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Even Supreme Court justices can goof

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court’s mishandling of big news last week about same-sex marriage was a reminder: Even the justices put their robes on one arm at a time. Developments on an issue moving at warp speed through the ...

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Justices signal support for beard

WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared united Tuesday as they picked apart prison rules in Arkansas that allow full Afros and mustaches, but no beards, in a case about a Muslim inmate’s claim that his religious beliefs require that ...

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Court to hear cases over employment, housing bias

WASHINGTON — Did retailer Abercrombie & Fitch discriminate against a Muslim woman who was denied a job because her headscarf clashed with the company’s dress code? That’s the question in one of the 11 cases the U.S. Supreme Court said ...

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Supreme Court may chart waters on who is a seaman

Jennifer Dize walks past her brother's fishing boat docked behind her home on Smith Island, Md., last week. Dize is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up her late husband’s case after he got sick and sued his employer, the Association of Maryland Pilots, in 2008, claiming a boat maintenance project led to a deadly respiratory illness. The Supreme Court was to discuss whether to take the case during a private conference Monday. AP Images

EWELL, Md. — William Smith Dize’s life revolved around water. The boat captain worked the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, and when he wasn’t operating a boat, he was working on them and around the dock. But when Dize got ...

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From peyote to sex: Religious liberty fight recast


Not long ago, when religious liberty cases reached the courts, the people seeking protection for their beliefs were mostly from small faith groups and their lawyers were liberals. The contested issues were narrow: a demand that plain, black Amish buggies ...

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Justices silent over execution drug secrecy


WASHINGTON — No one on the U.S. Supreme Court objected publicly when the justices voted to let Arizona proceed with the execution of Joseph Wood, who unsuccessfully sought information about the drugs that would be used to kill him. Inmates ...

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Asserting dubious patents for strategic reasons


  While everyone has been fixated on patent trolls, experts say a different breed of abusive intellectual-property litigants have been making a comeback: businesses that assert dubious patents for strategic reasons. Patent trolls are non-practicing entities — those that hold ...

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Aereo presses case despite Supreme Court setback


NEW YORK — Aereo, the television-over-the-Internet service that suspended operations after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against it, is refusing to disband for good. The company is now using the Supreme Court’s own language to force broadcasters to treat it ...

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High court to consider nonprofits’ contraceptives


WASHINGTON — How much distance from an immoral act is enough? That’s the difficult question behind the next legal dispute over religion, birth control and the health law that is likely to be resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court. The ...

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