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Winning in court, losing on the ground: uncertainty clouds U.S. voting rights

Jordan Williams, 10, looks on as his mother, Pamela Williams, casts her ballot in the U.S. midterm elections in Ferguson, Missouri November 4, 2014. REUTERS/Whitney Curtis

U.S. voting rights advocates scored a string of courtroom victories this year that rolled back some of the nation's most restrictive voting laws. Now they face another challenge: making sure those rulings are not undermined by officials who oversee elections at the local level.  Full Article 

Emergency workers look through the remains of a derailed Amtrak train in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania May 13, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

U.S. judge OKs historic $265 million settlement in 2015 Amtrak derailment

A U.S. judge on Thursday signed off on a record $265 million settlement over an Amtrak passenger train crash in Philadelphia in 2015 that killed eight people and injured about 200 others, court records showed.  Full Article 

A giant American flag hangs from the West tower of the George Washington Bridge in between New York and New Jersey REUTER/Mike Segar

New Jersey 'Bridgegate' judge delays closing arguments

Closing arguments in New Jersey's "Bridgegate" trial were unexpectedly postponed by a day on Thursday because of an unspecified "legal issue" that must be resolved, the trial judge said.  Full Article 

Recent Legal News

Obama rallies Obamacare troops at 'critical time' for program

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama on Thursday urged more than 25,000 volunteers and advocates who dialed in to a White House conference call to pull out the stops to boost the number of people signing up for Obamacare health insurance plans.

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Hanjin Shipping vessel docks in Vancouver

VANCOUVER A container vessel that spent months sitting off Canada's west coast due to the collapse of South Korea shipping company Hanjin docked in Vancouver on Thursday, according to union officials and ship tracking data.

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Florida man pleads guilty to hacking, spamming scheme

A Florida man pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges stemming from his role in wide-ranging hacking scheme that generated $1.3 million through the hijacking of customer email accounts to send unsolicited "spam" messages, prosecutors said.

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Four guards at NYC's Rikers jail convicted in beating, coverup

NEW YORK Four guards at New York City's troubled Rikers Island jail complex were convicted at trial in connection with the beating of an inmate and a subsequent cover-up effort, authorities said on Thursday.

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Lawyer says U.S. Supreme Justice Thomas groped her in 1999

WASHINGTON A woman who works as a corporate lawyer with an Alaska energy company has accused U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of groping her in 1999, a charge he called "preposterous" and untrue.

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U.S. lawmakers raise privacy concerns over new hacking rules

WASHINGTON A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. Congress on Thursday asked the Justice Department to clarify how a looming rule change to the government's hacking powers could impact privacy rights of innocent Americans.

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UPDATE 3-U.S. FCC approves new broadband service privacy rules

WASHINGTON, Oct 27 The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted 3-2 to adopt new privacy rules that will subject broadband internet service providers to more stringent requirements than websites like Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc or Alphabet Inc's Google.

U.S. charges 61 over India-based IRS impersonation scam

WASHINGTON The U.S. Justice Department charged 61 people and entities on Thursday with taking part in a scam involving India-based call centers where agents impersonated Internal Revenue Service, immigration and other federal officials and demanded payments for non-existent debts.

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Abengoa U.S. unit's creditors demand financial details

CHICAGO Creditors of a bankrupt U.S. subsidiary of Abengoa SA demanded more details on the unit's financial accounts on Thursday, even as a bankruptcy judge said the company could move forward with its plan to exit Chapter 11 protection.

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Florida man pleads guilty in case linked to JPMorgan hacking probe

NEW YORK A Florida man pleaded guilty on Thursday to obstructing a regulatory examination of a credit union linked to an illegal bitcoin exchange owned by an Israeli accused of being behind hacking attacks on companies including JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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In ballot selfie battle, free speech beats fear of voter fraud

States with laws barring voters from photographing their completed ballots say they’re worried about vote buying and voter coercion schemes. But so far, federal judges say there’s not enough evidence of these supposed conspiracies to justify abridging voters’ First Amendment rights.