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Politics Jun 29Supreme Court rules against EPA power plant mercury limits
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court has ruled against federal regulators' attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants.
Politics Jun 25Justices uphold key tool for fighting housing bias
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court has upheld a key enforcement tool used by the Obama administration and civil rights groups to fight housing bias.
Nation Jun 22High court strikes down raisin program as unconstitutional
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a 66-year-old program that lets the government take raisins away from farmers to help reduce supply and boost market prices is unconstitutional.
Politics Jun 15Court: Spouse can’t protest husband’s visa denial
WASHINGTON -- A California woman can't challenge the government's decision to deny a visa to her spouse from Afghanistan, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.
Politics Jun 01High court throws out conviction of man who made threatening Facebook rants
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday threw out the conviction of a Pennsylvania man prosecuted for making threats on Facebook, but dodged the free-speech issues that had made the case intriguing to First Amendment advocates.
Nation Apr 16Federal judges cast doubt on challenge to Obama administration’s plan for climate change
Two out of three judges on a federal appeals court panel expressed doubts Thursday about a legal challenge to the Obama administration's far-reaching plan to address climate change.
Nation Apr 14Ex-guards sentenced for Iraq shootings plan appeal
WASHINGTON — Defense lawyers are vowing to appeal the convictions of four former Blackwater security guards after a federal judge handed down lengthy prison terms for their roles in a 2007 shooting of unarmed civilians in Iraq.
Nation Apr 13Ex-Blackwater guards receive lengthy prison sentences for Iraq shootings
WASHINGTON — A federal judge sentenced former Blackwater security guard Nicholas Slatten to life in prison and three others to 30-year terms for their roles in a 2007 shooting that killed 14 Iraqi civilians and wounded 17 others.
Nation Feb 02The Supreme Court won’t be airing its same-sex marriage decision on live TV
News organizations, start training your interns for running now. The Supreme Court will not be broadcasting its historic arguments over gay marriage on live television.
Politics Jan 21Supreme Court divided over housing bias case
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court appeared sharply divided Wednesday in a debate over a decades-old strategy for fighting discrimination in housing.