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Was the U.S. Supreme Court making a statement when it declined to hear a gay adoption case? Most legal experts say the court's silence shouldn't be taken too seriously. Yet, given the publicity surrounding Florida's law, the court's refusal to hear Lofton v. Secretary of The Florida Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) would seem to communicate approval for the Florida adoption ban loud and clear. more...

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It appears the long arm of the law may be getting quite a bit longer, as courts all the way to D.C. are granting police more power to invade people's privacy. For years now, federal courts have been nibbling away at Fourth Amendment protections, allowing more and more police to intrude into historically protected places. The latest - an 8th Circuit decision - even permits poking into public restrooms. more...

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If you have ever watched a legal drama on television, you probably know that the police need a warrant to search your house. But did you also know that there are important exceptions to the warrant requirement? more...

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Every American has the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure. Did you know that in reality the police don't always need a warrant to search you. So long as there is suspcion, they can stop and frisk you for anything illegal. Read more to find out when exactly there is sufficient suspicion to stop and frisk. more...

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On Friday, May 25, 2007, President Bush signed the first federal minimum wage increase in 10 years into law.

Congress raced to approve the final Iraq war funding bill (which included the minimum wage legislation) and sent it to the President before the Memorial Day recess. The minimum wage package also included $4.84 billion in tax breaks for small businesses. more...

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Perhaps the war between the Marshalls is the 21st century version of the Hatfields and McCoys or the Montagues and Capulets. Like every famous family feud, this one started with a fight over love and money. For now, it looks like Vickie Lynn Marshall, a.k.a. Anna Nicole Smith, has won a Supreme Court battle. Read more to find out why Anna Nicole won her case. more...

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The United States is one hot destination. Whether the lure is Hollywood, the Statue of Liberty or the world's highest standard of living, people pour over American borders every day, searching for a good time or a better life. To do either, every one of these people is legally required to have a visa, issued by the United States Department of State. If someone comes to the United States without a visa, or stays after his or her visa is expired, that person is breaking the law. more...

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If getting to live in the United States is a dream, then getting a green card is like winning the lottery. So, what exactly are the benefits. more...

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We've all seen enough crime shows to know what to do if the police knock on your door and demand to search your property. Stand, look indignant and demand to see their warrant. After all, it's your property, and unless you give permission or a judge orders the search, you should have control over what you have, right? Yes - provided you're not a student. If you're in a school environment, teachers and administrators can search without either permission or a warrant. Even so, students still have rights, and knowing which searches are illegal might just save you jail time. more...

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Renter rights can vary depending on where you live. But, usually housing laws cover everything from the physical property to the terms of the rental arrangement. But that's not all you need to know. more...

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