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New Mexico Supreme Court rules gay marriage constitutional

New Mexico Supreme Court rules gay marriage constitutional

Dec. 19 (UPI) -- New Mexico's Supreme Court ruled a ban on gay marriage would be unconstitutional, making it the 17th state plus the District of Columbia to recognize same-sex unions.
Gabrielle Levy

Cover-up fears raised as Turkish police leading graft probe removed

ANKARA, Turkey, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The removal of dozens of top Turkish police officials leading an inquiry into graft and corruption has raised fears of a government cover-up, officials say.
'Walking Dead' creator Frank Darabont sues AMC for profits

'Walking Dead' creator Frank Darabont sues AMC for profits

Dec. 18 (UPI) -- "The Shawshank Redemption" writer says he's entitled to more than 20 percent of profits from the hit zombie show.
Kate Stanton
Officer sentenced for blowing off man's testicles with stun grenade

Officer sentenced for blowing off man's testicles with stun grenade

MADRID, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- A Spanish court ordered a Barcelona policeman who blew off a suspect's testicles with a stun grenade to spend one year in prison and pay the victim $231,000.

Woman drugs smuggler faces 16 years in Indonesian jail

JAKARTA, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Prosecutors in Indonesia are demanding a 16-year jail sentence for a British woman for attempting to smuggle methamphetamine into the country.

State Supreme Court tosses Oklahoma income tax cut

OKLAHOMA CITY, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- A law cutting the state income tax violates the Oklahoma Constitution because it includes more than one subject, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

Light sentences to Costa Concordia staff members will be appealed

ROME, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Light jail sentences given in a plea bargain to five Costa Concordia staff members will be appealed in Italy's Supreme Court, prosecutors said Monday.
GM sheds 'Government Motors' moniker, Ford Mustang at 50

GM sheds 'Government Motors' moniker, Ford Mustang at 50

It was an historic week for General Motors. First the federal government completed its sale of shares in the Detroit icon and second a woman was named to lead the resurgent U.S. automaker.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer
Constitutional shoving in the high court

Constitutional shoving in the high court

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Senate Republicans, after asking for it earlier, last week received a piece of the action when the U.S. Supreme Court hears argument on the scope of a president's recess appointment power -- or least President Obama's exercise of that power.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Writer
Court hears ex-Gov. Blagojevich's appeal of corruption conviction

Court hears ex-Gov. Blagojevich's appeal of corruption conviction

CHICAGO, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- A judge hearing former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appeal of his corruption conviction Friday asked if Dwight Eisenhower should have gone to prison as well.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.
By United Press International

U.S. judge: San Diego cross must be removed from federal land

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- A 43-foot cross that has been a San Diego landmark for almost 60 years must be removed from federal land on Mount Soledad, a judge ruled Thursday.

Bangladesh war criminal Mollah hanged after appeal dismissed

DHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Abdul Quader Mollah, convicted of 1971 war crimes, was hanged Thursday after numerous delays and appeals, the first execution of a war criminal in Bangladesh.
Senate confirmation process slogs on ... and on ... and on

Senate confirmation process slogs on ... and on ... and on

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Confirmation of some of President Obama's appointments advanced in the U.S. Senate Thursday, slowed by Republicans' anger over filibuster rule change.

Lawyers seek delay in execution of Mexican national in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Lawyers for a Mexican citizen facing execution next month in Texas have asked Gov. Rick Perry to grant him a 30-day stay.
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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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