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US court backs NC in Alcoa dam relicensing case

A federal appeals court on Tuesday rejected an effort by an Alcoa Inc. subsidiary to speed up the federal license the company needs to operate dams on North Carolina's Yadkin River for up to 50 more years. Full story

Monday's Sports In Brief

With its players again barred from work, the NFL told a federal appeals court the fight over whether the lockout is legal won't get in the way of the 2011 season. The rest of the labor fight? That's anyone's guess. Full story

Appeals court blocks polygamy land trust ruling

A federal appeals court is blocking a federal judge in Utah from handing control of a communal land trust back to leaders of Warren Jeffs' polygamous church. Full story

US court grants new sentencing for Mumia Abu-Jamal

A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered a new sentencing hearing for convicted police killer and death-row activist Mumia Abu-Jamal, finding for a second time that the death-penalty instructions given to the jury at his 1982 trial were potentially misleading. Full story

Court backs Ohio Muslim leader stopped at border

A federal appeals court has sided with an Ohio Muslim leader who is trying to find out why she was detained at a border crossing five years ago. Full story

Appeals court revives lawsuit over dirty inmate

A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit that claims that an inmate at a privately-run Nashville jail was denied mental health treatment and did not shower or leave his segregated cell for nine months. Full story

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Appeals court revives lawsuit over dirty TN inmate

Media ask court to unseal gay marriage trial tapes

Court upholds $4M verdict in A&E TV show dispute

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Court: Harvard twins stuck with Facebook agreement

Appeals court upholds ex-Enron CEO's convictions

Court upholds ruling blocking Ala. deductions law

Court affirms exclusive Native American use of eagle feathers

Former Pennsylvania Governor Rendell and wife separating

Appeals court upholds University of Texas over race admissions


  Appeals court upholds block of Arizona law

A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling so police will not be allowed to question people’s immigration status if they’re stopped or arrest them without a warrant. Telemundo’s Jose Diaz Balart joins the conversation.

  Court upholds ban on Az. immigration law

A federal appeals court has upheld a ban on part of the controversial Arizona law that would require police to hold people they suspected were in the U.S. illegally. NBC's Pete Williams reports.

  Ca. AG asks court to lift gay marriage ban

California Attorney General Kamala Harris joined in asking a federal appeals court to allow gay marriages to resume while the court considers the constitutionality of the state's voter-approved ban.. KNBC's Conan Nolan reports.

  Rewriting the FCC

In 2003 the FCC doled out over $1.2 million in fines for a bare bottom shown in an episode of NYPD Blue. Today, a federal appeals court rewrote that wrong. Lawrence O’Donnell looks at the controversy and the controversial scene that started it.

  Proposition 8 hearing underway

Carrie Tedrick and Wendy Rae Hill, who are engaged, discuss waiting for a federal appeals court decision on the fate of Proposition 8.

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