A Florida jury has slammed the nation's No. 2 cigarette maker, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., with $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer in 1996.
After a series of setbacks, abortion rights advocates claimed a small victory Tuesday after a federal appeals court blocked a law that would have closed the last remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi.
Republicans hoped that by filing a lawsuit against President Obama ? a move that is expected to win House endorsement Wednesday ? they would mobilize conservatives eager for a confrontation with the White House. But so far it appears to be rallying Democrats at least as much as Republicans.
The mother of a Mexican teenager killed in Mexico when at least one U.S. Border Patrol agent opened fire north of the border has filed suit, alleging that the agent violated the law, her attorneys and the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday.
In a seemingly dismal year for Democrats, who face the prospect of losing House seats and possibly control of the Senate, there is one bright spot: a chance to elect governors in several states run by Republicans.
Time Warner Cable says it is willing to let an arbitrator determine a fair price for SportsNet LA in the hopes of resolving its dispute with DirecTV and other pay-TV providers over distribution of the Dodger-owned channel. "We prefer to reach agreements through private business negotiations, but given the current circumstance, we are willing to agree to binding arbitration," a Time Warner Cable spokesman said. SportsNet LA, launched earlier this year by the team, is the exclusive local TV home for Dodgers games. Time Warner Cable secured distribution rights for the channel in a 25-year deal worth $8.35 billion, according to a valuation by the Dodgers and Major League Baseball....