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Serena Williams: What my near-death experience taught me

I almost died after giving birth to my daughter, Olympia.


EU court adviser backs Commission in forest dispute with Poland

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Poland's decision to increase logging in the primeval forest of Bialowieza breaks EU law, an advisor to the EU's top court said on Tuesday, backing the European Commission against the Polish government.

Funerals and Memorials

Want to Plan for Your Death and Funeral? Here’s How.

Pre-need funeral plans can be complicated, so here is a primer on everything you’ll need to know.


Thai court grants custody to Japanese father of 13 surrogate children

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Thai court on Tuesday said it ruled in favor of a wealthy Japanese man who had fathered 13 surrogate children in Thailand, naming him their legal parent and sole guardian.


Head bowed, Florida shooting suspect returns to court for hearing

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - A former student accused of last week's deadly shooting at a Florida high school returned to court for a hearing on Monday in a case that has galvanized advocates of stricter gun control, including many of the rampage survivors.


Pennsylvania top court redraws voting map in boost to Democrats

(Reuters) - Pennsylvania's top court on Monday unveiled a new map carving out the state's U.S. congressional voting districts, imposing a plan it said was based on "traditional criteria" after rejecting a proposal drawn up by Republican lawmakers as unconstitutional.


UK Supreme Court hears key case on gig economy worker

LONDON, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Britain's Supreme Court was hearing on Tuesday whether a plumber hired on a self-employed basis should have received workers' rights, in a case which could affect the business models of major firms operating in the gig economy.

Court releases new congressional maps that could help Democrats

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court released new congressional district lines Monday, replacing the old Republican-drawn maps in time for the state's May primary.


Pennsylvania top court releases new U.S. congressional voting map for state

(Reuters) - Pennsylvania's top court published a new map of U.S. congressional voting districts for the state on Monday after Democratic and Republican leaders were unable to come to an agreement on other proposals, in a closely watched action ahead of the November mid-term elections.


Suspect in Florida school shooting back in court for status hearing

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - The former student accused of last week's deadly shooting rampage at a Florida high school returned to court on Monday for a status hearing, and the judge ordered that a defense motion filed last week remain sealed from public view.

Postal employee shot to death on interstate

A US Postal Service employee was found fatally shot inside a truck on Interstate 30, Dallas police said.

Florida shooter in court

American and Japanese astronauts embark on an expected six-hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station to fix the station's robotic arm.


City Officials See Progress in Effort to Curb Opioid Deaths

With more treatment, and more police detectives, officials are cautiously optimistic that their efforts are halting the swift rise in fatal overdoses.


Iraqi court sentences Turkish woman to death for joining IS

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An Iraqi court has sentenced a Turkish woman to death by hanging for joining Islamic State, a spokesman for the criminal court in Baghdad said in a statement on Monday.

Gun Control

Op-Ed Contributor: Don’t Let My Classmates’ Deaths Be in Vain

I am a freshman at the high school where 17 people were killed. If you have a heart, you need to advocate for change so this never happens again.


Threatened and vilified, but Philippine lawyer says he wants 'death squad president' in court

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine attorney Jude Sabio says he hasn't been home for a year, steers clear of public events and is forever looking over his shoulder after accusing President Rodrigo Duterte of crimes against humanity.

Politics and Government

In Japan, a Liberal Maverick Is Seeking to Lead a Conservative Party

Taro Kono, a U.S.-educated political blue blood who has made a name as a liberal nonconformist, is positioning himself to one day replace Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.


Sweden grants citizenship to scientist sentenced to death in Iran

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden has granted citizenship to a Stockholm-based scientist being held in Iran under sentence of death, the Swedish foreign ministry confirmed on Saturday.

Parkland, Fla, Shooting (2018)

On a Day Like Any Other at a Florida School, 6 Minutes of Death and Chaos

Second by second, lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were transformed, broken and stolen.


U.S. top court mulls whether to take up 'Dreamers' dispute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday discussed in private how to handle President Donald Trump's appeal of a judge's decision blocking his plan to end protections for young illegal immigrants dubbed "Dreamers," and the nine justices could announce as early as Tuesday whether they will take up the case.


Minority government better than SPD alliance: top German conservative argues

BERLIN (Reuters) - An influential member of Angela Merkel's conservatives on Friday urged the German chancellor to form a minority government instead of a planned alliance with the Social Democrats (SPD), saying the SPD would not be a reliable partner.

22 more child deaths blamed on flu

The deaths of 22 more children from flu-related causes were reported Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its weekly surveillance report.


U.S. Supreme Court weighs intervening in 'Dreamers' problem

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court could say on Friday whether it will consider President Donald Trump's appeal of a lower court decision blocking his order to end a program that shields hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.


U.N. urges Iran to stop executions of juveniles on death row

GENEVA (Reuters) - The top United Nations human rights official called on Iran on Friday to halt executions of young people convicted of carrying out crimes when they were under the age of 18.

Supreme Court meets on DACA

The Supreme Court will meet behind closed doors Friday to decide whether to take up a lower court opinion that temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's effort to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program.


New York top court clears man held six years at Rikers Island without trial

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A divided New York State Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, on Thursday threw out the indictment of a man who spent more than six years in the Rikers Island jail in a Manhattan murder case, saying his constitutional right to a speedy trial was violated.

In court: Suspect denied bond

The suspect in the Florida school shooting made his first appearance at the Broward County courthouse. The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School left 17 dead and many more injured.

Executive Orders and Memorandums

Trump’s Latest Travel Ban Suffers Blow From a Second Appeals Court

The Supreme Court is set to consider the ban in a different case this spring, and it has let the ban go into effect in the meantime.


U.S. court says Trump travel ban unlawfully discriminates against Muslims

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's travel ban targeting people from six Muslim-majority countries violates the U.S. Constitution by discriminating on the basis of religion, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday in another legal setback for the policy.

Suspect won't appear in court this morning

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Will the Supreme Court Become Trump’s Enabler?

The administration’s effort to rush a decision on DACA will test whether a rule-bound court is prepared to stand up to a norm-breaking president.


Kenyan court revokes deportation of opposition-linked lawyer

NAIROBI (Reuters) - A Kenyan court on Thursday revoked the deportation of a lawyer who "swore in" opposition leader Raila Odinga as the country's "president" in a direct challenge to the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta, local television station Citizen reported.


Manafort co-defendant Gates shows up in court with new lawyer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Thomas Green, a high-powered defense lawyer at Sidley Austin in Washington, D.C., appeared for the first time in court on Wednesday alongside President Donald Trump's former deputy campaign chairman Richard Gates.


Massachusetts top court rejects police traffic stop challenge

BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts' top court ruled on Wednesday that police can carry out traffic stops for motor vehicle violations as a pretext to probe for other crimes, but the justices expressed concerns about how racial bias can influence such stops.


U.S. court voids law clerk's sentence in napkin-chewing insider case

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court threw out the 46-month prison sentence of a former clerk at a major Wall Street law firm, who was part of an insider trading ring that passed merger tips on napkins and Post-it notes in New York's Grand Central Terminal.


Campaigners to challenge 'fit and proper' ruling on Fox bid for Sky in court

LONDON (Reuters) - The decision by regulators that Twenty-First Century Fox would be a "fit and proper" owner of Sky will be challenged in court, campaign group Avaaz said on Wednesday.

Prisons and Prisoners

Op-Ed Columnist: Death by Hanging in Tehran

The supposed “suicide” in prison of an Iranian-Canadian university professor is an outrage that reflects heightened tensions in Iran.


Appeal court rules Nigerians cannot pursue Shell spill claim in England

LONDON/YENAGOA, Nigeria (Reuters) - The Court of Appeal in London ruled on Wednesday that two Nigerian communities cannot pursue Royal Dutch Shell in English courts over oil spills in Nigeria's Delta region.


South Korea union says GM plant closure is 'death sentence', threatens strike

GUNSAN/SEOUL (Reuters) - General Motors' workers at a South Korean plant staged a protest on Wednesday against its planned closure, calling the move by the U.S. automaker a "death sentence", and threatening a strike.


South Korea union says GM plant closure move is 'death sentence', threatens strike

GUNSAN/SEOUL (Reuters) - General Motors' (GM) workers at a South Korean plant staged a protest on Wednesday against its planned closure, calling the move by the U.S. automaker a "death sentence", and threatening a strike.


UPDATE 2-S.Korea union says GM plant closure move is "death sentence", threatens strike

* GM plans to shut one plant by May, will decide on 3 more soon


South Korean union protests GM plant closure move, calls it a "death sentence"

SEOUL (Reuters) - Workers at a General Motors (GM) plant in South Korea that the U.S. automaker plans to close staged a protest on Wednesday, saying the decision was a "death sentence" that had not been discussed with unions.


S.Korean union protests GM plant closure move, calls it a "death sentence"

SEOUL, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Workers at a General Motors (GM) plant in South Korea that the U.S. automaker plans to close staged a protest on Wednesday, saying the decision was a "death sentence" that had not been discussed with unions.


Canada presses Iran for details on death of Iranian-Canadian in Tehran jail

(Reuters) - The Canadian government said on Tuesday it was "seriously concerned" with the circumstances surrounding the death of an Iranian-Canadian dual citizen in a Tehran prison, and that it was pressing Iran to provide details on what happened.

Midterm Elections (2018)

A Flurry of Courts Have Ruled on Election Maps. Here’s What They’ve Said.

How the disputes over electoral maps in Wisconsin, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Maryland shape up, and what the next steps are.

Bill Paxton's family files wrongful death suit

The family of Bill Paxton believes his death last year was preventable, according to a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family against the hospital and surgeon who treated the late actor.


Pennsylvania court set to redraw voting maps after governor veto

(Reuters) - Pennsylvania's top court was set to lay out new congressional voting districts for the state after Democratic Governor Tom Wolf on Tuesday rejected a version drawn by Republican legislative leaders as unfairly skewed in their party's favor.


NY top court says 'private' Facebook photos can be disclosed

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York state's highest court ruled on Tuesday that Facebook users may be required to turn over photos and other information that are relevant to litigation, even if they are shielded by "privacy" settings.


Hong Kong court rules pro-independence stance must bar standing for election

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's High Court on Tuesday ruled in favor of barring a pro-independence activist from standing in an election, saying it is "fundamental" for lawmakers to accept the city as an inalienable part of China.

Supreme Court still feeling the impact of Antonin Scalia's death

Conservative firebrand Antonin Scalia died two years ago Tuesday and thrust the US Supreme Court into months of tumult with only eight justices.

Court will unseal documents from Starr investigation of Bill Clinton

A federal court in Washington will unseal documents that have stayed secret for two decades from independent counsel Ken Starr's investigation of then-president Bill Clinton, following a request from CNN.


Liberia church massacre survivors sue alleged perpetrator in U.S. court

NEW YORK/MONROVIA (Reuters) - Four survivors of a church massacre that killed 600 people during the Liberian civil war on Monday filed a civil lawsuit in U.S. court against the man they accuse of having ordered the attack.

Thomas, Terrill (d 2016)

Three Milwaukee Jail Officers Charged in Dehydration Death

Terrill Thomas was left in a cell without water for seven days in 2016, and a supervisor then repeatedly lied about the events that led to Mr. Thomas’s death, prosecutors said.

There was no evidence of a crime in border agent's death, new memo says

There was no evidence a crime was committed when a US Border Patrol agent was killed more than two months ago while on patrol in West Texas, according to a new government memo obtained by CNN.


On U.N. deaths, Haley asks Congo's Kabila: what happened to my list?

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Monday asked the Congolese foreign minister to deliver a message to President Joseph Kabila about the killing of two U.N. investigators: "Please ask Mr. Kabila what he did with my list."


Auto crash deaths multiply after April 20 cannabis parties

(Reuters Health) - U.S. traffic fatalities rise dramatically on the day pot smokers celebrate as “Weed Day.”


U.S. progress against sleep-related infant deaths is stalling

(Reuters Health) - While a nationwide push to get babies to sleep on their backs initially produced steep declines in unexplained and sleep-related infant deaths, U.S. progress against these fatalities has been minimal in recent years.

11 officers have been shot to death in 2018

In the first six weeks of the year, 11 law enforcement officers across the United States have died after they were shot in the line of duty.


German court rules Facebook use of personal data illegal

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German consumer rights group said on Monday that a court had found Facebook's use of personal data to be illegal because the U.S. social media platform did not adequately secure the informed consent of its users.

Charlottesville, Va, Violence (August, 2017)

Planners of Deadly Charlottesville Rally Are Tested in Court

People injured at the alt-right rally in Charlottesville, Va., say in a lawsuit that organizers conspired to incite violence. The defendants say the First Amendment protects them.

The Supreme Court justice says she's not worried about a backlash and is putting her faith in millennials

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg believes the "#MeToo" movement will have "staying power" and that she doesn't worry about a serious backlash.

United States Economy

Liberals Wanted Fiscal Stimulus. Conservatives Delivered It.

Left-leaning economists hate the timing and the composition. But the expansionary fiscal policy they sought is on the way.

Pakistan Muslim League-N

Court Takes an Activist Role in Pakistan. Not Everyone Sees It as Just.

What some see as the vigorous exercise of justice, others view as a politically motivated effort to cast the governing party in a corrupt and ineffectual light.

September 11 (2001)

Fired Official Was Exploring Resolution to 9/11 Case Precluding Death Penalty

A tribunal official fired without explanation last week had been in talks that could have ended in plea deals and foreclosed any possibility of execution.


Two Ohio police officers shot to death, suspect held

(Reuters) - Two Ohio police officers were shot to death on Saturday when they responded to a call and a suspect was wounded and is in custody, a spokeswoman for the city of Westerville said.


Brazil's Supreme Court asks police head to clarify comments on Temer

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Luis Barroso asked on Saturday for the head of the Federal Police to clarify comments he made in a Reuters interview published a day earlier regarding an investigation of President Michel Temer.


Critics in Merkel's conservatives vow to block coalition projects

BERLIN (Reuters) - The business wing of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on Saturday vowed to block certain projects included in this week's coalition agreement with the Social Democrats (SPD), as tensions roiled both political blocs.

United States Defense and Military Forces

Inquiry of Soldiers’ Deaths Urges Curtailing West Africa Missions

The Pentagon is poised to scale back patrols and commanders’ authorities as a result of the October ambush in Niger that killed four American soldiers.


Fight Over Cambodian Leader’s Facebook ‘Likes’ Reaches a U.S. Court

An opposition politician argues that Hun Sen, the Asian country’s authoritarian premier, has used social media to spread fake news and strengthen his hold on power.


Shoot me, don't jail me, Philippines' Duterte tells Hague court prosecutor

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday told the International Criminal Court (ICC) to go ahead and investigate him for crimes against humanity, and said he would prefer to face a firing squad than be jailed.


BRIEF-Appvion Inc ‍Filed For Court Approval Of Stalking Horse Asset Purchase Agreement



Ohio delays execution after ex-juror seeks reprieve for death row inmate

(Reuters) - Ohio Governor John Kasich on Thursday postponed next week's scheduled execution of a convicted double murderer in light of a letter from a juror in the man's trial asking that he not be put to death because the jury was not given information pertinent to his sentencing about his troubled childhood.


French labor court backs Uber in driver contract dispute

PARIS (Reuters) - Uber [UBER.UL] won a rare French victory on Thursday against attempts to force the ride-hailing operator to recognize its drivers as employees, a prospect that would undermine its entire business model.

Duterte, Rodrigo

International Criminal Court Will Investigate Duterte Over Drug War

The Hague-based tribunal said it would gauge whether there was enough evidence to build a case against the Philippine president for crimes against humanity.


Philippines says Hague court weighs complaint against Duterte over drug war deaths

MANILA (Reuters) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) has told the Philippines that it has begun a preliminary examination of a complaint accusing President Rodrigo Duterte of crimes against humanity, his spokesman said on Thursday.


Philippines says ICC examining complaint against Duterte over drug war deaths

MANILA (Reuters) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) has informed the Philippines that it has begun a preliminary examination of a complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte that accuses him of crimes against humanity, his spokesman said on Thursday.

Immigration and Emigration

F.B.I. Finds No Evidence of Attack in Death of Border Agent

The death of Rogelio Martinez fueled President Trump’s demand for a border wall, but a federal investigation could not determine how he died.


Indianapolis prosecutor blasts Trump for politicizing football player death

(Reuters) - An Indianapolis prosecutor on Wednesday blasted U.S. President Donald Trump for bringing politics into the case of a twice-deported man charged in a drunk-driving crash that killed an Indianapolis Colts football player.


BRIEF-Aconex Updates On Court Orders Regarding Acquisition Of Aconex by Unit of Oracle Corp​



Robin Williams' death linked to rise in copycat suicides

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Suicide rates in the United States spiked almost 10 percent following the death in 2014 of actor Robin Williams, and spiked even more among men and those who ended their lives, like Williams, by suffocation, according to a study published on Wednesday.


No evidence of attack in Texas death of Border Patrol agent: FBI

EL PASO, Texas (Reuters) - There was no evidence of an attack that led to the on-duty death in November of a U.S. Border Patrol agent, the FBI said on Wednesday in the case that prompted President Donald Trump to renew calls for a border wall with Mexico.

Suicides rose 10% after death of Robin Williams

A 10% increase in suicides -- nearly 2,000 additional deaths -- was recorded in the United States in the four months after actor and comedian Robin Williams took his own life in 2014, according to research published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE.


UPDATE 2-Kalanick returns to court in Waymo-Uber autonomous car secrets trial

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick's famously competitive nature was the focus of questioning on Wednesday in a trade-secrets trial in which Uber Technologies Inc is accused of stealing self-driving car designs from rival Waymo.


Maldives supreme court judge ill-treated in prison: ex-president

MALE/COLOMBO (Reuters) - The exiled former president of the Maldives accused authorities on Wednesday of mistreating a supreme court judge thrown into prison following the imposition of a state of emergency in the Indian Ocean island nation.


Merkel's conservatives make big concessions to SPD in coalition deal

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives made major concessions to the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) to agree a coalition deal on Wednesday that should give Europe's powerhouse a new government after four months of uncertainty.

Dulé Hill: Veterans treatment courts save lives

Recently, my fellow "West Wing" cast member Melissa Fitzgerald took me to court. Now, I couldn't help but think going to court is usually a negative thing, but this was different. Melissa and I were attending a veterans treatment court graduation in the Philadelphia courtroom of Judge Patrick Dugan.


Kalanick returns to court in Waymo-Uber autonomous car secrets trial

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Former Uber Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick is expected to testify at trial for a second day on Wednesday, responding to rival Waymo's allegations that Uber expressly hired a star Waymo engineer to gain self-driving car technology trade secrets.

Trump cites NFL player's death in immigration tweet

President Donald Trump sent a tweet about the death of NFL Indianapolis Colts player Edwin Jackson, who was allegedly killed by an undocumented immigrant.

Fashion and Apparel

Can Christian Louboutin Trademark Red Soles? An E.U. Court Says No

A legal adviser to the European Court of Justice has argued that the French shoe designer may not be entitled to trademark protection for his design signature.


Tokyo court orders Tepco to pay $10 million in damages over 2011 disaster: media

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Tokyo court on Wednesday ordered Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) to pay around 1.1 billion yen ($10 million) to a group of Fukushima residents, local media reported, nearly seven years after the company's reactor meltdowns in northeastern Japan.


India's top court cancels iron ore mining permits in Goa: petitioners

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's Supreme Court has quashed all iron ore mining permits in Goa, one of the country's top producing states for the steel making raw material, an environmental group that petitioned the government to halt the mining said on Wednesday.

Suspect in Colts player's death had been deported twice

A Guatemalan immigrant who allegedly killed NFL player Edwin Jackson and his ride-share driver in a crash in Indiana has been charged in federal court with illegal entry after previous deportations.


India's top court cancels iron ore mining permits in Goa state: TV

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's top court has quashed all iron ore mining permits in Goa state, one of the country's top producing areas for the steel raw material, local television channels reported on Wednesday.

Don Lemon's emotional message after sister's death

CNN's Don Lemon gets emotional while talking about the sudden passing of his sister, L'Tanya "Leisa" Lemon Grimes.

Holocaust and the Nazi Era

Poland’s ‘Death Camp’ Law Tears at Shared Bonds of Suffering With Jews

The president signed a law making it a crime to blame “the Polish nation” for the crimes of Nazi Germany. Scholars say it could whitewash history.

Redistricting and Reapportionment

Supreme Court Issues Partial Stay in North Carolina Voting Case

In the latest battle in the voting wars in North Carolina, the Supreme Court blocked part of a lower court order revising voting districts there.

Immigration and Emigration

How a Football Player’s Death Turned Into a Political Exhibit

After the police said an undocumented immigrant killed an N.F.L. linebacker in a drunken-driving accident, President Trump used the case to push his immigration agenda.


Court to rule next week on new bid by Assange to have UK case dropped

LONDON (Reuters) - Wikileaks founder Julian Assange lost one legal bid to have a UK arrest warrant against him quashed on Tuesday but immediately launched another, to have the British authorities halt any action against him on public interest grounds.

Trump seizes on NFL player's 'disgraceful' death to push immigration policy

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said that it was "disgraceful" that an NFL player was killed by a man whom police believe is an undocumented immigrant in a suspected drunk driving accident over the weekend.


Doctors: The Death of the Doctor’s Dog

In contrast to veterinary practice, the medical profession has long forbidden the notion of speeding death.


Myanmar policeman who arrested Reuters reporters tells court he burned his notes

YANGON (Reuters) - A Myanmar police officer who was part of the team that arrested two Reuters journalists in December told a court on Tuesday that he had burned the notes he made at the time, but gave no reason why he had done so.


Hong Kong's top court frees three democracy leaders, but warns against future activism

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's highest court freed three young leaders of the city's pro-democracy movement on Tuesday, including the public face of the protests, Joshua Wong, in a stark reversal of an earlier ruling, but it warned against future acts of dissent.


Scottish court refuses to refer case on whether Brexit could be stopped to ECJ

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - A Scottish court rejected on Tuesday a legal attempt to ask the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to clarify whether Britain could unilaterally stop the Brexit process if it wanted to.

Hong Kong's top court strikes down activists' prison sentences

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong scored a major legal victory Tuesday, as the city's top court threw out the prison sentences handed to him and two other leaders of the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests.


On Technology: What I Learned from Watching My iPad’s Slow Death

Nothing reveals the curious disposability of consumer technology more than this feeble, aging device.

Demonstrations, Protests and Riots

Hong Kong Court Throws Out Protest Leaders’ Prison Sentences

The jailing of Joshua Wong and other protest leaders drew international scrutiny over accusations that the government was punishing political opponents.


Reuters reporters arrested in Myanmar brought to court

YANGON (Reuters) - Two Reuters journalists accused of violating Myanmar's Official Secrets Act appeared in court on Tuesday, with prosecutors due to present more witnesses to determine whether they should be charged under the colonial-era law.


BRIEF-Roche Says Late-stage Study Shows Genentech's Tecentriq And Avastin Reduced The Risk Of Disease Worsening Or Death By 26 Pct In Certain People With Advanced Kidney Cancer


Robert Wagner declared a 'person of interest' in Natalie Wood's death

Actor Robert Wagner remains a "person of interest" in the death of Natalie Wood but has thus far declined to speak with investigators since they reopened the case in 2011, according to authorities.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

The Times Asks Court to Unseal Documents on Surveillance of Carter Page

The New York Times argues that President Trump lowered the shield of secrecy surrounding documents related to the wiretapping of Carter Page, a onetime Trump campaign adviser.

Natalie Wood's death remains a source of fascination and mystery

Natalie Wood's death in 1981 has long been a source of fascination and mystery, claiming the life of one of Hollywood's most glamorous actresses at the age of 43.

In a blow to GOP, Supreme Court declines request to block a PA redistricting ruling

The Supreme Court declined Monday a request from Pennsylvania Republicans to block a lower court ruling that ordered Pennsylvania to redraw congressional lines.


U.S. Supreme Court allows revamp of Pennsylvania electoral map

(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to block a lower court ruling requiring Republican-drawn congressional districts in Pennsylvania to be reworked immediately, boosting Democratic hopes of winning control this year of the U.S. House of Representatives.


Surviving suspect in 2015 Paris attacks refuses to answer Belgian court

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The prime surviving suspect in the Islamic State attacks in Paris that killed 130 people refused to answer questions when his trial for a later shooting incident opened on Monday in Belgium, defying his accusers and relatives of the victims.

Hear Nassar speak in court

Former doctor Larry Nassar speaks in court during his third criminal sentencing hearing in Michigan.

Samsung Electronics Co

Samsung Heir Freed From Prison After Court Reduces Sentence

The judgment in favor of Lee Jae-yong deals a setback to prosecutors who hoped the original sentence would send a warning to South Korea’s powerful business tycoons.

Law and Legislation

Hong Kong’s Courts Have Defended Its Freedoms. Is Beijing Changing That?

Since Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule, its British-created courts have protected the rule of law that made Hong Kong special. Now there are concerns of interference by Beijing.


South Korean appeals court sets Samsung scion Lee free

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean appeals court on Monday set Samsung Group heir Jay Y. Lee free after nearly a year of detention, suspending his five-year jail term after he was convicted of bribing the country's former president.

'This Is Us' fans are beside themselves over Jack's death

Caution: This post contains spoilers about the latest episode of NBC's "This Is Us."


Court hands Vietnam oil official another life sentence for corruption

HANOI (Reuters) - A high-profile former Vietnamese oil executive was sentenced to life in jail for embezzlement on Monday, two weeks after was also imprisoned for life on similar charges in a separate case, state media reported.


Parisian eyes on Brussels court as Bataclan suspect goes on trial

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - More than two years after Islamist militants killed 130 people in their city, Parisians will be hoping for some new insight into the carnage when the sole surviving suspect appears in public for the first time on Monday.


South Korean appeals court to rule on Samsung scion Lee's conviction and jail term

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean appeals court will rule on Monday on Samsung Group scion Jay Y. Lee's conviction and jail term for corruption in a case that led to the ouster of the nation's president last year.

New Zealand

The Life and Death of Nigel, the World’s Loneliest Seabird

The gannet won hearts with his devotion to a concrete decoy on an uninhabited New Zealand island. His story shines a light on efforts to repopulate the island.


Maldives top court seeks to impeach president, attorney-general says

MALE (Reuters) - The Supreme Court in the Maldives is trying to impeach President Abdulla Yameen, who has not obeyed its order to release opposition leaders arrested after unfair trials, the island nation's attorney general said on Sunday.

Wood, Natalie

New Doubts in Natalie Wood’s Death: ‘I Don’t Think She Got in the Water by Herself’

The actress’s 1981 death at sea was recently reclassified as suspicious. Robert Wagner, her husband, is not a suspect but “more of a person of interest now,” the police said.


Peru rights victims' families ask court to annul Fujimori pardon

SAN JOSE (Reuters) - The families of victims of human rights abuses under former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori testified on Friday at an international human rights tribunal, asking the court to annul the controversial pardon of the former leader late last year.


Father of molested girls lunges at disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor in court

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (Reuters) - The enraged father of three daughters who were sexually abused by Larry Nassar lunged at the former USA Gymnastics national team doctor and tried to attack him during a sentencing hearing in a Michigan courtroom on Friday.

Politics and Government

Kenya Government Defies Court Order to Restore TV Broadcasts

A court in Nairobi ordered the government to restore four channels it suspended on Tuesday “with immediate effect.” So far, it has refused.


Father of molested girls charges disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor in court

(Editor's Note: Please be advised that this story contains language in fifth paragraph that may offend some readers)

Ammo seller to Las Vegas killer says he's received death threats

An Arizona man named in months-old police records as a person of interest after October's Las Vegas massacre says he sold tracer ammunition to killer Stephen Paddock, but he had no other dealing with him and never saw anything suspicious in their brief interactions.


U.N. court hands Costa Rica territorial victories over Nicaragua

THE HAGUE/SAN JOSE (Reuters) - Costa Rica claimed victory over Nicaragua on Friday, after the United Nations' highest court awarded Costa Rica disputed territory along the coastal border shared by the two Central American countries.

Child Abuse and Neglect

Victims’ Father Lunges at Larry Nassar in Court

Randall Margraves had been standing next to his daughters in Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Mich., as they gave statements about Dr. Nassar’s sexual abuse.


Victims' father charges at ex-U.S.A. Gymnastics doctor in court

(Editor's Note: Please be advised that this story contains language in fifth paragraph that may offend some readers)

Father of 3 Nassar victims lunges at him in court

The father of three daughters who have been abused by Larry Nassar tried to attack the former doctor in Eaton County court Friday before he was tackled and arrested by security.


Top U.N. court awards Costa Rica territory claimed by Nicaragua

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Nicaragua was ordered by the UN's top court on Friday to remove a military base from Costa Rican territory in a ruling seeking to end a decade-long dispute between the Central American neighbors.

Dad lunges at Nassar in court room

The father of three girls who have been abused by Larry Nassar rushes him in court.


Greek court rejects extradition of Turk over links to bombings

ATHENS (Reuters) - A Greek court on Friday ruled against the extradition of a Turkish man wanted by Ankara over links to a banned militant group blamed for suicide bombings in Turkey, court officials said.

Natalie Wood's drowning now seen as a 'suspicious death'

The drowning of actress Natalie Wood has long been one of Hollywood's great mysteries but authorities say they are now investigating her death as "suspicious" after new witnesses came forward.


Top U.N. court: Nicaragua must pay Costa Rica for environmental damage

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Nicaragua was ordered by the UN's top court on Friday to pay its neighbor Costa Rica nearly $379,000 dollars in reparations for environmental damage to parts of its wetlands.

FDA reviewing animal studies in wake of monkey deaths

A decision by the US Food and Drug Administration to shut down a nicotine addiction study has stirred debate about what the future holds for medical research on animals.


Philippines says anti-dengue vaccine may be connected to three deaths

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines said on Friday the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia may be connected to three deaths in the country, according to a government-ordered inquiry, and that the drug is not ready for mass immunization.


Natalie Wood’s Drowning Now Classified as ‘Suspicious Death’

Almost four decades after the actress’s death in 1981, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has reclassified her case and named her former husband, Robert Wagner, as a “person of interest.”


NFL players with long, short careers have similar death risk: study

(Reuters) - A study on the health of football players released on Thursday found career participation in the NFL was not associated with a statistically significant increase in death rates when compared with other players who spent less time in the league.

Pennsylvania GOP leader defies court order on gerrymandering

A top Pennsylvania state Senate Republican is refusing to follow a court order requiring lawmakers to turn over data that would redraw the state's congressional map.

Colleges and Universities

Republicans Tack a Conservative Campus Wish List to a Major Education Bill

The bill contains measures sought by religious schools and free-speech advocates, worrying some college administrators and gay-rights groups.


Appeals court upholds structure of U.S. consumer bureau

(This January 31 story corrects date of original court ruling in paragraph two)


After legal setbacks, Trump administration races to Supreme Court

(Reuters) - When President Donald Trump's administration took its fight to end a controversial immigration program directly to the U.S. Supreme Court last month, skipping over a California federal appeals court in the process, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said it was a "rare step" to ensure a quick and fair resolution. 

Books and Literature

Fiction: A Debut Novel Traces the Boundary Between Life and Death

“The Afterlives,” by Thomas Pierce, explores the fluidity of human existence.


Reuters reporters arrested in Myanmar brought to court; bail decision likely

YANGON (Reuters) - Two Reuters journalists accused of violating Myanmar's colonial-era Official Secrets Act were brought to a district court on Thursday where, according to a defense lawyer, the judge is due to rule on a bail request.


'Traumatized and broken:' Victims of gymnastics doctor detail abuse in court

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (Reuters) - Jessica Thomashow was a 9-year-old gymnast who still liked playing with American Girl dolls when USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar first molested her, she said in a Michigan courtroom on Wednesday.

United States Politics and Government

Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks Were Fast. It Could Get Messy in Court.

Legal experts say many were made without fully considering the laws and procedures governing changes, making them vulnerable to legal challenges.


Reuters reporters arrested in Myanmar due to appear in court

YANGON (Reuters) - Two Reuters journalists accused of violating Myanmar's colonial-era Official Secrets Act are due in court on Thursday as the prosecution presents more witnesses, while a defense lawyer has said the judge will rule on a bail request.


U.S. immigration agency clarifies policy on courthouse arrests

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, announced a new set of guidelines on Wednesday for how it will conduct arrests in courthouses.


Lawsuit saying Twitter aided Islamic State thrown out by U.S. appeals court

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled on Wednesday that Twitter Inc is not liable to families of two U.S. government contractors killed in an Islamic State attack in Jordan for having failed to block that group from using its accounts and messaging services.


More victims of ex-USA Gymnastics doctor detail abuse in court

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (Reuters) - Jessica Thomashow said on Wednesday she was in middle school when her gymnastics doctor, Larry Nassar, sexually assaulted her for the first time under the guise of treating her injuries.

Child Abuse and Neglect

Larry Nassar, Sentenced in Sexual Abuse Case, Heads Back to Court

The former doctor for U.S.A. Gymnastics and a Michigan State University clinic faces sentencing for similar crimes against three girls in another case.


Arbitration court to announce verdicts in Russian athletes' doping appeals on Thursday

ZURICH (Reuters) - The verdicts on appeals from 39 Russian athletes who were given lifetime Olympic bans for doping violations at the 2014 Sochi Games will be announced on Thursday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said in a statement on Wednesday.


Myanmar official in charge of troubled town stabbed to death

YANGON (Reuters) - A Myanmar official who was the administrator of a town in troubled Rakhine state when seven people died there in rioting earlier this month has been stabbed and killed, the government said on Wednesday.

Shooting death in video game leads to a real one

A virtual shooting death in an online video game led to the real-life shooting death of a Kansas man in December, according to court documents.

Nassar to face 65 more victims in court

The legal reckoning with Larry Nassar's years of sexual abuse isn't over.


Italy's Enel courts more carmakers in e-car charge

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy's Enel is in touch with a number of carmakers including Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) as the power utility steps up efforts to benefit from the e-car boom through its recharging technologies.


Campaigners say UK surveillance powers must change after court ruling

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will need to amend its law allowing for sweeping powers to carry out mass digital surveillance after a court ruled on Tuesday that previous legislation was illegal, civil rights campaigners said.

Mom lunges at murder suspect in court

A Kentucky mom was dragged from the courtroom after she had an emotional outburst and tried attacking the man accused of killing her two sons.


Coal firms plead to courts, Trump for West Coast export terminals

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The ailing U.S. coal industry is ramping up its political and legal offensive to win approval for West Coast export terminals that could provide a lifeline to lucrative Asia markets.


U.S. court to reconsider ruling on San Francisco soda health warnings

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Monday agreed to reconsider an earlier ruling which had blocked a San Francisco law that mandated health warnings for soda and other sugary drinks.


UPDATE 2-U.S. court to reconsider San Francisco soda health warning ruling

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 29 (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Monday agreed to reconsider an earlier ruling blocking a San Francisco law that mandated health warnings for soda and other sugary drinks.


U.S. court: No court-appointed lawyer for boy facing deportation

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Children illegally brought to the United States with their parents have no constitutional right to a court-appointed lawyer to represent them in U.S. immigration proceedings, according to a federal appellate ruling issued on Monday.


Top French court reverses ban on breeding whales, dolphins

PARIS/NICE (Reuters) - France's highest administrative court on Monday overturned a ban on breeding killer whales and dolphins in captivity after ruling there had been irregularities in the decree putting the legislation into place.

Doctors can end baby's life support without parents' consent, court rules

A UK judge has ruled that doctors can withdraw life support for a severely disabled 11-month-old boy without the consent of his parents.


Myanmar advisory panel chief says it cannot interfere in court case against reporters

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's panel of international advisers on Rohingya issues will not get involved in the case of two Reuters journalists charged with violating the Official Secrets Act, its chairman told a state newspaper in an interview published on Monday.


Box Office: 'Maze Runner: The Death Cure' sprints past 'Jumanji'

LOS ANGELES, ( - Fox's "Maze Runner: The Death Cure" has ended the three-week reign of Sony's "Jumanji: Welcome the "Jungle" with a respectable $23.5 million at 3,787 North American locations for the weekend.


Spanish court says Puigdemont must attend parliament in person

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Constitutional Court said on Saturday the former leader of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, could only attend a swearing-in session to become regional leader if he was physically present in the parliament and had a judge's permission to attend.

Man convicted in death of ex-NFL player

A Louisiana man was found guilty of manslaughter in connection with the deadly shooting of former NFL player Joe McKnight, the Jefferson Parish district attorney's office said.

Murders, Attempted Murders and Homicides

Deaths of Billionaire Toronto Couple Were Homicides, Police Say

Toronto authorities have ruled out murder-suicide, but they have no suspects yet in the mysterious killings.

Animal Abuse, Rights and Welfare

Citing Deaths of Lab Monkeys, F.D.A. Ends an Addiction Study

The agency said on Friday it was evaluating other animal studies and would retire the remaining monkeys to a sanctuary.


A Death at Public School X811: Teacher, Family Man, Addict

Even after 10 years of marriage and with a third child on the way, Matthew Azimi couldn’t avoid returning to his long-running drug habit.

Billionaire couple's deaths were homicides, police say

Barry Sherman, a Canadian billionaire and philanthropist, and his wife, Honey Sherman, died in a double homicide, Toronto Police Detective Sgt. Susan Gomes said Friday at a news conference.


Poland moves to make use of phrase 'Polish death camps' criminal offense

WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish lawmakers approved a bill on Friday that makes it a crime, punishable by up to three years in prison, to use statements suggesting Poland bears responsibility for crimes against humanity committed by Nazi Germany.


Opinion: What to Say When You Meet the Angel of Death at a Party

After two and a half years of living with stage IV cancer, I have some suggestions about how to talk to me.


Spanish government asks court to block Puigdemont's bid to lead Catalonia

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's government on Friday decided to ask the Constitutional Court to block former leader Carles Puigdemont's bid to lead Catalonia again, the deputy prime minister said.


Assange to ask London court to drop UK arrest warrant

LONDON (Reuters) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will ask a London court on Friday to drop the arrest warrant that stems from his breach of bail conditions in Britain, a move that could enable him to eventually leave the Ecuadorean embassy in London if successful.


UK defense minister says Russia looking to cause thousands of deaths in Britain

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's defense minister warned that Russia was looking to damage the British economy by attacking its infrastructure, a move he said could cause "thousands and thousands and thousands of deaths", The Telegraph newspaper reported.


U.S. Supreme Court halts execution of Alabama man for 1985 murder

(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court halted the planned execution on Thursday of an Alabama man convicted of murdering a police officer in 1985 after attorneys petitioned to spare the man's life, arguing that he had suffered several strokes that left him unable to remember the crime.


Venezuela top court sidelines opposition coalition, could split Maduro foes

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's pro-government Supreme Court late on Thursday excluded the opposition coalition from registering ahead of this year's presidential election, possibly splintering President Nicolas Maduro's foes by pushing political parties to put forward competing candidates.


Brazil court approves seizure of Lula's passport

BRASILIA (Reuters) - A Brazilian court on Thursday approved the seizure of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's passport, the Justice Ministry said, after an appeals court upheld the corruption conviction of the left-wing hero.


Alabama execution delayed as court ponders reprieve

(Reuters) - The execution of an Alabama man convicted of murdering a police officer in 1985 was temporarily halted on Thursday after attorneys asked the U.S. Supreme Court to spare the man's life because he had several strokes that left him unable to remember the crime.


Brazil court approves seizure of Lula's passport: source

BRASILIA (Reuters) - A Brazilian court has approved the seizure of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's passport, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday, a day after an appeals court upheld the corruption conviction of the left-wing hero.


Flu deaths may be less likely with annual vaccination

(Reuters Health) - Seniors who get a flu shot every year are less likely to be hospitalized with severe influenza infections or to die from them than those who get vaccinated only sporadically, a Spanish study suggests.


EU court rejects Facebook class action suit by privacy activist

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - An Austrian privacy activist cannot bring a class action lawsuit against Facebook for alleged privacy violations but can sue the company himself in his home country, the European Union's highest court ruled on Thursday.


UPDATE 2-EU court rejects Facebook class action suit by privacy activist

* Facebook says always complies with EU data protection laws (Adds background, consumer group comment)

Books and Literature

Fiction: Denis Johnson’s Death-Infused Last Stories

In a posthumous collection, “The Largesse of the Sea Maiden,” Johnson continues the preoccupation that haunted his career.


UPDATE 1-EU court rejects Facebook class action suit by privacy activist

BRUSSELS, Jan 25 (Reuters) - An Austrian privacy activist cannot bring a class action lawsuit against Facebook for alleged privacy violations but can sue the company himself in his home country, the European Union's highest court ruled on Thursday.


EU court backs Facebook rejection of class action privacy suit

BRUSSELS, Jan 25 (Reuters) - An Austrian privacy activist can not bring a class action lawsuit against Facebook for alleged privacy violations but can himself sue the company in his home court, the highest European Union court ruled on Thursday.

Florida governor wants death penalty on table in alleged murder-for-hire

The brutal killing of a Florida woman has renewed debate in the state over the use of the death penalty.


EU court to decide if Austrian can bring Facebook class action suit

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The highest court in the European Union will decide on Thursday whether an Austrian privacy activist can bring a class action lawsuit against Facebook for what he says are illegal violations of the privacy of users.

Courtroom applauds Nassar whistleblower

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina offered her praise to Rachael Denhollander, the former gymnast who first made ex-USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar's abuse public in a September 2016 Indy Star story. The courtroom gave Denhollander a standing ovation.


'I've signed your death warrant,' judge tells abusive ex-USA Gymnastics doctor

LANSING, Mich. (Reuters) - As his victims wept in a Michigan courtroom on Wednesday, disgraced long-time USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for abusing young female gymnasts who were entrusted to his care.

Corruption (Institutional)

Upending Brazil’s Presidential Race, Court Upholds Former Leader’s Conviction

The decision could bar former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva from running for a third term in October, but he is expected to fight for the right to appear on the ballot.


Brazil court upholds Lula conviction

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (Reuters) - A Brazilian appeals court upheld the corruption conviction of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Wednesday, a major blow to the plans of the country's most influential politician to run for the presidency again this year.


UPDATE 3-Brazil court upholds Lula conviction

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, Jan 24 (Reuters) - A Brazilian appeals court upheld the corruption conviction of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Wednesday, a major blow to the plans of the country's most influential politician to run for the presidency again this year.