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2:31 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Supreme Court Hears Plea Bargain Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in two cases testing whether a lawyer's mishandling of a plea bargain offer should be sufficient reason for a defendant to get a second chance to accept the offer.

Both cases involve defendants who got prison terms much longer than they would have under plea bargains offered by the prosecutor. In one case, the defendant's lawyer never told his client about the offer. In the other, the defense lawyer advised against taking the offer based on a clearly erroneous understanding of state law.

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The Two-Way
2:27 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

High Court Lets Stand Ruling Ordering Removal Of Crosses In Utah

Originally published on Wed November 2, 2011 5:40 am

The United States Supreme Court has let stand a lower court ruling that ordered the removal of 12-foot high crosses placed along highways in Utah to commemorate state troopers killed in the line of duty.

The court acted without comment, but Justice Clarence Thomas wrote a 19-page dissent.

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The Two-Way
2:12 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Ghost Stories: FBI Releases Documents, Videos Of Russian Spy Operation

Christopher Metsos in Queens, N.Y.

FBI

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 10:16 am

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Politics
1:16 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Facing Stiffened Opposition, Obama Goes It Alone

President Obama signed an executive order Monday directing the Food and Drug Administration to take steps to reduce drug shortages. The order is one of several similar actions the president has taken in recent weeks.

Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 5:30 pm

President Obama, faced with what he described as an "increasingly dysfunctional" Congress, has turned repeatedly in recent weeks to the time-honored, but often controversial executive order to unilaterally make policy.

On Monday, Obama signed an executive order designed to require drug companies to report anticipated manufacturing shortages in advance. Last week, he said he would issue an executive order designed to help ease home-refinancing rules. And earlier in the same week, the president issued a directive to cap student loan payments.

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The Salt
12:48 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Kids And Teens See More Ads For Sugary Drinks

Kids and teens saw double the number of ads for soda in 2010 than they did in 2008.

Todd Keith iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 12:00 pm

From 2008 to 2010, children's and teens' exposure to television ads for soda doubled, according to a new report from the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University. And beverage companies targeted black and Hispanic kids more than others in recent ads, the report found.

Commercials for Coke and Dr. Pepper products led the increase. Pepsi actually showed young audiences 22 percent fewer commercials for its products in that same time period.

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