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Supreme Court ruling jeopardizes federal 'rails to trails' bike program

Supreme Court ruling jeopardizes federal 'rails to trails' bike program

WASHINGTON, March 10 (UPI) -- Justices ruled 8 to 1 against the federal government in a decision that jeopardizes the legality of other federal "rails-to-trails" bike programs.
Brooks Hays

Supreme Court ruling in land case could be trouble for public trails

WASHINGTON, March 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday easements for private land used for railroad beds expire when the railroads go out of business and revert to landowners.

Supreme Court rules for whistleblowers in challenge to Sarbanes-Oxley

WASHINGTON, March 4 (UPI) -- Whistleblowers at privately held companies are protected from firing if their employers contract with public companies, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
Little Sisters jab, still no KO

Little Sisters jab, still no KO

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- A U.S. Supreme Court order late last month protecting the Little Sisters of the Poor from the immediate effects of the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate is being hailed as a triumph for the religious order. But the outcome may leave the average person wondering what has been gained.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer

Supreme Court reinforces airlines' ability to report possible threats

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that airlines cannot be held liable for truthfully reporting a possible security threat to a federal agency.

High court skeptical of Obama recess appointment argument

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Most of the U.S. Supreme Court appeared reluctant Monday to accept President Obama's position on recess appointments, observers said.
The good sisters tangle with Obamacare

The good sisters tangle with Obamacare

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Opponents of the Affordable Care Act -- and they are many and vociferous -- may be asking: Why is the Obama administration beating up on the Little Sisters of the Poor?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, Senior UPI Legal Writer
Justice Dept. defends contraception requirement

Justice Dept. defends contraception requirement

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Allowing religious groups to opt out of providing contraception coverage guarantees their religious freedom, lawyers for the U.S. government said Friday.

Same-sex marriages 'affront,' Utah tells Supreme Court

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Utah's same-sex marriages are an "affront" and must be stopped while the state appeals a court ruling making them legal, Utah argued to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Justice blocks contraception healthcare mandate

Justice blocks contraception healthcare mandate

WASHINGTON, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- A Supreme Court justice blocked part of the U.S. healthcare law requiring some religious groups to offer birth control as part of worker health plans.
Sonia Sotomayor to drop ball in Times Square NYE countdown

Sonia Sotomayor to drop ball in Times Square NYE countdown

Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a native of the Bronx, has been tapped to lead the 60-second New Year's Eve countdown to midnight in New York City's Times Square Tuesday night.
Gabrielle Levy
Same-sex marriage rolls

Same-sex marriage rolls

WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- As the nation enters the 14th year of the 21st century, the fight over same-sex marriage is far from over. Despite pronouncements from a reality TV star -- who said they're going straight to hell -- gays and lesbians are instead going straight to the courts, where they have met with some success.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Writer

Utah to ask Supreme Court to halt same-sex marriage

SALT LAKE CITY, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Utah will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the state's flood of same-sex marriages, after an appeals court refused to do so, the state attorney general said.

Supreme Court rules for prosecution in Kansas murder case

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that prosecutors may offer evidence to counter a claim of mental incompetence when it is self-induced.

Justices charge Alabama law creates 'illegitimacy' of death penalty

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Two U.S. Supreme Court justices say the number of overrides of jury decisions by Alabama judges has created a "cloud of illegitimacy" about the death penalty.
Contraception mandate reaches justices

Contraception mandate reaches justices

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- The bruising fight in Congress over President Obama's Affordable Care Act -- Obamacare -- may spill over into the U.S. Supreme Court, where a challenge to the act's contraception mandate is finally on the horizon.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer
Homegrown radicals as dangerous as jihadists, Napolitano says

Homegrown radicals as dangerous as jihadists, Napolitano says

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said homegrown radicals like the Boston Marathon bombers may be as great a threat as international jihadists.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Friday, July 26, 2013.
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The fight over contraception coverage

The fight over contraception coverage

WASHINGTON, July 21 (UPI) -- If ever there was a dispute destined to land within the cool marble confines of the U.S. Supreme Court, it's the bitter fight between the Obama administration on one side and the owners of for-profit businesses who say their religious beliefs should exempt them from providing insurance coverage for contraception.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND
Paula Deen to be subject of comic book

Paula Deen to be subject of comic book

LOS ANGELES, July 12 (UPI) -- Bluewater Productions says it plans to publish its Paula Deen comic book as scheduled this fall despite the Georgia-born celebrity chef's recent racism scandal.
DOMA and Prop 8, finding the light

DOMA and Prop 8, finding the light

WASHINGTON, June 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision last week striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and its companion ruling that in effect upheld the outlawing of California's Proposition 8, ignited a national conversation -- where does same-sex marriage go from here? For that matter, where does marriage go from here?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer

Companies get partial win against contraception mandate

DENVER, June 27 (UPI) -- A U.S. appeals court in Denver handed a partial victory to a for-profit business seeking to avoid a contraception insurance mandate in the Affordable Care Act.
Court dismisses challenge to adverse Prop 8 ruling

Court dismisses challenge to adverse Prop 8 ruling

WASHINGTON, June 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote Wednesday dismissed a challenge to a ruling that struck down California's law limiting marriage to heterosexuals.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, June 25, 2013.
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