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  • 3 Supreme Court justices maintain substantial stock holdings

    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:47:15 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New personal financial disclosures from the Supreme Court show that Chief Justice John Roberts and two other justices are maintaining significant investments in individual companies' stock.

  • 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.

  • Court ruling spurs backers' hopes for redistricting changes

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:14:40 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Groups hoping to squeeze partisan politics out of how states shape congressional districts are hailing a Supreme Court decision that lets independent commissions, not legislatures, draw those lines.

  • 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.

  • Justices rule against EPA power plant mercury limits

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:12:02 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday against the Obama administration's attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants, but it may only be a temporary setback for regulators.

  • Justices uphold use of drug implicated in botched executions

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:52:49 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it's "highly likely" the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.

  • Supreme Court will re-hear Texas affirmative action

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:50:03 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday it will dive back into the fight over the use of race in admissions at the University of Texas, a decision that presages tighter limits on affirmative action in higher education.

  • Religious liberty is rallying cry after gay marriage ruling

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 05:02:28 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Now that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide, religious conservatives are focusing on preserving their right to object. Their concerns are for the thousands of faith-based charities, colleges and hospitals that want to hire, fire, serve and set policy according to their religious beliefs, notably that gay relationships are morally wrong.

  • Today in History

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 04:00:26 GMT

    Today is Monday, June 29, the 180th day of 2015. There are 185 days left in the year.

  • Conservative churches confront new reality on gay marriage

    Sun, 28 Jun 2015 20:25:57 GMT

    At First Baptist Dallas, where the pulpit was adorned Sunday with red, white and blue bunting to honor the Fourth of July, the pastor called the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling "an affront in the face of Almighty God."

  • Liberal justices prevail in high-profile Supreme Court cases

    Sat, 27 Jun 2015 13:07:50 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court term that is nearing its end shows how silence can signal success.

  • High court finds gay couples have fundamental right to marry

    Sat, 27 Jun 2015 07:03:11 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Same-sex couples won the right to marry nationwide as a divided Supreme Court handed a crowning victory to the gay rights movement, setting off a jubilant cascade of long-delayed weddings in states where they had been forbidden.

  • Supreme Court declares nationwide right to same-sex marriage

    Fri, 26 Jun 2015 20:39:26 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Same-sex couples won the right to marry nationwide Friday as a divided Supreme Court handed a crowning victory to the gay rights movement, setting off a jubilant cascade of long-delayed weddings in states where they had been forbidden.

  • Tears and sniffles in courtroom as gay marriage ruling read

    Fri, 26 Jun 2015 19:06:44 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When Justice Anthony Kennedy took the bench Friday at the Supreme Court, some were thinking about his past decisions and other June 26ths.

  • The Latest: Gay-marriage ruling another blow to GOP beliefs

    Fri, 26 Jun 2015 18:27:19 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage. (All times Eastern)

  • Excerpts from the Supreme Court majority opinion, dissents

    Fri, 26 Jun 2015 17:31:50 GMT

    Excerpts from the majority opinion of Justice Anthony Kennedy and dissents written by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito in the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling Friday that declared a constitutional right to same-sex marriage:

  • The Latest: Gay marriage ruling has swift impact in states

    Fri, 26 Jun 2015 17:24:07 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage. (All times Eastern)

  • The Latest: Bishops object to court's gay marriage ruling

    Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:50:57 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage. (All times Eastern)