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Supreme Court upholds Michigan’s ban on affirmative action in state university admissions

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a Michigan law that bans the use of racial preferences in state university admissions. On a 6-2 vote, with Justice Elena Kagan recused, the court rejected a challenge to the law, although the justices were divided as…

Joe Biden pledges support for Ukraine’s pro-Western leaders

Vice President Joe Biden said the United States stood by Ukraine’s new pro-Western leaders Tuesday in the face of “humiliating threats” as Washington and Moscow traded blame over the crisis in the ex-Soviet country. “You face very daunting problems, and some might say, humiliating threats,” Biden told a group of…

North Korea may be close to fourth nuclear test, warns Seoul

North Korea could well be preparing to carry out a fourth nuclear test, South Korea said Tuesday, citing increased activity at its main test site just days ahead of a visit to Seoul by US President Barack Obama. “Our military is currently detecting a lot of activity in and around…

Japanese lawmakers visit Yasukuni war shrine on eve of Obama trip

Nearly 150 Japanese lawmakers on Tuesday paid homage at the Yasukuni shrine which honours the nation’s war dead, raising the stakes in an already tense region on the eve of US President Barack Obama’s visit. A cross-section of parliamentarians — including at least one cabinet minister — paid their respects…

Uganda captures Lord’s Resistance Army rebel officer and frees 10 hostages

Ugandan troops have captured a fugitive Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel officer and freed 10 hostages, the army said Tuesday, after battles with the elusive jungle insurgents. Charles Okello was captured in the southeast of the Central African Republic, army spokesman Paddy Ankunda told AFP, describing him as a field…

Unfortunately named town of ‘Kill Jews’ to vote on name change

It is a name that locals admit is not really fit for the modern age. And now the mayor of the small Spanish town of Castrillo Matajudios — which means Castrillo Kill Jews in English — has said residents will get the opportunity to vote on a name change. The…

Netflix pans AT&T fiber network as too slow, fears Time Warner-Comcast merger

Netflix Inc, the video streaming service, on Monday criticized AT&T’s high-speed fiber network as inadequate and slow, while renewing its call for AT&T to interconnect directly with Netflix. Netflix made the remarks in a letter to shareholders on its first-quarter results. The company has been calling for greater protections for…

U.S. airlines lags behind hotels, travel agencies in customer satisfaction poll

U.S. airlines lag hotels and online travel agencies in customer satisfaction as travelers face increasingly cramped airplanes and poor in-flight service, a poll published on Tuesday showed. The annual American Customer Satisfaction Index found that airlines scored 69 on a 100-point scale, compared with 75 for hotels and 77 for…

Dodgers star Yasiel Puig accused of turning in fellow escapee in bizarre plot to flee Cuba

As young Cuban slugger Yasiel Puig is earning millions on the baseball field with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a bizarre story of how the talented player escaped from the Communist-ruled island country is unfolding in U.S. court documents. Puig ran a gauntlet of fast boats, Mexican drug smugglers and even…

Alaska pot legalization vote pushed back to November, along with minimum wage hike

A ballot initiative that could make Alaska the third U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana will go before voters in a general election in November rather than in August as previously scheduled, officials said on Monday. The move means that a broader swath of the public is likely to vote…

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