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Teacher fired over heroin in backpack reinstated by judge

NEW YORK, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- A New York high school teacher who was found to have heroin in his backpack when he showed up for jury duty was reinstated by a judge.
Amanda Knox not returning to Italy for retrial

Amanda Knox not returning to Italy for retrial

SEATTLE, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Amanda Knox Friday said she will not return to Italy to face retrial for the death of Meredith Kercher, whom she lived with in Perugia in 2007.

Lawsuit filed against 'Bad Lieutenant'

NEW YORK, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A New York woman is suing a former fire department lieutenant who posted a picture of her in a wheelchair on Twitter with the caption "Wide Load."

Elmo street performer admits to Girl Scouts extortion

NEW YORK, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A New York street performer accused of anti-Semitism while dressed as "Sesame Street" character Elmo admitted to trying to extort money from the Girl Scouts.

N.J. judge can't moonlight as comedian

TRENTON, N.J., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- New Jersey's Supreme Court said Thursday a state municipal court judge cannot keep his career as a comedian and remain on the bench.

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.

The almanac

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.
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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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