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Federal judge rules that consumer protection bureau is unconstitutional

A New York federal judge ruled Thursday that the structure of the Consumer of Financial Protection Bureau is unconstitutional and that the watchdog agency should be eliminated. Senior U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska threw out the bureau’s lawsuit against a ...

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Justices adopt new privacy rules for cellphone tracking

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Friday that police generally need a search warrant if they want to track criminal suspects’ movements by collecting information about where they’ve used their cellphones, bolstering privacy interests in the digital age. The ...

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West Virginia Supreme Court justice indicted

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In public, West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry gave speeches about honesty and integrity in government. In private, federal prosecutors say, he was raking in money by defrauding others. FBI agents arrested Loughry on Wednesday morning ...

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Mistrial declared for border agent charged with killing teen

PHOENIX — A mistrial was declared Monday in the case of a U.S. Border Patrol agent after an Arizona jury acquitted him of a second-degree murder charge in the killing of a teen from Mexico but deadlocked on lesser counts ...

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Court sides with human in copyright fight over monkey selfie

SAN FRANCISCO — A U.S. appeals court on Monday favored humans over animals in a novel copyright lawsuit filed over a series of entertaining selfies taken by a monkey with a toothy grin. U.S. copyright law does not allow lawsuits ...

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Student from Zambia ruled eligible for US poetry contest

PORTLAND, Maine — A high school student in Maine who fled his native Zambia can compete in a U.S. government-funded poetry contest, a federal judge ruled Friday. The National Endowment for the Arts had blocked the 11th-grader’s participation, saying he ...

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As trial winds down, DA downplays Cosby travel records

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Prosecutors highlighted gaps in Bill Cosby’s travel records on Monday as they sought to downplay their significance to the comedian’s defense on sexual assault charges. Cosby’s lawyers introduced the records in an attempt to show he couldn’t ...

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Wells Fargo to pay $1B for mortgage, auto lending abuses

NEW YORK — Wells Fargo will pay $1 billion to federal regulators to settle charges tied to its mortgage and auto lending business, the latest chapter in years-long, wide-ranging scandal at the banking giant. However, it appears that none of ...

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Lance Armstrong settles $100M lawsuit with US government

AUSTIN, Texas — Lance Armstrong reached a $5 million settlement with the federal government in a whistleblower lawsuit that could have sought $100 million in damages from the cyclist who was stripped of his record seven Tour de France victories ...

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Restrained defendant gets new trial

An appellate court has granted a new trial because the judge in the case failed to establish, on the record, why the defendant was required to wear a “stun belt” in court. Randy Hall, 40, was convicted in August 2005 ...

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Judge blocks Arizona ethnic studies ban he found was racist

PHOENIX — A U.S. judge has permanently blocked an ethnic studies ban in Arizona public schools that dismantled a popular Mexican-American studies program, dealing a final blow to a law that he found to be racially motivated. Following a seven-year ...

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