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U.S. Supreme Court rejects Texas appeal over voter ID law


WASHINGTON The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal by Texas seeking to revive the state's strict Republican-backed voter-identification requirements that a lower court found had a discriminatory effect on black and Hispanic people.

U.S. top court rebuffs 'Sister Wives' challenge to Utah anti-bigamy law

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a challenge to Utah's anti-bigamy law brought by the polygamist stars of the popular reality television show "Sister Wives."

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U.S. top court to settle dispute over arrests at racy D.C. party

WASHINGTON The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to weigh in on whether police in the District of Columbia violated the constitutional rights of people attending a party in a vacant house featuring scantily clad women with money tucked in their garter belts.

Jan 19 2017

Virginia inmate executed despite arguments against drug 'cocktail'

WASHINGTON A Virginia inmate was executed on Wednesday for murdering two young sisters during a 2006 killing spree, after the Supreme Court denied a stay request where he argued the use of compounded lethal drugs violated his constitutional rights.

Jan 18 2017

U.S. justices weigh detainee lawsuit against Bush officials

WASHINGTON Conservative Supreme Court justices on Wednesday voiced skepticism about allowing legal claims to proceed against former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and others made by non-U.S. citizens, mainly Muslims, swept up after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks who said they were abused in detention.

Jan 18 2017

U.S. Supreme Court justices fret over offensive trademarks

WASHINGTON Supreme Court justices walked a tightrope on Wednesday over government approval of offensive trademarks, expressing concern about endorsing racial slurs in brands and slogans while also worrying about protecting only positive words.

Politics, Election 2016, U.S. Jan 18 2017

Potentially nasty fight looms over Trump U.S. Supreme Court pick

WASHINGTON Senate Democrats are gearing up for a potentially ugly fight over Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court pick, with some liberal activists urging them to do everything possible to block any nominee from the Republican president-elect.

Liberal U.S. justices hit debt collector's business practices

WASHINGTON Liberal U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday questioned the practices of a firm that buys unpaid consumer debt for pennies on the dollar then seeks to recover it from people in bankruptcy even when barred from doing so by state statutes of limitations.

Jan 17 2017

Supreme Court asks Trump team for New Jersey sports betting views

WASHINGTON The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delayed a decision on whether to consider Governor Chris Christie's bid to bring sports betting to New Jersey and asked President-elect Donald Trump's incoming administration to offer its views on the matter.

Jan 17 2017

Supreme Court to hear Santander debt collection dispute

NEW YORK The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether firms collecting on debt they bought for pennies on the dollar can be held liable in lawsuits brought by debtors they targeted under a federal law cracking down on debt collectors' abusive practices. The justices agreed to review a lower court's decision to dismiss a consumer class action lawsuit against Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc over allegations it violated the Fair Debt Collection Practice

Jan 13 2017