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Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett speaks during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. – Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times via AP, Pool

Barrett confirmation surges forward

WASHINGTON — With a vote date set, the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday debated the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court, Democrats objecting to Republicans’ rush to confirm President Donald Trump’s pick before the Nov. 3 election.

Low tech talk in high tech copyright clash

WASHINGTON — The topic was high tech: the code behind smartphones.

SCOTUS begins term amid uncertainty

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court opens a new term with Republicans on the cusp of realizing a dream 50 years in the making, a solid conservative majority that might roll back abortion rights, expand gun rights and shrink the power of government.

Trial Notebook


Plaintiffs lose lead in water claims

Trying to craft a class-action complaint against the City of Chicago for allegedly endangering residents by inadvertently releasing lead into drinking water when replacing outdated mains, meters and service lines, two homeowners asserted claims for negligence (Count 1) — contending that the need for medical monitoring satisfied the injury requirement — and inverse condemnation (Count 2) for making their property “more dangerous.”

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