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High Court Looks At Military Funeral Protests

YORK, Pa. - (AP) One thing Al Snyder wants to make clear: His boy fought and died for freedom in Iraq, but not for the right of some "wackos" to spew hate at soldiers' funerals under the protection of the Constitution. "It's an insult to myself, my family and the veterans. . ....

Supreme Court To Hear Military Funeral Protest Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The father of a Marine killed in Iraq is asking the Supreme Court to reinstate a $5 million verdict against members of a fundamentalist church who picketed his son's funeral with signs like "Thank God for Dead Soldiers" and "God Hates the USA." The court...

U.S. Supreme Court Struggles With Funeral Protest Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Supreme Court justices on Wednesday pondered the vexing question of whether the father of a dead Marine should win his lawsuit against a fundamentalist church group that picketed his son's funeral. The complexity and weightiness of the First Amendment issue were palpable in...

Federal Judge Tosses Part Of Blackwater Lawsuit

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - (AP) A federal judge on Friday tossed out parts of a lawsuit filed by two former employees against the security company once known as Blackwater but is allowing key claims to proceed to trial. The rulings from U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III mean that, absent a last-minute settlement...

Judge Dismisses Blackwater Founder From Lawsuit

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - (AP) A federal judge dismissed Blackwater founder Erik Prince from a civil lawsuit alleging his former security firm cheated the government in bills it submitted for protecting government employees in Iraq and Afghanistan, in a ruling made public Friday. Former Blackwater employees...

Illinois Woman Drops Lawsuit Against 'Three Cups Of Tea' Author

HELENA, Mont. - (AP) An Illinois woman has dropped her lawsuit against "Three Cups of Tea" author Greg Mortenson, leaving just one legal claim that millions of people were duped into buying Mortenson's books and donating to his charity based on lies. Former teacher Deborah Netter dropped...

Firm Once Known As Blackwater Faces Another Lawsuit

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - (AP) A current worker and a former employee of the security contractor previously known as Blackwater have filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the company, the second such suit filed against the firm, according to documents unsealed Thursday. The lawsuit i n U.S. District Court alleges...

Judge: Lawsuit Against Former Blackwater 'Hangs By A Thread'

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - (AP) A jury will continue to hear a civil lawsuit alleging fraud by the security contractor once known as Blackwater, but a judge said Tuesday the case "hangs by a thread." Lawyers for Blackwater, now known as Xe Services, asked the judge to dismiss the case. It alleges Blackwater...

Virginia Jury Rules In Favor Of Blackwater In Lawsuit

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - (AP) A jury ruled Friday in favor of the security firm once known as Blackwater, rejecting two former employees' claims that the company overbilled the State Department for its work in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ex-employees Brad and Melan Davis alleged that Blackwater, now known as...