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Clarify abortion pill limits, Okla. told

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court told the high court of Oklahoma on Thursday to clarify a new state law restricting the use of the RU-486 abortion pill, possibly setting the stage for a ruling on how far states can go in regulating the practice of abortion.

June 28, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Justices forbid pledge edict by gov't to get grant money

Justices forbid pledge edict by gov't to get grant money

WASHINGTON - The government may not require people or groups to "pledge allegiance" to its policies as a condition of obtaining grants, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a broad defense of the First Amendment's protection of freedom of speech.

June 21, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Supreme Court to revisit Christian pastor giving board's prayer

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court will revisit the issue of church-state separation and decide whether a town council can begin its monthly meetings with a prayer from a Christian pastor.

May 21, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Only federal gov't, not states, can enforce immigration laws, Supreme Court says

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court made it clear Monday that enforcing immigration laws is reserved for the federal government, not the states.

April 30, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Justices shut US courts to global rights lawsuits

WASHINGTON - U.S. courts will not be the world forum for lawsuits brought by victims of human-rights abuses abroad who seek damages from multinational corporations or deposed tyrants, the Supreme Court declared Wednesday.

April 18, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Lab data suffices in rape case

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court retreated Monday from its view that a criminal defendant's right to confront his accusers requires live trial testimony from the crime lab analyst who identified him.

June 19, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Retired Justice Stevens: Obama right to criticize court ruling on campaign spending

WASHINGTON — President Obama ruffled some feathers two years ago when he lambasted the Supreme Court for its Citizens United decision during a State of the Union speech. It was unusual for a president to criticize the justices as they sat before him.

May 30, 2012 8:42 pmLoading…
Entire health-care law seems in jeopardy

Entire health-care law seems in jeopardy

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court, after three days of arguments on President Obama's health-care overhaul, appeared ready to strike down not just the requirement that individuals have insurance, but the entire law, invalidating a major piece of domestic legislation for the first time since the…

March 29, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Court: Workers can't sue states that deny unpaid time off for birth, illness

WASHINGTON - State workers who are denied unpaid sick leave required by federal law cannot sue the states, the Supreme Court said in a victory for states' rights that some liberal advocates saw as a bad omen for President Obama's health-care law.

March 21, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Obama administration asks that large cross remain as war memorial

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is asking the Supreme Court to allow a 43-foot-tall cross that serves as a war memorial to remain atop Mount Soledad near San Diego, arguing the cross that has been there since 1954 is not an endorsement of religion.

March 16, 2012 4:00 pmLoading…

Justices to reconsider affirmative action in higher education

WASHINGTON - Since the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, conservatives have looked forward to the day when the Supreme Court would take up a new challenge to the use of affirmative action in the nation's colleges and universities.

February 22, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Parochial schools given limited shield from job-bias suits

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court gave churches and religious schools a new shield against civil-rights claims from their employees, ruling Wednesday that the principle of church-state separation bars bias suits from teachers who serve as "ministers" of the faith.

January 12, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

High court expected to side with states on immigrant issue

WASHINGTON - Federal judges have blocked strict new immigration laws adopted by conservative legislatures in half a dozen states, including a ruling last week that said South Carolina may not set up a "street-level dragnet" to stop and arrest illegal immigrants.

December 30, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Scalia's literal take on Constitution helps defendants

Scalia's literal take on Constitution helps defendants

WASHINGTON - Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court's most outspoken and combative conservative, is not often described as friendly to criminals.

November 26, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Health-insurance mandate struck down by 11th Circuit

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court struck down a pillar of President Obama's national health-care law, ruling that Congress does not have the power to require all Americans to buy health insurance and setting the stage for a Supreme Court decision ahead of the 2012 elections.

August 13, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Supreme Court heads into final two weeks

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court heads into the last two weeks of its term Monday, facing a final round of decisions on matters as varied as violent video games, global warming, drug prescription records and alleged gender bias at Walmart stores.

June 18, 2011 9:00 pmLoading…

Justices won't speed health-care appeals

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court refused Monday to bypass the lower courts and take up an immediate challenge to the constitutionality of the national health-care reform law and its requirement that all those who can afford it have medical insurance by 2014.

April 26, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
High court: Home guns for self-defense OK

High court: Home guns for self-defense OK

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court said Monday that Americans nationwide have a constitutional right to have a handgun at home for self-defense, even in cities that until now have outlawed handguns.

June 29, 2010 12:00 am Related Loading…

Suspects need to speak up to keep rights, top court says

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court backed off Tuesday from strict enforcement of the famous Miranda decision and its right to remain silent, ruling that a crime suspect's words can be used against him if he fails to clearly to tell the police that he does not want to talk.

June 02, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

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