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Nov 26, 2014

U.S. top law enforcer promises strong Ferguson police probe: activists

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told civil rights activists the Justice Department would aggressively investigate police practices in Ferguson, Missouri, after a grand jury declined to indict a white officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager, two of the activists said on Wednesday.

In a phone call late on Monday, Holder, the country’s top law enforcer, said the Justice Department was “moving strongly” in its investigation of police patterns and practices, said Barbara Arnwine, executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, who was on the call.

Nov 26, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg recovering after heart procedure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a heart procedure at a Washington hospital on Wednesday after reporting discomfort following routine exercise, a court statement said.

Ginsburg, 81, was resting comfortably after having a stent placed in her right coronary artery and is expected to be discharged from MedStar Washington Hospital Center within 48 hours, the statement said. A stent is a mesh tube used to improve blood flow in clogged arteries.

Nov 25, 2014

U.S. justices to consider police conduct in arrest of disabled woman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to consider whether police officers were required under federal law to accommodate a violent woman’s mental disability during an incident in San Francisco that led to her being shot multiple times.

The case concerns Teresa Sheehan, a woman with a history of mental illness who was shot and pepper sprayed by San Francisco police officers after they struggled to restrain her during a 2008 clash.

Nov 25, 2014

Supreme court to weigh challenge to Obama mercury air pollution rule

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to weigh a challenge by industry groups and some states to an Obama administration regulation intended to limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants.

In a blow to the federal government, the justices said in a brief order that they would review an April ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that upheld the rule.

Nov 25, 2014

U.S. top court to weigh challenge to Obama mercury air pollution rule

WASHINGTON, Nov 25 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on
Tuesday agreed to weigh a challenge by industry groups and some
states to an Obama administration regulation intended to limit
emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from
coal-fired power plants.

In a blow to the federal government, the justices said in a
brief order that they would review an April ruling by the U.S.
Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that
upheld the rule.

Nov 20, 2014

Supreme Court allows gay marriage to proceed in South Carolina

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday denied a request to block gay marriage from proceeding in South Carolina, clearing the way for it to become the 35th U.S. state where same-sex marriage is legal.

The order was another victory for gay marriage advocates after a federal judge in Montana on Wednesday struck down that state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Nov 20, 2014

Immigrants face major hurdles in signing up to new Obama plan

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s televised address to the nation on Thursday may prove the easiest part of his controversial plan to relax U.S. immigration policy. Implementing it will be difficult and many people may never benefit, warn immigration lawyers.

Sources close to the administration say Obama will announce that some parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents are to be given a reprieve from deportation. Up to 5 million people could benefit from the move.

Nov 18, 2014

U.S. court to rehear Africa “conflict minerals” disclosure rule

WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (Reuters) – A U.S. court on Tuesday
agreed to reconsider the free-speech aspects of a federal
regulation requiring publicly-traded companies to disclose if
their products contain “conflict minerals” from a war-torn part
of Africa.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
Circuit said in an order it would grant a request by the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission and rehear the case. In the
court’s first ruling on the issue in April, a three-judge panel
threw out the disclosure requirement.

Nov 17, 2014

U.S. top court to hear Bank of America cases on second mortgages

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear two cases brought by Bank of America Corp questioning whether a second mortgage on an “underwater” house – one with a mortgage balance exceeding its current value – can be voided during bankruptcy.

Both cases the justices agreed to hear come from Florida, where many homeowners have struggled to pay their mortgages following the recent housing crisis.

Nov 17, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court declines Dean Foods antitrust appeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Dean Foods Co’s(DF.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) appeal over claims the business conspired to restrict competition for bottled milk in the southeastern United States, forcing the company to face an antitrust suit over the matter.

The high court’s refusal to intervene means a January ruling by the Cincinnati-based U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals that revived the claims against Dallas-based Dean Foods remains intact. The case will now return to lower courts for further proceedings.