By The Associated Press
The Supreme Court term that begins Monday holds the prospect for major rulings about affirmative action, gay marriage and voting rights.
A look at cases the court already has agreed to hear and other top cases in the pipeline:
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By MARK SHERMANAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court plunged into its new term Monday with a high-stakes dispute between businesses and human rights groups over accountability for foreign atrocities. The next nine months hold the prospect for major rulings on affirmative action,
By CHRISTOPHER WEBERAssociated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Traffic was flowing again on the city's busiest freeway following a weekend closure that was hailed a success by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa after it didn't result in the "Carmageddon" of epic traffic jams.
Bridgework that forced
By NIGEL DUARA and TERRENCE PETTYAssociated Press
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America plan to begin bringing suspected abusers to the attention of police departments and sheriff's offices across the country.
The abusers are named in the organization's so-called perversion
By The Associated Press
"We'd rather be us than them." - President Barack Obama spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki commenting after many polls show Obama, who is within reach of the 270 electoral votes needed to win a second term, with a steady lead over Republican Mitt Romney.
By AMIR SHAH and HEIDI VOGTAssociated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A Taliban suicide bomber rammed a motorcycle packed with explosives into a joint U.S.-Afghan patrol on Monday, killing 14 people including three Americans in the latest attack on an increasingly fraught program to help Afghan
By DON THOMPSONAssociated Press
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Some illegal immigrants could get California drivers licenses under a bill that Gov. Jerry Brown announced he signed into law late Sunday.
AB2189 by Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, will let the Department of Motor Vehicles issue
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California has become the first state to ban a controversial form of psychotherapy aimed at making gay teenagers straight.
Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he had signed SB1172 by Democratic Senator Ted Lieu of Torrance. The law, which prohibits sexual orientation
By HANNAH DREIERAssociated Press
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday announced that he had vetoed legislation that would have provided overtime pay, meal breaks and other labor protections to an estimated 200,000 caregivers, nannies and house cleaners in California.
By LYNN BERRY and MISHA DZHINDZHIKHASHVILIAssociated Press
TBILISI, Georgia (AP) - Early returns and exit polls in a heated parliamentary election show that Georgian voters have turned against President Mikhail Saakashvili and the party that has been in power for almost nine years.