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High court denies gay marriage appeals from five states

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has turned away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for an immediate expansion of gay and lesbian unions.


Supreme Court takes up Idaho Medicaid challenge

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Thursday it will decide whether private sector health care providers can force a state to raise its Medicaid reimbursement rates to keep up with …


Court adds gay marriage to Sept. 29 agenda

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has formally added gay marriage cases to the justices’ agenda for their closed-door conference on Sept. 29.


Supreme Court upholds ban on gay conversion therapy

SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for enforcement of a first-of-its-kind California law that bars psychological counseling aimed at turning gay minors straight.


City, airport fight over $15 minimum wage

OLYMPIA — The state’s first $15 minimum wage should extend to SeaTac Airport because the higher wages don’t interfere with airport operations, attorneys for the City of Seatac told the …


UPDATED: Thu., June 26, 2014, 8:10 a.m.

High court voids 35-foot abortion clinic buffer

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has struck down a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts.


High court rebukes Obama on recess appointments

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday limited the president’s power to fill high-level vacancies with temporary appointments, ruling in favor of Senate Republicans in their partisan clash with President …


Supreme Court says warrants needed for cellphone searches

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police may not generally search the cellphones of people they arrest without first getting search warrants, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled Wednesday.


Supreme Court leaves ban on NJ sports betting in place

The Supreme Court on Monday left in place a ban on sports gambling in New Jersey, rebuffing an attempt to bring betting on professional and college sporting events to Atlantic …


Spin Control: Defining ‘infrequent’ proves challenging for legislators

OLYMPIA – The biggest challenge for this period between sessions – or at least the biggest one after persuading the state Supreme Court not to slap the Legislature for ignoring …


Washington high court says Legislature could be held in contempt over school funding

Saying the Washington legislature hasn’t met a demand to fully fund public schools, the state Supreme Court today ordered attorneys for the Legislature to appear in September and be ready …


Steven Malanga: Activist courts fail to improve schools

Judges can order states to spend more on education. But does it improve schools? In 1977, writing in the Harvard Law Review, Supreme Court Justice William Brennan Jr. exhorted state …


High Court refuses to block Oregon gay marriage

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is refusing to halt a federal judge’s order declaring Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.


Spin Control: 2008 election gone, but in court it lives on

OLYMPIA – The 2008 governor’s race probably slipped from most voters’ minds long ago. The winner, Democrat Chris Gregoire, retired from office in 2012 and the loser, Dino Rossi, seems …


Shawn Vestal: Recent advances in gay rights overshadow long wait for them

I grew up in Gooding, Idaho, a farming town of a couple thousand people that was, in many ways, a friendly place. But it was not then a particularly friendly …


High court revives EPA rule on cross-state pollution

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday handed the Obama administration an important victory in its effort to reduce power plant pollution that contributes to unhealthy air in neighboring states.


Hobby Lobby 401(k) invests in birth control makers

WASHINGTON — The company leading the legal challenge against birth control coverage under the new health care law offers its workers a retirement plan that includes investments in companies making …


High court voids overall contribution limits

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court struck down limits Wednesday in federal law on the overall campaign contributions the biggest individual donors may make to candidates, political parties and political action …


High court bolsters domestic violence gun ban law

WASHINGTON — People convicted of minor domestic violence offenses can be barred from possessing guns even in states where no proof of physical violence is required to support the domestic …


Supreme Court hears arguments on birth control and Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed divided Tuesday over whether employers’ religious beliefs can free them from a part of the new health care law that requires that they …


Obama administration: Birth control mandate should not be blocked

The Justice Department called on Justice Sonia Sotomayor to dissolve her last-minute stay on the contraceptive coverage requirement of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Sotomayor issued the …


Colville man wins high court appeal

A Colville man imprisoned as an “armed career criminal” earned a victory in the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday when eight justices agreed a burglary conviction in the 1970s should not …


Vestal: Beliefs, Bible misinform Kootenai sheriff’s mission

Is sodomy against the law in Idaho? More to the point: If a law in Idaho violates the Constitution – as determined by the constitutionally created Supreme Court – is …


Ruling highlights partisan split

OLYMPIA – When a divided U.S. Supreme Court settled the question Thursday of whether federal health care reform is constitutional, it turned up the spotlight on the issue for Washington’s …


High court rejects part of Arizona immigration law

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court struck down key provisions of Arizona’s crackdown on immigrants today but said a much-debated portion on checking suspects’ status could go forward.


Court rejects corporate campaign spending limits

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court today reaffirmed its 2-year-old decision allowing corporations to spend freely to influence elections. The justices struck down a Montana law limiting corporate campaign spending.


Supreme Court says tribes must be fully reimbursed

The Supreme Court says the government must fully reimburse Native American tribes for money they spent on federal programs.


High court protects Secret Service agents

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has ruled that Secret Service agents are shielded from a lawsuit filed by a man they arrested after a confrontation with then-Vice President Dick Cheney.


Supreme Court to weigh Arizona immigration law

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court and the Obama administration are set for another politically charged clash Wednesday as the justices take up Arizona’s crackdown on illegal immigrants. It will be …


High court sides with power company over Montana dams

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has sided with a power company in a dispute with Montana over who owns the riverbeds beneath 10 dams sitting on three Montana rivers.