Law Hunger strike presses for U.S. immigration reform Dec. 2, 2013, 5 a.m. Three men have been fasting since early November on the National Mall near the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Law Last of the Scottsboro Boys get justice long delayed: pardons Nov. 25, 2013, 5 a.m. A long campaign by Sheila Washington of Scottsboro, Ala., led to the pardon of the last of the Scottsboro Boys who'd been convicted of a crime they didn't commit 80 years ago. Law Native Americans press president for more help for their communities Nov. 19, 2013, 5 a.m. At the White House's fifth Tribal Nations Conference, Obama said he would visit Indian Country next year. Law Driver fired for leading kids in prayer on the school bus Nov. 8, 2013, 5 a.m. It's against the Constitution for public schools to lead students in prayer. Because the bus ride is considered an extension of the school day, the rule applies on the bus as well. 1 Law De Blasio becomes New York's first Democrat mayor in two decades Nov. 6, 2013, 5 a.m. He called for a tax increase on the wealthy to pay for citywide pre-kindergarten. He condemned the police practice of stop-and-frisk and railed against economic inequality. 3 Law Much howling in the U.S. Southwest over a wolf protection plan Nov. 6, 2013, 5 a.m. A federal agency wants to extend protections for Mexican wolves in New Mexico and Arizona. The debate over the matter is driven more by emotion than science. Law Sources: Incognito bullied his teammate Martin by sending racist texts Nov. 6, 2013, 5 a.m. Bullying doesn't just happen in schools. Martin left the Miami Dolphins last week. Incognito had sent him racist and threatening text messages. Bullying has become a nationwide concern. Law Young Saudi men help campaign to end women driving ban in kingdom Nov. 4, 2013, 5 a.m. The men, mostly young, are helping the women campaign to be allowed to drive. They risk losing their jobs. Their fathers and uncles tell them it is not yet time to let women drive. Law Black teenager says he was arrested just for buying an expensive belt Oct. 30, 2013, 4 a.m. It's called shopping while black. And many African-Americans say they are either ignored in expensive stories, or asked question after question by suspicious sales staff. Law A battle to keep Jim Thorpe in Jim Thorpe, Pa. Oct. 28, 2013, 4 a.m. The town that bears the famous athlete's name is appealing a judge's order to return Thorpe's remains to an Indian reservation in Oklahoma. The Olympian has been buried there for 59 years. Law Court case may determine religious accommodation in the workplace Oct. 24, 2013, 4 a.m. Must employers allow religious practices by their employees at work? A ruling by Washington state's Supreme Court will guide lower courts in deciding such cases in the future. Law Women driving for change in Saudi Arabia Oct. 15, 2013, 4 a.m. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world which forbids female drivers. A group of Saudi women took to the roads after a member of the Shoura Council called for an end to the ban. Law A cornfield grows in St. Louis, soybeans too, to neighbors' chagrin Oct. 7, 2013, 4 a.m. In one of the country's largest urban farming experiments, a company planted corn and soybeans across 10 city blocks. But the neighbors aren't happy about living amid tall corn stalks. Law Constitution's checks get out of balance by bitter political fighting Oct. 7, 2013, 4 a.m. A fight over the budget led to a partial government shutdown. And now Republicans and Democrats are bracing for another battle, this time over the amount of money Washington can borrow. Law Yosemite visitors feel the shutdown's sting, hotel workers worried Oct. 4, 2013, 4 a.m. Tourists were asked to leave and many park employees were sent home because of the park's closure. And area hotel workers may lose their jobs if the shutdown lasts long. Law In U.S. government shutdown, some services suspended, some not Oct. 2, 2013, 4 a.m. Mail will still be delivered and air traffic controllers will report to work. But museums and national parks will be closed. At least 800,000 federal employees will have to stay home, unpaid. Law U.S. government sues to block North Carolina's new voting law Oct. 2, 2013, 4 a.m. The law requires voters to present photo ID before casting a ballot, and limits early voting. The Justice Department says the new measures discriminate against minorities. Law Politicians play blame game on Sunday as clock ticks toward U.S. shutdown Sept. 30, 2013, 4 a.m. Congress has until midnight Monday to pass a bill to fund the government. If a deal isn't reached, there will be a partial government shutdown on Tuesday. Law In budget shutdown, not all of the government will be closed Sept. 27, 2013, 4 a.m. If Congress does not pass legislation to give money to the government past Monday, there will be a shutdown. Although many employees will stay home, it will be a partial shutdown. Law N.C. school board's decision to ban award-winning novel incenses community Sept. 26, 2013, 10:16 a.m. When the Randolph County school board banned the novel "Invisible Man," the local paper was flooded with angry comments against the decision. The board is reconsidering its ban at a special meeting. Law Abercrombie settles discrimination suit by paying back fired worker Sept. 25, 2013, 4 a.m. A Muslim store employee who was fired for wearing a head covering to her job at Hollister will receive $48,000 in back pay. Another Muslim woman who was denied a job will also receive compensation. Law Gunman opens fire at pickup basketball game in Chicago, 13 wounded Sept. 23, 2013, 1:05 a.m. It was a miracle no one was killed, Chicago's police superintendent said of the shooting spree in Cornell Square Park's basketball courts. The city has long been plagued by gun violence. Law Shooting rampage at Washington Navy Yard leaves 13 dead, including gunman Sept. 17, 2013, 4 a.m. The sprawling Navy Yard, less than four miles from the White House, was the scene of the deadliest shooting at a military installation in the U.S. since Fort Hood in 2009. 2 Law Adrift in Seattle, Native Americans get legal and social help from a clinic Sept. 17, 2013, 4 a.m. The staff of the legal clinic has knowledge of Indian law and, equally important, the Indian experience. Many so-called urban Indians go there for legal help and an understanding ear. Law Gun control debate rages in Colorado as two Democrats lose recall vote Sept. 12, 2013, 4 a.m. This was a historic vote because it was the first time ever that lawmakers were successfully recalled in Colorado. The recall fight and gun control debate grabbed the national spotlight. Law New North Carolina law may endanger the voting rights of some groups Sept. 10, 2013, 10:40 a.m. African-Americans, the elderly and students say a new law requiring state photo IDs will keep them from the polls. Law Living in a homeland she barely knows after returning to Mexico Sept. 9, 2013, 4 a.m. Living in the U.S. illegally, Ali Pinzon decided to return to Mexico and avoid deportation. She planned to attend college. Then perhaps a U.S. company would sponsor her return. It didn't work out.