U.S. high court rebukes Obama on recess appointments

Jun 27, 2014

U.S. high court rebukes Obama on recess appointments

The United States Supreme Court has ruled that President Barack Obama acted illegally when he made recess appointments to a key government agency, a decision that appears to block any president’s ability to get around political gridlock in Washington by making appointments without congressional ...

U.S. Supreme Court curbs limits on abortion clinic protests

Jun 27, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court curbs limits on abortion clinic protests

The U.S. Supreme Court handed a victory to anti-abortion activists on Thursday by making it harder for states to enact laws aimed at helping patients entering abortion clinics to avoid protesters, striking down a Massachusetts statute that had created a no-entry zone. In a ...

Jun 26, 2014

What's in a vowel? Couple fly to Grenada, not Granada

A Washington couple has sued British Airways, saying the airline ruined their vacation by booking them tickets to the Caribbean island of Grenada instead of Granada, Spain. Edward Gamson and Lowell Canaday said in their lawsuit they wanted to travel from Washington to London ...

Spain's Princess Cristina must face fraud charges, judge rules

Jun 26, 2014

Spain's Princess Cristina must face fraud charges, judge rules

A Spanish judge ruled Wednesday that King Felipe’s sister, Princess Cristina, and her husband should face fraud charges, opening the way to an unprecedented criminal trial. Six days after Felipe, 46, came to the throne promising an “honest and transparent” monarchy, the decision refocused ...

Big broadcasters vanquish upstart Aereo at U.S. Supreme Court

Jun 26, 2014

Big broadcasters vanquish upstart Aereo at U.S. Supreme Court

Broadcast and cable TV are not dead yet. In a decision that could crimp consumers’ hopes to cut the cord from their cable operators, the U.S Supreme Court said Aereo Inc., a video streaming service backed by media mogul Barry Diller, violated copyright law ...

U.S. Supreme Court ruling protects cellphone privacy

Jun 26, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court ruling protects cellphone privacy

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that police officers usually need a warrant before they can search the cellphone of an arrested suspect, a major decision in favor of privacy rights at a time of increasing concern over government encroachment in digital communications. ...

Murdoch protegee Brooks cleared of cellphone hacking

Jun 25, 2014

Murdoch protegee Brooks cleared of cellphone hacking

Rebekah Brooks, the former boss of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper arm, was acquitted Tuesday of orchestrating a campaign to hack into phones and bribe officials in a case that has shaken the British political establishment. A jury at London’s Old Bailey court cleared Brooks ...

Egypt under mounting pressure to free Al-Jazeera journalists

Jun 24, 2014

Egypt under mounting pressure to free Al-Jazeera journalists

Egypt was under mounting pressure Tuesday to pardon three Al-Jazeera journalists — including Australia’s award-winning Peter Greste — jailed in a ruling that sparked global outrage and fears of a growing media crackdown. Greste and Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy each got seven-year terms in ...

U.S. top court upholds some Obama carbon curbs

Jun 24, 2014

U.S. top court upholds some Obama carbon curbs

The United States Supreme Court on Monday largely upheld the Obama administration’s authority to curb greenhouse gases from major emitters like power plants and refineries in a ruling that nonetheless exempted some smaller sources from the regulation. On a 7-2 vote, the court rejected ...

U.S. releases memo justifying drone killings

Jun 24, 2014

U.S. releases memo justifying drone killings

The secret United States government memo outlining the justification for the use of drones to kill American terror suspects abroad was released by court order Monday, yielding the most detailed, inside look yet at the legal underpinnings of the Obama administration’s program of “targeted ...