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How state fights against same-sex marriage may backfire

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 22:32

Efforts by some states to challenge the Supreme Court ruling will likely prove futile.

The next act: What happens now in Greece's drama

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 18:47

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Greece has entered the twilight zone.

Survey shows enough votes to remove Confederate flag in SC

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 16:05

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A survey of South Carolina legislators shows there is enough support to remove the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds if all supporters cast a vote.

Supreme Court allows Texas abortion clinics to remain open

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 12:02

The Supreme Court is refusing to allow Texas to enforce restrictions that would force 10 abortion clinics to close.

Obama signs trade bills into law, says tough battle still ahead

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 11:46

By Roberta Rampton and Lindsay Dunsmuir WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday signed into law legislation that gives him "fast-track" power to push ahead on a Pacific Rim trade deal that has been the subject of intense debate in Congress and across the nation. Flanked by some of the lawmakers who supported the bill through a six-week congressional battle, Obama acknowledged that his fight to secure the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership was far from over. "We still have some tough negotiations that are going to be taking place," Obama said at a signing ceremony.

Stocks tumble on Greece and Puerto Rico debt woes

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 11:30

David Kotok, chief investment officer at Cumberland Advisors, expects the market to be "rocky" and volatile in the face of these cross-Atlantic debt concerns but remains overall bullish on stocks.

Co-worker recalls Colorado movie massacre gunman acting 'spaced out'

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 09:01

Lawyers for Colorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes sought on Monday to build their case he was legally insane, calling a former co-worker at a pill-coating factory who remembered him as quiet, antisocial and acting oddly. Public defenders are seeking to save Holmes' life after the 27-year-old former neuroscience graduate student pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to killing 12 people and wounding 70 in the July 2012 shooting rampage. Jose Sanchez worked with the defendant for three or four months beginning in the fall of 2010 at a pill- and capsule-coating factory in San Diego county, California.

French beheading suspect denies jihad motivation

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 08:53
The man being held in France under suspicion of beheading his boss and trying to blow up a chemicals plant has told investigators there was no religious motivation behind the attack, a source close to the inquiry said on Monday. The source said Yassin Salhi, 35, told investigators he was not a jihadist and repeated earlier statements that he committed the act outside the southeast city of Lyon on Friday after a row with his wife the day before and his boss a few days earlier. The severed head of his boss was found hanging on the fence of a site belonging to U.S-based gas and chemicals company Air Products, next to flags bearing professions of the Muslim faith.

Shot New York prison escapee is serious but stable

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 08:37

Doctors updated the condition of New York prison escapee David Sweat to serious from critical on Monday, a day after he was shot by police after more than three weeks on the run, hospital officials said. Sweat, 35, is being treated in the state capital where a trauma team at Albany Medical Center determined that the convict did not require surgery, the hospital said in a statement.

Justices uphold use of drug implicated in botched executions

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 07:25

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the use of a controversial drug that has been implicated in several botched executions. Two of the justices said for first time that death penalty itself probably is unconstitutional.

Supreme Court upholds Oklahoma lethal injection process

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 06:50

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a drug used by Oklahoma as part of its lethal injection procedure does not violate the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment, dealing a setback to opponents of the death penalty. The court, in a 5-4 decision with its conservative justices in the majority, handed a loss to three inmates who objected to the use of a sedative called midazolam, saying it cannot achieve the level of unconsciousness required for surgery, making it unsuitable for executions. Justice Samuel Alito wrote on behalf of the court that the inmates had, among other things, failed to show that there was an alternative method of execution available that would be less painful.

U.S. top court agrees to weigh affirmative action in college admissions

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 05:44
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday waded into a new major battle over the future of affirmative action in university admissions by agreeing to take up for the second time a challenge to the process for picking students used by the University of Texas. The justices agreed to hear a case brought by Abigail Fisher, a white applicant who was denied admission to the entering class of 2008. The court will review a July 2014 ruling by the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in favor of the university.

Ted Cruz: Justices 'rewrote the Constitution'

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 04:52

The presidential candidate tells Yahoo's Katie Couric that the Supreme Court overstepped on gay marriage and Obamacare.

Global stocks plunge as Greece imposes controls on money

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 03:23

Greece shuts its banks for six days in a dramatic turn in its struggle with heavy debts.

In 2016 operation, Dr. Carson is outpacing many U.S. presidential rivals

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 02:36

Ben Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon with no experience in the cutthroat world of Washington politics, is riding a surprising wave of support among conservatives that has placed him near the top of contenders for the Republican presidential nominee in 2016. The soft-spoken 63-year-old Carson, an African-American who only officially became a Republican last year, has found an opening in the wide-open race in which 13 candidates are running for the White House. In polls, Carson outperforms most of his fellow candidates, who often have much bigger media profiles, much more political experience and in many cases have track records as governors or senators.

Meet the officer who caught escaped killer David Sweat

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 01:28

Sgt. Jay Cook was alone and on a routine patrol when he shot and captured the fugitive.

Decisions in last 3 Supreme Court cases expected Monday

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 23:37

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is meeting for the final time until the fall to decide three remaining cases and add some new ones for the term that starts in October.

Greece orders banks closed for a week after run on ATMs

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 21:31

Greece announced early Monday it will shut banks for a week and impose capital controls, pleading for calm after anxious citizens emptied cash machines in a dramatic escalation of the country's debt crisis. Banks will be closed until July 6 -- the day after a referendum on bailout proposals -- with a 60-euro ($65) limit on ATM withdrawals, but foreign tourists, a vital engine of the Greek economy, will be exempt from the restrictions, a decree published in the official government gazette said. The drastic measures to protect Greece's banking system against the threat of mass panic came after the European Central Bank said it would not increase its financial support to Greek lenders, despite early signs of a chaotic bank run.