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Court strikes down possible payments to athletes

A federal appeals court struck down a plan to pay college football and basketball players in a ruling that NCAA leaders believe supports their contention...
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Border Patrol agent indicted in 2012 fatal shooting

...of the shooting. A federal judge in July ruled that the lawsuit can go forward.In a similar case in Texas, a federal appeals court ruled that a teen killed in Mexico by a border agent in El Paso, Texas, was not protected by the Constitution...
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Kentucky clerk who fought gay marriage is released from jail

...marriage and has cast her jailing as an issue of religious freedom.On Monday, her lawyers took their case to a federal appeals court, asking that she be allowed to remove her name and title from marriage certificates issued in Rowan County so...
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Federal charges including hate crimes for accused shooter

...other factors frequently invoked by defense attorneys, such as drug addiction or mental illness.Last year, a federal appeals court in Ohio overturned hate-crime convictions against Amish men and women accused in beard- and hair-cutting attacks...
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Federal appeals court hears arguments on polar bear habitat

A federal plan designating a huge swath of the U.S. Arctic as critical polar bear habitat should be upheld over the objections of the state of Alaska, petroleum industry groups and communities along Alaska's north coast, a Justice Department lawyer told an appeals court Tuesday.
Court overturns some Blagojevich Senate-seat convictions

CHICAGO - A federal appeals court Tuesday overturned some of the most sensational convictions that sent former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich off to a lengthy stint...
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Court: Texas abortion clinics stay open

...grant an emergency appeal from the clinics after a federal appeals court upheld new clinic regulations and refused to keep...state. A different three-judge panel of the same federal appeals court, the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court...
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NSA phone spying illegal, judge rules

...S. population's phone records by the government is illegal because it wasn't authorized by Congress, a federal appeals court said Thursday as it asked legislators to balance national security and privacy interests.A three-judge panel...
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After historic arguments, gay marriage ruling coming

...marriage. Those four had marriage bans upheld by the federal appeals court in Cincinnati in November, the only federal appeals court that has ruled in favor of the states since the...
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Federal appeals court affirms ruling in Arctic drilling suit

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A federal appeals court panel sides with a lower court that ruled federal officials did not act unlawfully when they approved two oil spill response plans...


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