  • Plea deal appears to be in works for ex-California senator

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 01:32:04 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former California state senator charged in a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco's Chinatown may have reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

  • Federal judge rules Maui County ban on GMO crops invalid

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 01:24:13 GMT

    HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a Maui County ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops is pre-empted by federal and state law and invalid.

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......

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  • 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

  • Paul is first major-party candidate to court pot donors

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 02:59:13 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul courted donors from the new marijuana industry Tuesday, making the Kentucky senator the first major-party presidential candidate to publicly seek support from the legal weed business.

  • Greece's bailout expires, country defaults on IMF payment

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 02:57:39 GMT

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece slipped deeper into its financial abyss after the bailout program it has relied on for five years expired at midnight Tuesday and the country failed to repay a loan due to the International Monetary Fund, deepening fears over whether it will be able to remain in the eurozone.

  • Hawaii lawmaker assaulted at homeless camp

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 02:55:38 GMT

    HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii state lawmaker is recovering from injuries after being assaulted at a homeless camp in Honolulu.

  • Mexico: Boy shot in head when gunmen fire on military convoy

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 02:34:03 GMT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities in a northern border state say a 7-year-old boy was shot in the head when gunmen fired on a military convoy.

  • Bush tax returns: Big income, big taxes since 1981

    Wed, 01 Jul 2015 01:57:32 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has earned nearly $28 million since leaving the Florida governor's mansion and paid an effective federal income tax rate of roughly 36 percent in the past three decades, according to tax returns released by his campaign on Tuesday.