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Citizens United rolls, SEC rule drifts

Citizens United rolls, SEC rule drifts

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- A petition that would undo some of the effects of Citizens United vs. FEC has languished without action at the Securities and Exchange Commission for more than two years, while the same narrow U.S. Supreme Court majority that produced Citizens United appears ready to loosen campaign finance rules even further.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer

Want kids to learn civics? Let them play video games, researchers say

WACO, Texas, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Playing online video games help students learn civics, a study at Baylor University in Texas has confirmed.
Cruz, Lee introduce State Marriage Defense Act in Senate

Cruz, Lee introduce State Marriage Defense Act in Senate

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Conservative Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah have introduced a bill that would protect states' rights on same-sex marriage.
Federal judge strikes down Virginia gay marriage ban

Federal judge strikes down Virginia gay marriage ban

RICHMOND, Va., Feb. 13 (UPI) -- A federal judge Thursday night found Virginia's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, but didn't immediately set it aside.

Appeals court strikes down Calif. concealed-carry law

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- A U.S. appeals court panel ruled 2-1 to strike down California's restrictions on the concealed carry of a handgun by law-abiding citizens.
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.
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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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