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This courtroom artist rendering shows Solicitor General, Donald B. Verrilli Jr., right, speaking before the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. The Supreme Court heard arguments in King v. Burwell, a major test of President Barack Obama's health overhaul which, if successful, could halt health care premium subsidies in all the states where the federal government runs the insurance marketplaces. From left are Justices Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John Roberts, and Justice Anthony Kennedy, (AP Photo/Dana Verkouteren)

Justices eye challenge to Affordable Care Act

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sharply divided along familiar lines, the Supreme Court took up a politically charged new challenge to President Barack Obama’s health overhaul Wednesday in a dispute over the tax subsidies that make insurance affordable for millions of Americans. The outcome in what Justice Elena Kagan called “this never-ending saga” of Republican-led efforts to kill the Affordable Care Act appears …

US envoy to S. Korea slashed on face, wrist

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

SEOUL, South Korea — U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert was slashed on the face and wrist by a man wielding a knife with a 10-inch blade and screaming that the rival Koreas should be unified, South Korean police said Thursday. Media images showed a stunned-looking Lippert staring at his blood-covered left hand and holding …

Big storm drops wintry mix from Texas to NE

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — A storm stretching from northern Texas to southern New England threatened to bring icy rains, sleet, and snow overnight Wednesday but also hopes it would be the last significant snowfall for the East Coast this winter. Governors in Alabama, Mississippi, West Virginia and New Jersey declared states of emergency in advance …

Reports clear officer in Ferguson case, blast police force

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department cleared a white former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old on Wednesday, but also issued a scathing report calling for sweeping changes in city law enforcement …

Clinton emails subpoenaed in Benghazi probe

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee investigating the Benghazi, Libya, attacks issued subpoenas Wednesday for the emails of Hillary Rodham Clinton, who used a private account exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state — and …

UN: World needs to cut down on sugar

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

LONDON — New guidelines from the World Health Organization are enough to kill anyone’s sugar high. The U.N. health agency says the world is eating too much sugar and people should slash their intake to just six to …

Homeland bill without strings goes to Obama

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Bitterly admitting defeat, the Republican-controlled Congress sent legislation to President Barack Obama on Tuesday that funds the Department of Homeland Security without any of the immigration-related concessions they demanded for months. “Sanity is prevailing,” said Rep. …

In Congress, Netanyahu blasts ‘bad deal’ with Iran

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — The scene was as unprecedented as the topic was grave. A foreign leader, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, stood at the rostrum of the House of Representatives, addressing a joint meeting of Congress, directly challenging the …

Petraeus admits sharing military secrets with writer

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an affair with his biographer, has agreed to plead guilty to charges he gave her classified material — including war strategy and the names …

Russian dissenters face grim future as Nemtsov buried

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

MOSCOW — After paying their final tributes Tuesday to slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, many members of Russia’s beleaguered opposition are looking into the future with gloom. The sadness and loss that drew thousands to Nemtsov’s funeral is …

Thousands flee in Chile as volcano spews lava

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

PUCON, Chile — One of South America’s most active volcanoes erupted early Tuesday in southern Chile, spewing heavy smoke into the air as lava surged down its slopes, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of people. The Villarrica volcano …

Ala. high court halts gay-marriage licenses

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Alabama Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the state’s probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, saying a previous federal ruling that gay-marriage bans violate the U.S. Constitution does not preclude them from following state law, which defines marriage as between a man and a …

Ben Carson enters GOP presidential sweepstakes

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has created an exploratory committee to run for president, becoming the first high-profile Republican candidate to formally enter the 2016 presidential contest. Carson, the only African-American expected to enter the race, rose …