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Nation Jan 20Supreme Court rules for bearded Muslim inmate
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is siding with a Muslim prison inmate in Arkansas who sued for the right to grow a short beard for religious reasons.
Nation Jan 14Justices sympathetic to man deported for carrying Adderall in sock
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court has been receptive in recent years to immigrants who are fighting deportation from the United States over minor drug crimes. On Wednesday, the justices entertained the least serious transgression yet — the case of a…
Nation Dec 23Supreme Court adds same-sex marriage cases to agenda
Gay marriage cases have been added to the Supreme Court's agenda, with enough time for them to be argued and decided by late June…
Nation Dec 18Executions, new death sentences drop to lowest numbers in decades
WASHINGTON — Executions and new death sentences dropped to their lowest numbers in decades in 2014, an anti-death penalty group said in a new report.
Nation Nov 17Supreme Court will likely rule on national gay marriage rights next year
A same-sex couple from Michigan is putting the question of the right to marry nationwide squarely before the Supreme Court.
Nation Nov 14Same-sex couples ask Supreme Court to legalize gay marriage nationwide
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…
World Nov 08Americans Kenneth Bae, Matthew Todd Miller released from North Korea
The two remaining Americans who had been held in North Korea have been released and are on their way home, U.S. officials said Saturday. A spokesman for Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Clapper was accompanying Americans Kenneth Bae…
Politics Nov 02US Supreme Court to hear Jerusalem passport case
The case over whether Americans born in Jerusalem may list Israel as their place of birth on passports is back at the high court for argument Monday at a time of acute Palestinian-Israeli tension over Jerusalem and significant strain in…
Nation Oct 23Despite appellate rulings, 3 states refuse to allow gay unions
WASHINGTON — The writing is on the wall for gay marriage bans in Kansas, Montana and South Carolina after federal appeals courts that oversee those states have made clear that keeping gay and lesbian couples from marrying is unconstitutional.
Nation Jul 04Dissenting justices argue Wheaton contraception decision ‘undermines confidence’ in Supreme Court
WASHINGTON -- A divided Supreme Court on Thursday allowed, at least for now, an evangelical college in Illinois that objects to paying for contraceptives in its health plan to avoid filling out a government document that the college says would…