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Indian court upholds death sentence for 4 convicted rapist-murderers

NEW DELHI, March 13 (UPI) -- The death sentences for four men convicted in a brutal gang rape and murder of a woman in New Delhi in 2012 were upheld Thursday by city's highest court.
Reubin Askew, former Fla. governor, dies

Reubin Askew, former Fla. governor, dies

March 13 (UPI) -- Former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew has died Thursday at the age of 85.
Gabrielle Levy
General Electric sued over 2011 Japanese nuclear disaster

General Electric sued over 2011 Japanese nuclear disaster

NEW YORK, March 12 (UPI) -- Two class-action lawsuits have been filed in New York City against General Electric Co. over the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, court documents show.
Congress more likely to meet with donors than constituents, study finds

Congress more likely to meet with donors than constituents, study finds

March 11 (UPI) -- A new study by two grad students found Congress more likely to meet with people identified as donors than those identified as constituents.
JC Sevcik
Ousted Viktor Yanukovych rips new Ukrainian government, vows return

Ousted Viktor Yanukovych rips new Ukrainian government, vows return

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia, March 11 (UPI) -- Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych Tuesday defiantly vowed to return to Kiev and accused the new government of fomenting civil war.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
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Supreme Court ruling jeopardizes federal 'rails to trails' bike program

Supreme Court ruling jeopardizes federal 'rails to trails' bike program

WASHINGTON, March 10 (UPI) -- Justices ruled 8 to 1 against the federal government in a decision that jeopardizes the legality of other federal "rails-to-trails" bike programs.
Brooks Hays

Supreme Court ruling in land case could be trouble for public trails

WASHINGTON, March 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday easements for private land used for railroad beds expire when the railroads go out of business and revert to landowners.

Supreme Court declines 'I (heart) boobies' case

WASHINGTON, March 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it would not hear a Pennsylvania school district's appeal of a free speech case involving "I (heart) boobies" bracelets.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, March 9, 2014.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, March 8, 2014.
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Mass. Supreme Court: State law does not ban 'upskirting' pictures

BOSTON, March 6 (UPI) -- A top Massachusetts lawmaker says state law will be fixed to ban "upskirt" photography.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, March 6, 2014.
By United Press International
Massachusetts Supreme Court rules that 'upskirting' is legal under state law

Massachusetts Supreme Court rules that 'upskirting' is legal under state law

BOSTON, March 5 (UPI) -- Massachusetts Supreme Court rules that the practice of "upskirting" to photograph under a woman's skirt or dress is legal under current state law.
Evan Bleier
Obama's choice for civil rights chief fails in Senate

Obama's choice for civil rights chief fails in Senate

WASHINGTON, March 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate rejected President Obama's civil rights nominee Wednesday because of criticism over his involvement in the defense of a convicted cop-killer.

Court upholds claim dismissal in Milwaukee Archdiocese bankruptcy

MILWAUKEE, March 4 (UPI) -- A federal appeals court upheld the dismissal of a claim in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee bankruptcy filed by a sex abuse victim who settled with the church.

Supreme Court rules for whistleblowers in challenge to Sarbanes-Oxley

WASHINGTON, March 4 (UPI) -- Whistleblowers at privately held companies are protected from firing if their employers contract with public companies, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
Ohio AG tells Supreme Court law against false statements is free speech violation

Ohio AG tells Supreme Court law against false statements is free speech violation

WASHINGTON, March 4 (UPI) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine files paperwork with Supreme Court saying a law preventing false statements by candidates is a free speech violation.
Evan Bleier
Hobby Lobby win in Supreme Court could lead to more 'religious liberty' laws

Hobby Lobby win in Supreme Court could lead to more 'religious liberty' laws

WASHINGTON, March 4 (UPI) -- The Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case is believed to lead to more "religious liberty" laws, like the recent Arizona law that was vetoed.
Aileen Graef
SCOTUS likely to strike down inmate IQ score cutoff

SCOTUS likely to strike down inmate IQ score cutoff

WASHINGTON, March 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court appeared poised to strike down a law in Florida providing a hard cutoff to qualify an inmate's mental fitness for the death penalty.
Gabrielle Levy
Supreme Court declines to hear local immigration case

Supreme Court declines to hear local immigration case

WASHINGTON, March 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear an appeal of a case denying local authorities the ability to step in to enforce immigration laws.
Gabrielle Levy

Supreme Court announces five new cases

WASHINGTON, March 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday it has agreed to hear five new cases in its upcoming term.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, March 3, 2014.
By United Press International

Supreme Court to consider executing the mentally disabled

WASHINGTON, March 2 (UPI) -- Whether a state can execute a mentally deficient inmate comes up before the U.S. Supreme Court this week in a case that has widespread implications.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, March 2, 2014.
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