English court says Scientology chapel qualifies as place of worship

LONDON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- An English woman who wants to marry in a Church of Scientology chapel in London has won a Supreme Court challenge, with the court ruling it a place for worship.

Supreme Court rules for prosecution in Kansas murder case

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that prosecutors may offer evidence to counter a claim of mental incompetence when it is self-induced.
India's Supreme Court outlaws homosexual sex

India's Supreme Court outlaws homosexual sex

Dec. 11 (UPI) -- India's Supreme Court made homosexual sex illegal again after overturning a lower court ruling today that had stood for four years.
JC Finley
Pussy Riot appeal sent to Moscow City Court

Pussy Riot appeal sent to Moscow City Court

MOSCOW, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Russia's Supreme Court referred an appeal by three members of the Pussy Riot punk group back to the Moscow City Court's presidium.
India Supreme Court upholds old law that gay sex is criminal offense

India Supreme Court upholds old law that gay sex is criminal offense

NEW DELHI, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The Indian Supreme Court Wednesday reversed a 2009 lower court order and upheld an old law making sex between homosexuals a criminal offense.

New hearing puts off hanging of Islamist leader in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Bangladesh Islamist leader Abdul Quader Mollah, who was scheduled to be hanged on a war crimes conviction, won a stay pending a new hearing Wednesday.

Stalled Obama nominee confirmed for D.C. appeals court

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- One of President Obama's stalled judicial nominees was confirmed by the U.S. Senate Tuesday under the new rules restricting filibusters.

Silesia autonomy backers vow to carry on after Poland ruling

OPOLE, Poland, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- A group seeking autonomy for Poland's Upper Silesia will go on despite a Supreme Court barring its legal registration, the group's leaders say.

Supreme Court refuses to block Pfizer suits

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Monday rejected a request from pharmaceutical giant Pfizer to head off a slew of lawsuits targeting off-label use of one of its drugs.

Supreme Court won't block American, US Airways merger

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- A U.S Supreme Court justice has refused to block the merger of American Airlines and US Airways.

Pakistan produces 14 'missing' persons in court hearing

ISLAMABAD, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- More than a dozen people considered to be missing were brought into a Pakistani court this weekend, but officials said only six were positively identified.
Peek-a-boo, the drone sees you

Peek-a-boo, the drone sees you

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Last week's eye-popping demonstration by Amazon.com of its proposed method of delivery -- packages dropped on doorsteps by little helicopter drones -- has become an Internet sensation. Amazon's drones are warm and friendly, like the heroes of a Disney movie. Others coming your way, not so much.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer

Man ordered to pay $50,000 to ex-fiancee

ATLANTA, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- A Georgia appeals court ordered a man who dumped his fiancee for another woman to pay $50,000 to his jilted lover for breaching his promise of marriage.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Dec. 6, 2013.
By United Press International
Obama hosts 2nd Chanukah celebration as holiday ends

Obama hosts 2nd Chanukah celebration as holiday ends

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama attended a second White House Chanukah celebration Thursday, held after the eight-day holiday ended at sunset.
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