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Nation Apr 20Quest for food stamp data lands newspaper at Supreme Court
In the summer of 2010, reporters at South Dakota’s Argus Leader newspaper decided to request data about the government’s food assistance program, previously known as food stamps. Trying to get that data has taken the paper more than eight years…
Politics Apr 16High court seems likely to rule against California oil workers
The Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed inclined to rule against workers on oil drilling platforms off California who want to be paid for the off-work time they spend on the platform, including sleeping.
Nation Apr 15None of the Supreme Court justices wanted to say this name in court
The high court was discussing a trademark case Monday involving a Los Angeles-based fashion brand. But the justices did some verbal gymnastics to get through about an hour of arguments without saying the brand's name.
Nation Mar 19Supreme Court rules against immigrants in detention case
The Supreme Court disagreed with the immigrants' interpretation of federal law in a 5-4 ruling that divided the court along ideological lines.
Politics Feb 25A federal court can’t count vote of deceased judge, Supreme Court rules
The high court said in an unsigned opinion that a federal court can't count the vote of a judge who died in a decision issued after the judge's death. The justices said "federal judges are appointed for life, not for…
Politics Jan 22Supreme Court: Military service by transgender people can be restricted
The high court split 5-4 in allowing the plan to take effect, with the court's five conservatives greenlighting it and its four liberal members saying they would not have.
Nation Dec 14Executions remain at near record lows in 2018
Twenty-five executions were carried out in 2018, the fourth consecutive year in which there have been fewer than 30 executions nationwide.
Politics Nov 23Trump administration asks Supreme Court to hear transgender military case
The Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to fast-track cases on the president's decision to prevent certain transgender people from serving in the military.
Nation Nov 23Why Cyber Monday shoppers will find more sites charging sales tax
"Will your shopping bill look any different? ... The answer right now is it depends."…
Politics Oct 23Sandra Day O’Connor announces likely Alzheimer’s diagnosis
O'Connor made the announcement in a letter Tuesday. She said that her diagnosis was made "some time ago" and that as her condition has progressed she is "no longer able to participate in public life."…