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New Hampshire legislature fails to override veto of medical marijuana bill

The Republican-led New Hampshire legislature has failed override the governor’s veto of a medical marijuana bill by three votes. Democratic Gov. John Lynch vetoed the bill on July 21. He said the bill did not do enough to prevent medical marijuana from being used by those who didn’t really need…

Power company ConEd locks out union workers as labor talks stall

Contract negotiations between New York power utility Consolidated Edison and its unionized workers broke down late Saturday night, according to the New York Daily News, prompting the company to lock out over 8,000 employees during a summer heat wave that threatens to strain the city’s power grid. The previous contract…

Paul Ryan: Repeal health law because rights come from God

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is arguing that President Barack Obama’s health care reform law should be repealed because rights come from “nature and God,” not the government. During an interview on ABC, former Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy’s widow, Victoria Kennedy, told host George Stephanopoulos that the Supreme Court had made…

McConnell: Uninsured people are ‘not the issue’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Sunday pledged to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care reforms and said that the 30 million Americans that the law is likely to cover were “not the issue” for Republicans. During an interview on Fox News, host Chris Wallace asked McConnell how Republicans…

Power outages from deadly storms could last days as heat wave continues

Storms that killed 13 across eastern US have left hundreds of thousands without power amid record-breaking temperatures Hundreds of thousands of residents could be left without power for days after vicious storms lashed the eastern US, bringing down electricity lines and resulting in at least 13 deaths. Officials said it…

Health care ruling restores faith in Supreme Court

With Chief Justice John Roberts’ decisive swing vote to uphold “Obamacare,” the conservative-majority US Supreme Court has seen its reputation as an independent final arbiter restored, experts say. Roberts silenced critics who believed that the court would vote along partisan political lines and strike down President Barack Obama’s signature domestic…

Devotees hope to duck California ‘foie-mageddon’ ban

Californian foie gras fans stuffed themselves at gastronomic last suppers this weekend, as a ban on the delicacy finally came into force after years of wrangling. But even before the midnight Saturday (0700 GMT Sunday) deadline, devotees of the prized French foodstuff — fatty liver, made by force-feeding ducks or…

Supreme Court faced with same-sex marriage appeal

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court could decide later this year whether to take up the issue of gay marriage, after a group of lawmakers asked it be deemed unconstitutional, a court source said Saturday. The subject is a hot-button issue that soared to the forefront of the political debate…

Beating victim Rodney King laid to rest

LOS ANGELES — Rodney King, whose beating by police in 1992 sparked one of the worst urban riots in US history, was laid to rest in Los Angeles, two weeks after his death aged 47. Black rights campaigner the Reverend Al Sharpton called King a “symbol of forgiveness” ahead of…

Police warn Arizona law will incite crime

LOS ANGELES — A key provision of a controversial Arizona immigration law upheld by the US Supreme Court this week requiring police spot-checks is “ridiculous” and could encourage crime, officials say. The “show me your papers” policy will hurt the relationship between police and the community, discourage people from reporting…

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