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  • Flags stir intense emotions, but meaning depends on beholder

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:55:50 GMT

    Raised by firefighters from the smoking wreckage of the World Trade Center, a flag telegraphed both anguish and resolve. Planted atop a mountain on Iwo Jima, another piece of national cloth came to symbolize collective perseverance and conquest.

  • Witness: Man killed by police told officers 'shoot me'

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:40:43 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The man was angry. He threw rocks and scuffled with police. He yelled at them to "shoot me, kill me," before three officers opened fire, according to witnesses to the fatal shooting of the unarmed Mexican immigrant. The shooting sparked weeks of protest.

  • Polish PM candidate vows no euro, more economic justice

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:35:31 GMT

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Beata Szydlo led a little-known politician to a surprise victory in Poland's recent presidential election. Now she hopes to repeat that winning formula for herself.

  • Hope for jail release for doctor linked to Sen. Menendez

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:35:24 GMT

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for a Florida doctor charged with corruption alongside New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez are hopeful he will be released from jail Friday.

  • Ex-church official housed at jail that pope plans to visit

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:25:12 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia prison that Pope Francis plans to visit during his U.S. trip houses a former church official jailed for his handling of priest sex-abuse complaints. Legal Blogs

  • Advising a Corporate Client? Think Ethically, Not Just Legally


    When advising a corporate client, lawyers may be tempted to limit their inquiry into the legality of a particular business practice or matter. Instead, they should also consider the ethical implications of their advice. There are codified ethics guidelines, laws and regulations, all of which attempt to establish minimal......

  • Disparate Impact Can Show Housing Discrimination, Court Rules


    With all the attention given to the Supreme Court's recent rulings on Obamacare, same-sex marriage, and the death penalty, it was easy to overlook several other important decisions. For example, last Thursday, the Supreme Court recognized that housing policies which have a disproportionate impact of certain groups can violate......

  • Business in England? Consider Becoming an English Solicitor


    If you're an Anglophile or just in-house at a company that does frequent work with the Brits -- either way, you might benefit from becoming a solicitor in England and Wales. Becoming a solicitor (that's English for "attorney") can help you understand the laws and regulations of England and......

  • 3 Times When It Makes Sense to Get an LLM


    A Juris DoctFor is a terminal degree. Not because it kills you, though it might, but because it's the highest level of degree awarded in legal studies. So what do you do if a J.D. just isn't enough? You go down one -- to a Master of Laws, or......

  • Privacy Group Wants to Stop Uber's Background Data Collection


    Alternative Title: Privacy Group Files FTC Complaint Over Uber's Data, Privacy Policy Uber has had a rough go of it recently. Two weeks ago, the California Labor Commission ruled that at least one driver was an Uber employee, not the independent contractor Uber had claimed. Last week, taxi drivers......

  • Can't Copyright Just Part of a Collaborative Work, 2nd Cir. Rules


    Contributors to a creative work, whose contributions are inseparable from that work, cannot copyright their contribution alone, the Second Circuit ruled on Monday. The decision came from a dispute between an independent film's producer and its director, after the director attempted to copyright the raw footage of the film......

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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

  • The Latest: NATO: Alliance concerned about Greek turmoil

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:59:00 GMT

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest news on Greece's financial woes (all times local):

  • UN says coca production jumped 44 percent in Colombia

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:56:00 GMT

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Cultivation of the leaf used to make cocaine skyrocketed last year in Colombia, according to a new study by the United Nations that is likely to raise questions about the government's decision to abandon a US-backed aerial eradication campaign.

  • US stocks lower on Greek fears and mixed US job report

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:55:42 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are slightly lower at midday as investors reacted to news that Greece's finances are deteriorating and a mixed report on the U.S. job market.

  • Police: No evidence of shooting at Washington Navy Yard

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:49:37 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigators found no evidence of a shooting after the Washington Navy Yard went on lockdown Thursday because someone reported shots fired in the same building where a gunman killed 12 workers in a rampage two years ago.

  • Hollywood, hedge fund heavies giving to Clinton super PAC

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:48:56 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New York hedge fund billionaire George Soros and Hollywood director Steven Spielberg are among the biggest donors to a super PAC backing Hillary Rodham Clinton's Democratic campaign for president.