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  Federal judge sides with artist in college-trademark dispute
  Daniel Moore had argued free-speech, fair-use right to paint, sell scenes of University of Alabama football.     11.04.09
 
  3rd Circuit rejects Pittsburgh's abortion-clinic access law
  Unanimous three-judge panel finds either set of distance limits could by itself be legal, but that combined, the zones violate First Amendment.     11.03.09
 
  Scrooge strikes early: Ohio village cancels Christmas parade
  Mayor says logistical problems, lack of sponsor were main reasons for cancellation, but that name change to 'holiday' parade also drew criticism.     11.03.09
 
  Supporters of sealing Tenn. gun database seek very same records
  AP study finds that list of more than 257,000 handgun-permit holders was recently requested by state Republican Party and direct mail contractor that has done work for GOP.     11.03.09
 
  Ind. teens punished for racy MySpace photos sue high school
  ACLU, which filed suit, says administrators violated two girls' free speech by banning them from extracurricular activities for posting sexually suggestive photos during their summer vacation.     11.03.09
 
  Journalism prof claims university violated free speech
  David Demers' federal lawsuit claims Washington State administrators punished him for proposing plan to improve Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.     11.02.09
 
  Obama administration seeks to block wiretap lawsuit
  Invoking state-secrets privilege, Justice Department says allowing case to proceed would jeoparding intelligence work.     11.02.09
 
  High court turns away another appeal in fight over Conn. diocese files
  Justices again refuse to stop release of documents generated for sexual-abuse lawsuits against priests in Bridgeport diocese.     11.02.09
 
  Wash. officials issue new rules after holiday-display debacle
  Prompted by controversy last year over Nativity scene, atheist sign, state issues new guidelines that bar nongovernment displays inside Capitol buildings but allow them outside.     11.02.09
 
  Calif. AG spokesman admits secret recordings of reporters
  Communications director in Jerry Brown's office placed on administrative leave after apparent legal violation.     11.02.09
 
  Texas law on children's seeing porn being challenged
  Because of the way statute reads, prosecutor says he can't file charges against man accused of forcing his 8- and 9-year-old daughters to watch hardcore online pornography.     11.01.09
 
  Calif. jury awards $16.5M in radio contestant's death
  Jurors side with family of Jennifer Strange, who died after participating in Sacramento radio station's water-drinking contest.     10.31.09
 
  Home Depot fires cashier over God button
  Spokesman says any pin or badge not provided by the company violates the dress code.     10.30.09
 
  Ariz. high court: Hidden data in public records must be disclosed
  Justices overturn lower court ruling that found 'metadata' wasn't subject to state open-records law.     10.30.09
 
 

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