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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013.
By United Press International
Obama to speak on 50th anniversary of March on Washington

Obama to speak on 50th anniversary of March on Washington

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- President Obama will observe the March on Washington's 50th anniversary at the Lincoln Memorial where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013.
By United Press International
Court orders early released for former head of Russian oil company

Court orders early released for former head of Russian oil company

MOSCOW, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The jailed former head of Russian oil giant Yukos and his former business partner will be released from prison two months early, a court decided.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013.
By United Press International

Florida executes John Ferguson, convicted in eight slayings

STARKE, Fla., Aug. 5 (UPI) -- John Ferguson, convicted of eight murders, was executed by lethal injection in Florida Monday after a final appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court failed.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, Aug. 5, 2013.
By United Press International
Taking the cuffs off political money

Taking the cuffs off political money

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court opened the floodgates to corporate political contributions for "independent electioneering" in 2010's Citizens United vs. FEC, practically drowning federal political campaigns in money. Now the same five-justice majority that held sway in Citizens United may be poised to loosen restrictions on campaign finance even further.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer

N.C. civil rights crusader Julius Chambers dies at 76

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 3 (UPI) -- North Carolina lawyer Julius Chambers, targeted for violence for his civil rights work, died after months of poor health, his friends said Saturday. He was 76.

Berlusconi calls for justice reform or early elections

ROME, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi said justice reforms must be made or he will push for early elections.

Supreme Court refuses to stay order to Calif. to cut prison population

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to reverse or delay an order that California cut the number of inmates in its prisons by almost 10,000 this year.

Sexual assault lawsuit filed against RCMP

VICTORIA, British Columbia, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- A lawsuit was filed by a former civilian employee of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, alleging sexual assault.

Abortion opponents: 20 weeks just a step toward ban

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Abortion opponents acknowledge their current push to ban the procedure in the United States after 20 weeks is a step toward outlawing abortions.
Israeli Knesset gives initial OK for referendum on peace

Israeli Knesset gives initial OK for referendum on peace

JERUSALEM, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- The Israeli Knesset early Thursday approved the first reading of a bill requiring a public referendum on any future peace deal with the Palestinians.

India's press council head calls for unification

NEW DELHI, July 31 (UPI) -- The head of India's Press Council has suggested India, Pakistan and Bangladesh should unite to form one secular country to avoid the excesses of nationalism.
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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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