Justice

Court weighs whether Border Patrol can be sued in Mexican teens’ deaths

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court seemed split on whether the family of a Mexican teen shot across the border by a Border Patrol agent in Texas can sue the agent. A court in Texas said no, but a court in a nearly identical Nogales case said those parents could sue for the death of their teen son in 2012.

He was a robber, she sold drugs; only one can get help with school

WASHINGTON - The American Opportunity Tax Credit lets people, including former inmates, claim a credit for college education expenses - unless they were convicted of a drug crime. Lawmakers are trying to lift that ban, saying someone jailed for drugs should not be denied benefits a murder can get.

Advocates worry as ‘domestic violence green cards’ get greater scrutiny

WASHINGTON - Applications for "domestic violence green cards" have risen steadily since the 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, but the percentage flagged as possibly fraudulent has risen even faster. But advocates say greater attention does not mean more problems.

Trump’s emergency wall funding declaration was ‘unlawful,’ court says

WASHINGTON - A federal judge in Texas Friday blocked an administration plan to use $3.6 billion in Pentagon funds for border wall construction, calling President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to secure the funds "unlawful."

Court: Woman injured by leaking breast implant cannot sue manufacturer

An appeals court said federal law protects the manufacturer of a leaking silicone breast implant that injured a Gold Canyon woman, who tried to sue the company for damages from the implants she received after a cancer diagnosis and double mastectomy.

Arizonans rally as court weighs LGBT, transgender workplace protections

WASHINGTON - Arizonans were among the hundreds who ralledi outside the Supreme Court as it considered one of the most emotional questions of its term - whether employment laws that prohibit discrimination "because of ... sex" also apply to sexual orientation and gender identity.