National Courts

RALEIGH, N.C. - A federal judge ordered a North Carolina school to admit a 14-year-old high school student suspended for wearing a nose piercing she says is part of her religion, and the teenager headed to science class Friday afternoon.

TUPELO, Miss. - A Mississippi judge again asked everyone in his courtroom to stand and pledge allegiance to the flag, despite an uproar over whether he has the right to make such a request.

TUPELO, Miss. - When a Mississippi judge entered a courtroom and asked everyone to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, an attorney with a reputation for fighting free speech battles stayed silent as everyone else recited the patriotic oath.

BOSTON - A Pittsburgh woman who prosecutors say defrauded advertisers and exhibitors out of thousands of dollars with a fake Boston bridal show pleaded guilty Thursday to wire fraud and identity theft as part of a plea deal.

NEW YORK - The judge in the first civilian trial of a Guantanamo Bay detainee barred the prosecution's star witness Wednesday from testifying, dealing a major setback to the government's effort to build criminal cases with evidence obtained through harsh CIA interrogations overseas.
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