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Germany hunts for co-pilot motive amid reports of depression

Investigators carry boxes from the apartment of Germanwings airliner jet co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, in Duesseldorf, Germany, Thursday March 26, 2015. On Thursday, French prosecutors said Lubitz, the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525, "intentionally" crashed the jet into the side of a mountain Tuesday in the French Alps. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) Police have searched the homes of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz in two cities.

Mentor to Tormentor: Laurence Tribe, Obama, and Big Coal

Tribe has been the highest-profile legal scholar to criticize the Obama administration's rules for carbon-dioxide emissions from coal plants, which were formally proposed in June 2014. The legal argument here is complicated—more on that later—but Tribe's entrance has delighted conservatives like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has repeatedly cited him, and infuriated liberals who ...

Lawyer for Knox's ex-boyfriend makes final court appeal

ROME (AP) — A lawyer for Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend is making a last-ditch appeal to Italy's top criminal court to overturn the pair's murder conviction for the 2007 slaying of Knox's British roommate

Lawyer for Knox's ex-boyfriend makes last-ditch bid to high court to overturn guilty verdicts

A lawyer for Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend is making a last-ditch appeal to Italy's top criminal court to overturn the pair's murder conviction for the 2007 slaying of Knox's British roommate.

Woman charged with scamming Boston bombing victims fund

(Reuters) - A Boston woman has been indicted with fraudulently obtaining $8,000 from the fund set up for victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and thousands more from other fundraising, officials said on Thursday. Investigators found that Joanna Leigh, 41, was at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 when two bombs exploded, killing three people and injuring more than 260, but they argued that she was not injured, the Boston Police Department said in a statement. Leigh was indicted earlier this month by a Suffolk County grand jury on five larceny counts and a charge of making a false claim to the government, the police department said. It said Leigh received $8,000 from The One Fund Boston, which raised nearly $80 million in the aftermath of the attack.

Defence lawyer accuses witness of committing Tasmanian double murder and confessing

A defence lawyer has accused a witness in a double murder trial in Tasmania of carrying out the killings and bragging about it.

Lawyer Says Kidnapping Wasn't Hoax, Woman Talking to Police

Lawyer says kidnapping wasn't a hoax, woman cooperating with police

Senate OKs Republican balanced-budget plan, following House

FILE - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., accompanied by Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this March 24, 2015 file photo. Senators worked into Friday's pre-dawn hours March 27, 2015 on a stack of amendments to the balanced-budget plan, which closely follows a blueprint the House passed Wednesday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans muscled a balanced-budget plan through the Senate early Friday, positioning Congress for months of battling President Barack Obama over the GOP's goals of slicing spending and dismantling his health care law.

Lawyer: Woman talking to police, kidnapping wasn't hoax

VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — The lawyer for a California woman whose reported kidnapping is being investigated as a possible hoax said she has met with police and is cooperating with them.

San Francisco jail guards forced inmates to fight: public defender

By Emmett Berg SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Several guards at San Francisco's main county jail orchestrated "gladiator-style" fights between inmates, placed bets on the outcomes and threatened those who disobeyed, the city's public defender said on Thursday. The report released by San Francisco's elected public defender, Jeff Adachi, highlighted fights arranged between two inmates who were promised hamburgers if they won or beatings and other punishment if they refused. Adachi alleged that San Francisco sheriff's deputy Scott Neu, who was accused in 2006 of forcing inmates to perform sex acts on him, forced the inmates to fight twice. "Deputy Neu forced these young men to participate in gladiator-style fights for his own sadistic entertainment," Adachi said in a statement The San Francisco Deputy Sheriff's Association told the San Francisco Chronicle that the allegations were "exaggerated" and the fighting was "little more than horseplay." "(Adachi) has done a cursory sham investigation by interviewing a few inmates over a scant two days rather than having the decency to request a serious impartial investigation," Harry Stern, an attorney for the deputy's union, told the Chronicle in a statement.

New York buildings collapse in possible gas blast, 19 hurt

By Ellen Wulfhorst and Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Four apartment buildings in New York's East Village neighborhood caught fire from an apparent gas explosion on Thursday and three collapsed, causing 19 injuries, authorities said. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference that preliminary evidence indicated it was a gas-related explosion. A Fire Department spokesman said late on Thursday that three of the four buildings had collapsed or partially collapsed. The seven-alarm blaze in the neighborhood of small businesses, restaurants and apartments involved more than 250 Fire Department personnel.

Attorney won't face child molestation trial

A Dunedin attorney charged with lewd and lascivious molestation of a 9-year-old boy won't be going to trial as prosecutors have opted not to pursue the case.

Chinese NGO considering legal action over police raid

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese anti-discrimination civic group said Friday it is considering legal action over a police raid on the group's offices that was apparently prompted by its advocacy for five women's rights activists whose detentions have drawn international scrutiny.

Legal expert: Oregon playing high-stakes poker in Oracle lawsuit

Two million taxpayer dollars. That's the hefty cost of legal sparring between Oracle and Oregon to decide who is to blame for the state's failed online health insurance exchange, Cover Oregon. Will the state take this to trial or settle? The On Your Side Investigators talked to insiders and legal experts to see how the legal battle over Cover Oregon will impact taxpayers.

Attorney general nominee attends swearing-in in Tampa

TAMPA — A. Lee Bentley III was formally sworn in as U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida on Thursday, but much of the attention at the federal courthouse and a later reception centered on one of his guests, whose appointment as U.S. Attorney General is languishing on Capitol Hill.

Law enforcement, community learn from each other at Raleigh forum

More than 50 people attended a forum at Shaw University Thursday night about how to interact with law enforcement. Sponsored by the Iota Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., the event was the second held by the organization to help residents understand how law enforcement works and for authorities to hear the community's views on policing.

Attorney seeks release of full hazing report

Letter also asks district attorney to compel the release of documents, photos gathered during Pacer Dance Team investigation The attorney for a former Lakeridge High School dancer's parents is asking the Clackamas County District Attorney to compel Lake Oswego School District officials to release the full report of an independent ...

Co-pilot deliberately slams plane in Alps; families ask why

In this undated photo provided by the French Interior Ministry, French emergency rescue services work at the site of the Germanwings jet that crashed on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 near Seyne-les-Alpes, France. The co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and intentionally rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps, ignoring the captain's frantic pounding on the door and the screams of terror from passengers, a prosecutor said Thursday. (AP Photo/French Interior Ministry, Francis Pellier) PARIS (AP) — Passengers with moments to live screamed in terror and the pilot frantically pounded on the locked cockpit door as a 27-year-old German co-pilot deliberately and wordlessly smashed an Airbus carrying 150 people into an Alpine mountainside.

Is Moore, Okla., the ‘tornado alley of tornado alley’?

This May 21, 2013 file photo shows an aerial view of Plaza Towers Elementary School which was damaged during a May 20, 2013 tornado, in Moore, Oklahoma. For the second time since a tornado ravaged Moore, killing 24 people including seven students at Plaza Towers Elementary School, organizers plan to circulate an initiative petition calling for a statewide vote to fund the construction of school storm shelters. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File) Residents are wondering why their community has been a frequent target of twisters.

New law could hit visitors to Final Four

An Indiana law enacted Thursday that could let businesses discriminate against gay couples has the US national college basketball tournament organizers concerned ahead of next week's "Final Four" in Indianapolis. Indiana governor Mike Pence signed a religious freedom bill that would banish any laws that prevent people, clubs and businesses in the state from following their religious beliefs. The ...

Grateful Oklahomans salvage belongings after killer storm

People survey storm damage in Sand Springs, Okla., Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The slow start to the nation's tornado season came to a blustery end Wednesday when tornadoes hit Arkansas and Oklahoma. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Joey Johnson) KOTV OUT; KJRH OUT; KTUL OUT; KOKI OUT; KQCW OUT; KDOR OUT; TULSA OUT SAND SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) — Oklahomans salvaged soggy belongings Thursday after the Plains' first tornado outbreak of 2015, expressing gratitude that casualties were low but understanding that nature's next punch could be far worse.

Lawyer: Fugitive Colombian millionaire arrested in Spain

A lawyer for a fugitive Colombian millionaire at the center of the South American nation's biggest financial scandal says his client has been arrested in Spain. Attorney Ivan Cancino tells The Associated ...

California Workers’ Comp Law Gets Criticism, Praise at Senate Hearing

by Michael Grabell An architect of California’s recent workers’ comp reform testified Wednesday that the law was being misused by insurers and that the system may need to be streamlined to make it fairer for injured workers. In remarks before a senate committee, Angie Wei of the California Labor Federation said the state needs to crack down on insurers using the law as an excuse to deny medical ...

Attorney: Boyfriend of kidnapped woman was drugged, tied up

The attorney for a Vallejo man who reported his girlfriend was kidnapped and held for ransom has disputed claims by police that the two faked the whole thing. He said his client Aaron Quinn was bound and drugged during his girlfriend Denise Huskins' abduction.

Indiana Governor Signs Religious Freedom Law, Sparking Debates That Echo the Hobby Lobby Dispute

While supporters say the law protects small business owners' religious freedom, critics say it will allow for discrimination against gay customers and drive business out of the state.

Photos: Building collapse in New York City's East Village

Photos: Building collapse in New York City's East Village A building burns after an explosion on 2nd Avenue on March 26, 2015 in New York City. The seven alarm fire drew firefighters from across the city. A number of injuries have been reported. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Explosion rocks NYC neighborhood

Building collapse in New York City's East Village The blast causes a fire and partial collapse at an apartment building in Manhattan.

Lawyer Releases Bergdahl's Description of Captivity, Torture

Lawyer shares Sgt. Bergdahl's description of Taliban captivity, torture and escape attempts

NCAA concerned over 'religious freedom' law

NCAA concerned over 'religious freedom' law

Legal action to stop wharf extension

Groups opposed to the Bledisloe Wharf extension are launching legal action against authorities to stop the controversial project in Waitemata Harbour.

National Guardsman, cousin arrested for trying to join Islamic State

US National Guardsman and His Cousin Arrested for Trying to Join ISIS, Authorities Say The FBI has arrested two men -- one of them a current member of the Illinois National Guard -- for allegedly trying to join ISIS, the brutal terrorist group wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq, authorities said. Army National Guard Specialist Hasan Edmonds, 22, was arrested at Chicago Midway International Airport as he was trying to fly to Egypt, according to authorities. His cousin, Jonas Edmonds, 29, was arrested at his home. Hasan Edmonds first came onto the FBI’s radar in late 2014 as he hatched a plan for Hasan Edmonds to join ISIS overseas while Jonas Edmonds launched an attack inside the United States, according to the Justice Department.

Germanwings tragedy: How post-9/11 safety measures factored into crash

After Sept. 11, many airline carriers strengthened cockpit doors and made it more difficult for anyone to get inside once the pilot activated the lock switch — which prevented the captain of Flight 4U 9525 from regaining control.

Family of Longtime Law Professor and Alumnus Create Scholarships at The John Marshall Law School

CHICAGO -- Two scholarship opportunities have been created at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, thanks to an alumnus and the family of a longtime professor at the school. Joseph J. Duffy (JD '79) ...

Volokh Conspiracy: George Mason Law School’s position on the “Sodomite Suppression Act” proposal

George Mason Law School's response to the "Sodomite Suppression Act"? It's simple--"we" don't have one.

How to Find Legal Help When You Can't Afford a Lawyer

Usually when you hire an attorney, it's to avoid being soaked financially by an ex-spouse, former business partner or adversary who wants to sue you for all you have. Legal aid societies are nonprofit organizations found in almost every corner of the country that provide free legal services to low-income people. Even if you have a low income, it doesn't guarantee assistance through a legal aid ...

Calif. attorney general moves to end anti-gay initiative

California Attorney General Kamala Harris said Wednesday she will ask a state court for permission to reject a proposed ballot initiative stipulating that anyone who engages in gay sex be killed by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method.

Icelandic whaling: Conservationists split over efficacy of Obama’s sanctions

Icelandic whaling: Conservationists split over efficacy of Obamaâs sanctions, E.U. protest The Icelandic Hvalur whaling company’s killing of endangered fin whales has been denounced by the United States and the European Union. Is it time for greater action?

Legal aid groups welcome funding flip

The government has reversed a budget decision to cut $25.5 billion from legal aid services after complaints from states, territories and legal aid groups.

Bergdahl says he tried to escape Taliban captors a dozen times

File - In this file image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. The U.S. military says it will make an announcement Wednesday on the case against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier who left his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years before being released in a prisoner exchange. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video, File) U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl tried to escape his Taliban captors a dozen times in five years as a prisoner of war, once remaining free for nine days, but each time he was found and brutally beaten, he said in a statement released on Wednesday. The statement, Bergdahl's first account of his time as a Taliban prisoner, was released by his attorney, Eugene Fidell, after the Army charged Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior in the face of the enemy in connection with his capture.

U.S. conducting airstrikes to help Iraq retake Tikrit

Shiite militiamen guard at the front line in Tikrit, 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The U.S. and Iraq have been discussing possible U.S. airstrikes in support of a stalled Iraqi ground offensive against a dug-in Islamic State force in the northern city of Tikrit, U.S. officials said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed) WASHINGTON (AP) — At Iraq's request, the U.S. began airstrikes in Tikrit on Wednesday in support of a stalled Iraqi ground offensive to retake the city from Islamic State fighters. The bombing marked a significant expansion of the U.S. military role in Iraq.

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