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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…

Chief Justice Roberts fends off speculation about his health-care ruling

Chief Justice Roberts fends off speculation about his health-care ruling Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts jokes that he’s headed for an “impregnable island fortress” to avoid questions about the startling health-care decision he wrote. Poring over the 2,700-page ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act, the Washington Post and the…

Report: Facebook email switch changed address books

A story by CNET’s Violet Blue Saturday said Facebook’s move to change users’ e-mail addresses didn’t just affect their Facebook profiles – it affected their personal address books, as well. “Facebook users say contacts’ e-mail addresses on phones and personal devices have been altered without their consent,” Blue wrote. “Their…

Colorado resident films herself escaping wildfire

Authorities say some residents affected by Colorado’s worst wildfire in history will be able to return to their homes as early as Sunday morning, Reuters reports. About 35,000 people were forced to leave their homes by the Waldo Canyon Fire, which was 45 percent contained as of Saturday night. The…

Weekend storms leave at least 13 dead, 3 million without power

The death toll arising from vicious storms that lashed the eastern US climbed to double digits Saturday as millions of people were left without power in sweltering conditions. With temperatures expected to reach triple figures in Washington DC and surrounding areas on Saturday, about 3.4 million people remained without electricity…

Monsignor’s lawyers will push for his release as part of appeal

A Catholic church official who become the first in the US to be found guilty of covering up clerical child sex abuse will seek release from prison while he appeals the conviction, his lawyers said Saturday. Just over a week ago, a jury in Philadelphia found Monsignor William Lynn guilty…

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