Assisted Suicide Upheld: The Supreme Court upheld the Oregon law making it legal to prescribe medication for the purpose of suicide (aka euthanasia) in a 6-3 judgment. Dissenting were the new Chief Justice Roberts, Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia.

NASA: The New Horizons probe blasted off from Florida this morning to explore Pluto, the last unexplored planet.

Alito Hearings: Judge Alito is still being questioned by Congress for his possible confirmation to the Supreme Court. He will be replacing one of the only women justices on the Supreme Court, Sandra Day O’Connor, who announced her retirement in the fall.

Google Under Microscope: The U.S. government has subpoenaed Google records in search of child pornography and those who look at it in an effort to re-address a law that was struck down by the Supreme Court in 2001. Google has refused to provide the documents stating that it violates the privacy of its customers. Some speculate that  Google has access to WAY too much information now, including email addresses, satelite maps, etc., and could be a tool for the government to further spy on U.S. citizens.

An exerpt from the article for you lazy people who can’t even click the link:

“The government contends it needs the data to determine how often pornography shows up in online searches as part of an effort to revive an Internet child protection law that was struck down two years ago by the U.S. Supreme Court on free-speech grounds.

The 1998 Child Online Protection Act would have required adults to use access codes or other ways of registering before they could see objectionable material online, and it would have punished violators with fines up to $50,000 or jail time. The high court ruled that technology such as filtering software may better protect children.”

PS If you have trouble getting onto the news sites you can go to Mozilla’s site and they will give you passwords so you don’t have to register.

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