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  • Mom gets deal in chase where police fired at van of kids

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:56:54 GMT

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Tennessee woman has reached a plea deal after being charged with child abuse and fleeing from police during a chaotic 2013 traffic stop in which a New Mexico officer shot at her minivan full of children.

  • Former Colorado mayor says he will run for Senate

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:47:55 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — Greg Lopez, a Republican and former director of the Colorado office of the Small Business Administration, is running for U.S. Senate in a longshot bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet.

  • Largely shielded from crisis, tourists still enjoying Greece

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:41:22 GMT

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece is known the world over for its historic sites, sparkling sea, and lovely, vine-shaded restaurants. Add riot police, shuttered banks, and lines at cash machines and the picture clouds.

  • Judge rules no pay for Illinois workers without state budget

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:39:28 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois won't be allowed to pay state workers in full during an ongoing budget impasse, a Cook County judge ruled Tuesday, effectively leaving some 65,000 employees without a paycheck as lawmakers continue to fight over a new spending plan.

  • EPA chief: Climate plan on track despite mercury ruling

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:30:38 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court ruling that undermined a federal rule targeting mercury pollution will not affect the Obama administration's plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions to slow the effects of global warming, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday. Legal Blogs

  • Don't Overlook Your Most Valuable Asset: Your Law Firm Brand


    How do you set yourself and your firm apart from others? Your skill and expertise, yes. Your reputation as a trusted adviser, of course. But how is a potential client supposed to pick you out from all the other skilled, trusted attorneys? Your brand. We know, you aren't selling cereal,......

  • Bar Exam Prep: 5 Tips to Improve Your Memory


    There's about three weeks left before the bar exam. You know how to write an essay. You've studied all the black letter law. You've got the MBE under your belt. Or you would, if only you could remember whether singing the curtains is enough to get you charged with......

  • Shark Week: Our Three Favorite Sharks on the Supreme Court


    If you happen to flip through to the Discovery Channel this week, you'll notice that it's "Shark Week," the station's wildly successful tribute to the attorneys of the sea. In honor of our gilled-brethren, we here at FindLaw are celebrating shark week ourselves with a look at legal sharks......

  • Selfies Going Business Mainstream?


    FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the Internet. Selfies -- are you a fan or a hater? Either way, selfies may soon not only be personal, but they may also have a business function. Stay with me here. Yes, there......

  • Smartphone Kill Switch Is Here -- and Already Reducing Theft


    It's a bad time to be a pickpocket or mugger. Starting this July, all smartphones sold in California must come with a kill switch -- software that allows the phone's owner to disable the device should it be stolen. This makes the phones more difficult to resell and less......

  • Shark Week: A Brief History of the Lawyer as Shark


    It's time for Discovery's Shark Week again, the annual celebration of all things cold-blooded, sharp toothed, and, well, sharky. FindLaw is jumping on the bandwagon, celebrating the shark in all lawyers. Even though Shark Week is in its 28th year, lawyers have been called sharks even longer -- for......

Criminal Law News

  • Panama City Beach rebounds after turbulent spring break

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:36:49 GMT

    Following a spring break filled with shootings, an alleged gang rape and other mayhem, Panama City Beach is having a record-breaking summer tourism season as experts say the community did a good job of reacting to the negative news by quickly passing laws to curtail the chaos.

  • NY expands 'yes means yes' policy to private colleges

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:30:17 GMT

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state's private colleges and universities have a new sexual consent policy after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law Tuesday in an effort to combat campus sexual violence.

  • Guilty plea entered in harvest fest accident that killed tot

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:12:46 GMT

    CHESTER, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey van driver has pleaded guilty to a careless driving charge stemming from an accident at a harvest festival that killed a 2-year-old girl.

  • FBI seeks sextortion victims of man in prison for 105 years

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:06:05 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — The FBI is hoping to locate 240 more victims of a man convicted of using online threats to extort pornographic images from teenage girls.

  • New charges in Charleston church shooting: Attempted murder

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:05:14 GMT

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The man accused of killing nine people attending Bible study at a historic black church in Charleston has been indicted on three new charges of attempted murder, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Supreme Court News

  • 3 Supreme Court justices maintain substantial stock holdings

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:47:15 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New personal financial disclosures from the Supreme Court show that Chief Justice John Roberts and two other justices are maintaining significant investments in individual companies' stock.

  • 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.

Political News

  • Afghan government holds direct talks with Taliban

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:48:01 GMT

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials are holding talks with Taliban representatives in the Pakistani capital in their first official face-to-face discussions, which the Afghan president said Tuesday were aimed at starting full-fledged negotiations.

  • Former Colorado mayor says he will run for Senate

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:47:55 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — Greg Lopez, a Republican and former director of the Colorado office of the Small Business Administration, is running for U.S. Senate in a longshot bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet.

  • Burundi ruling party wins majority in parliament

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:47:42 GMT

    BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Provisional results from Burundi's parliamentary elections, that were boycotted by most of the opposition groups, show the ruling party has won a majority of the seats.

  • US delegation measures time spent at Iran talks in new ways

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:45:34 GMT

    VIENNA (AP) — The Iran nuclear talks have once again been extended — this time until Friday. But instead of just counting the time of the marathon talks in days, the U.S. delegation has found new ways of measuring. Its list, presented Tuesday:

  • Outgoing US ambassador to Poland is honored for his service

    Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:44:57 GMT

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president has presented the U.S. ambassador with a prestigious honor for his service to the country.