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Northern Ireland report: Statistically the future is Catholic and female
Belfast TelegraphMarch 1, 2012

Both dissident republicans and loyalists who have turned to crime look likely to continue to operate. The dissidents have a far lower capacity than the IRA enjoyed at any point in their campaign but they have no political exit strategy.more »

AMR wins right to hire bankruptcy advisers
CBS NewsMarch 1, 2012

FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines says a federal judge approved its hiring of legal, business and financial advisers to help steer the company through reorganization under bankruptcy protection. Sean Collins, a spokesman for American parent AMR ...more »

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Penny's law helps retired teacher get full pension
SouthCoastToday.comMarch 1, 2012

Rep. William M. Straus, D-Mattapoisett, informed Harvey, her family and Fairhaven teachers this week that Lt. Gov. Tim Murray had signed the bill, Chapter 41 of the Acts of 2012, into law Friday. The law, he said, "authorizes the School Committee to ...more »

Individual Educational Plans
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Campaign for High School Equity Calls for Strong Accountability in Federal ...
Sacramento BeeMarch 1, 2012

29, 2012 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, February 28, the House Education and the Workforce Committee passed the Student Success Act (HR 3989), which would amend and reauthorize Title I and other parts of the Elementary and Secondary ...more »

Divorce & Separation
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'Anti-Sharia' bill banning foreign law passes House over protests
MiamiHerald.comMarch 2, 2012

A bill that would ban courts or other legal authorities from using religious or foreign law as a part of a legal decision or contract was okayed by the House. By Brittany Alana Davis TALLAHASSEE -- A proposal critics say targets Islam passed the House ...more »

Infertility Law & Surrogate Parenting
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After Health Care Reform, Still Seeking Insurance
The Bay Citizen (blog)March 26, 2012

After all, the federal Affordable Care Act – colloquially known as “Obamacare” – was signed into law two years ago. Its mandate that all American citizens obtain coverage of some sort, coupled with a prohibition on insurers denying applicants because ...more »

Mortuary Law
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Report faults NATO over civilian deaths in Libya
Pioneer PressMarch 3, 2012

It paints a generally gloomy picture of the level of respect for human rights and international law in Libya, while acknowledging that the problem is a legacy of years of violent repression under Gadhafi. NATO air raids that killed civilians in Libya ...more »

Domestic Partnerships
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Pa. county approves domestic partner benefits
Wausau Daily HeraldMarch 3, 2012

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ( ) says Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald has signed an executive order allowing county workers to enroll an eligible same-sex domestic partner in benefits beginning Monday for coverage ...more »

Name Changes
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Dream Act students wait for change: 'I don't feel like I'm doing my potential'
The GuardianMarch 2, 2012

And even if he could scrape the tuition money together, what good is a degree if he's not eligible for legal employment after he graduates? The Dream – or the Development, Relief, and Education of Minors – Act would offer a path to legalization for ...more »

Domestic Violence
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Domestic Violence Arrest at River Camp
Patch.comMarch 1, 2012

A records check showed that Downing was currently on Napa County Probation and that there was a current Domestic Violence Restraining Order prohibiting Downing from contacting the victim. Downing was taken into custody and booked at the Napa County ...more »

Paternity Suits
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How I took The Hump from Great Yarmouth to Vegas: Englebert Humperdinck's ...
Daily MailMarch 6, 2012

'I've had more paternity suits than mattresses,' he once said, but as a friend I have always found him to be a gentleman. Over the years, we sometimes had our creative differences, of course, but our working relationship lasted until I retired a few ...more »

Foster Care
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Making life less stressful for shelter pets
Vineland Daily JournalMarch 6, 2012

Then, St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center offered to transfer Missy to its facility and place her in a long-term foster home until she could be adopted. Missy has enjoyed the past several days de-stressing in foster care, and today she is on her way to ...more »

Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements
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What is a Post-Nuptial Agreement?
JD Supra (press release)March 2, 2012

Many people are familiar with prenuptial agreements, also known as prenups, because celebrities and the super rich routinely get them to protect their wealth when they marry. But another legal contract becoming popular is the postnuptial agreement or ...more »

Gay & Lesbian Rights
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Seventy Groups Tell White House SNDA Endorsement Would Be "a Clarion Call for ...
Metro WeeklyMarch 9, 2012

Today, 70 groups ranging from the American Civil Liberties Union to the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers to the NAACP -- along with LGBT advocacy groups like the Human Rights Campaign; National Gay & Lesbian Task Force ...more »

State Child Protection
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State Child Protection Investigators Overwhelmed By Caseloads
Progress IllinoisMarch 5, 2012

The caseloads for child protection investigators at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services are so high that they may violate a 1991 federal consent decree, which sets monthly limits on new cases given to investigators.more »

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Divorce: Who Gets Fluffy?
Global AnimalMarch 2, 2012

Half of the accredited law schools in the United States, such as Harvard and Yale, offer courses in Animal Law that include pet custody. According to the Associated Press there has been a 15 percent rise in pet custody cases over the last 5 years, ...more »


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