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U.S. high court turns away dispute over gay worker protections


The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal by a Georgia security guard who said she was harassed and forced from her job because she is a lesbian, avoiding an opportunity to decide whether a federal law that bans gender-based bias also outlaws discrimination based on sexual orientation.

U.S. top court blocks release of Trump 'Dreamer' immigrant documents

WASHINGTON The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday granted a request by President Donald Trump's administration to block the release of documents concerning his decision to end a program that shielded from deportation hundreds of thousands of young adults dubbed "Dreamers" brought into the country illegally as children.

Dec 08 2017

U.S. top court takes up Republican challenge to Maryland electoral district

WASHINGTON The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday added a second case to its docket on a contentious issue that could have major consequences for American elections, agreeing to decide whether Democratic lawmakers in Maryland unlawfully drew a congressional district in a way that would prevent a Republican candidate from winning.

Politics, Election 2016, U.S. Dec 08 2017

U.S. has begun fully implementing Trump travel ban: State Dept.

WASHINGTON The U.S. State Department said it began fully implementing President Donald Trump's travel ban targeting six Muslim-majority countries on Friday, four days after the Supreme Court ruled the order could be enforced while legal appeals continue.

Dec 08 2017

Trump administration sides against unions in high court fees case

WASHINGTON The Trump administration on Wednesday said it would oppose public sector unions in a major case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court, reversing the view taken by the Obama administration in an identical dispute.

Politics, Election 2016, U.S. Dec 06 2017

Pivotal Justice Kennedy poses tough questions in gay wedding case

WASHINGTON The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared sharply divided in the closely watched case of a Christian baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, with pivotal Justice Anthony Kennedy voicing concerns about endorsing discrimination against gay people but also about anti-religious bias. | Video

Dec 05 2017

Supreme Court lets Trump's latest travel ban go into full effect

WASHINGTON The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to President Donald Trump by allowing his latest travel ban targeting people from six Muslim-majority countries to go into full effect even as legal challenges continue in lower courts.

Politics, Election 2016, U.S. Dec 05 2017

U.S. top court wary over allowing seizure of ancient Persian artifacts

WASHINGTON U.S. Supreme Court justices expressed skepticism on Monday over whether ancient Persian artifacts held in a Chicago museum can be seized to pay for a $71 million court judgment against Iran won by several Americans injured in a 1997 Jerusalem bombing who accused Tehran of complicity in the attack.

Dec 04 2017

U.S. justices lean toward allowing sports betting in New Jersey case

WASHINGTON U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday signaled a willingness to let New Jersey and potentially other states legalize sports betting, a lucrative source of revenue for state coffers that has been barred in most places. | Video

Dec 04 2017

Top court leaves in place Texas ruling questioning gay spousal benefits

WASHINGTON The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear Houston's appeal of a lower court ruling that threw into doubt the city's spousal benefits to gay married municipal employees, allowing a case that tests the reach of the landmark 2015 decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide to proceed.

Dec 04 2017