A long-running dispute over exactly what an "unnamed gray, two-story vessel approximately 57 feet in length" was has landed before the U.S. Supreme Court. The outcome will determine whether federal maritime or state laws apply to structures that are moored, more or less permanently, in one place.
The U.S. Justice Department could bring a hate crime charge against the shooter in the killing of a black Florida teenager if there is sufficient evidence the slaying was motivated by racial bias and not simply a fight that spiraled out of control, legal experts and former prosecutors say.
The three days of arguments beginning before the Supreme Court on Monday may mark a turning point in a century of debate over what role the government should play in helping all Americans afford medical care.
Gov. Gary Herbert will sign a bill that demands the federal government relinquish control of public lands in Utah by 2014, setting the table for a potential legal battle over millions of acres in the state.
Government auditors say federal officials know nothing about thousands of miles of pipelines that carry natural gas released through the drilling method known as fracking, and need to step up oversight to make sure they are running safely.