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Education Mar 22Supreme Court bolsters rights of learning-disabled students
The court sided with parents of an autistic teen in Colorado who said their public school did not do enough to help their son make progress. They sought reimbursement for the cost of sending him to private school.
Nation Mar 21Supreme Court limits president’s power to fill temporary posts
The Supreme Court limited the president's power to temporarily fill vacant government posts while nominations are tied up in partisan political fights.
Nation Mar 20Supreme Court seems divided in property rights dispute
The case has drawn interest from property rights and business groups that say such rules let the government avoid paying landowners for restricting land use.
Nation Mar 19Justices to hear property rights dispute over family’s land
The Murr family's path to the Supreme Court began on the scenic banks of Wisconsin's St. Croix River, when a group of siblings tried to sell one of two waterfront plots.
Politics Feb 22Justices rule in favor of Michigan girl in dispute over service dog
The Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with a Michigan girl with cerebral palsy who wants to sue school officials over their refusal to let her bring a service dog Wonder to class.
Politics Feb 10The next steps in the legal fight over Trump’s travel ban
The Trump administration has several options on how to proceed. Here's a look at where the legal fight goes from here.
Nation Jan 18Justices raise doubts over law barring offensive trademarks
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court raised doubts Wednesday about a law that bars the government from registering trademarks that are deemed offensive.
Nation Jan 15Justices to hear free speech clash over offensive trademarks
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will consider whether a law barring disparaging trademarks violates a band's free-speech rights.
Education Jan 11High court considers higher standard for students with disabilities
Most of the justices indicated during arguments that school districts must offer more than the bare minimum of services to children with special needs. But they struggled over how to clarify the law without inviting even more litigation between frustrated…
Politics Dec 21Death sentences decline sharply as public attitudes shift
Only 30 people were sentenced to death in the United States this year, the lowest number since the early 1970s.