'Partial public employees' cannot be compelled to pay dues to a labor organization, the US Supreme Court ruled Monday. The decision, concerning homecare workers in Illinois, undercuts the power of public-sector unions.
Lawyers for 9/11 victims sought to pursue what they said were the ‘principal financial and operational supporters of al Qaeda.’ But lower courts dismissed much of their lawsuit, and the US Supreme Court declined to get involved.
A year ago, 19 members of a 'hotshot' crew were lost fighting a deadly wildfire in Yarnell, Ariz. Now, a dozen families are suing Arizona public agencies, seeking damages and more information about the tragedy.
Lower courts have rejected gay marriage bans in 13 states since the US Supreme Court nixed the Defense of Marriage Act one year ago. But the issue is destined to return to the high court, where one justice in particular will hold sway.
A Massachusetts law violated the free-speech rights of anti-abortion activists by keeping them 35 feet from abortion clinics, the US Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The state failed to seek less restrictive options, it found.
Thousands of individuals, including hundreds of Americans, have found themselves on the US government's 'no-fly' list. A federal judge says they have a right to more effectively challenge that listing.
A week-long nationwide sweep has recovered 168 children forced into prostitution in 106 cities. The increase in 'throwaway kids' not reported as missing is creating a larger pool of potential victims, their advocates say.
The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that the EPA can press ahead with its greenhouse gas regulations covering power plant emissions. But it also rebuked the EPA for its broad assertion of authority to address global warming.
Supreme Court embraces broad reading of federal firearms law. It's not enough for a 'straw purchaser' to be legally eligible to buy a gun. The identity of a gun's purchaser must be accurate, the majority ruled.
District Judge Barbara Crabb did not explain why she had not stayed her ruling finding Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, but referred to the 'expressions of joy' on the faces of those who wed in the interim.
A coalition of industry groups sued Vermont over the state's new law requiring food producers to put special labels on products treated with GMOs. It makes Vermont ground zero of a very big food fight.