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Obama administration set to disclose legal justification for drone strikes on Americans

By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government will disclose its legal justification for the use of drones against U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism, a senior Obama administration official said on Tuesday. The U.S. solicitor general has made the decision not to appeal a federal appeals court’s decision in…

Grand jury charges former Blackwater guard with murder over killing of Iraq civilians

By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A grand jury has charged a former Blackwater Worldwide security guard with murder for his alleged role in a 2007 shooting of unarmed civilians in Baghdad, according to an indictment made public on Friday. A federal appeals court last month effectively ended a manslaughter…

Federal judge denies Apple’s move to delay e-book antitrust trial

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge denied a bid by Apple Inc on Wednesday to hold off a trial in a case brought by state attorneys general accusing the company of conspiring with five major publishers to fix e-book prices. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in a brief…

Ruling to strike down Michigan gay marriage ban put on temporary hold

By Rebecca Cook PONTIAC, Michigan (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Saturday placed a temporary hold on a federal judge’s ruling that struck down Michigan’s ban on gay marriage, a move that followed hastily arranged and joyful wedding ceremonies in the state. The decision by the U.S. Court of…

Federal appeals court: BP cannot block payments on Gulf spill loss claims

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) – A divided U.S. appeals court on Monday rejected BP Plc’s bid to block businesses from recovering money over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, even if they could not trace their economic losses to the disaster. By a 2-1 vote, the 5th U.S. Circuit…

Federal appeals court denies emergency request to delay Utah same-sex marriage ruling

A federal court in Utah Sunday evening denied an emergency motion by Utah state officials seeking to delay implementation of Friday’s stunning same-sex marriage ruling, paving the way for gay and lesbian couples to line up at county clerks Monday morning for marriage licenses. Utah Governor Gary Herbert, attorney general…

Democrats incensed after GOP blocks Obama federal court nominee

Democrats call for rule change and say move broke informal agreement between parties Democrats threatened a major constitutional showdown over Senate filibuster rules on Tuesday after Republicans blocked a third successive woman nominated to sit on a federal appeals court. Nina Pillard, a Georgetown law professor, would have been only…

Federal appeals court rejects Texas, Wyoming challenge to EPA curbing greenhouse gases

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Friday rejected a legal challenge by Texas and Wyoming to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to implement greenhouse gas regulations. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, split 2-1, said that the states…

Appeals court upholds Bush-era ozone regulations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Tuesday partially upheld Environmental Protection Agency regulations issued by the George W. Bush administration that set standards for ozone pollution. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit remanded a portion of the regulations back to the agency for…

Federal appeals court to hear oral arguments in net neutrality case next month

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The federal appeals court in Washington on Tuesday set September 9 as the date for oral arguments in the so-called net neutrality case that could be seminal for federal regulation of Internet traffic. The highly anticipated hearings, originally expected to take place this past spring, will pit…

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