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Sonia Sotomayor to drop ball in Times Square NYE countdown

Sonia Sotomayor to drop ball in Times Square NYE countdown

Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a native of the Bronx, has been tapped to lead the 60-second New Year's Eve countdown to midnight in New York City's Times Square Tuesday night.
Gabrielle Levy

Former Pakistani military ruler Musharraf faces treason trial

ISLAMABAD, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Pakistan's former military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, scheduled for a treason trial this week, said the case against him smacked of a vendetta.
Same-sex marriage rolls

Same-sex marriage rolls

WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- As the nation enters the 14th year of the 21st century, the fight over same-sex marriage is far from over. Despite pronouncements from a reality TV star -- who said they're going straight to hell -- gays and lesbians are instead going straight to the courts, where they have met with some success.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Writer

Report paints chilling picture of notorious Brazil prison

SAO PAULO, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- A Brazilian government investigation concluded 59 inmates have been killed in gang violence at a single prison this year.

Google files countersuit against patent holding group Rockstar

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Google has filed a lawsuit against an Apple- and Microsoft-backed patent group alleging its "patent dragnet" has damaged Google's Android platform.
Investors sue claiming $400 million Empire State Building loss

Investors sue claiming $400 million Empire State Building loss

NEW YORK, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Investors claim they lost more than $400 million when the Malkin family's Empire State Realty Trust ignored private offers before an initial public offering.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013.
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Utah to ask Supreme Court to halt same-sex marriage

SALT LAKE CITY, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Utah will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the state's flood of same-sex marriages, after an appeals court refused to do so, the state attorney general said.

Cemetery for Lahore's Hindus to open in Pakistan

LAHORE, Pakistan, Dec. 24 (UPI Next) --Lahore Hindus are to get a cemetery, reclaiming a Partition-era graveyard in this Muslim-majority area, after a decision by Pakistan's Supreme Court.
Ihsan Qadir

Michigan court delays order on juvenile paroles

DETROIT, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Michigan's attorney general called a delay in the paroling of 350 juvenile offenders "an early Christmas gift" to their victims' families.
Ohio judge narrows same-sex marriage ban

Ohio judge narrows same-sex marriage ban

Dec. 23 (UPI) -- A federal judge struck down a narrow provision in Ohio's same-sex marriage ban Monday, requiring the state recognize out-of-state marriages on death certificates.
Gabrielle Levy

Elves cited among reasons to halt Iceland highway project

REYKJAVIK, Iceland, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- A group urging Icelandic officials to cancel a highway project cited the plight of hidden elves as a reason not to go forward with the road.
At year's end: Fasten your Supreme Court seat belt, bumpy ride ahead

At year's end: Fasten your Supreme Court seat belt, bumpy ride ahead

Paraphrasing Forrest Gump, "The rest of the U.S. Supreme Court term is like a box of chocolates -- you never know what you're gonna get."
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, United Press International

Flurry of weddings in wake of Utah gay marriage ruling

SALT LAKE CITY, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Hundreds of couples flooded Salt Lake City Hall in a rush to marry that a witness described as "a madhouse" after a judge struck down Utah's gay marriage ban.

Indian government petitions court to review ruling on gay sex

NEW DELHI, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- The Indian government Friday petitioned the Supreme Court to reconsider its revival of a ban on gay sex, saying individual rights must be respected.
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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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