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U.S. Supreme Court split over Obamacare challenge
News ImageBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court appeared sharply divided on ideological lines on Wednesday as it tackled a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with Justice Anthony Kennedy emerging as a likely swing vote in a ruling. The nine justices heard 85 minutes of arguments in the case brought by conservative opponents of the law who contend its tax credits aimed at helping people afford medical insurance should not be available in most states. A ruling favoring the challengers could cripple the law dubbed Obamacare, the president's signature domestic policy achievement. Kennedy, a conservative who often casts the deciding vote in close cases, raised concerns to lawyers on both sides about the possible negative impact on states if the government loses the case, suggesting he could back the Obama administration.
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:22:56 -0500
'It was him' Boston bomber's lawyers admit guilt, focus on brother
By Scott Malone and Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - A lawyer for the accused Boston Marathon bomber said at the start of his trial that their client bore responsibility for the attacks that killed three people and injured 264 with a blunt admission: "It was him." But Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a secondary player in the April 15, 2013 bombings at the famous race and the fatal shooting days later of a police officer, defense attorney Judith Clarke said in her opening argument in U.S. District Court in Boston. She indicated that the 21-year-old's older brother, Tamerlan, was the prime mover. A prosecutor, William Weinreb, told jurors how Tsarnaev and his brother, both ethnic Chechens, carefully selected the places where they left the bombs in an effort to punish the United States for military actions in Muslim-dominated countries. Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:48:40 -0500
U.S. probe finds systematic, racially biased policing in Ferguson
St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office undated evidence photo shows Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren WilsonA U.S. probe found systemic racial bias and unconstitutional policing that targeted blacks in Ferguson, Missouri, but cleared a white officer there in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in August, the Justice Department said on Wednesday. Police also targeted blacks for arrests, many on dubious grounds, and spread racist jokes through emails, said the report that was compiled after Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was unarmed. The killing touched off a national debate on race, led to months of street protests and amplified long-standing complaints in Ferguson and around the country of police harassment and mistreatment of minorities. "This emphasis on revenue has compromised the institutional character of Fergusons police department, contributing to a pattern of unconstitutional policing," the Justice Department said.
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:49:22 -0500
Florida drops appeals in welfare drug testing case
MIAMI (AP) Florida Gov. Rick Scott will not seek U.S. Supreme Court review of a law that would have required applicants for welfare benefits to submit to mandatory drug testing Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:29:40 -0500
Winter weather wrath? Pooches' paws feel the pain, too
News ImageLOS ANGELES (AP) People aren't the only ones suffering from a seemingly endless winter of bone-rattling cold, record-busting snow and ice-slick sidewalks. Pooches' paws feel the pain, too.
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:24:49 -0500
House committee to subpoena Clinton emails in Benghazi probe
News ImageWASHINGTON (AP) A House committee investigating the Benghazi, Libya, attacks was expected as early as Wednesday to subpoena the emails of Hillary Rodham Clinton, who used a private account exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state and also used a computer email server now traced back to her family's New York home.
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:24:03 -0500
How to help cats, livestock and birds cope with the cold
LOS ANGELES (AP) All kinds of animal can face problems from a wicked winter that's unleashing frigid temperatures and heaps of snow from the Rocky Mountains to the Northeast. Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:23:35 -0500
'It WAS him': Defense admits Tsarnaev bombed Boston Marathon
News ImageBOSTON (AP) The question, for all practical purposes, is no longer whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took part in the Boston Marathon bombing. It's whether he deserves to die for it.
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:16:20 -0500
California mom charged with manslaughter in death of infant
WOODLAND, Calif. (AP) The mother of an infant found dead near the Sacramento River was charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter and abusing or endangering the health of a child. Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:14:30 -0500
How much sugar is in that? 7 foods with added sugar
News ImageNEW YORK (AP) Health officials say people should eat less sugar. But that's easier said than done.
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:13:12 -0500
Size matters: Phones as big as they can get for easy use
News ImageNEW YORK (AP) There was a time you could count on phones getting larger each year. Samsung's runaway success with the big-screen smartphone even spurred Apple to release a supersized model last fall. But if phones get any bigger will they be too hard to use?
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:12:07 -0500
Latest on Boston bombing trial: Victim says she saw pal die
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Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:10:28 -0500
House passes Amtrak bill that could boost Northeast service
News ImageWASHINGTON (AP) In a rare burst of bipartisanship, the House moved Wednesday to boost Amtrak's popular service between Boston and Washington while giving states a greater say in the local routes they help subsidize.
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:08:32 -0500
Student arrested while photographing cop takes suit to trial
PHILADELPHIA (AP) A college student arrested as he photographed a Philadelphia police encounter with a homeless woman said Wednesday he tried to be "a fly on the wall" until he was put in handcuffs. Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:08:10 -0500
Guards ferrying gold bars get robbed on N. Carolina roadside
News ImageWILSON, N.C. (AP) The crew of a truck carrying a load of gold bars had just pulled off the interstate in North Carolina when, the two men told police, a seemingly ordinary episode of carsickness turned into a multimillion dollar heist.
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:05:57 -0500
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