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527 groups hauled in $133M in donations last year

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- The 488 largest U.S. political action committees raised a combined $133 million last year to support various causes, tax filings show.

WSJ: Christie ally prepped official before bridge testimony

TRENTON, N.J., Feb. 3 (UPI) -- A lawyer tied to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie prepped an official who lied George Washington Bridge lane closures were for a traffic study, an official said.

Bronx Zoo sued after child swallows souvenir penny from exhibit

NEW YORK, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- New Jersey parents said they have sued the Bronx (N.Y.) Zoo after their 3-year-old son swallowed a souvenir penny from the dinosaur exhibit.
Hobbling the NSA

Hobbling the NSA

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- The National Security Agency -- pummeled by political attacks, legal challenges, calls for reform and a highly critical review board report demanding an end to its massive surveillance program -- still must pursue its counter-terror campaign, especially in the run-up to the Super Bowl at home and the Sochi Games abroad.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer
Politics 2014: Does President Obama's go-it-alone position have teeth?

Politics 2014: Does President Obama's go-it-alone position have teeth?

President Obama said he's willing to work with Congress but won't be hesitant to go it alone to advance his 2014 agenda, telling recalcitrant lawmakers he won't be twiddling his thumbs if they dawdle or fail to act for whatever reason.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
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

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.
By United Press International

Bank of America's settlement over mortgage wins judge's approval

NEW YORK, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- A New York state judge approved an $8.5 billion agreement by Bank of America to settle most of the claims filed by mortgage securities investors.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.
By United Press International

Amanda Knox, Raffaele Sollecito again found guilty in Kercher slaying

FLORENCE, Italy, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Amanda Knox once again was found guilty Thursday and sentenced to 28 years in prison for the 2007 slaying of roommate Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy.
Amanda Knox, Rafaelle Sollecito found guilty of murder by Italian court

Amanda Knox, Rafaelle Sollecito found guilty of murder by Italian court

FLORENCE , Italy, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- A court in Italy reinstated the guilty verdicts against American Amanda Knox and Italian Raffaele Sollecito for the 2007 murder of UK student Meredith Kercher.
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Judge: No expert witness on Islamic terrorism at upcoming trial

NEW YORK, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- A New York state judge has barred an expert on Islamic terrorism from testifying at the trial of an alleged "lone wolf" bomb maker.
Amanda Knox awaits third verdict from Italian court

Amanda Knox awaits third verdict from Italian court

FLORENCE , Italy, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- An Italian court will decide Thursday whether or not to uphold the overturned conviction that acquitted Amanda Knox in the 2007 murder of an exchange student.
Veronica Linares

Colo. man challenges warrantless spying law's constitutionality

DENVER, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- A Colorado man charged with terrorism-related offenses has challenged the constitutionality of a 2008 law allowing warrantless surveillance on U.S. soil.

U.S. Supreme Court lifts stay on Herbert Smulls' execution in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., Jan. 29 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday removed a temporary stay against the execution of Herbert Smulls in Missouri for killing a jewelry store owner in 1991.
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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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