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Assistant says Paterno thought Penn State 'screwed up' on Sandusky

Assistant says Paterno thought Penn State 'screwed up' on Sandusky

HARRISBURG, Pa., July 29 (UPI) -- A former Penn State grad assistant quoted late football coach Joe Paterno as saying school officials "screwed up" sex abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, July 29, 2013.
By United Press International
Awlaki's killing and the Constitution

Awlaki's killing and the Constitution

WASHINGTON, July 28 (UPI) -- An American overseas is linked to acts of terror in the United States. He repeatedly calls for more American killings. On the run in a foreign desert, he is beyond the reach of the U.S. justice system. So the president, acting to protect the country, orders him killed. A CIA drone strike takes him out in Yemen. Simple, right?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, Senior UPI Legal Affairs Writer

Court: ACA contraception mandate applies to companies, not owners

PHILADELPHIA, July 26 (UPI) -- A U.S. appeals court ruled Friday owners of a private company may not challenge the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act based on personal beliefs.
Study:Surveillance judges mostly conservatives, former federal workers

Study:Surveillance judges mostly conservatives, former federal workers

WASHINGTON, July 26 (UPI) -- Judges appointed to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court are largely conservatives with experience in the executive branch, an analysis has found.

Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova denied parole in Russia

MOSCOW, July 26 (UPI) -- A Russian court Friday rejected parole for Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of the punk band Pussy Riot, saying she had not repented for her crime.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, July 26, 2013.
By United Press International
Justice Department wants Texas to get federal OK for voting changes

Justice Department wants Texas to get federal OK for voting changes

WASHINGTON, July 25 (UPI) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday he will ask a federal judge to "subject Texas to a pre-clearance regime" before the state changes voting rules.
U.S. Supreme Court approval rating falls 4 points since March

U.S. Supreme Court approval rating falls 4 points since March

WASHINGTON, July 25 (UPI) -- For the first time in three decades, less than 50 percent of Americans approve of the Supreme Court, a Pew Research Center poll indicates.
Politics 2014: Supreme Court DOMA ruling affects campaigns

Politics 2014: Supreme Court DOMA ruling affects campaigns

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, campaign finance guidelines for gay candidates and their spouses could vary from state to state.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Supreme Court asked to stop NSA phone snooping

WASHINGTON, July 8 (UPI) -- A privacy-rights group Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the National Security Agency from mining domestic phone data.
Supreme Court rejects request to halt CA gay marriages

Supreme Court rejects request to halt CA gay marriages

June 30 (UPI) -- Something to be proud of: Justice Anthony Kennedy denied an emergency petition from the sponsors of California's Proposition 8 to immediately halt the gay marriages that had already begun in the state.
By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com

Court lifts stay, same-sex marriages to resume in California

SAN FRANCISCO, June 28 (UPI) -- The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order Friday clearing the way for counties to issue same-sex marriage licenses in California.
Obama, others slam ruling on Voting Rights Act

Obama, others slam ruling on Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON, June 25 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama criticized the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act but the ruling drew praise elsewhere.

Supreme Court strikes key Voting Rights Act provision

June 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, in Shelby County v. Holder, in a 5-4 ruling.
By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com
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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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