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U.S. top court rules for white supremacist over sentencing

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 06:49
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday threw out part of a tough federal criminal sentencing law for being overly broad in a ruling that backed a Minnesota white supremacist who challenged his sentence on a firearms crime. The court ruled in favor of Samuel Johnson, who was given 15 years in prison for illegally possessing a firearm. The justices found on a 6-3 vote that a sentencing provision of the federal Armed Career Criminal Act is so expansive that it violated the U.S. Constitution's Fifth Amendment, which mandates due process under the law.

Supreme Court rules in favor of gay marriage nationwide

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 06:37

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, handing a historic triumph to the American gay rights movement. With the ruling, gay marriage will become legal in all 50 states. Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing on behalf of the court, said that the hope of gay people intending to marry "is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization's oldest institutions.

Supreme Court affirms right to gay marriage

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 06:10

The Supreme Court has found a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, striking down bans in 14 states and handing a historic victory to the gay rights movement that would have been unthinkable just 10 years ago.

One decapitated, several hurt In suspected terror attack on French factory

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 03:34

Authorities say a man who identified himself as affiliated with Islamic State is in custody.

2015 NBA draft winners and losers

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 01:21

One former NBA player believes New York Knicks fans will regret booing his ex-teammate, Kristaps Porzingis.

Obama to deliver eulogy Friday for slain South Carolina pastor

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 01:11

By David Adams CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - South Carolina will take a step forward in healing the wounds of last week's mass shooting when President Barack Obama arrives on Friday to deliver the eulogy for the pastor of the historic church where the attack took place. Reverend Clementa Pinckney, a widely admired state senator and pastor of Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, was among the nine people who died when a gunman opened fire during Bible study. The massacre has sparked an intense dialogue across the southern United States over the legacy of slavery and its symbols, centering on the Civil War-era battle flag of the Confederacy.

Same-sex marriage among last 5 Supreme Court cases

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 23:38

The right of same-sex couples to marry is the biggest of five cases still to be decided.

Timberwolves select Karl-Anthony Towns with No. 1 pick in NBA draft

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 22:21

There might not have been a promise in place, but there's no longer any question that Flip Saunders sees immense, franchise-changing promise in the 6-foot-11-inch, 250-pound frame of Karl-Anthony Towns.

All nine on board die in Alaska crash of excursion plane

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 21:29
Promech Air said in a statement the eight passengers and pilot were killed when the plane went down during a tour of the Misty Fjords area of southeast Alaska on Thursday afternoon. "There is nothing I can say that can alleviate the pain and overwhelming sense of loss that we, and the loved ones of those affected, are feeling," said Marcus Sessoms, president of Promech Air. The crash took place near Ella Lake, about 20 miles (30 km) northeast of the town of Ketchikan, Holland America Line said in a statement.

9 killed in Alaska sightseeing plane crash

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 21:10

A small plane taking cruise ship passengers on an excursion crashes in southeast Alaska.

Obamacare ruling puts Supreme Court on hot seat in U.S. presidential race

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 21:04

By James Oliphant WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Infuriated by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that kept President Barack Obama’s healthcare program intact, conservative activists and Republican presidential candidates vowed on Thursday to make the role of the high court a central issue in the 2016 presidential election. Conservative ire was trained particularly on Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the majority opinion that preserved the subsidy regime underpinning the Affordable Care Act, even though another Republican appointee, Justice Anthony Kennedy, also voted with the majority. Roberts, who was appointed to the court by Republican President George W. Bush, has voted with court conservatives on many landmark cases, including ones involving campaign-finance laws and voting rights.

Judge blocks Kansas ban on second trimester abortion procedure

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 16:20

Lawmakers who supported the legislation banning the dilation and evacuation procedure had termed it "dismemberment abortion." The law was due to take effect on July 1, but was challenged by doctors from a clinic in Overland Park, Kansas. Shawnee County District Court Judge Larry Hendricks granted an injunction allowing the abortion methods to continue to be used in Kansas while the case is being heard.

Skrillex: The making of a superstar

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 16:19

15 emails missing from Clinton cache

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 16:10

The State Department cannot find in its records all or part of 15 work-related emails from Hillary Rodham Clinton's private server that were released this week by a House panel investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, officials said Thursday.

Maryland police shoot, kill unarmed man in domestic disturbance

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 14:05
The death of Freddie Gray from injuries sustained while in custody of Baltimore's city police in April triggered protests and rioting in Maryland, and also raised questions about police practices across the country.

Boston bomber moved to federal penitentiary in Colorado: official

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 13:47

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Thursday was moved to a U.S. penitentiary in Florence, Colorado, home to the so-called "Supermax" unit that houses high-risk prisoners, a spokesman for the Bureau of Prisons said. Tsarnaev, 21, was moved to the facility the day after a federal judge in Boston formally sentenced him to death by lethal injection for killing four people and injuring 264 in the April 15, 2013, bombing and its aftermath. Bureau of Prisons spokesman Edmond Ross confirmed the move.

Central Park restaurant sued for sexual, racial harassment

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 12:58
The suit, filed in U.S. district court in Manhattan by Akira Smalls, alleges the manager at the Loeb Boathouse made a series of boastful and graphic sexual comments to her, including asking her whether she had any sexually transmitted diseases, and the restaurant's chef got her drunk in a bid to have sex with her. The pricey restaurant, which opened in the 1950s, sits on the tip of the lake in the middle of Central Park, near its famous angel-topped Bethesda Fountain. When she complained to the owners in 2013 about sexual comments by the manager, James Modena, she was told he would not be fired, according to the suit.

SCOTUS Obamacare ruling: 2016 presidential candidates weigh in

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:19

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the provision of tax subsidies under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law...

House completes Obama's trade items as Pacific pact looms

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 09:59

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led Congress rounded out President Barack Obama's trade package Thursday, overwhelmingly passing a worker training program just weeks after it was stymied.

French anti-Uber protests turn violent

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 09:43

Protests against ride-booking app Uber turned violent Thursday in France as cabbies torched cars, blocked roads and attacked a vehicle carrying American rocker Courtney Love. Among the some 2,800 cabbies who took part in the strike, police arrested at least 11 across the country in connection with confrontations that erupted as the drivers blocked access to airports, train stations and major roads. Taxi drivers in France are furious over an Uber service called UberPOP, which puts customers in touch with private drivers at prices lower than those of traditional taxis.