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Justices show little support for Aereo TV in copyright fight

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared skeptical on Tuesday about online TV service Aereo Inc's position in a copyright dispute with major broadcasters, but several raised concerns about how a ruling against the startup could affect cloud computing services.

Supreme Court lets Michigan bar college affirmative action

Washington, Apr 22 (EFE).- The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Michigan's ban on applying ethnic criteria to admissions to state universities and community colleges. The justices voted 6-2 to reject a challenge to the anti-affirmation amendment of the state constitution that Michigan voters approved in 2006. Justice Elena Kagan recused herself due to her earlier involvement in the litigation as U.S. solicitor general.

US Supreme Court seeks middle ground between Argentina, creditors on access to foreign assets

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court appeared to be searching for a middle ground Monday in the decade-long battle between Argentina and holders of its defaulted bonds. The justices heard arguments on a relatively narrow aspect of the issue, the question of whether a sovereign nation can be forced to reveal assets around the world so plaintiffs can collect on U.S. court judgments.

Philippine Supreme Court approves birth control law

The Philippines' highest court approved Tuesday a controversial birth control law that supporters said would transform the lives of millions of poor Filipinos, despite bitter opposition from the powerful Catholic Church. "The RH law is not unconstitutional," Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te told reporters, announcing a ruling that struck down petitions against the reproductive health law by church groups. kma/ac

Appeals court upholds NYC ban on worship services in schools

By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's ban on religious worship services inside school buildings after hours was ruled constitutional on Thursday by a federal appeals court. In a 2-1 decision, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the New York City Board of Education's regulation, created so the city would not be perceived as endorsing religious activity in a public forum, "was consistent with its constitutional duties."

Supreme Court's rejection of U.S. campaign funding limits opens door for big-money donors

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a key pillar of federal campaign finance law by allowing donors to give money to as many political candidates, parties and committees as they wish. In the latest in a series of decisions by the high court that have given big-money donors more influence in U.S. elections, the justices rejected the overall limits on how much individuals can donate during a federal two-year election cycle.

US court removes limits on overall campaign donations

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday removed the overall limit on contributions a donor can make to political candidates, a move which critics say could give rich individuals unfair influence over elections. The move was immediately hailed by Republicans, who are gearing up to challenge President Barack Obama's Democratic supporters for control of the Senate in November mid-term elections. The top court, in a 5-4 ruling read by Chief Justice John Roberts, did retain limits on the amount an individual donor can give to a single candidate but removed an overall cap.

US court removes limits on overall campaign donations

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday removed the overall limit on contributions a donor can make to political candidates, a move that could open the floodgates to campaign funding by rich individuals. The move was immediately hailed by Republicans, who are gearing up to challenge President Barack Obama's Democratic supporters for control of the Senate in October mid-term elections. The top court, in a five to four ruling read by Chief Justice John Roberts, did retain limits on the amount an individual donor can give to a single candidate but removed an overall cap.

Supreme Court struggles with companies' religious objections to law's birth control coverage

WASHINGTON - Seemingly divided, the Supreme Court struggled Tuesday with the question of whether companies have religious rights, a case challenging President Barack Obama's health overhaul and its guarantee of birth control in employees' preventive care plans. Peppering attorneys with questions in a 90-minute argument, the justices weighed the rights of for-profit companies against the rights of female employees. The discussion ranged to abortion, too, and even whether a female worker could be forced to wear an all-covering burka.

Supreme Court signals support for corporate religious claims

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court signaled on Tuesday it may allow corporations to mount religious objections to government action, possibly paving the way for companies to avoid covering employees' birth control as required under Obamacare.
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