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Supreme Court Justice Breyer raises questions over rules for Guantanamo imprisonment

A U.S. Supreme Court justice on Monday raised questions about the scope of the government’s authority to detain terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, offering a glimmer of hope to those held for years without charge. The high court refused to hear the appeal of a Yemeni man held for 12…

Alaska lawmakers vote to formally recognize indigenous languages

By Steve Quinn JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) – Alaska lawmakers gave final approval on Monday to a bill that would officially recognize the state’s 20 indigenous languages in a symbolic move that gives a nod to tribal efforts to save Native American tongues at risk of dying out. The move would…

Netflix plans to raise prices as U.S. streaming subscriptions grow

By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Video streaming service Netflix Inc said it intends to raise the monthly subscription price for new customers by $1 or $2 a month to help the company buy more movies and TV shows and improve service for its 48 million global subscribers. Investors…

Supreme Court will not hear FL Gov. Rick Scott’s appeal on drug tests for welfare recipients

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Monday declined to review an executive order issued by Florida Governor Rick Scott that had required all state employees take random drug tests. The high court’s decision not to hear the case means a May 2013 11th U.S. Circuit Court…

‘Tongan Crip’ gang member shot dead in Utah courthouse after attacking witness

By Peg McEntee SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) – An accused street gang member standing trial in federal court in Salt Lake City was shot to death by a deputy marshal on Monday as the defendant attacked a witness who was testifying against him, federal law-enforcement officials said. Siale Angilau, 25,…

Federal appeals court orders Justice Dept. to release ‘white paper’ on drone program

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal appeals court ordered the U.S. Department of Justice to turn over key portions of a memorandum justifying the government’s targeted killing of people linked to terrorism, including Americans. In a case pitting executive power against the public’s right to know what…

Arizona company set to release ‘powdered alcohol’ following FDA approval

Just add water and stir. A U.S. company says its new powdered alcohol product has been approved by US regulators and is poised to hit stores in the coming months. Palcohol is made by an Arizona company called Lipsmark and will come in six varieties of single-drink pouches, the company…

U.S. demands ‘concrete steps’ by Moscow on Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday urged Russia to take “concrete steps” to implement an agreement on defusing the crisis in Ukraine. The accord, struck last week in Geneva, was meant to lower the heat on the worst confrontation between Washington and Moscow since the Cold War, but…

Hitachi delivering 45-mile-per-hour elevator to Chinese high-rise

Japan’s Hitachi said Monday it will provide the world’s fastest elevators, which can clock speeds of up to 72 kilometers (45 miles) per hour, to a high-rise building in China. The lifts will be delivered to the 111-story, 530-metre (1,740-foot)-tall Guangzhou CTF Financial Centre due to be opened in the…

Red ink: New survey shows newspapers’ continuing ‘inability to compete’

U.S. newspapers suffered further revenue declines in 2013, seeing only mixed success in a transition to digital, according to industry figures. Total newspaper industry revenue amounted to $37.59 billion in 2013, a 2.6 percent drop from $38.60 billion in 2012, according to a report released Friday by the Newspaper Association…

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