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U.S. justices to weigh $4 million damages in California police shooting

WASHINGTON The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to consider overturning $4 million in damages awarded to a homeless couple who sued after being shot 15 times in a backyard shack by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies who were searching for another man.

U.S. top court to hear printer cartridge dispute on patent rights

WASHINGTON The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear an appeal by printer cartridge reseller Impression Products Inc of a lower court ruling finding it liable for infringing patent rights of Lexmark International Inc when it imported Lexmark's toner products back to the United States after they were sold abroad.

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Supreme Court takes Christian-affiliated hospital pension case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear appeals by Christian-affiliated hospital systems of lower court rulings that gave the green light to employee lawsuits accusing them of wrongly claiming a religious exemption from federal pension law.

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Abortion rights advocates challenge restrictions in three U.S. states

Abortion rights advocates on Wednesday challenged laws restricting the procedures in three states, an aggressive push following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down a Texas law requiring abortions to be performed in surgical centers or hospitals.

U.S., Health Nov 30 2016

Supreme Court divided in immigration detention dispute

WASHINGTON A divided U.S. Supreme Court struggled on Wednesday with how to resolve a dispute over whether immigrants detained by the U.S. government for more than six months while deportation proceedings take place should be able to seek their release.

U.S., Politics, Election 2016 Nov 30 2016

U.S. justices sympathetic to death row inmate on intellectual disability

WASHINGTON A majority of U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday appeared ready to side with a man sentenced to death for a 1980 Houston murder who is challenging how Texas gauges whether a defendant has intellectual disabilities that would preclude execution.

Nov 29 2016

U.S. justices rule against Puerto Rican politician in bribe case

WASHINGTON The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled unanimously against a Puerto Rican politician who had sought to avoid a second trial on corruption charges involving a trip to Las Vegas to watch a boxing bout after his original conviction was tossed out.

Nov 29 2016

Supreme Court rejects financier Stanford's Ponzi scheme appeal

WASHINGTON The Supreme Court on Monday rejected Texas financier Robert Allen Stanford's bid to overturn his conviction and 110-year prison sentence for running what prosecutors called a $7.2 billion Ponzi scheme that bilked investors in 113 countries.

Nov 28 2016

Alito outlines possible conservative agenda for U.S. high court

WASHINGTON Justice Samuel Alito on Thursday laid out a possible agenda for the U.S. Supreme Court if it regains its conservative majority as expected after Donald Trump takes office, citing gun rights and religious freedom as among key issues it will tackle in the coming years.

Nov 17 2016

Obama legacy imperiled as Trump weighs Supreme Court pick

WASHINGTON Republican Donald Trump's presidential election victory all but dooms major Obama administration initiatives that are already tied up in legal challenges and gives him the chance to appoint a pivotal fifth conservative justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Politics, Election 2016 Nov 09 2016