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Illinois Supreme Court overturns state's eavesdropping law

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., March 20 (UPI) -- Illinois' eavesdropping law is too broad, barring the recording of conversations that could not be considered private, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
Fred Phelps, Westboro Baptist Church founder, dies

Fred Phelps, Westboro Baptist Church founder, dies

March 20 (UPI) -- The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., founder of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church best known for protesting military funerals, has died at the age of 84.
Gabrielle Levy

Minn. Supreme Court reverses assisted suicide verdict

ST. PAUL, Minn., March 19 (UPI) -- The Minnesota Supreme Court has reversed a nurse's conviction for encouraging suicide in a ruling that found part of the state law unconstitutional.
Italian Supreme Court upholds Berlusconi's ban from office

Italian Supreme Court upholds Berlusconi's ban from office

ROME, March 19 (UPI) -- Italy's Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a two-year ban on former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi holding a public office.

Batang Kali massacre inquiry request denied by appeals court

LONDON, March 19 (UPI) -- A British appeals court has rejected a request for a new investigation into the 1948 Batang Kali massacre, but have paved the way for another appeal.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, March 19, 2014.
By United Press International
Chick-fil-A CEO admits it was a 'mistake' to oppose same-sex marriage

Chick-fil-A CEO admits it was a 'mistake' to oppose same-sex marriage

March 18 (UPI) -- CEO Dan Cathy admits it was a mistake to publicly oppose gay marriage two years after making Chick-fil-A a controversial symbol in the debate.
JC Sevcik
Pakistani court demands government produce 35 missing persons

Pakistani court demands government produce 35 missing persons

ISLAMABAD, March 18 (UPI) -- Pakistan's Supreme Court gave the government one more day to produce 35 missing persons, warning the prime minister will be summoned if they are not produced.
Warren Jeffs, polygamist leader, hospitalized

Warren Jeffs, polygamist leader, hospitalized

March 17 (UPI) -- Warren Jeffs, the fundamentalist polygamist leader serving a life sentence for sexual assault of two teen girls, has been taken to the hospital.
Gabrielle Levy

Indian Supreme Court delays executions for 2 convicted gang rapists

NEW DELHI, March 15 (UPI) -- The Indian Supreme Court granted two of the four men sentenced to death for a brutal gang rape and murder a stay of execution Saturday.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, March 15, 2014.
By United Press International
Eight same-sex couples sue Florida for not recognizing out-of-state marriages

Eight same-sex couples sue Florida for not recognizing out-of-state marriages

March 13 (UPI) -- Eight same-sex couples and the ACLU filed a lawsuit Wednesday night against the state of Florida for not recognizing out-of-state marriage licenses.
JC Sevcik
Dems: Issa missed chance to cite Lois Lerner for contempt of Congress

Dems: Issa missed chance to cite Lois Lerner for contempt of Congress

WASHINGTON, March 13 (UPI) -- House Oversight Committee head Darrell Issa, R-Calif., blew a chance to hold ex-IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress last week, an analysis said.

Eight same-sex married couples sue Florida for legal recognition

TALLAHASEE, Fla., March 13 (UPI) -- Eight same-sex couples, married in other states, sued Florida to demand the state recognize the unions, the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida said.

Indian court upholds death sentence for 4 convicted rapist-murderers

NEW DELHI, March 13 (UPI) -- The death sentences for four men convicted in a brutal gang rape and murder of a woman in New Delhi in 2012 were upheld Thursday by city's highest court.
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The Supreme Court Justices of the United States sit for a formal group photo in the East Conference Room of the Supreme Court in Washington on October 8, 2010. The Justices are (front row from left) Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, John G. Roberts (Chief Justice), Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg; (back row from left) Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Sameul Alito and Elena Kagan, the newest member of the Court. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg
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