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1 year 3 months ago

Post-nuptial agreements could rise

Post-nuptial agreements could increase after the Supreme Court decision granting gay couples federal marriage benefits. Post-nups are similar to pre-nups but take place after tying the knot. Nearly all 50 states allow them. Those who wed before the recent ruling may want to reallocate property and other items, and...

2 years 3 months ago

GOP House votes again to kill health law

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pressing an election-year point, Republicans pushed yet another bill through the House on Wednesday to repeal the nation's two-year-old health care law, a maneuver that forced Democrats to choose between President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement and a public that is persistently skeptical of its value. The...

2 years 6 months ago

Chilean court approves controversial dam project

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) - Chile's Supreme Court has rejected challenges to a hydroelectric dam project filed by environmental groups. The court's ruling Wednesday upholds an earlier decision by an appeals court in the southern city of Puerto Montt that the project doesn't violate the constitutional rights of those who challenged...

2 years 8 months ago

Obama could alter stance of federal appeals courts

WASHINGTON (AP) - A second term for President Barack Obama would allow him to expand his replacement of Republican-appointed majorities with Democratic ones on the nation's appeals courts, the final stop for almost all challenged federal court rulings. Despite his slow start in nominating judges and Republican delays in Senate...

2 years 10 months ago

Negative ads mix with holiday cheer in Iowa

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Iowa residents flipping their TV channels this season aren't finding a whole lot of Christmas cheer. A barrage of negative campaign ads is flooding the airwaves, with ghoulish images of Newt Gingrich and Nancy Pelosi crowding Santa and doomsday music drowning out holiday song. Mitt Romney...

3 years 1 week ago

High court to rule on Stolen Valor Act

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court will decide whether a law making it a crime to lie about having received military medals is constitutional. The justices said Monday they will consider the validity of the Stolen Valor Act, which passed Congress with overwhelming support in 2006. The federal appeals...

3 years 1 month ago

Election-year ruling looms for health overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's landmark health care overhaul appears headed for a Supreme Court ruling as the presidential election season is hitting full stride in the coming year. The health care law affecting virtually every American seems sure to figure prominently in President Barack Obama's campaign for...

3 years 4 months ago

Supreme Court backs Wal-Mart

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has ruled for Wal-Mart in its fight to block a massive sex discrimination lawsuit on behalf of women who work there. The court ruled unanimously Monday that the lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cannot proceed as a class action, reversing a decision by...

3 years 5 months ago

Supreme Court upholds Arizona immigration law

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has sustained Arizona's law that penalizes businesses for hiring workers who are in the United States illegally, rejecting arguments that states have no role in immigration matters. By a 5-3 vote, the court said Wednesday that federal immigration law gives states the authority to...

3 years 9 months ago

Marijuana patients challenge new regulations

Some medical marijuana patients filed a petition yesterday to stop Colorado's looming regulations for how pot is sold. The group of marijuana patients have asked the state's Supreme Court to overturn large parts of two Colorado laws passed last year that will regulate the medical marijuana industry. The patients'...

3 years 10 months ago

New supreme court justice sworn in

DENVER (AP) - Colorado has a new state Supreme Court justice. Colorado Deputy Attorney General Monica Marquez was sworn in Friday to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey. Marquez is the first Latina and the first openly gay jurist on the state's high...

4 years 3 weeks ago

New Supreme Court term starts today

The Supreme Court is starting its new term with a new justice, Elena Kagan, and bad news for hundreds of parties trying to get their cases heard at the high court. The justices are expected to start work Monday by denying many of the nearly 2,000 appeals that piled...

4 years 1 month ago

Groups allied to GOP boost their fundraising

New freedom from fundraising restrictions established by the Supreme Court are paying off for at least some Republican-allied groups. Two affiliated groups led by a blue-chip cast of Washington Republican strategists have raised a combined $32 million, creating a parallel and unofficial Republican campaign to defeat Democrats in November....

4 years 3 months ago

Westboro Baptist submits brief to Supreme Court

BALTIMORE (AP) - The fundamentalist church that picketed the funeral of a Marine killed in Iraq says its actions are constitutionally protected. An attorney for the Westboro Baptist Church submitted a 75-page brief to the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday. Albert Snyder is suing the church, claiming that the First...

4 years 3 months ago

Kagan seems to be on way to confirmation

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats and Republicans agree that Elena Kagan seems to be on her way to confirmation to the Supreme Court. Republicans have been unable to get her to reveal much about her legal views, or say anything that might threaten her confirmation. Her appearance before the Senate...

4 years 4 months ago

Nominee Kagan promises impartiality on court

WASHINGTON (AP) - Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is expected to face hours of questioning -- some of it less than friendly -- when her confirmation hearing resumes tomorrow before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Today, after opening statements from panel members, Kagan read a statement in which she promised...

4 years 4 months ago

Kagan hearings begin

WASHINGTON (AP) - The leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee are urging Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan to be open with lawmakers and the American people scrutinizing her qualifications for the high court bench. But beyond that broad admonition, Democrat Patrick Leahy and Republican Jeff Sessions parted company. Leahy,...

4 years 4 months ago

Supreme Court rules on Christian campus group

WASHINGTON (AP) - The acting chancellor and dean of a California law school is praising a Supreme Court decision, saying it validates the school's policy of "equity and fairness." An ideologically split court ruled, 5-4, that the University of California's Hastings College of the Law can legally deny recognition...

4 years 5 months ago

Supreme Court: Teens can't be locked up for life

The Supreme Court has ruled that teenagers may not be locked up for life with no chance of parole if they haven't killed anyone. By a 6-3 vote Monday, the court says the Constitution requires that young people serving life sentences must at least be considered for release.

4 years 5 months ago

Scrutiny promised for Supreme Court nominee

Senate Republicans are promising to take a close look at President Barack Obama's latest Supreme Court nominee, even though Solicitor General Elena Kagan is considered likely to be confirmed. John Cornyn of Texas says it's their duty to give her record "a full and fair review." Susan Collins of...

4 years 5 months ago

Obama picks Elena Kagan for Supreme Court

President Barack Obama on Monday nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, declaring she would demonstrate the same independence, integrity and passion for the law exhibited by retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. "Elena is widely regarded as one of the nation's foremost legal minds," said Obama. "She's...

4 years 5 months ago

Place your bets: Supreme nominee coming soon

President Barack Obama appears to be just days away from announcing his choice to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court, and observers in the nation's capital are playing one of the city's most popular games: guessing. Obama has formally interviewed at least four candidates for the job, and administration...

4 years 6 months ago

Obama to Hill leaders: No litmus tests on abortion

President Barack Obama says there won't be any "litmus tests" for a Supreme Court nominee, but he wants someone who recognizes individual aspirations, and "that includes women's rights." The president said he was confident the Senate would offer a smooth, civil and thoughtful confirmation process for his eventual choice....

4 years 7 months ago

Court to rule in military funeral protest case

The Supreme Court is getting involved in the legal fight over the anti-gay protesters who show up at military funerals with inflammatory messages like "Thank God for dead soldiers." The court agreed Monday to consider whether the protesters' message, no matter how provocative and upsetting, is protected by the...

4 years 9 months ago

Obama lashes out at campaign finance ruling

President Barack Obama on Saturday sharply criticized a Supreme Court decision easing limits on campaign spending by corporations and labor unions, saying he couldn't "think of anything more devastating to the public interest." He also suggested the ruling could jeopardize his domestic agenda. In its 5-4 decision this week,...

4 years 9 months ago

Supreme Court rolls back campaign spending limits

The Supreme Court has ruled that corporations may spend freely to support or oppose candidates for president and Congress, easing decades-old limits on their participation in federal campaigns. The court on Thursday overturned a 20-year-old ruling that said corporations can be prohibited from using money from their general treasuries to...

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