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FAA panel: Relax rules on using personal devices in-flight

An advisory panel to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has urged regulators to allow some personal electronics to be used throughout flight, a move hailed by consumer groups Tuesday. The recommendations would allow devices for reading, playing games or watching videos to be operated on an airplane at any altitude,…

Israel ready to tackle nuclear Iran ‘alone’

Israel is ready to act “alone” to stop Iran making a nuclear bomb, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday in a hardline warning against rushing into deals with the new leadership in Tehran. “Israel will not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons. If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel…

As red states push for more restrictions, California expands access to abortions

When you read about abortion these days, the news is mostly about restrictions—new state laws, regulations, and court challenges that aim (depending on your point of view) either to make the procedure safer for women or to put providers out of business. But California is going in the opposite direction,…

North Carolina governor vows to fight Justice Department voter ID lawsuit

North Carolina’s Republican governor has pledged to fight a lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice in response to a measure that introduces some of the most stringent voting laws in the country. Governor Pat McCrory said that the lawsuit, which warns that the new restrictions are intentionally designed to…

Texas lieutenant governor on abortion filibuster: We passed the bill thanks to security

At the 2013 Texas Tribune Festival, Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst said the key to legislative victory was keeping people out of the Capitol building. Dewhurst presided over the Texas Senate in June as state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) filibustered anti-abortion legislation. When questioned about how he handled the…

GOP forces government shutdown over health reform law, but Obamacare launches anyway

A key stage of President Barack Obama’s drive to offer cheaper health insurance to millions of Americans opened Tuesday despite a government shutdown but technical glitches blocked many users from signing up. Republican opposition to the plan forced the US government to close its doors and kept hundreds of thousands…

North Korea warns rival South against ‘destructive’ clash

North Korea warned rival South Korea it risks triggering a “destructive” showdown and accused the United States of abusing its power on the UN Security Council, in a fiery address Tuesday. Hours after South Korea paraded a missile capable of pinpoint strikes across the border, North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister…

Senate rejects House Republicans demand for a conference

The US Senate on Tuesday rejected a House demand to negotiate a budget compromise aimed at ending the day-old government shutdown, leaving lawmakers envisioning no quick solution to the crisis. After a series of back-and-forth bills yielded no progress Monday in the frantic hours before federal agencies began closing their…

Here are the consequences of first government shutdown in 17 years

The US government shut down Tuesday for the first time in 17 years after a gridlocked Congress failed to reach a federal budget deal amid bitter brinkmanship. Some 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed in a move reminiscent of two previous shutdowns — for six days in November 1995 and…

A look at the last time the government was shut down

The US government shut down Tuesday in a replay of brinkmanship between Republican and Democratic forces last seen in 1995-96. After Republicans won a majority in the House of Representatives in 1994, hardliners picked a fight with then president Bill Clinton over budget cuts that included funding of the Medicare…

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