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Lawyers for Texas inmate Robert Campbell make last-ditch efforts to block execution

Lawyers for Texas inmate Robert Campbell make last-ditch efforts to block execution

HUNTSVILLE, Texas, May 13 (UPI) --Lawyers for a Texas inmate made last-ditch appeals Tuesday in an effort to stop the first execution since the botched deat of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma.
Frances Burns
Lawsuit challenges Alaska's ban on same-sex marriage

Lawsuit challenges Alaska's ban on same-sex marriage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, May 13 (UPI) --Five same-sex couples have challenged Alaska's constitutional ban on gay marriage, arguing that it denies them rights they have under the U.S. Constitution.
Frances Burns
Some Arkansas counties issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Some Arkansas counties issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., May 12 (UPI) --Two women who met at Southern Arkansas University in the 1980s became the first same-sex couple to be married in Little Rock early Monday.
Frances Burns
Gay marriage ban overturned in Arkansas

Gay marriage ban overturned in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., May 10 (UPI) --A judge has tossed out Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage, ruling it as "an unconstitutional attempt" to persecute homosexuals for "no rational reason."
Matt Bradwell
Massachusetts court: Words 'Under God' don't make Pledge of Allegiance religious

Massachusetts court: Words 'Under God' don't make Pledge of Allegiance religious

BOSTON, May 9 (UPI) --An atheist Massachusetts couple failed to prove their children had been harmed by words "Under God" in Pledge of Allegiance, the state's highest court ruled.
Frances Burns
Pennsylvania drops legal fight over voter ID law

Pennsylvania drops legal fight over voter ID law

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 9 (UPI) --Gov. Tom Corbett called requiring voters to produce photo ID "sensible and reasonable" as he announced Pennsylvania is dropping its legal fight over its law.
Frances Burns

Obama administration issues new guidelines for schools on children of undocumented immigrants

WASHINGTON, May 8 (UPI) --The Obama administration reminded local officials that all children in their districts have the right to go to school, even those in the U.S. illegally.
Frances Burns

Oklahoma agrees to delay next execution for six months

OKLAHOMA CITY, May 8 (UPI) --The next execution in Oklahoma has been postponed for six months, state Attorney General Scott Pruitt said Thursday.
Frances Burns
New Hampshire man can keep COPSLIE license plate, state court rules

New Hampshire man can keep COPSLIE license plate, state court rules

CONCORD, Calif., May 7 (UPI) -- The New Hampshire Supreme Court upheld David Montenegro's right to have a vanity license plate reading, COPSLIE, citing free speech.
Kate Stanton
Men who parachuted from the World Trade Center plead 'Not guilty'

Men who parachuted from the World Trade Center plead 'Not guilty'

NEW YORK, May 6 (UPI) -- The four men who BASE jumped the World Trade Center tower were arraigned and plead "Not guilty" to three charges including burglary Tuesday.
JC Sevcik
Supreme Court backs prayer in town meetings

Supreme Court backs prayer in town meetings

WASHINGTON, May 5 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court cleared the path for religious prayers given during government activity, so long as the government was not seen as coercing participation.
Gabrielle Levy
Over 100,000 see Gay Pride parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Over 100,000 see Gay Pride parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil

SAO PAULO, May 5 (UPI) -- The Gay Pride Parade of Sao Paulo, Brazil, regarded by many as the world’s largest, drew over 100,000 spectators Sunday, police said.
Ed Adamczyk
Supreme Court avoids debate on guns in public

Supreme Court avoids debate on guns in public

WASHINGTON, May 5 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a challenge to a New Jersey law prohibiting most people from carrying a gun in public.
Gabrielle Levy
UPI Almanac for Thursday, May 1, 2014

UPI Almanac for Thursday, May 1, 2014

UPI Almanac for Thursday, May 1, 2014
By United Press International
Senate Dems to attempt to reverse Citizens United

Senate Dems to attempt to reverse Citizens United

WASHINGTON, April 30 (UPI) -- After complaining for years about changes to campaign finance allowed by the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, Democrats are finally doing something.
Gabrielle Levy
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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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