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Federal Court Rules No Warrant Needed To Obtain Cellphone Records

Authorities only need a court order and not a more stringent search warrant to obtain cellphone records that can be used to track a person’s movements, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday.


Fire boats battle a fire at the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon April 21, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana. (credit: Scott Lloyd/U.S. Coast Guard via Getty Images)

Appeals Court Wading Into Dispute Over Multibillion-Dollar BP Settlement

A federal appeals court is wading into a high-stakes dispute over the terms of a multibillion-dollar settlement of claims arising from BP’s massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.


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Texas Inmate Set To Die Thursday Loses Appeal

A federal appeals court has refused to stop this week’s execution of a Houston man for gunning down a police sergeant more than 12 years ago.


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Texas Set to Execute Man Convicted In Girl’s Death

A Texas man convicted in the slaying of a 12-year-old girl is scheduled to be executed Wednesday evening after a federal appeals court overturned a reprieve granted earlier this week.


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Texas Lawyers Appeal To Lift Execution Reprieve

A federal appeals court is deliberating a request to lift a lower court order and reschedule for later in the day the execution of the convicted killer of a 12-year-old Southeast Texas girl.


Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., speaks during a press conference at a Planned Parenthood Clinic on Feb. 3, 2012 in Seattle, Wash. (credit: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Federal Appeals Court Rules Texas Can Cut Off Planned Parenthood Funds

Texas officials are vowing to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood after a federal court sided with the state in a challenge over a new law that bans clinics affiliated with abortion providers from getting money through a health program for low-income women.