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In this Jan. 5, 2015, file courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, left, is depicted beside U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right, as O'Toole addresses a pool of potential jurors in a jury assembly room at the federal courthouse, in Boston. Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tsarnaev have asked a judge three times to move his trial out of Massachusetts because of the emotional impact of the deadly attack. Three times, the judge has refused. On Thursday, Feb. 19, Tsarnaev’s defense team will ask a federal appeals court to take the decision out of the hands of O’Toole Jr. and order him to move the trial. They insist that Tsarnaev cannot find a fair and impartial jury in Massachusetts because too many people believe he’s guilty and many have personal connections to the marathon or the bombings. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins, File)After nearly two months of jury selection, the case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is set to begin.


2015-03-04 02:12:09 -0700

A police officer walks up the steps of the Supreme Court in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court will consider on Wednesday a second major legal attack on President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with conservative challengers taking aim at a pivotal part of the statute that authorizes tax subsidies to help people afford insurance. If the court rules against the Obama administration, up to 7.5 million people in at least 34 states would lose the subsidies that help low- and moderate-income people buy private health insurance, according to the consulting firm Avalere Health. The Democratic-backed Affordable Care Act, narrowly passed by Congress in 2010 over unified Republican opposition, aimed to help millions of Americans who lacked any health insurance afford coverage. The case does not affect people who obtain health insurance through their employer.


2015-03-03 23:10:28 -0700

Lawyer: Ferguson officer Darren Wilson, who shot Michael Brown, resigns due to threats to departmentSeven months after one of its white officers fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old, the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department’s own findings of what transpired remain under wraps. Excessive force and possible civil rights violations by the suburban St. Louis department have been the focus of a Justice Department investigation since Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown Jr. multiple times last August.


2015-03-04 01:58:08 -0700