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Supreme Court rejects Argentinian appeal on $1.3 billion debt

US Supreme Court rejects Argentine debt appeals (via AFP) The US Supreme Court Monday turned back Argentina’s appeals against paying at least $1.3 billion to hedge fund investors in its defaulted bonds, piling pressure on the country’s finances. The justices effectively upheld an August 2013 New York appeals…   [Image…

Small Alaskan village loses court battle against big oil

Perched at the tip of an Arctic barrier reef in harsh northwestern Alaska, a tiny village took on big oil for causing the climate change that is eroding its shores, but lost its court fight Monday. The US Supreme Court declined to hear the case of Kivalina vs. Exxon. Therefore,…

Is smoking in public park a constitutional right? Supreme Court refuses to hear case

The US Supreme Court declined on Monday to take up a case testing whether smokers have a constitutional right to light up in a public park. The high court…  …

Combative Obama warns Supreme Court on health law

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Monday challenged the “unelected” Supreme Court not to take the “extraordinary” and “unprecedented” step of overturning his landmark health reform law. In a highly combative salvo on a case which could have a critical impact on his reelection chances, Obama warned that health…

Supreme Court rules biotech company cannot patent ‘laws of nature’

Biotechnology industry officials are warning that a US Supreme Court ruling on patent rights this week could have a chilling effect on the development of personalized medicine. The Supreme Court rejected two patents covering medical tests for monitoring patients’ blood, saying they are too similar to natural phenomena to receive…

Top U.S. court upholds copyright law protecting foreign works

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a law extending copyright protection to foreign works — everything from Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” to Picasso’s “Guernica” — even after they have entered the public domain. The court ruled 6-2 that a 1994 law that brought the United States in line with global intellectual…

Swearing and nudity: Supreme Court eyes indecency

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court questioned whether battling indecency made sense in these times, in a case involving blurted broadcasting of curse words, and TV series’ bare buttocks shots. Justices reviewing the case were vocally divided. Some insisted on keeping regulation in place while others stressed that the vast…

Supreme Court to rule on whether drug-sniffing dogs violate 4th Amendment

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a case to determine whether the use of police dogs sniffing for drugs outside homes is a violation of the constitutional rights of the residents. The case involves a Miami homeowner accused of growing marijuana in his house, who contends…

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