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Nation Dec 15Police can use evidence seized during mistaken traffic stops, Supreme Court rules
The ruling came in a North Carolina case in which a police officer pulled over Nicholas Heien's car because the right brake light was out, although the left one still worked. A consensual search led to the discovery of cocaine…
Politics Dec 09SCOTUS: Amazon doesn’t have to pay workers during warehouse security checks
The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that 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.
Nation Dec 01Should threatening speech be protected on Facebook?
The justices will hear arguments Monday in the case of a man who was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for posting graphically violent rap lyrics on Facebook about killing his estranged wife, shooting up a kindergarten class and…
Politics Nov 30Supreme Court considers extent of free speech over Internet
In a far-reaching case that probes the limits of free speech over the Internet, the Supreme Court on Monday was to consider whether threatening Facebook posts by a Pennsylvania man, and others like it, deserve protection under the First Amendment.
Nation Nov 27Justice Ginsburg released from hospital after heart surgery; expected to return to work Monday
WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has had surgery to place a stent in her right coronary artery.
Nation Oct 18Supreme Court OKs Texas voter ID law for November election
The Supreme Court said Saturday that Texas can use its controversial new voter identification law for the November election.
Politics Oct 02Supreme Court to hear employment and housing cases
Did retailer Abercrombie & Fitch discriminate against a Muslim woman who was denied a job because her headscarf clashed with the company's dress code? That's the question in one of the 11 cases the Supreme Court said Thursday it will…
Politics Sep 06Texas housing bias suit may make it to Supreme Court
The Supreme Court could decide as early as this month whether to take up yet another case challenging so-called "disparate impact" lawsuits. In disparate impact cases, plaintiffs rely on statistics to show that seemingly neutral housing or lending practices can…
Nation Jun 16Supreme Court sides with gun control groups on straw purchase law
The ruling settles a split among appeals courts over federal gun laws intended to prevent sham buyers from obtaining guns for the sole purpose of giving them to another person. The laws were part of Congress' effort to make sure…
Nation Jun 09SCOTUS: Children over 21 go to back of visa line
WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that most immigrant children who have become adults during their parents' years-long wait to become legal permanent residents of the United States should go to the back of the line in their…