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Roberts ‘wrote both sides of health care ruling’

WASHINGTON — Chief Justice John Roberts flipped late in the game on the Supreme Court ruling on “Obamacare” and ended up writing both the majority opinion and most of the opposing dissent, sources said Tuesday. Supreme Court experts described the move by Roberts, whose decisive swing vote to uphold President…

UN leader condemns lack of regulation for arms trade

UNITED NATIONS — UN leader Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday it was a “disgrace” that there is no global arms trade regulation as he opened treaty talks held up by Palestinian demands for a place in the negotiations. The 193 UN members have until July 27 to hammer out a deal…

Big Three automakers score solid sales in June

DETROIT, Michigan — The Big Three US automakers reported strong domestic sales for June Tuesday, capping a solid first half of the year even as US economic growth overall remained weak. Despite economic headwinds, Chrysler and General Motors both posted double-digit increases in US sales last month, while Ford grew…

U.S. approves over-the-counter HIV home testing kit

WASHINGTON — The United States announced Tuesday it has authorized sales of the first over-the-counter home testing kit for HIV, the virus that leads to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). The OraQuick In-Home HIV test is expected to be available from October at 30,000 American retail outlets, its manufacturer said,…

Teen magazine Seventeen pledges ‘real girls’ only

WASHINGTON — Seventeen magazine, responding to a gutsy high school student’s petition, is pledging to feature only real, unaltered images of girls in its pages, social action platform Change.org said Tuesday. In a letter to readers in its August issue, editor Ann Shocket said the magazine, aimed at US teenage…

As Romney chills out on holiday, VP chatter heats up

WASHINGTON — White House hopeful Mitt Romney is making the most of a family vacation at their lavish New Hampshire lakefront compound, but there is a question he can’t seem to jet-ski away from: who will he pick as his running mate? The Republican flag bearer has a week of…

Mexico runner-up demands presidential vote recount

MEXICO CITY — The runner-up in Mexico’s presidential election, leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, demanded Tuesday a full recount of the ballots, pointing to “inconsistencies.” “We have presented a formal request on behalf of the (leftist) coalition asking for a recount and counting the votes cast in the 143,000…

No charges for former commerce chief over car crashes

LOS ANGELES — Prosecutors said Tuesday they will not press charges against former US commerce secretary John Bryson over a series of car crashes blamed on a seizure, which led to his resignation. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said there was insufficient evidence to prove either driving under…

Mission Impossible? Tom Cruise under fire at 50

LOS ANGELES — Tom Cruise was named the highest paid actor in Hollywood on Tuesday, on his 50th birthday — but the “Mission Impossible” star has little to celebrate. Days after his wife filed for divorce — apparently taking him by surprise — questions are stacking up about the role…

Iconic television actor Andy Griffith dies at 86

Actor Andy Griffith, 86, a beloved icon of US television for programs including “The Andy Griffith Show” in the 1960s and the popular legal drama “Matlock,” died Tuesday. President Barack Obama led tributes to the star, calling him “a performer of extraordinary talent,” adding that he “was beloved by generations…

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