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Mar 26, 2013

Supreme court raises doubts on California marriage case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the Supreme Court heard arguments on Tuesday on the delicate and divisive issue of gay marriage, Chief Justice John Roberts expressed doubt that California opponents of gay marriage had a right to be heard in federal court.

U.S. citizens in general do not have a right to sue to enforce laws they favor. Roberts pressed lawyer Charles Cooper, who represents gay marriage opponents, on why his clients are any different as they seek to enforce California’s gay marriage ban, known as Proposition 8.

Mar 22, 2013

Civil rights complaints lead to new Mississippi school policies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Mississippi school district agreed on Friday to change how it disciplines students after civil rights lawyers found its black students were more likely to be suspended than whites, even when accused of similar code violations.

The agreement shows the Justice Department taking an aggressive approach to discipline in local schools when it believes civil rights are in jeopardy.

Mar 22, 2013

Medical device maker Cytori loses approval fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An appeals court ruled on Friday that the Food and Drug Administration acted correctly when it denied fast-track approval of two stem cell-related medical devices made by Cytori Therapeutics Inc.

The FDA had reasonable evidence to find that the devices were not substantially equivalent to devices already on the market, according to the unanimous ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Mar 20, 2013

U.S. charges Saudi in al Qaeda plots against Americans abroad

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A grand jury has indicted a Saudi-born man accused of being an al Qaeda operative who from 2002 to 2005 conspired to attack American soldiers in Afghanistan and U.S. diplomats in Nigeria.

The indictment against Ibrahim Suleiman Adnan Adam Harun, also known as “Spin Ghul,” was unsealed on Wednesday in District Court in Brooklyn, New York.

Mar 20, 2013

Government changes course on graphic cigarette warnings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The government has dropped its push for cigarette labels to carry images of diseased lungs and other graphic health warnings, and will craft new anti-smoking ads that do not run afoul of free speech rights.

In a letter to Republican House Speaker John Boehner last Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder said that the Food and Drug Administration would go back to the drawing board to develop the ads, as required by legislation passed by Congress in 2009.

Mar 20, 2013

U.S. government changes course on graphic cigarette warnings

WASHINGTON, March 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. government has
dropped its push for cigarette labels to carry images of
diseased lungs and other graphic health warnings, and will craft
new anti-smoking ads that do not run afoul of free speech
rights.

In a letter to Republican House Speaker John Boehner last
Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder said that the Food and Drug
Administration would go back to the drawing board to develop the
ads, as required by legislation passed by Congress in 2009.

Mar 15, 2013

Appeals court revives suit over CIA drone records

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a rebuke of government secrecy, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday that the CIA must give a fuller response to a lawsuit seeking the spy agency’s records on drone attacks.

The CIA’s claim that it could neither confirm nor deny whether it has any drone records was inadequate because the government, including President Barack Obama himself, has clearly acknowledged a drone program, the court said.

Feb 28, 2013

Obama to urge high court to allow gay marriage in California

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In President Barack Obama’s latest act in support of gay rights, his administration will urge the U.S. Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriages to resume in California, an administration official said on Thursday.

Thursday is the deadline for the administration to file a friend-of-the-court brief in a case that is due to be argued on March 26 on whether California’s 2008 law, known as Proposition 8, is constitutional.

Feb 27, 2013

Amgen loses as top U.S. court backs class actions

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, Feb 27 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme
Court made it easier on Wednesday for shareholders to bring
class-action lawsuits, breaking a recent line of decisions that
had made it harder to sue corporate defendants collectively and
perhaps obtain greater recoveries.

By a 6-3 vote, the court allowed shareholders of Amgen Inc
to sue the biotechnology company as a group without
first having to show that misinformation had materially and
fraudulently inflated its stock price.

Feb 22, 2013

U.S. sues disgraced cyclist Armstrong for sponsor money

WASHINGTON, Feb 22 (Reuters) – The United States accused cyclist Lance Armstrong on Friday of defrauding the U.S. Postal Service by taking its sponsorship money at the same time he was doping and using performance-enhancing drugs in violation of cycling rules.

The government joined a civil suit against Armstrong, stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life from cycling in 2012 after accusations he had cheated for years. In January, he said the accusations were true in an interview with television host Oprah Winfrey.