• US appeals court OKs evidence from no-warrant GPS Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 2:36 PM ET

    The decision is a blow to three Philadelphia brothers charged in a series of pharmacy robberies, and for civil rights lawyers concerned about the reach of police power in the technological age. "It's disappointing that today's decision lets law enforcement agents off the hook in a broader range of circumstances," said Catherine Crump, a law professor at the...

  • IMF says banker bonus caps don't cut risks Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 11:49 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 1- Capping bankers' bonuses will not cut risk in the financial system, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday, offering Britain moral support in its legal challenge to EU curbs on pay in the financial sector. The European Union has gone further, capping banker bonuses at twice fixed salary.

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Judge: Stockton, California, must follow bankruptcy laws, pay creditors and pension fund.

  • Judge: City must pay creditors and pension fund Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 9:06 AM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Employees of the bankrupt California city of Stockton could be forced to take a 60 percent pension cut if a federal judge rejects its reorganization plan, a lawyer for the city said Wednesday in a case that could clarify who gets paid first by financially strapped cities around the nation— retirement funds or creditors. The contention by...

  • Court reviews contractor political donations Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 6:56 AM ET

    The three are a university law professor who holds a $12,000 federal contract and two retirees working for the U.S. Agency for International Development as contractors— one supervising federal employees, the other offering policy advice.

  • Judge eyes Trump Entertainment pension obligations Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 6:37 PM ET

    WILMINGTON, Del.— A Delaware bankruptcy judge will hold a hearing Thursday on a request by Trump Entertainment Resorts to be relieved of its pension obligations under a collective bargaining agreement with workers at the Taj Mahal casino.

  • A look at California's landmark plastic bag ban Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 4:16 PM ET

    Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, following the lead of more than 100 California cities and counties. The fight between environmentalists and manufacturers is not over, as plastic bag makers vow to take their opposition to the ballot box.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 30- A federal judge in Oklahoma ruled on Tuesday that tax subsidies vital to the implementation of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law are unlawful, giving a boost to opponents of the measure known as Obamacare.

  • Oklahoma judge rules against Obamacare tax subsidies Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 2:57 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Sept 30- A federal judge in Oklahoma ruled on Tuesday that tax subsidies vital to the implementation of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law are unlawful, giving a boost to opponents of the measure known as Obamacare.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 30- Joining a cry from law enforcement officials concerned about data encryption on Apple's newest operating system, U.S. Apple's new iPhone 6, released this month, and Google's coming update of the Android smartphone have data encryption so sophisticated that only the user may unlock it.

  • Miss. moves high security prisoners after riot Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 1:45 PM ET

    JACKSON, Miss.— Some of the most dangerous prisoners have been removed from the privately-run Walnut Grove Correctional Facility following a July 10 riot, as the Mississippi Department of Corrections faces renewed legal claims that the prison's guards are too poorly trained to control such inmates.

  • California becomes first state to ban plastic bags Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 1:31 PM ET
    A shopper using plastic grocery bags in Los Angeles, 2013.

    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.

  • HOUSTON, Sept 30- The World Bank arbitration tribunal will give its final award ruling this week on a multibillion- dollar claim by Exxon Mobil Corp against Venezuela over the 2007 nationalization of two oil projects, legal sources said on Tuesday.

  • Lawsuit against Templeton Rye allowed to proceed Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 12:13 PM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— A lawsuit alleging Iowa- based whiskey maker Templeton Rye misled consumers can proceed, according to the state attorney general's office. The proposed class-action lawsuit was filed in Illinois by a Chicago law firm on behalf of consumers in the country who have purchased a bottle of Templeton Rye.

  • LOS ANGELES, Sept 30- California Governor Jerry Brown late on Monday vetoed a bill that would have helped franchisees recoup some of their business investments when a franchisor wrongly terminates their relationship.

  • SF supervisor pushes predictable work schedules Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 10:37 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— A San Francisco supervisor wants chain retail stores to give more predictable work schedules to their hourly employees, many of whom are struggling to juggle multiple jobs and family responsibilities.

  • Ridesharing company Uber to expand in Chicago' Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 4:02 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Officials say ridesharing giant Uber will create 420 jobs in the next two years in a major expansion of its Chicago regional headquarters. Pat Quinn joined in the announcement Monday. Uber's Chicago office covers the company's central region, including Texas and Canada.

  • Bill allows families to seek gun restraining order Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 3:08 AM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California would become the first state to allow family members to petition judges to take away relatives' guns if they are deemed to be dangerous under a bill facing a Tuesday deadline for action by the governor.

  • California becomes first state to ban plastic bags Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 AM ET

    Alex Padilla, D- Los Angeles, credits the momentum for statewide legislation to the more than 100 cities and counties, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, that already have such bans. The law marks a major milestone for environmental activists who have successfully pushed plastic bag bans in cities across the U.S., including Chicago, Austin and Seattle.

  • Court mulls legality of firing for pot use off job Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 12:41 AM ET

    DENVER— Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it. Now, the state's highest court is considering whether workers' off-duty medical marijuana use is protected under an obscure state law.