U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocks Texas abortion restrictions

Monday, 29 June 2015 14:53 Written by
WASHINGTON The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to temporarily block parts of a strict new Texas abortion law. The court granted a request by women’s health providers, which had asked the court to temporarily put on hold a 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling from June 9. The groups asked the high court to put the provisions on hold until they can file a formal petition asking the justices to take the case.
Divided U.S. Supreme Court upholds Oklahoma lethal injection process
Monday, 29 June 2015 14:53 Written by
WASHINGTON 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…
Incomes Rise for Bottom 99 Pct.; US Inequality Still Worsens
Monday, 29 June 2015 14:45 Written by
Solid job growth is finally boosting paychecks for the rest of us. Incomes for the bottom 99 percent of American families rose 3.3 percent last year to $47,213, the biggest annual gain in the past 15 years, according to data compiled by economist Emmanuel Saez and released Monday by the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. "For the bottom 99 percent of income earners, this marks the first year of real recovery from the income
Texas farmer killed by swarm of bees
Monday, 29 June 2015 14:43 Written by
AUSTIN, Texas A Texas farmer who disturbed an underground bee colony while plowing a field died after he was stung hundreds of times by a swarm that attacked him, a fire official said on Monday. Rogelio Zuniga, 53, was killed on Sunday in Rio Hondo, near the border with Mexico, said Raul Zuniga, Jr., the San Benito fire chief and a cousin of the victim. Family members went to investigate after they noticed the victim's…
Grain Mostly Lower, Livestock Mostly Higher
Monday, 29 June 2015 14:41 Written by
Grain futures were mostly lower Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for September delivery advanced 15.50 cents to $5.8350 a bushel; September corn was .5 cent lower at 3.92 a bushel; December oats were 6.50 cents lower at 2.67 a bushel; while November soybeans fell 5 cents to $9.8450 a bushel. Beef was higher and pork mixed on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. August live cattle gained 1.35 cents to $1.4987 a pound;
N.Y. financier ordered to pay ex-employee $2 million for harassment
Monday, 29 June 2015 14:12 Written by
NEW YORK The chief executive of a Manhattan investment firm was ordered by a federal jury on Monday to pay at least $2 million in damages to a former employee for sexual harassment and defamation. Benjamin Wey, who heads up New York Global Group, was accused of using his power to coerce Hanna Bouveng, 25, into having sex, firing her when she refused further advances and then ruining her reputation with a series of offensive…
Chicago mayor turns down state cash advance to schools
Monday, 29 June 2015 14:12 Written by
CHICAGO Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday turned down an offer by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to advance a fiscal 2016 state payment to the city's cash-strapped school system to help make a pension payment. "We appreciate the governor's gesture, but the use of this year's dollars to pay last year's pension payment follows the same path that got the schools into the current financial mess," said a statement from Emanuel's office. It added that…
'My life was wasted,' ex-Boston mob boss Bulger tells students: report
Monday, 29 June 2015 13:58 Written by
BOSTON Long-time Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger told a group of Massachusetts high school students who had written to ask him questions for a research project that his "life was wasted and spent foolishly," the Boston Globe reported. Bulger, 85, was convicted in 2013 of committing or ordering the murders of 11 people when he ruled Boston's criminal underworld in the 1970s and 1980s and is serving two consecutive life sentences in federal prison.…
Obama signs trade bills into law, says tough battle still ahead
Monday, 29 June 2015 13:48 Written by
WASHINGTON President Barack Obama signed into law on Monday legislation that gives him "fast-track" power to negotiate trade deals and speed them through Congress, but he said he still has a battle ahead to finalize the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership deal. "We still have some tough negotiations that are going to be taking place," Obama said at a signing ceremony for the legislation, surrounded by some of the lawmakers who helped him pass it after a…
U.S. charges fifth man in alleged N.Y.-N.J. Islamic State plot
Monday, 29 June 2015 12:33 Written by
WASHINGTON A New Jersey man has been charged with conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic State militant group and witness tampering, the U.S. Justice Department said on Monday. Alaa Saadeh, 23, of West New York, New Jersey, was arrested early Monday at his home, prosecutors said. In the past two weeks several people have been arrested in the New York area in an investigation into alleged activities in support for Islamic State.

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