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  • 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.

  • Major trials prompt calls for cameras in federal courtrooms

    Tue, 24 Mar 2015 21:02:27 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — High-profile cases playing out in federal court are prosecuted on behalf of the American public, but the public has been largely barred from watching them. In Boston, reporters have mobbed the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev but can't take photos or videos inside the courtroom. The same was true of the New York trial and conviction last month of Khaled Al-Fawwaz for conspiracy in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. In both cases, the public had to rely on the drawings of courtroom artists. Some are calling on the courts to reconsider the camera ban.

  • US high court limits investor suits over deceptive comments

    Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:20:11 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that investors can't sue companies for making misleading statements of opinion prior to a public stock offering, even if those statements turn out to be wrong.

  • High court limits securities suits over deceptive comments

    Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:54:46 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that investors can't sue companies for making misleading statements of opinion prior to a public stock offering just because those statements ultimately turn out to be wrong.

  • With high-profile trials come calls for courtroom cameras

    Tue, 24 Mar 2015 05:10:24 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Boston has seen its share of headline-grabbing federal trials, from the 2013 conviction of notorious gangster James "Whitey" Bulger to the ongoing prosecution of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. There's just one hitch. With cameras banned in the courtrooms, Boston residents haven't actually seen either trial, instead having to rely on the drawings of courtroom artists or descriptions by reporters.

  • Justices struggle with free speech case over license plates

    Mon, 23 Mar 2015 20:24:10 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a dispute over a proposed Confederate battle flag license plate, the Supreme Court struggled Monday to balance worries about government censorship and concerns that offensive messages could, at worst, incite violence.

  • Supreme Court considers impact of disability law on police

    Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:17:29 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday seemed skeptical that the nation's disabilities law requires police to take special precautions when arresting armed and violent suspects who are mentally ill. Most justices expressed doubts about second-guessing police who are trying to protect public safety.

  • Texas man on death row since 1984 loses Supreme Court appeal

    Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:13:08 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court turned away an appeal Monday from a convicted killer who has spent more than 30 years on death row in Texas.

  • Judge orders US release of military detainee abuse photos

    Sat, 21 Mar 2015 18:02:34 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. must release photographs showing abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, a federal judge has ruled in a long-running clash over letting the world see potentially disturbing images of how the military treated prisoners.

  • Today in History

    Thu, 19 Mar 2015 04:00:56 GMT

    Today is Thursday, March 19, the 78th day of 2015. There are 287 days left in the year.

  • Capitol Hill Buzz: Reid thanks Paul for medical advice

    Wed, 18 Mar 2015 21:15:16 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid thanked likely Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul of Kentucky for dispensing "expert advice" on Reid's injured right eye.

  • Sharp partisan divide in high court's same-sex marriage case

    Mon, 16 Mar 2015 07:19:08 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The partisan divide over same-sex marriage among top elected officials remains stark, with Democrats overwhelmingly on record in favor and Republicans mostly silent so far.

  • Few top GOP officials back same-sex marriage at high court

    Sun, 15 Mar 2015 21:24:20 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The partisan divide over same-sex marriage among top elected officials remains stark, with Democrats overwhelmingly on record in favor and Republicans mostly silent so far.

  • Kerry Washington to play Anita Hill in HBO movie

    Thu, 12 Mar 2015 23:06:36 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — HBO says "Scandal" star Kerry Washington will play Anita Hill in a film about Clarence Thomas' 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

  • AP Analysis: Why does health overhaul drama continue?

    Mon, 09 Mar 2015 07:29:58 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's health overhaul remains an all-consuming drama for many, even though millions of people are gaining insurance coverage through a law that's now 5 years old.

  • AP Analysis: 5 reasons why health overhaul drama plays on

    Sun, 08 Mar 2015 15:54:07 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's health overhaul remains an all-consuming drama for many, even though millions of people are gaining insurance coverage through a law that's now 5 years old.

  • New play brings Supreme Court Justice Scalia to the stage

    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:29:22 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Actor Edward Gero has spent a lot of time in court over the past year — the Supreme Court to be exact — watching, studying and listening to one justice in particular, seeing how he behaves.

  • Business Highlights

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:56:34 GMT

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