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Florida executes Juan Carlos Chavez

Florida executes Juan Carlos Chavez

RAIFORD, Fla., Feb. 13 (UPI) -- A Florida man who was convicted of kidnapping, raping and murdering a 9-year-old boy was put to death by lethal injection Wednesday night.
Gabrielle Levy

Rejection of rehearing on juvenile's sentence draws fire from judges

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- A panel of U.S. appellate judges in California has brushed off a request by fellow judges to reconsider a ruling that overturned a teenager's 254-year sentence.

Jimmy Ryce's killer, Juan Carlos Chavez, dies without apology

STARKE, Fla., Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Juan Carlos Chavez made no apology as he was executed in Starke, Fla., Wednesday for the 1995 abduction, rape and murder of 9-year-old Jimmy Ryce.
U.S. judge strikes down Kentucky law on same-sex marriage

U.S. judge strikes down Kentucky law on same-sex marriage

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Feb. 12 (UPI) -- A federal judge Wednesday struck down a Kentucky law denying recognition to same-sex marriages performed in other states, saying it "demeans" gays and lesbians.
Paul files class action suit challenging NSA surveillance

Paul files class action suit challenging NSA surveillance

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said he filed suit in federal court in Washington Wednesday against the president and the National Security Agency's surveillance program.

India, Italy remain in standoff over trial of Italian marines

NEW DELHI, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Italy said it is headed for a clash with India over the likely prosecution of two Italian marines awaiting trial in New Delhi for the deaths of two fishermen.
Utah police arrest 13 after gay rights sit-in

Utah police arrest 13 after gay rights sit-in

SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Utah police arrested 13 people Monday after they staged a sit-in in an effort to convince lawmakers to hear a bill outlawing discrimination against gay people.
Aileen Graef
Deciding how government prays

Deciding how government prays

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Nothing is closer to the hearts of people in the United States than local politics and prayer, usually Christian prayer. The U.S. Supreme Court may be about to rule on how closely the two can be combined.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer

Tribes gain power to prosecute non-American Indian abuse suspects

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Some tribal authorities can for the first time prosecute non-American Indians accused of domestic or dating violence on tribal lands, federal officials say.

DNA clears men of triple homicide in New York City 20 years ago

NEW YORK, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- A New York man was released Thursday, two decades after he was wrongly convicted of killing his mother, sister and another girl.

Venezuela businesses up in arms over moves to limit profits

CARACAS, Venezuela, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Venezuelan government moves to put a cap on business profits triggered more protests Thursday.

Tennessee schedules 10 executions in 2014 and 2015

NASHVILLE, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Tennessee has set execution dates for three inmates this year and seven in 2015, officials said.
Texas execution of woman carried out

Texas execution of woman carried out

HUNTSVILLE, Texas, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Texas carried out the execution of Suzanne Basso, who was convicted of murdering a man to claim him life insurance payout.
Gabrielle Levy

Missouri Supreme Court orders release of names of abusive priests

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- The Archdiocese of St. Louis said it will comply with a Missouri Supreme Court order to release the names of priests accused of sexually abusing minors.

Suzanne Basso executed in Texas

HUNTSVILLE, Texas, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- The state of Texas Wednesday executed Suzanne Basso, making her the 14th woman put to death in the United States since a moratorium was lifted in 1976.
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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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