Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Monday, Feb. 14. Alberto Gonzales will be sworn in as the nation's 80th Attorney General by President Bush today. C-SPAN has a live webcast of the ceremony beginning at 9:25 AM ET. On Capitol Hill, the US Senate convenes at [...]

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Israel's cabinet voted Sunday to release 500 Palestinian prisoners in what is being termed a "goodwill gesture" to help build relations with new Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. The cabinet also agreed to allow over 200 Palestinian laborers to enter from the Gaza Strip for the first time in months.The 500 prisoners are expected to be [...]

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Taha al-Amiri, formerly a chief judge at Basra's highest criminal court under Saddam Hussein, was assassinated by two gunmen on his way to work Saturday. Al-Amiri is one of several former Baath party figures to be killed in the last 18 months. Shiite extremists seeking revenge are suspected in the attack; Hussein's regime oppressed Iraq's [...]

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Israeli officials Saturday announced plans to repatriate more than 55 Palestinians accused of terror activities who had been deported to the Gaza Strip and Europe during the Palestinian uprising. The announcement follows a Tuesday truce agreement between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that ended four years of fighting in the [...]

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Tens of thousands of Russians returned to the streets Saturday to demand the return of the Soviet system of state benefits. Protesters oppose a January 1 law that replaced the medical, housing and transportation benefits traditionally received by millions of Russian pensioners with cash payments. Opponents of the new law, including many Communists , say [...]

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The US Department of Labor announced Saturday that retail giant Wal-Mart will pay $135,540 to settle 24 federal child labor law violations. The charges involve teenage workers who used hazardous equipment while working at Wal-Mart stores in Arkansas, Connecticut and New Hampshire. With few exceptions, current federal law prohibits any person under the age of [...]

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One day after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court announced it would hear arguments challenging its decision to legalize same-sex marriage, Massachusetts Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly told reporters Friday that he now supports the ruling. He had previously opposed the unions, and initially spoke out against the court's November 2003 ruling . Reilly, who is [...]

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