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Tennessee death row inmate Paul Dennis Reid dies in hospital

NASHVILLE, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Serial fast-food restaurant hold-up killer Paul Dennis Reid died in a Nashville hospital Friday afternoon, corrections officials said.

New DNA test casts doubt on murder weapon in Kercher murder trial

FLORENCE, Italy, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- New DNA tests on a knife in the Italian murder case against U.S. student Amanda Knox have cast doubt on whether it was the murder weapon, defense lawyers say.
Appeals court strikes down ACA contraceptive mandate

Appeals court strikes down ACA contraceptive mandate

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- A U.S. appeals court in Washington Friday struck down part of the Affordable Care Act, ruling mandated coverage of contraception "trammels" religious freedom.

South Korean court orders Japanese company to pay forced laborers

GWANGJU, South Korea, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- A South Korean court ordered a Japanese firm Friday to pay four South Korean women $141,510 each for forcing them into labor, court officials said.

Virginia Supreme Court overturns Virginia Tech negligence decision

RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Virginia Tech University was not negligent in its handling of the 2007 campus shooting in which 32 people were killed, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Maldives draws fire for election delays

LONDON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Legal challenges to the presidential election are getting in the way of democratic processes in the Maldivian political system, the British government said.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013.
By United Press International

Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor marries gay couple

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has presided at her first same-sex wedding, marrying a former colleague to his longtime partner.

Missouri court: Same-sex partner of trooper not eligible for benefits

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The same-sex partner of a Missouri highway patrolman who died on duty in 2009 is not eligible for survivor's benefits, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled.

Gallup: Support for death penalty at lowest mark in 40 years

PRINCETON, N.J., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Some 60 percent of Americans say they favor the death penalty for convicted murderers, the lowest level of support in more than 40 years, a poll indicates.

U.N. rights chief blasts Maldivian courts

GENEVA, Switzerland, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The level of Maldivian high court interference in the political process is alarming, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Wednesday.

Pa. school district appeals 'I (heart) boobies' ruling

EASTON, Pa., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania school district is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to ban students from wearing breast cancer awareness bracelets proclaiming a love for "boobies."

Oklahoma high court: State law would ban all chemical abortions

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- An Oklahoma law on medically induced abortions would in effect ban the procedure completely, the state Supreme Court said Tuesday.

Judge blocks parts of Texas' sweeping abortion law

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A federal judge enjoined parts a Texas law restricting abortion Monday, saying Texas couldn't cite a legitimate health concern for new restrictions on doctors.

Military: Israeli airstrike takes out underground launcher in Gaza

JERUSALEM, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- The Israeli military, responding rocket attacks from Gaza, launched airstrikes and hit two underground rocket launchers Monday, military officials said.
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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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