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Mexican Court Upholds Capital's Gay Marriage Law

MEXICO CITY - (AP) Mexico's Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a law allowing same-sex marriages in Mexico City is constitutional, rejecting an appeal by federal prosecutors who argued it violated the charter's guarantees to protect the family. The justices' 8-2 ruling handed a legal victory...

California Judge Weighs Former FBI Informant's Lawsuit

SANTA ANA, Calif. - (AP) A former FBI informant who infiltrated a mosque and helped bring in a counterterrorism suspect suffered a blow in trying to sue his former handlers over his alleged mistreatment when the agency cut him loose. A federal judge issued tentative rulings Thursday against Craig Monteilh...

Judge Doubts Gay Marriage Ban Backers Can Appeal

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) The federal judge who overturned California's same-sex marriage ban has more bad news for the measure's sponsors: he not only is unwilling to keep gay couples from marrying beyond next Wednesday, he doubts the ban's backers have the right to challenge his ruling. Chief...

Court Affirms Overturning Florida Gay Adoption Ban

MIAMI - (AP) Florida's strict ban on adoption by gay people is unconstitutional because no other group, even people with criminal backgrounds, are singled out for a flat prohibition by state law, an appeals court ruled Wednesday. The ruling by the 3rd District Court of Appeal upholds a 2008 decision...

Judge To Rule Friday On Lesbian's Return To Air Force

TACOMA, Wash. - (AP) A lawyer for a decorated flight nurse discharged for being gay urged a federal judge Tuesday to reinstate her to the Air Force Reserve, and the judge indicated he might have no other choice. U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton said he would issue a ruling Friday. . . . Full version...

Government Seeks Stay Of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Ruling

WASHINGTON - (AP) The Obama administration on Wednesday asked a federal appeals court to immediately suspend a judge's ruling that overturned the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays. The administration says it wants the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit...

Court Upholds In-State Tuition For Some Immigrants

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that some illegal immigrants are entitled to the same tuition breaks offered to in-state high school students to attend public colleges and universities. While the ruling applies only to California, the case was closely watched nationally...

Court OKs N.H. Law Allowing 'God' Pledge In Schools

BOSTON - (AP) A federal appeals court has upheld a New Hampshire law requiring schools to authorize a time each day for students to voluntarily recite the Pledge of Allegiance, finding the oath's reference to God doesn't violate the students' constitutional rights. Full version available...

Court Won't Review eBay Win In Tiffany Lawsuit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court won't overturn a ruling that says eBay isn't violating Tiffany's trademarks by selling items on its website that might be counterfeit. The high court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from Tiffany Inc. Full version available to lexis.com subscribers...

High Court Says County Doesn’t Have To Pay For Mistake

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court says Los Angeles County does not have to pay attorney fees to a couple listed as child abusers even though they were declared innocent years ago. The high court's unanimous ruling came on Tuesday. Craig and Wendy Humphries were arrested by sheriff's deputies...

Virginia Judge Dismisses Challenge To Obama Health Care

RICHMOND, Va. - (AP) A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed Liberty University's lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's new federal health care law, declaring that a provision requiring most individuals to obtain insurance is constitutional. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Norman K. Moon...

L.A. Court Can Hear Peruvian Case Against Oil Giant

LOS ANGELES - (AP) An appeals court ruled Monday that a case filed by indigenous plaintiffs from the Peruvian Amazon against Occidental Petroleum Corp. should be heard in Los Angeles. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling overturns an earlier district decision that the case should be litigated...

Chevron Fined $8 billion For Oil Contamination In Ecuador

QUITO, Ecuador - (AP) An Ecuadorean judge ruled Monday that Chevron Corp. was responsible for oil contamination in a wide swath of Ecuador's northern jungle. The plaintiffs' attorney says the company was fined $8 billion. Chevron confirmed the ruling but not the amount of the fine. The company...

Obama Administration Asks Judge To Clarify Health Ruling

PENSACOLA, Fla. - (AP) The Justice Department asked a federal judge in Florida on Thursday to tell states that they must continue to enact the Obama administration's health care overhaul despite the judge's ruling that the law is unconstitutional. In a motion to clarify, administration attorneys...