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  • Inmate overpowers guard, escapes from eastern Illinois jail

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:57:10 GMT

    KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — A man awaiting sentencing for murder escaped from a jail in eastern Illinois Wednesday after beating a guard into unconsciousness, taking his keys and uniform and speeding off in his SUV.

  • Fraternity questions allegations made in lawsuits in death

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:54:47 GMT

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — The legal counsel for a fraternity named in two lawsuits stemming from the death of a pledge at Clemson University says some of the allegations made against Sigma Phi Epsilon have not been substantiated.

  • McDonald's: Workers to get pay hikes at company-owned stores

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:43:29 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's says it's raising pay for workers at company-owned U.S. restaurants, making it the latest employer to sweeten worker incentives in an improving economy.

  • The latest developments on religious objection laws

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:43:22 GMT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A day after Arkansas lawmakers defied criticism to pass a religious-objections bill, the governor of Arkansas held off on signing the measure, saying it needed changes before he could make the proposal into law.

  • 11 former Atlanta educators convicted in cheating scandal

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:37:43 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — In one of the biggest cheating scandals of its kind in the U.S., 11 former Atlanta public school educators were convicted Wednesday of racketeering for their role in a scheme to inflate students' scores on standardized exams.

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  • That's Ruff: Dog Sniff not a Search, No Warrant Needed 8th Rules

    2015-04-01T16:09:00Z

    A man stopped for speeding and arrested for possessing a kilo of heroin did not have his Fourth Amendment rights violated when police detained him so that a dog could sniff his car, the Sixth Circuit ruled on Tuesday. Sniffing out a car isn't a search under the Fourth,......

  • Lawyer-to-Lawyer Marketing: Are Direct Mailers Worth It?

    2015-04-01T17:07:35Z

    Among the most important ways that attorneys get new clients is through referrals from other attorneys. Having a solid base of referrals ensures a fairly steady stream of business, and it doesn't hurt to know other lawyers, either. Of course, the operative question is, "How do I get in touch......

  • SCOTUS Won't Hear Students' American Flag Free Speech Case

    2015-04-01T16:05:40Z

    The Supreme Court won't be hearing an appeal from high school students who sued after school administrators asked them to remove American flag T-shirts or take excused leave. That leaves intact the Ninth Circuit's ruling from a year ago, holding that the school did not violate the students' rights......

  • Don't Phone it in -- 3 Tips for Conducting Great Phone Interviews

    2015-04-01T13:01:47Z

    Phone interviews are about as fun as flu shots. And like shots, they're painful, sometimes nauseating, but a necessary part of life. Deprived of the many cues afforded by a face to face meeting -- the types of visual aids that let us know when the other side is......

  • Friends Outside the Legal Department? Sure, but Be Careful

    2015-04-01T12:58:11Z

    Making friends outside the legal department can be difficult. For one, you might be shy or maybe you lack the shared interests needed to make a friendship stick. Or, maybe you just know too much inside dirt. For in-house lawyers, spreading your social connections outside your department can raise......

  • Citizens United Overruled, Court Announces Via New Cameras

    2015-04-01T12:55:46Z

    In what court watchers called an "unexpected move," Chief Justice John Roberts announced this morning that a majority of the Supreme Court had voted sua sponte at a private conference yesterday to overturn its 2010 decision in Citizens United v. FEC, which held that corporations had a First Amendment right......

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  • Today in History

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:00:43 GMT

    Today is Wednesday, April 1, the 91st day of 2015. There are 274 days left in the year. This is April Fool's Day.

  • Supreme Court weighs Spider-Man toy patent fight

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:12:56 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Spider-Man's latest adventure is taking him through the strange and mysterious world of patent law.

  • Justices revive ex-UPS worker's pregnancy bias lawsuit

    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:10:25 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court gave a former UPS driver another chance Wednesday to prove her claim of discrimination after the company did not offer her lighter duty when she was pregnant.

  • Justices seem divided over EPA mercury limits

    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:59:11 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's conservative justices cast doubt Wednesday on the Obama administration's first-ever regulations aimed at reducing power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants that contribute to respiratory illnesses, birth defects and developmental problems in children.

  • Justices side with ex-UPS worker who claims pregnancy bias

    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:01:03 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is giving a former UPS driver another chance to prove her claim of discrimination after the company did not offer her lighter duty when she was pregnant.

Political News

  • Sources: Menendez stepping down as top Dem on Senate panel

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:56:32 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two sources say indicted New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez is voluntarily stepping aside from his post as top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

  • Reid's exit sets off Senate leadership scramble

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:51:08 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's decision to retire has sparked a very public feud between the No. 2 and No. 3 Senate Democrats, Dick Durbin of Illinois and Chuck Schumer of New York.

  • Obama signs law on donations to slain NY officers' families

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:47:02 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed into law a measure allowing people to write off donations they made this year to the families of two slain New York police officers.

  • The latest developments on religious objection laws

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:43:22 GMT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A day after Arkansas lawmakers defied criticism to pass a religious-objections bill, the governor of Arkansas held off on signing the measure, saying it needed changes before he could make the proposal into law.

  • Hugo Chavez' favorite daughter makes UN debut as US bashed

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:36:19 GMT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The favorite daughter of Venezuela's late leader Hugo Chavez has made her debut as her country's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations at an event where countries lined up to slam the United States for its recent sanctions against Venezuelan officials.