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  • Tuesday's the day: Gay marriage arguments at Supreme Court

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 19:46:33 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Tuesday is a potential watershed moment for America's gay and lesbian couples. After rapid changes that have made same-sex marriage legal in all but 14 states, the Supreme Court will hear arguments over whether it should be the law of the land.

  • Court weighs excessive force against inmates awaiting trial

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:19:49 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid a growing national debate over police use of force, the Supreme Court struggled Monday with a related question of claims of excessive force against jail officials by people who are accused but not yet convicted of crimes.

  • Pioneer for gay marriage among lawyers for high court cases

    Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:27:47 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Five lawyers will take turns at the Supreme Court lectern Tuesday for the highly anticipated and extended arguments over same-sex marriage. Among them are the Obama administration's top lawyer at the high court, with more than two dozen arguments behind him, and two lawyers making their first appearance before the justices.

  • Gay mentor, belief in dignity at roots of Kennedy's views

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 11:40:25 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Irish Catholic boy who came of age in Sacramento after World War II is an unlikely candidate to be the author of the Supreme Court's major gay rights rulings.

  • Same-sex marriage pioneer among lawyers for high court cases

    Sat, 25 Apr 2015 12:19:21 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Five lawyers will take turns at the Supreme Court lectern Tuesday for the highly anticipated and extended arguments over same-sex marriage. Among them are the Obama administration's top lawyer at the high court, with more than two dozen arguments behind him, and two lawyers making their first appearance before the justices.

  • High court makes it easier to sue government for negligence

    Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:14:12 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday made it easier for people to sue the federal government for negligence, in a decision that could affect military veterans with claims of medical malpractice.

  • Justices: Police can't extend traffic stop awaiting drug dog

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:57:36 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Tuesday that police may not extend an ordinary traffic stop to seek evidence of crimes unrelated to the offense that prompted officers to pull a vehicle over.

  • High court: Energy companies must face price fixing claims

    Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:43:22 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that energy companies can be sued under state antitrust laws for illegally manipulating natural gas prices more than a decade ago during California's energy crisis.

  • Facts, law in Memphis case similar to Cleveland cop shooting

    Sun, 19 Apr 2015 17:11:01 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The circumstances of a police shooting trial unfolding in a Cleveland courtroom share similarities to a high-speed chase and fatal shooting in Tennessee as well as the matters of law on which the Cleveland case will be decided: When does a threat to officers' lives end?

  • SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Female justices honor O'Connor

    Thu, 16 Apr 2015 07:29:01 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — All three female justices on the Supreme Court came together Wednesday to pay tribute to the life and continuing legacy of former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to serve on the high court.

  • Today in History

    Thu, 09 Apr 2015 04:00:59 GMT

    Today is Thursday, April 9, the 99th day of 2015. There are 266 days left in the year.

  • Activist's childhood home named a national treasure

    Sat, 04 Apr 2015 14:44:12 GMT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — She was an activist for minorities and women, an attorney, professor, author and eventually, the first black woman to be a priest in the Episcopal Church. She influenced some of this country's great minds, including a Supreme Court justice.

  • 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.

  • Ginsburg back at home, expected at court next week

    Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:03:10 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has returned home after undergoing an operation to implant a heart stent to clear a blocked artery and is expected to hear oral arguments on Monday.

  • Justice sent home after heart stent implanted

    Fri, 28 Nov 2014 02:19:20 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from the hospital Thursday after having a heart stent implanted to clear a blocked artery, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said.

  • Heart stent not expected to sideline Ginsburg

    Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:04:31 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a heart stent implanted on Wednesday, reviving talk about how long the 81-year-old liberal jurist will be staying on the court.