10th circuit fast-tracks Oklahoma same-sex marriage case

OKLAHOMA CITY, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- A federal appeals court has fast-tracked a review of an Oklahoma judge's ruling striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban, lawyers said.

Fla. Supreme Court allows medical marijuana on ballot

MIAMI, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The Florida Supreme Court, in a 4-3 decision, ruled that a medical marijuana initiative should be on the ballot in November.
Democrats file Supreme Court brief supporting contraception mandate

Democrats file Supreme Court brief supporting contraception mandate

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Top congressional Democrats said Tuesday they have filed a brief at the U.S. Supreme Court supporting the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate.

India apex court refuses to review ruling criminalizing homosexuality

NEW DELHI, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- India's Supreme Court Tuesday declined to review its earlier ruling upholding an old law making homosexuality an offense punishable by life in prison.

High court narrows drug-death sentence enhancement

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday a law lengthening a sentence when a drug dealer's client dies applies only when the drugs are the main cause.

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.
Sharing a smartphone with police

Sharing a smartphone with police

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Do police have the right to search the contents of a smartphone -- often containing the massive details and photos of someone's life in digital form -- without a warrant after an arrest, and then use the results of that search against a suspect in court?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer

U.S. Supreme Court says nuns temporarily exempt from Obamacare

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a charity run by a group of nuns can remain temporarily exempt from adding birth control coverage to its healthcare plans.

Florida court weighs medical marijuana question

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The Florida Supreme Court is weighing whether to allow an initiative on the November ballot that would legalize medical marijuana in the state.

Croatian secret police ex-chief extradited to Germany

ZAGREB, Croatia, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Croatia Friday handed over a former secret police chief to Germany to head off further worsening of relations between European Union leaders and the newest EU member.
Chris Christie campaign subpoenaed over bridgegate

Chris Christie campaign subpoenaed over bridgegate

Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Federal investigators looking into the scandal that began as "Bridgegate" are widening their net.
Gabrielle Levy

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Jan. 24, 2014.
By United Press International

Berlusconi under investigation for alleged witness-tampering

MILAN, Italy, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Italian ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi and two lawyers are under investigation for allegedly corrupting witnesses during a trial, Milan prosecutors said Thursday.

Virginia to support challenge against state's same-sex marriage ban

NORFOLK, Va., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has decided the state will join in on a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the ban on same-sex marriages

Edgar Tamayo put to death in Texas after Supreme Court denies stay

HUNTSVILLE, Texas, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Edgar Tamayo Arias, a Mexican national, was put to death Wednesday night in Texas for killing a Houston police officer almost 20 years ago.
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