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  • Justices struggle with free speech case over license plates

    March 23, 2015 4:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - 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. Nearly 150 years after the end of the Civil War, the justices heard arguments in a... more »
  • Justice Kennedy: US prison system 'broken'

    March 23, 2015 3:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is telling Congress that American prisons rely too much on holding inmates in isolation and that the corrections system is "broken" in many respects. At a House committee hearing Monday to examine next year's Supreme Court budget, Kennedy told lawmakers that the... more »
  • Poll: Many see negative impact if court nixes health law aid

    March 19, 2015 2:52 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new poll finds that most Americans are totally unaware of a Supreme Court case that could unravel President Barack Obama's health care law. When the potential fallout is explained, though, most say it would hurt the country. Thursday's poll from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation is... more »
  • Justices will hear gay marriage cases on April 28

    March 5, 2015 10:32 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court will hear arguments over same-sex marriage on April 28. The court released its calendar Thursday for the final two weeks of arguments this term and allotted the gay marriages cases two-and-a-half hours on the last Tuesday in April. The cases come from the Cincinnati-based 6th... more »
  • Alabama county halts all marriages after same-sex ruling

    March 4, 2015 11:28 AM

    MOBILE, Ala. - The probate court in one of Alabama's biggest counties says it won't issue any marriage licenses at all after the Alabama Supreme Court disagreed with a federal court and upheld the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Mobile County's probate court posted a notice on its website Wednesday... more »
  • Justices sharply divided over health care law subsidies

    March 4, 2015 11:26 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is sharply divided over the tax subsidies that make insurance affordable for millions of Americans under President Barack Obama's health overhaul. The justices on Wednesday aggressively questioned the lawyers on both sides of the latest politically charged fight over the Affordable Care Act. Chief Justice... more »
  • If court says no: Insured would miss insurance subsidies

    February 26, 2015 1:00 PM

    CHICAGO - Millions of Americans have a big personal stake in next Wednesday's Supreme Court challenge to the nation's health care law: Can they legally continue to get subsidies to help pay for their insurance? If the court says no, people in more than 30 states could lose the federal... more »
  • Justices reject New Orleans tour guides' free speech appeal

    February 23, 2015 9:52 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Supreme Court has rejected a free-speech appeal from guides in New Orleans who object to having to be licensed to lead tours. The justices didn't comment Monday in leaving in place lower-court rulings that said the requirements don't violate the First Amendment. Licensing opponents had hoped... more »
  • Most say restore health aid if court kills subsidies

    January 28, 2015 2:01 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new poll says most Americans would want Congress to restore federal subsidies for millions buying health care coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law if the Supreme Court invalidates some of that aid. A poll by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation says more than 6... more »
  • Oklahoma could halt executions for Supreme Court drug review

    January 26, 2015 11:07 AM

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma is willing to put three executions on hold while the U.S. Supreme Court reviews whether a certain sedative can render death row inmates sufficiently unconscious. Rather than stop the executions itself, Oklahoma took the unusual step Monday of asking justices for a stay. Oklahoma wants the... more »
  • Alabama appeals decision blocking ban on same-sex marriage

    January 26, 2015 11:06 AM

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The state of Alabama is appealing a federal judge's order overturning its ban on same-sex marriage. Attorney General Luther Strange's office filed notice Monday with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals saying it would challenge the ruling by U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade. The move... more »
  • Justices will review use of midazolam as execution drug

    January 23, 2015 3:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is stepping into the issue of lethal injection executions for the first time since 2008 in an appeal filed by death row inmates in Oklahoma. The justices agreed Friday to review whether the sedative midazolam can be used in executions because of concerns that it... more »
  • Supreme Court may weaken housing bias cases

    January 21, 2015 2:45 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Supreme Court could knock out a decades-old strategy for fighting housing discrimination, a move that would make it tougher for people to win lawsuits claiming housing policies are biased. The justices hear arguments Wednesday over whether housing or lending practices that have a negative impact on... more »
  • U.S. Supreme Court sides with victim, not Diocese of Baton Rouge check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 20, 2015 10:20 AM

    WASHINGTON - The nation's highest court announced today it will not hear arguments from the Diocese of Baton Rouge involving a local sex abuse lawsuit. This is a win for the victim, who has been fighting the Catholic Church for the past five years. The controversy involves whether a... more »
  • Gay marriage: High court sets stage for historic ruling

    January 16, 2015 2:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court announced Friday it will decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry everywhere in America under the Constitution. The justices will take up gay-rights cases that ask them to overturn bans in four states and declare... more »
  • Justices must act fast if gay marriage to be settled in June

    January 16, 2015 2:55 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Time is running short for the Supreme Court to get same-sex marriage on its calendar if the justices want to tackle the issue before their current term ends. They might have to decide to jump in at their closed-door conference Friday if they want to resolve the... more »
  • Supreme Court seeks middle ground on job bias cases

    January 13, 2015 11:30 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court seems to be searching for a middle ground in a debate over the government's strategy for addressing claims of job discrimination in the workplace. The justices heard arguments Tuesday in a case that pits the Obama administration against business groups that say the government is... more »
  • Justices won't hear Louisiana gay marriage case pre-appeal

    January 12, 2015 5:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Supreme Court says it won't hear Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban before the federal appeals court in New Orleans considers it. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard the case Friday. But, in an unusual move, both supporters of same-sex marriage and the state had... more »
  • Couple makes spirituality, sexuality work check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 9, 2015 6:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Many advocates of same-sex marriage say it's a matter of justice, human rights, and in some cases, religious freedom. Physician Patrick Cain and college professor Tom Merrill are praying the federal court overturns the ban on same sex marriage. "We're not going to go somewhere for... more »
  • New Texas abortion restrictions before US appeals court

    January 7, 2015 2:42 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court in New Orleans is hearing arguments on the constitutionality of a Texas requirement that abortion clinics meet the same standards as the state's ambulatory surgical centers. A federal judge had said the requirement - part of broad abortion legislation passed in Texas in... more »
  • Justices to discuss Louisiana gay marriage case

    December 17, 2014 4:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has added the challenge to Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban to the agenda for the justices' closed-door conference on Jan. 9. The action Wednesday does not mean the court will decide that day to hear a gay-marriage case. But the January meeting will be the first... more »
  • Court will hear dispute over Spider-Man toy

    December 12, 2014 2:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court will decide whether a Spider-Man toy inventor can keep collecting royalties even after his patent expired. The justices said Friday they will consider a lower court ruling that refused to enforce a licensing agreement between Stephen Kimble and comic book giant Marvel Entertainment. Kimble sold... more »
  • Justices to review sentences for young convicts

    December 12, 2014 2:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says it will decide whether its 2-year-old ruling throwing out mandatory life in prison without parole for juveniles should apply to older cases. The justices said Friday they will examine the case of a Louisiana man who has been imprisoned since 1985 for the accidental... more »
  • Court: No pay for Amazon warehouse security checks

    December 9, 2014 10:00 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says warehouse workers who fill orders for retail giant Amazon don't have to be paid for time spent waiting to pass through security checks at the end of their shifts. The unanimous ruling Tuesday is a victory for the growing number of retailers and other... more »
  • High court rejects BP appeal of spill settlement

    December 8, 2014 10:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is leaving in place BP's multibillion-dollar settlement with lawyers for businesses and residents over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The justices did not comment Monday in rejecting the London-based oil giant's arguments that lower courts misinterpreted settlement terms and put BP... more »
  • La. asks US Supreme Court to hear gay marriage case

    December 4, 2014 10:36 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The state of Louisiana has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take the rare step of hearing an appeal of Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriages before a federal appeals court rules. Attorney Kyle Duncan filed the request this week. He's asking the justices to hear appeals of... more »
  • Supreme Court considers Facebook threats case

    December 1, 2014 11:32 AM

    WASHINGTON - Supreme Court justices are vigorously debating the Digital Age question of where the line should be drawn between free speech and illegal threats. The case argued Monday involves a Pennsylvania man convicted of making violent threats after he posted Facebook rants about killing his estranged wife, harming law... more »
  • Justices weigh limits of free speech over Internet

    November 30, 2014 10:28 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is examining the limits of free speech over the Internet in a case involving the use of violent or threatening language on Facebook. The justices will hear arguments Monday. At issue is the case of a Pennsylvania man who was convicted of violating a federal... more »
  • Supreme Court asked to look at La. marriage ban

    November 20, 2014 3:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Gay-rights advocates challenging Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban want the U.S. Supreme Court to review their case before it is heard by a federal appeals court. In September, a federal judge in New Orleans upheld Louisiana's ban. An appeal of that ruling is tentatively set to be argued... more »
  • US Supreme Court refuses to block SC gay marriages

    November 20, 2014 12:14 PM

    CHARLESTON, S.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to block gay marriages in South Carolina. The high court on Thursday denied a request by Republican Attorney General Alan Wilson. He had wanted the marriages blocked while he challenges a judge's recent decision that opened the way for the marriages.... more »
  • School workers fired after Katrina return to court

    November 18, 2014 11:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Attorneys for teachers and other school workers fired in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina have asked Louisiana's Supreme Court to take another look at their lawsuit over the firings. The lawsuit could have resulted in damages being paid to more than 7,000 fired school employees. But the... more »
  • Gay marriage issue squarely before high court

    November 17, 2014 10:03 AM

    WASHINGTON - A same-sex couple from Michigan is putting the question of the right to marry nationwide squarely before the Supreme Court. The couple's plea to be allowed to marry was being filed Monday. It asks the justices to hold that state laws prohibiting same-sex couples from getting married violate... more »
  • Same-sex couples file Supreme Court appeal

    November 14, 2014 12:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - Same-sex couples seeking the right to marry are asking the Supreme Court to settle the issue of gay marriage nationwide. Appeals being filed Friday urge the justices to review last week's lower court ruling that upheld anti-gay marriage laws in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. The ruling by... more »
  • Supreme Court on income taxes

    November 12, 2014 7:53 PM

    WASHINGTON- How states can assess income tax on money residents earned out of state is being considered by the Supreme Court which could impose new limits. A lawyer for the state of Maryland argued his state's tax on out-of-state earnings passes constitutional muster but some justices appeared skeptical Wednesday.... more »
  • Court weighs role of race in Alabama redistricting

    November 12, 2014 11:40 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is considering a dispute over the use of race to redraw political districts that turns the usual arguments on their heads. Alabama is telling the justices in arguments Wednesday that it had no choice but to concentrate black voters in some legislative districts, making the... more »
  • Justices to hear health law subsidies challenge

    November 7, 2014 11:59 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a new challenge to President Barack Obama's health care law. The justices on Friday say they will decide whether the law authorizes subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people afford their health insurance premiums. A federal appeals... more »
  • A fish tale: SCOTUS and the missing grouper

    November 5, 2014 10:56 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court appears sympathetic to a Florida fisherman who says the government went overboard in prosecuting him for throwing undersized grouper off his boat. But the justices on Wednesday seemed to struggle over how to limit the reach of a law meant to tackle corporate fraud in... more »
  • La. Supreme Court dismisses school workers' suit

    October 31, 2014 3:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit filed on behalf of thousands of New Orleans public school workers who were fired after Hurricane Katrina laid waste to much of the city in 2005. It was a reversal of fortune for the employees, who had won at the... more »
  • OJ Simpson appeal in hands of Nevada Supreme Court

    October 27, 2014 10:56 AM

    LAS VEGAS, NV - O.J. Simpson's appeal for release from a Nevada prison is now up to the state's Supreme Court. Simpson lawyers argue in a final brief to the Nevada high court that a lower court judge was wrong to deny the former football star a new trial in... more »
  • Supreme Court upholds 2012 education overhaul

    October 15, 2014 6:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's Supreme Court says an education overhaul bill pushed through the Legislature in 2012 is constitutional - reversing a lower court's finding that the legislation crammed too many diverse elements into a single bill. Wednesday's decision was a victory for Gov. Bobby Jindal, who had strongly backed... more »
  • Justices stop parts of Texas abortion law

    October 14, 2014 5:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has blocked Texas from enforcing key parts of a 2013 law that would close all but eight of the state's abortion facilities. The justices largely granted the request of abortion providers Tuesday. With three dissenting votes, the court suspended a ruling by the 5th U.S.... more »
  • Can dentists block competition over teeth-whitening?

    October 14, 2014 12:39 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is weighing what to do about a state regulatory board made up mostly of dentists that is trying to prevent lower-cost competitors who aren't dentists from offering teeth-whitening services. The outcome in the antitrust case argued at the high court Tuesday could turn on how... more »
  • Judge faces La. Supreme Court in disciplinary hearing check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 13, 2014 6:31 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - West Baton Rouge Parish Judge Robin Free and his attorney Steven Scheckman went before the Louisiana Supreme Court on Monday for hearing concerning Free's alleged misuse of his judiciary power. News 2's Chris Nakamoto was on the scene as Judge Free exited the courtroom while refusing... more »
  • Kansas asks court to block gay marriage licenses

    October 10, 2014 12:12 PM

    TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas' attorney general has asked the state Supreme Court to block same-sex marriage licenses, hours after a court office in the state's most populous county issued one, believed to be the first in the state, to a gay couple. The petition asks for an immediate order blocking... more »
  • Group asks high court to block Nevada gay marriage

    October 8, 2014 10:52 AM

    LAS VEGAS - A group fighting to keep Nevada's state ban on same-sex marriage wants the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate a short-lived ruling that blocked weddings from taking place. Coalition for the Protection of Marriage attorney Monte Neil Stewart says he filed a request for Justice Anthony Kennedy to... more »
  • Gay marriage move may mean something for Louisiana check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 7, 2014 6:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- After the Supreme Court decided not to hear cases on same-sex marriages where states struck down a ban, some people in Louisiana think the move may push the state closer to the edge of allowing gay marriage. "That gives us a lot more hope than we've had... more »
  • High court glitch delays news on gay marriage

    October 6, 2014 2:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says technical problems kept dozens of reporters at the court and people checking the court's website from learning immediately that the justices had rejected gay marriage appeals from five states. More than 30 pages were missing from copies of the court's list of more than... more »
  • Supreme Court clears way for gay marriage expansion

    October 6, 2014 8:56 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court's order turning way appeals from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriage has triggered a series of moves in affected states to clear the way for gay and lesbian unions. Without comment, the justices brought to an end delays in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and... more »
  • High court puts off start of early voting in Ohio

    September 29, 2014 4:23 PM

    WASHINGTON - A divided Supreme Court has put off the start of early voting in Ohio, which had been set to begin Tuesday. The justices' order by a 5-4 vote Monday granted a request from state officials, who have been trying to trim the number of days for early voting... more »
  • State AG appeals gay marriage ruling to La. Supreme Court

    September 27, 2014 11:51 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's attorney general is asking the state Supreme Court to overturn a decision to ban same-sex marriage in Louisiana. Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's Office filed the appeal Friday after the ruling Monday by Lafayette Parish Judge, Edward Rubin. The ruling was made in the same-sex... more »
  • WBR judge faces sanctions over free trip check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 19, 2014 6:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge in West Baton Rouge Parish is under fire for taking an all-expense paid trip to Texas. The judge's mode of transportation for the free trip: a private jet. The state judiciary commission says Judge Robin Free exploited his position and recommends he be suspended... more »
  • Judge in star's adoption case faces dismissal

    September 12, 2014 7:46 PM

    LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS- The Supreme Court of Arkansas called for the dismissal of a judge who leaked confidential information and details of actress Charlize Theron's adoption of her son. She adopted the boy two-years ago. The Justices say Faulkner County Circuit Judge Michael Maggio posted "concerning" comments in... more »
  • Same sex marriage headed to the Supremes?

    September 9, 2014 7:43 PM

    WASHINGTON- There's an emerging consensus that the issue of same sex marriage needs to be decided by the Supreme Court. Both sides of the issue agree and even one justice thinks the same thing. Leaders in five states where bans on gay marriage were struck down are rushing... more »
  • State Supreme Court hears arguments on teacher tenure

    September 5, 2014 3:09 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A law toughening teacher tenure requirements in Louisiana is up for arguments before the state Supreme Court. Friday's high court hearing deals with a Baton Rouge judge's decision that the 2012 legislation that included the tenure changes was unconstitutional. State District Judge Michael Caldwell ruled that the... more »
  • La high court hears fired school workers' case

    September 4, 2014 1:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's Supreme Court now is set to decide a case involving more than 7,000 employees fired by the New Orleans school system after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. Lower courts have ruled that the employees, including teachers, teacher aides and others, were denied due process and are... more »
  • More Clinton White House records to be released

    July 16, 2014 9:02 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Archives says it will release previously restricted records from the Clinton White House on Supreme Court nominations, Osama bin Laden and Vice President Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign. About 1,000 pages of documents will be released Friday through the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock,... more »
  • Utah to appeal gay marriage ruling to high court

    July 9, 2014 1:58 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY - Utah is going straight to the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge a federal appeals court ruling that found states must allow gay couples to marry. State Attorney General Sean Reyes' office said in a statement Wednesday it will file an appeal to the high court sometime... more »
  • Nonprofits' contraceptive cases next for justices

    July 6, 2014 11:04 AM

    WASHINGTON - Faith-affiliated charities, colleges and hospitals are leading the next legal dispute over religion, birth control and the health law that's likely to be resolved by the Supreme Court. The issue in more than four dozen lawsuits from religious nonprofit groups that oppose some or all contraception as immoral... more »
  • Women's groups blast court ruling on contraception

    June 30, 2014 4:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - Leaders of women's groups are denouncing today's Supreme Court decision on contraceptive coverage, and they're pointing out that it came from five male justices. A sharply divided court said some companies are exempt from the requirement in the new health care law that they provide birth control coverage... more »
  • White House: Ruling endangers women's health

    June 30, 2014 12:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says women's health will be jeopardized by a Supreme Court decision that allows corporations with religious objections to opt out of a requirement that they cover contraceptives. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said today that women should make their own personal health decisions. ... more »
  • Justices: Can't make employers cover contraception

    June 30, 2014 9:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is going to have to find another way to make sure that women have health care coverage that includes contraceptives. The Supreme Court today said some corporations can opt out of that requirement, if they are owned by a small group of people with religious... more »
  • High court voids 35-foot abortion clinic buffer

    June 26, 2014 12:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - Abortion rights advocates are criticizing today's ruling from the Supreme Court, saying it will put at risk the safety of women seeking abortions. The court struck down a 35-foot zone in which protests are prohibited outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts, finding that it violates the First Amendment rights... more »
  • Justices limit cellphone searches after arrests

    June 25, 2014 11:50 AM

    WASHINGTON - A unanimous Supreme Court says police may not generally search the cellphones of people they arrest without first getting search warrants. The justices say cellphones are powerful devices unlike anything else police may find on someone they arrest. Chief Justice John Roberts says that because the phones contain... more »
  • High court will hear appeal over illegal threats

    June 16, 2014 8:45 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Supreme Court will consider the free speech rights of people who use violent or threatening language on Facebook and other electronic formats where the speaker's intent is not always clear. The court on Monday agreed to take up the case of an eastern Pennsylvania man sentenced... more »
  • Court: Children over 21 go to back of visa line

    June 9, 2014 1:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says immigrant children who waited for years with their parents to obtain visas still have to go to the back of the line when they turn 21. The justices on Monday sided with the Obama administration in ruling that immigration laws do not let children... more »
  • Supreme Court: BP must pay claims during appeal

    June 9, 2014 11:40 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Supreme Court says BP must continue paying claims from a fund established after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill while the company appeals terms of its settlement with some businesses. The justices on Monday let stand without comment lower court refusals to halt payments... more »
  • BP to ask Supreme Court to hear claims issue

    May 21, 2014 12:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP PLC says it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether businesses must prove they were directly harmed by the 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect payments from a 2012 settlement. On Monday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reconsider... more »
  • "Family" defined at state Supreme Court check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 8, 2014 6:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A ruling by the State Supreme Court bolstered the city's definition of a family. The Supreme Court decided that an ordinance that bans homeowners from renting property in single family neighborhoods to more than two unrelated people was constitutional. "I along with many other people, were... more »
  • High court ruling favors prayer at council meeting

    May 5, 2014 10:36 AM

    WASHINGTON - The latest Supreme Court ruling on church-state separation is a victory for a town council in New York state that regularly opens its meetings with prayers. The court, in a 5-to-4 ruling today, said those prayers don't violate the Constitution -- even if they routinely emphasize Christianity --... more »
  • High court rejects appeal on gun rights in public

    May 5, 2014 8:47 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Supreme Court has turned away another case over whether Americans have a constitutional right to be armed in public. The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling upholding a New Jersey requirement for gun owners to show an urgent need to carry a handgun... more »
  • Court may reject ban on campaign lies

    April 22, 2014 3:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - Can a state make it illegal for politicians to lie about each other? The Supreme Court doesn't seem to think so. Justices today were highly skeptical about an Ohio law that makes it illegal to recklessly make false statements about candidates seeking elective office. Critics of the law... more »
  • Court upholds traffic stop based on anonymous tip

    April 22, 2014 10:40 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says an anonymous tip can be sufficient to justify a decision by police to pull a car over on suspicion of reckless or drunken driving. The justices voted 5-4 Tuesday to uphold a traffic stop in northern California in which officers subsequently found marijuana in... more »
  • Hobby Lobby 401(k) invests in birth control makers

    April 2, 2014 3:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - The company that is leading the legal challenge against birth control coverage under "Obamacare" offers its workers a retirement plan that includes investments in companies making contraceptive and abortion drugs. Hobby Lobby Stores has a 401(k) plan featuring several mutual funds investing in pharmaceutical firms that produce intrauterine... more »
  • Pa. Supreme Court won't hear Sandusky appeal

    April 2, 2014 3:02 PM

    HARRISBURG, Pa.- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court won't review Jerry Sandusky's 45-count child molestation conviction. The justices ruled Wednesday that they won't take up the former Penn State assistant football coach's appeal. Sandusky argued his lawyers were rushed too quickly to trial and prosecutors improperly made reference to his decision not... more »
  • High court loosens reins on big campaign donors

    April 2, 2014 10:43 AM

    WASHINGTON - It's the latest declaration from the Supreme Court that some of the limits on big-money political contributions violate the free-speech rights of the contributors. The court, in a 5-4 ruling today, said donors can give to as many political candidates and campaigns as they want -- rejecting the... more »
  • High court seems divided over birth control rule

    March 25, 2014 11:08 AM

    WASHINGTON - Do profit-making businesses have religious rights? The Supreme Court is wrestling with that question in a case that involves two family-owned companies. The owners of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties provide health insurance to their employees but object to covering certain methods of birth control --... more »
  • NRA seeks to block gun magazine ban

    March 10, 2014 4:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - The National Rifle Association is asking Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to block enforcement of a California city ordinance that bans gun magazines capable of holding more than 10 bullets. The ban in Sunnyvale went into effect Thursday after 66 percent of voters approved it in November.... more »
  • US Supreme Court asked to delay La. execution

    January 30, 2014 4:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawyers for a Louisiana man scheduled for execution next week are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the plans. The arguments filed Thursday with the high court mirror legal pleadings lodged in Baton Rouge-based federal court, seeking a stay of the Feb. 5 execution for Christopher... more »
  • Court gives nuns a compromise on health care issue

    January 24, 2014 4:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is offering a short-term compromise to continue to exempt a group of Denver nuns that operates charity nursing homes from the birth control mandate of the nation's health care law. The court is asking them to declare in writing that they have religious objections... more »
  • Roberts refuses to grant Obamacare emergency stay

    January 6, 2014 3:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has refused a group of doctors' request to block implementation of the nation's new health care law. Chief Justice John Roberts turned away without comment Monday an emergency stay request from the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons, Inc. and the Alliance for Natural... more »
  • Gov't: Birth control mandate should not be blocked

    January 3, 2014 10:22 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says a Supreme Court justice should stop blocking the new health care law's requirement that some religion-affiliated organizations provide health insurance that includes birth control. The Justice Department Friday called on Justice Sonia Sotomayor to dissolve her stay on the contraceptive coverage requirement of the... more »
  • Supreme Court justice delays birth control mandate

    January 2, 2014 12:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has thrown a hitch into President Barack Obama's new health care law by blocking a requirement that some religion-affiliated organizations provide health insurance that includes birth control. Justice Sonia Sotomayor decided late Tuesday night to block implementation of the contraceptive coverage requirement, only hours before... more »
  • Supreme Court to hear cases on birth control mandate

    November 26, 2013 11:25 AM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the dispute over a birth control mandate in President Obama's health care law. The issue has seen different rulings in lower courts over whether employers should be required to cover birth control for their employees or they can opt out due... more »
  • Supreme Court won't block Texas abortion law

    November 19, 2013 6:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court won't rule against a Texas law that has led to the stoppage of abortions at a third of the state's clinics. The provision states that doctors who perform abortions must have admitting priveleges at a nearby hospital. The law will remain in effect... more »
  • Mixed feelings in La. about teen handgun sales ban check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 4, 2013 4:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell signed on with 21 other state attorneys general to an NRA petition asking the Supreme Court to overturn a ban against handgun sales to people younger than 21. The petition to overturn the ban was filed in August and notes a... more »
  • La. Nat'l Guard won't process same-sex benefits

    September 4, 2013 4:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana National Guard said Wednesday, it will not assist legally married gay service men and women in applying for same-sex partner benefits through the armed forces. "The State of Louisiana constitution does not recognize same-sex marriage, nor does it allow an official to take part," a... more »
  • La. joins NRA, other states in gun sales petition

    September 4, 2013 10:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell signed on with 21 other state attorneys general to an NRA petition asking the Supreme Court to overturn a ban against handgun sales to people younger than 21. The petition to overturn the ban was filed in August and notes a... more »

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