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Ex-doctor facing new trial for killing his two kids will get date in May

ST-JEROME, Que. - A former Quebec cardiologist facing a new murder trial in the deaths of his two children should find out in May when it will begin. Guy Turcotte's case returned to court today for the first time since the Supreme Court of Canada said it wouldn't hear his an appeal of a lower court decision. In 2011, Turcotte was found not criminally responsible by a jury in the stabbing deaths of his children Anne-Sophie and Olivier in 2009.

B.C. man to stand trial again for sex worker killings: Supreme Court of Canada

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. - A B.C. man will stand trial again for the murders of two sex workers after the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear an appeal related to the case. Davey Butorac (BOO'-ter-ack) was convicted of two counts of second-degree murder of two women, whose bodies were found months apart in the B.C. communities of Abbotsford and Langley in 2007. But the B.C. Court of Appeal overturned those convictions last year and ordered a new trial, while also giving Butorac the opportunity to apply to have the cases heard separately.

Supreme Court rejects Alaska appeal over fishing, hunting rights for Alaska Natives

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal by the state of Alaska in a long-running fight over the control of rivers and the fishing and hunting rights of Alaska Natives. The court on Monday declined to review a federal appeals court ruling that upheld U.S. Interior Department rules enforcing the fishing and hunting rights on some rivers that otherwise would be under state control. The state urged the high court to step in to address claims that the federal government has improperly asserted control over rivers in more than half of Alaska.

India top court suspends Italian marines' hearing

India's top court suspended legal proceedings Friday against two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen while it examines a plea challenging prosecutors' jurisdiction in the case. The case has soured diplomatic ties between New Delhi and Rome, which last month recalled its ambassador to India to protest delays in the court proceedings. Friday's court order was in response to a petition filed by the marines challenging the right of India's National Investigation Agency (NIA) to investigate the case. The agency is India's top counter-terrorism body.

In U.S. contraception case, a question of corporate rights

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court could dodge the contentious question of whether corporations have religious rights when it weighs objections to an Obamacare requirement that employers provide insurance coverage for contraception.

Cricket: Pakistan's Supreme Court to hear cricket chief appeal

Pakistan's Supreme Court Saturday agreed to hear an appeal by the federal government challenging a lower court's decision to reinstate the country's embattled cricket chief. Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf was suspended eight months ago over alleged dubious elections. The Nawaz Sharif government appointed an Interim Management Committee to oversee the PCB but Ashraf was reinstated by an appellate bench of the Islamabad High Court earlier this month.

Cricket: Pakistan's Surpreme Court to hear cricket chief appeal

Pakistan's Supreme Court Saturday agreed to hear an appeal by the federal government challenging a lower court's decision to reinstate the country's embattled cricket chief. Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf was suspended eight months ago over alleged dubious elections. The Nawaz Sharif government appointed an Interim Management Committee to oversee the PCB but Ashraf was reinstated by an appellate bench of the Islamabad High Court earlier this month.

Supreme Court of Canada agrees to hear appeal in B.C. right-to-die case

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada will revisit the issue of assisted suicide. The court has agreed to hear an appeal in the case of Kay Carter and Gloria Taylor, who succeeded in briefly overturning the assisted suicide law in 2012. A B.C. judge ruled the law unconstitutional, but delayed her ruling for a year to allow the federal government to rewrite the statute. The provincial court of appeal overturned that decision.

Hanmi does not infringe AstraZeneca's Nexium: U.S.court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The drug company AstraZeneca PLC lost a bid on Thursday to defend its widely used heartburn drug Nexium when an appeals court ruled that a new drug from Hanmi Pharmaceuticals did not infringe on Nexium patents. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a lower court's ruling that Hanmi did not infringe on AstraZeneca's patent since the South Korean company uses different salts in making its products. The company was disappointed in the appeals court decision.

Russia's Supreme Court orders review of Pussy Riot case

MOSCOW - Russia's Supreme Court has ordered a review of the case against two jailed members of the Pussy Riot punk band saying that a lower court did not fully prove their guilt. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich were found guilty of hooliganism motived by religious hatred in August 2012 following an impromptu protest in Moscow's main cathedral, and sentenced to two years in prison each. Samutsevich was released several months later on suspended sentence.
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