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An Accident On The Moon, Young Lawyers To The Rescue

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:23:00 -0400

Each year, law students argue hypothetical, futuristic case that takes place in space. This year, it's about who pays when two machines collide on the moon.

'You're Not Our Homey,' Howard University Protesters Tell Ex-FBI Director James Comey

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:55:00 -0400

Just as Comey started to deliver his speech, protesters began singing a traditional protest song of the civil rights movement and chanting slogans including "no justice, no peace."

Trump Administration Expected To Issue New Travel Restrictions

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:41:00 -0400

The Trump administration is considering new travel restrictions as its controversial travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries expires.

(Legally) Selling Weed While Black

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:11:00 -0400

As Oakland's legal cannabis industry grows, the biggest players seem to have two things in common: They're white, and they have lots of money.

Milo Yiannopoulos' 'Free Speech Week' At Berkeley Falls Apart, Organizers Say

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:06:00 -0400

The right-wing activist and a student group organized the event as a response to what they see as university efforts to shut down conservative speakers on campus. The event was meant to start Sunday.

Advocates Say Seniors With Obamacare Need More Time To Switch To Medicare

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 05:29:00 -0400

Although the government temporarily waived penalties for certain late enrollees to Medicare, the deal ends Sept. 30, which may not be enough time for many to comply.

How States Are Banding Together To Take On Trump

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:46:00 -0400

Blue states have emerged as powerful adversaries against some of the president's more controversial initiatives and could thwart efforts to impede the probe of Russian interference in the election.

Is Fondant Free Speech? Chefs Show Support For Gay Marriage As Court Case Looms

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:07:00 -0400

"You'd think cake would be apolitical, and yet here we are," says one of several D.C.-area pastry chefs who wrought their support for gay marriage into elaborate wedding cakes.

Manafort In The Middle

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:06:30 -0400

Paul Manafort is a name you're sure to hear more often as the investigation into Russia's interference with the 2016 election continues.

Iowa's Supreme Court Hears Dispute Over $75 Speeding Ticket

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:14:00 -0400

Marla Leaf says she wasn't speeding, but a speed camera says she was. She argues her rights were violated because Cedar Rapids delegated police powers to the private company maintaining the cameras.

'Cuz' Examines The Tragic Life And Death Of A Young Black Man In LA

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:52:25 -0400

Danielle Allen's memoir centers on her cousin Michael, who was sentenced to a long prison term for carjacking when he was 15. Three years after his release, he was found shot to death in a parked car.

Obama's White House Counsel Weighs In On Trump's Lawyers

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:05:00 -0400

President Obama's top lawyer opened up about his relations with Congress, legal controversies and the chaos in the Trump administration in a recent talk at Columbia University.

Partnership Between Drug Giant And Native American Tribe May Affect Patent Challenges

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:59:00 -0400

A drug company and a native tribe in upstate New York have struck a deal to use the tribe's sovereign status to enhance the patent protection for the drug company's products.

41 States To Investigate Pharmaceutical Companies Over Opioids

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:02:40 -0400

The states' attorneys general are banding together to investigate the makers and distributors of powerful opioid painkillers that have led to a spike in opiate addictions and overdose deaths.

Fraternity Members' Defamation Case Against 'Rolling Stone' Can Proceed, Court Says

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:37:00 -0400

A U.S. appeals court says three members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity have a plausible case that they were implicated in a now-retracted story about an alleged gang rape at U.Va.