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  • Regulators prepare rules on payday loans to shield borrowers

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 13:11:08 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Troubled by consumer complaints and loopholes in state laws, federal regulators are putting together the first-ever rules on payday loans aimed at helping cash-strapped borrowers avoid falling into a cycle of high-rate debt.

  • Rights group: Egypt 'covering up' protester deaths

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 12:40:31 GMT

    CAIRO (AP) — Rights group Amnesty International has accused Egyptian authorities of intimidating witnesses and whitewashing evidence in order to cover up the role of security forces in the killing of more than two dozen people during protests last week.

  • For Clinton, deciding how to prepare for a low-key primary

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 12:29:47 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The challenge ahead for Hillary Rodham Clinton is one faced by few White House hopefuls: running a primary campaign in which she faces little competition, if any at all.

  • Analysis: The world's problems enter Japan's psyche, again

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 10:24:43 GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese, who inhabit one of the safest countries in the world, have been brutally reminded that the world is a dangerous place.

  • Detectives review video to find clues in 'Suge' Knight case

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 08:18:07 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigators were reviewing a video of an incident in which Marion "Suge" Knight struck two men with his pickup — leaving one dead and the other injured — to help shed light on whether the rap music mogul was a perpetrator or victim in a case that led to his arrest.

FindLaw.com Legal Blogs

  • 5 Traits to Look For in a Great Legal Assistant

    2015-01-29T18:59:01Z

    What should you look for in a paralegal or legal assistant? We don't mean "what should you put in the job application." That's easy: Writing skills, attention to detail, flexible schedule, and so on. We're talking about personality traits that an ideal paralegal possesses, things that are essential to him......

  • Meet Ted Wells, Lawyer-Turned-NFL 'Deflategate' Investigator

    2015-01-28T20:14:01Z

    Who is Ted Wells Jr., and why are blogging about him?By now, you've either never heard of "Deflategate" or you're sick of hearing about it. Here's the short, short version: In the AFC championship game between the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots on January 18, it was discovered......

  • SEC OKs Share Registration for Calif. Marijuana Company

    2015-01-28T19:41:01Z

    Every startup needs a lawyer, but startups are already shaky value propositions if you think you're going to burst onto the GC stage, or advance your extant career by working for a company that develops an app to check the temperature of your bath water. (It's even worse when you......

  • FTC's 'Internet of Things' Report States the Obvious

    2015-01-28T16:53:01Z

    The Internet of Things -- all those gizmos that connect to the Internet, like your refrigerator, your thermostat, and that device that tells you how many eggs you have in the fridge -- is what our future looks like. It's also, as we've chronicled before, a huge security risk. Thankfully,......

  • Calif. State Judges Can't Belong to the Boy Scouts Anymore

    2015-01-27T22:52:01Z

    Ah, the Boy Scouts. They teach you how to use knives, camp in the woods, and make things out of other things. The Boy Scouts have been under fire in recent years, though. Turns out they're a Christian organization that, until 2012, refused to admit openly gay Scouts, and still......

  • EEOC Wins 'Mark of the Beast' Religious Discrimination Suit

    2015-01-27T20:53:01Z

    Here's what's not interesting about this case brought by the EEOC: An employee was forced to retire because of his religious beliefs. A West Virginia jury found in favor of the employee, Beverly R. Butcher Jr., and awarded him $150,000. Here's what is interesting about this case: Butcher's employer, Consol......

Criminal Law News

  • Analysis: The world's problems enter Japan's psyche, again

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 10:24:43 GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese, who inhabit one of the safest countries in the world, have been brutally reminded that the world is a dangerous place.

  • US defense contractor says staff targeted in Saudi shooting

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 09:42:06 GMT

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A U.S. defense contractor says two of its employees were the Americans shot at in Saudi Arabia on Friday, marking the second such incident for the company in less than four months.

  • US prosecutors: New spy case shows Russia up to old tricks

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 07:13:47 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. authorities say an investigation of an alleged spy ring shows Russian secret agents are still infiltrating American society.

  • Man arrested after body parts found in suitcase

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 04:31:33 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police arrested a man on suspicion of murder Saturday in connection with a suitcase found on a downtown street stuffed with dismembered human remains.

  • Authorities review video of fatal parking lot run-in

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 03:54:06 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sheriff's investigators Saturday were reviewing a video of an incident in which hip-hop music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight hit two men with his pickup truck, killing one, that may help provide clarity on whether Knight was the victim or attacker in his most serious run-in with the law to date.

Supreme Court News

  • Supreme Court refuses to halt execution of Ga. man

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:03:27 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Supreme Court has refused to halt the execution of a Georgia man whose lawyers say he is ineligible to be executed because he is intellectually disabled. Warren Lee Hill's lawyers argue he shouldn't be executed because he is intellectually disabled.

  • High court won't halt Georgia execution

    Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:48:33 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Supreme Court has refused to halt the execution of a Georgia man whose lawyers say he is ineligible to be executed because he is intellectually disabled.

  • Justices will review use of midazolam as execution drug

    Fri, 23 Jan 2015 23:49:20 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is stepping into the issue of lethal injection executions for the first time since 2008 in an appeal filed by death row inmates in Oklahoma.

  • Campaign finance protest, hidden camera disrupt high court

    Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:05:08 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For the second time in 11 months, opponents of Supreme Court rulings lifting limits on money in political campaigns briefly disrupted proceedings in the courtroom and embarrassed the court by managing to get a camera past court security.

  • Scalia could be surprise vote in Supreme Court housing case

    Wed, 21 Jan 2015 23:44:04 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration may need the vote of a frequent conservative antagonist on the Supreme Court to preserve a decades-old strategy for fighting housing discrimination.

Political News

  • Serbia grants citizenship to main rival of Palestine leader

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 13:43:14 GMT

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia has granted citizenship to a key political rival of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after he pledged millions of dollars in investments from the Emirates, where he has lived in exile.

  • APNewsBreak: Obama ties foreign profits tax to public works

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 13:40:53 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's budget will propose an ambitious six-year, $478 billion public works program of highway, bridge and transit upgrades, half of it financed with a one-time mandatory tax on profits that U.S. companies have amassed overseas, White House officials said.

  • Ukraine: 13 troops killed in fight with Russia-backed rebels

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 13:25:39 GMT

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine says 13 of its servicemen have been killed and 20 wounded in the fighting with Russia-backed separatist forces over the past 24 hours.

  • Thousands of Hong Kongers march for democracy

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 13:20:49 GMT

    HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators marched through Hong Kong's streets Sunday in the first major rally since mass protests last year.

  • A look at rates for payday loan usage, broken down by state

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 13:12:28 GMT

    The share of people in each state who reported taking out a payday loan in the past five years, which ranged from 1 percent to 13 percent, according to a 2012 survey by Pew Charitable Trusts. Because the Pew survey was only conducted in the continental U.S., the figures do not include Alaska or Hawaii. In cases where states had too few survey respondents, the percentage is not reported and marked with an X: