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Supreme Court split on Obamacare subsidies

By Adam Smeltz
Sharp divisions fractured the Supreme Court on Wednesday over the latest challenge to President Obama’s landmark health care law, energizing critics who want the justices ...

Appeals court tosses gag order in ex-coal company CEO’s case

By The Associated Press 2:21 p.m.
RICHMOND, Va. — A federal appeals court on Thursday invalidated a sweeping gag order in the case of a former coal company executive accused of violating safety standards at a West Virginia mine where an explosion killed 29 men. U.S. District ...

Plane skids off runway at LaGuardia; no injuries reported

By The Associated Press 1:42 p.m.
NEW YORK — A plane from Atlanta skidded off a runway at LaGuardia Airport while landing Thursday, crashing through a chain-link fence and coming to ...

Ringling Bros. circus eliminating elephant acts

By The Associated Press
POLK CITY, Fla. — The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out the show’s iconic elephants from its performances by 2018, telling ...

Sestak kicks off U.S. Senate campaign — with a couple missteps

By Salena Zito
It might not have been the most auspicious start to a campaign for Democrat Joe Sestak, whose formal announcement Wednesday that he’ll walk across Pennsylvania ...

Ferguson’s white officer justified in shooting black man, feds find

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department cleared a white, former Ferguson, Mo., police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old on Wednesday, but it issued a scathing report calling for sweeping changes in city law enforcement practices it ...

Congress investigates Hillary Clintons use of private email

Wire Reports
WASHINGTON — Lawmakers on Wednesday began investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of personal email while she was secretary of State hours after it was disclosed that Clinton kept a server linked to her New York home to allow her exclusive email ...

Defense strategy for Boston Marathon bombing defendant Tsarnaev is to avoid death penalty

By The Associated Press
BOSTON — The question, for all practical purposes, is no longer whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took part in the Boston Marathon bombing. It’s whether he deserves to die for it. In a blunt opening statement at the nation’s biggest terrorism trial in ...

Senate fails to override Obama veto of Keystone pipeline bill

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The Senate on Wednesday failed to override President Obama’s veto of a bill to build the Keystone XL pipeline, the first of many confrontations expected between the Republican-controlled Congress and the White House this year over energy policy. The ...

Winter storm swirls from Texas to New England

Wire Reports
PHILADELPHIA — A storm stretching from northern Texas to southern New England is set to bring what could be winter’s last significant snowfall for the ...

Inside job suspected in robbery of gold bars from truck

By The Associated Press
WILSON, N.C. — The crew of a truck carrying a load of gold bars had just pulled off the interstate in North Carolina when, the two men told police, a seemingly ordinary episode of carsickness turned into a multimillion-dollar heist. Three ...

NYC public schools to close on 2 major Muslim holidays

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — The nation’s largest public school system will observe the two most important Muslim holidays starting next fall, a policy change hailed Wednesday by Islamic leaders in New York City. Under the new policy, the city’s 1.1 million-pupil public ...

Alabama Supreme Court defies federal judge’s ruling

By The Los Angeles Times
Probate courts in Alabama’s most populous cities stopped issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Wednesday, a day after the state’s Supreme Court ordered judges to halt allowing such unions. In Birmingham and Montgomery — the state’s two most populous cities — ...

Md. man accused in 5 random shootings

By The Associated Press
MILLERSVILLE, Md. — A man accused of firing at five public places in Maryland, including a building at the National Security Agency, chose his targets at random, police said Wednesday. Anne Arundel County Chief Timothy Altomare said the shootings over the ...

McConnell wants EPA rule rejected

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The Senate’s top Republican is telling states to ignore a central part of President Obama’s plans to curb the pollution blamed for global warming. In an op-ed published this week in the Lexington Herald-Leader, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of ...

This winter, a fur coat’s not enough

By The Associated Press
People aren’t the only ones suffering from a seemingly endless winter of bone-rattling cold, record-busting snow and ice-slick sidewalks. Pooches’ paws feel the pain, too. While millions of residents from the Rocky Mountains to the East Coast shovel snow deep into ...

Mogul donates $100M to Lincoln Center

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Entertainment industry executive David Geffen has donated $100 million to New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The performing arts building — long known as Avery Fisher Hall — will be renamed David Geffen Hall in September, ...

GOP admits defeat as Congress approves Homeland funding

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Bitterly admitting defeat, the Republican-controlled Congress sent legislation to President Obama on Tuesday that funds the Department of Homeland Security without any of the immigration-related concessions they demanded for months. “Sanity is prevailing,” Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., a former ...

States ask judge not to lift stay in immigration lawsuit

By The Associated Press
HOUSTON — A coalition of states suing to stop President Obama’s executive action on immigration is asking a federal judge not to lift a temporary hold on the directives. The 26-state coalition, led by Texas, wrote in court documents filed Tuesday ...

Physicians’ organization cites shortages of doctors will grow, mostly in senior care

By The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — The United States faces a shortage of as many as 90,000 physicians by 2025, including a critical need for specialists to treat an aging population that will increasingly live with chronic disease, the association that represents medical schools ...