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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.

Russian court orders review of Pussy Riot band members' prison terms

MOSCOW, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Russia's Supreme Court ordered a review of prison terms for two members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot, saying the lower court ignored mitigating factors.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.
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Gay couples can now become adoptive parents in Northern Ireland

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Same-sex couples in Northern Ireland will soon be able to adopt children, officials said Wednesday.

Missouri holds delayed execution after Supreme Court lifts stay

BONNE TERRE, Mo., Dec. 12 (UPI) -- 'Good Samaritan' killer Allen Nicklasson was put to death in Missouri late Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a last-minute stay.

U.S. Supreme Court lifts stay on Missouri execution

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Allen Nicklasson, the "Good Samaritan" killer, would be put to death before midnight Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a stay, officials said.

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.
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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.
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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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