U.S. ambassador attacked in Seoul
The US ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was injured in an attack by a blade-wielding assailant Thursday in Seoul, police and television reports said. The YTN news channel, citing witnesses and police sources, said a man with a blade concealed in his right hand attacked Lippert as he was attending a breakfast function at the Sejong Cultural Institute in central Seoul. Security staff and police officers were seen jumping on the assailant, who was dressed in traditional Korean clothes and reportedly shouted an anti-war slogan as he lashed out at the envoy. The United States and South Korea launched annual joint military exercises this week, triggering a surge in tensions with North Korea.
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 19:11:07 -0500
US clears officer in Ferguson case, criticizes police force
WASHINGTON (AP) The Justice Department cleared a white former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old on Wednesday, but also issued a scathing report calling for sweeping changes in city law enforcement practices it called discriminatory and unconstitutional.
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:36:33 -0500
Justices sharply divided over health care law subsidies
WASHINGTON (AP) Sharply divided along familiar lines, the Supreme Court took up a politically charged new challenge to President Barack Obama's health overhaul Wednesday in a dispute over the tax subsidies that make insurance affordable for millions of Americans.
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:05:18 -0500
U.S. Supreme Court split over Obamacare challenge
By 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
Ferguson police review of Brown shooting remains a secret
Seven months after one of its white officers fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old, the Ferguson, Missouri, Police Departments own findings of what transpired remain under wraps. Excessive force and possible civil rights violations by the suburban St. Louis department have been the focus of a Justice Department investigation since Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown Jr. multiple times last August.
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 03:58:08 -0500
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