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Game up in Ecuador, Chevron says

SAN RAMON, Calif., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. energy company Chevron said "the game is up" regarding a rain forest pollution case in Ecuador after an international tribunal ruled in its favor.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013.
By United Press International

U.S. court hears argument on excluding gays from juries

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- A U.S. appeals court heard arguments Wednesday in a case involving whether people can be summarily excluded from jury selection if they are gay.
U.S. Chamber urges House to pass spending bill, avoid shutdown

U.S. Chamber urges House to pass spending bill, avoid shutdown

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Wednesday urged the House of Representatives to pass a spending bill and avoid a government shutdown.

Berlusconi says he will stay active in Italy's politics

ROME, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Convicted former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Wednesday he plans to stay in politics even if he is expelled from the Senate.

Gay Oklahoma guardsmen denied couple benefits by state

OKLAHOMA CITY, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Reversing course, the Oklahoma National Guard said it will not process requests for same-sex partner benefits because state law prohibits gay marriage.
Obama suggests GOP using extortion to repeal Affordable Care Act

Obama suggests GOP using extortion to repeal Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said congressional Republicans are using the federal debt limit to "extort" the government into repealing the Affordable Care Act.
European Parliament members call for SWIFT suspension over NSA spying

European Parliament members call for SWIFT suspension over NSA spying

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Some European Parliament members, angered by U.S. monitoring of bank data in the European Union, called for a suspension of a U.S.-EU pact on sharing bank data.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013.
By United Press International

Appeals court strikes down N.J. sports betting

NEWARK, N.J., Sept. 17 (UPI) -- A U.S. appeals court panel Tuesday voted 2-1 to outlaw New Jersey's sports betting law, saying it violates federal law.

Bangladesh politician sentenced to die in appeal of life sentence

DHAKA, Bangladesh, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Bangladesh's high court has ordered a senior Islamist politician to be executed after he appealed a life sentence handed down by a lower court, officials say.

Chairman of Russia's Supreme Court injured in car accident in Ghana

ACCRA, Ghana, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Russian Supreme Court Chairman Vyacheslav Lebedev was reported in stable condition following a car accident in Ghana, officials said.

Israeli court: Illegal African immigrants have rights

JERUSALEM, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- In a unanimous ruling, Israel's Supreme Court declared unconstitutional a law allowing illegal African migrants to be held without trial for three years.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013.
By United Press International

Hearing ongoing in Baby Veronica custody case

TULSA, Okla., Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Another in a string of custody hearings brought a 4-year-old's birth father and adoptive parents face-to-face Monday in an Oklahoma courtroom.
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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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