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  • Killings of 2 New York officers trigger backlash

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:26:22 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Civil rights leaders Sunday condemned the ambush killings of two New York police officers and expressed fear that the backlash over the bloodshed could derail the protest movement that has grown out of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

  • Exit poll: Ex-regime official is Tunisia's new president

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:10:26 GMT

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian polling firms have declared Beji Caid Essebsi, an 88-year-old official from previous regimes, as the winner of Sunday's presidential runoff, cementing his dominance over a country where his party already controls Parliament.

  • NYPD: Cop ambush killer told passers-by to watch

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:06:10 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The gunman who fatally ambushed two New York City police officers in their squad car had a long criminal record, a hatred for police and the government and an apparent history of mental instability that included an attempt to hang himself a year ago, police said Sunday.

  • Police seek answers in killing of 2 NYPD officers

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 21:08:42 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Big-city police departments and union leaders warned officers Sunday to change up their routines and insist on extra backup after a gunman who had ranted online about the slayings of black men killed two New York patrolmen sitting in their squad car.

  • 'Hobbit' goes out on top with $90.6 million 5-day debut

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:42:38 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — While Hollywood continued to wrestle with the fallout of the Sony hacking scandal, the weekend box office offered the solace of a moviegoing truism: Hobbits sell.

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

  • A look at the 2 NYC officers killed in ambush

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:46:28 GMT

    Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were in their marked New York Police Department cruiser on a Brooklyn street when a gunman opened fire on them, then fled to a subway station where he committed suicide. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said the partners never had time to pull their weapons and might not have even seen their killer. The men were working out of the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn as part of a special detail to help with crime reduction in the area.

  • NYPD: Cop ambush killer told passers-by to watch

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:06:10 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The gunman who fatally ambushed two New York City police officers in their squad car had a long criminal record, a hatred for police and the government and an apparent history of mental instability that included an attempt to hang himself a year ago, police said Sunday.

  • Police seek answers in killing of 2 NYPD officers

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 21:08:42 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Big-city police departments and union leaders warned officers Sunday to change up their routines and insist on extra backup after a gunman who had ranted online about the slayings of black men killed two New York patrolmen sitting in their squad car.

  • Florida authorities say 1 police officer shot and killed

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:36:57 GMT

    TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say a police officer was shot and killed in Tarpon Springs early Sunday.

  • Christie to Obama: Demand Cuba return cop killer

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:22:56 GMT

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie disagrees with President Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba and wants the president to demand the immediate return of a convicted cop killer from the country "before any further consideration of restoration of diplomatic relations with the Cuban government."

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

  • AP sources: Yates tapped for deputy AG

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:40:06 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is preparing to nominate the top federal prosecutor in Atlanta to the No. 2 position at the Justice Department, according to two people familiar with the move.

  • Timeline of events before and after NY cop deaths

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:38:58 GMT

    A timeline of events in the hours before and moments after two New York Police Department officers were killed in their cruiser Saturday by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, a 28-year-old man who vowed online to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner.

  • Killings of 2 New York officers trigger backlash

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:26:22 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Civil rights leaders Sunday condemned the ambush killings of two New York police officers and expressed fear that the backlash over the bloodshed could derail the protest movement that has grown out of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

  • Interim prime minister named in politically fractious Haiti

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:23:58 GMT

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Health Minister Florence Duperval Guillaume was named as Haiti's interim prime minister on Sunday following the resignation of her predecessor a week ago amid a stalemate over delayed legislative elections.

  • Exit poll: Ex-regime official is Tunisia's new president

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:10:26 GMT

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian polling firms have declared Beji Caid Essebsi, an 88-year-old official from previous regimes, as the winner of Sunday's presidential runoff, cementing his dominance over a country where his party already controls Parliament.

Trending Legal News

  • 1 dead in 4-car accident on Louisiana 342

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:38:46 GMT

    Anytime a death occurs in a collision, toxicology samples are taken from all of the drivers involved to determine whether impairment was a contributing factor. A recent four-car accident on Louisiana Highway 342 was no exception. One man lost his...

  • Texas store owners charged with illegal drug sales

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:15:39 GMT

    Dozens of officers raided a business on a recent Wednesday, apprehending the store owners and accusing them of selling synthetic marijuana. Those arrested are a husband and wife who own three businesses in the Texas city of Longview. Eight local...

  • Statute of Frauds in Business Litigation-- Some Basics

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:59:17 GMT

    Buffington Law Firm's business attorneys have taken many breach of contract lawsuits to court in which one of the key issues was the failure of the parties to document their deal or transaction in a written agreement. In last week's Blog...

  • Make sure you understand your finances before asset valuation

    Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:35:19 GMT

    Is one of your New Year's resolutions to finally file those divorce papers and begin to move forward with your life? While pursuing a much-needed divorce can be an enormous relief to many people in Colorado, doing so without a...

  • Medical Board: Botched tubal ligation caused by surgical errors

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:27:12 GMT

    An obstetrician was handed a $5,000 fine at the conclusion of proceedings with his state's Medical Examining Board following a mistake that he had made over a year ago. New Jersey parents may already be familiar with the procedure known...