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  • SALEM, Ore.— Oregon lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a proposal aimed at closing a loophole in state privacy laws that recently let a man go unpunished after he took photographs up a teenager's skirt. The state Senate unanimously passed the bill, which would make it a misdemeanor to surreptitiously take photos up women's dresses without their consent.

  • WASHINGTON, May 26- The Obama administration on Tuesday sided against Google Inc and said the U.S. Supreme Court should not hear the company's appeal in a case against Oracle Corp with wide implications for the technology industry, according to a court filing. Oracle won a federal appeals court ruling last year that allows it to copyright parts of Java, while...

  • SUPREME COURT SHOULD NOT HEAR GOOGLE INC APPEAL IN SOFTWARE COPYRIGHT CASE AGAINST ORACLE CORP- FILING.

  • FBI director meets with Connecticut police chiefs Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 4:50 PM ET

    NEW HAVEN, Conn.— On a visit with Connecticut police chiefs, FBI Director James Comey said Tuesday that he spoke about how law enforcement can participate better in the national conversation about race and policing. "As you would expect in the Nutmeg State, it was a thoughtful and rich conversation," said Comey, a former attorney for Bridgewater Associates, a...

  • May 26- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that bankruptcy judges can resolve disputes that otherwise would have to be decided in a federal court, in an opinion tied to the legal legacy of the late Anna Nicole Smith. The 6-3 ruling, which stemmed from the Chapter 7 bankruptcy of Richard Sharif of Chicago, recognized the authority of U.S. bankruptcy judges to...

  • May 26- Nearly three years after the demise of law firm Dewey& LeBoeuf, a Manhattan prosecutor opened the criminal trial of three of the firm's former executives on Tuesday by accusing the trio of directing employees to make millions of dollars in bogus accounting entries to hide Dewey's deteriorating financial condition from investors and lenders.

  • WASHINGTON, May 26- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled against Cisco Systems Inc over a patent infringement claim the tech giant is fighting. On a 6-2 vote, with Justice Stephen Breyer recused from the case, the court threw out a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in favor of Cisco. Commil sued Cisco for patent infringement and induced...

  • MOSCOW, May 26- Russia is increasing its gold holdings because gold is a reserve asset that is free from legal and political risks, a senior central banker said on Tuesday. Russia increased its gold holdings for many months in a row last year, as shown by central bank and International Monetary Fund figures. Western sanctions imposed because of Russia's actions in...

  • Supreme Court sides with KBR in false claims dispute Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 10:47 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of defense contractor KBR Inc. in a whistleblower lawsuit over claims that the company overbilled the government for work in Iraq. The justices ruled unanimously Tuesday that former KBR employee Benjamin Carter waited too long to file a suit alleging that the company had fraudulently billed the government...

  • WASHINGTON, May 26- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a victory to government contractor KBR Inc by ruling that a law that extends the time frame for fraud claims committed against the United States during wartime does not apply to civil claims. The decision benefits KBR, which is fighting whistleblower claims alleging it defrauded the U.S. government...

  • PARIS— France's lower house of parliament has approved a bill aimed at boosting renewable energy and reducing the country's reliance on nuclear power, among other environment-friendly measures. The bill pushed by Ecology Minister Segolene Royal was approved Tuesday by the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, with 308 votes for and 217 against.

  • WASHINGTON, May 26- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled against Cisco Systems Inc over a $64 million patent infringement verdict the tech giant is fighting. On a 6-2 vote, with Justice Stephen Breyer recused, the court threw out a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in favor of Cisco. Commil sued Cisco for patent infringement and induced...

  • Supreme Court clarifies power of bankruptcy judges Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 10:31 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court says bankruptcy courts have authority to rule on disputes that fall outside the bankruptcy proceedings if the parties to the case consent. The case involves efforts by Wellness International Network, Ltd., to recover $655,000 in attorney fees from Richard Sharif, a Chicago resident with whom the company had a legal dispute.

  • WASHINGTON, May 26- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a mixed ruling in a case involving whistleblower claims against KBR Inc in which the contractor was accused of defrauding the U.S. government over work it carried out in Iraq. On a 9-0 vote, the court sent the case back to an appeals court for further consideration. The ruling means that the case filed by...

  • SUPREME COURT RULES AGAINST CISCO SYSTEMS IN $64 MILLION PATENT INFRINGEMENT FIGHT.

  • SUPREME COURT SENDS WHISTLEBLOWER CASE AGAINST GOVERNMENT CONTRACTOR KBR OVER CONDUCT IN IRAQ BACK TO LOWER COURT.

  • Tom Wolf is getting help from law enforcement officials in his push to persuade lawmakers to spend more money to raise the quality of Pennsylvania's pre-kindergarten programs. Wolf appeared Tuesday morning outside the Camp Hill state prison in suburban Harrisburg with several district attorneys and the head of the state prisons agency to tout his...

  • Democratic Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo said Tuesday the legislation will get a vote on June 11 in the Assembly and on June 25 in the Senate. The bills were introduced last year, and Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney had called on Republican Gov. Jim Whelan, the Senate sponsor, and said Christie needs "to get off the sidelines and get this done."

  • MADRID— Spain's Constitutional Court has struck down a decree by a regional government that tried to protect people in economic difficulty by allowing empty houses owned by banks to be temporarily confiscated for use as homes. The country's top court ruled Tuesday in favor of an appeal by Spain's conservative government, which argued that the southern...

  • LANSING, Mich.— Lawmakers on Tuesday accelerated efforts to finish the state budget, giving initial approval to much of a $55 billion plan that pumps more money into roads, gives a modest funding boost to universities and community colleges, and closes a juvenile justice facility. Negotiators continued to work on Michigan's two largest individual budgets:...