Charles Wiwa fled Nigeria in 1996 following a crackdown on protests against Shell's oil operations in the Niger Delta. Now a resident of Chicago, Wiwa and other natives of the oil-rich Ogoni region are suing Shell for human rights violations. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP hide caption

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The Supreme Court heard arguments over whether it should be a crime to lie about receiving military medals. Here replicas of the medals hang at the Medal of Honor Museum. Bruce Smith/AP hide caption

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The Medal of Honor is held by a military honor guard at the White House last September, when President Obama awarded the medal to Marine Cpl. Dakota Meyer, 23, from Greensburg, Ky., for his actions in Afghanistan. The Supreme Court is now deciding if those who falsely claim to have won such military awards can be prosecuted for lying. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Justice Sandra Day O'Connor wrote the 2003 Supreme Court opinion on affirmative action in college admissions. The newly energized conservative majority on the court could now change course. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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President Obama was slow off the mark in his first year, making fewer nomination than his predecessors, according to a Brookings Institution report. But the amount of time needed to win confirmation once nominations have been made has also risen dramatically. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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