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Scalia: Supreme Court Press Freedom Ruling ‘Wrong’

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Washington — This spring marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in New York Times v. Sullivan, its most important pronouncement on the freedom of the press, but the ruling has not won the acceptance of Justice Antonin Scalia. “It was wrong,” he said Thursday evening at the National Press Club in a joint appearance with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “I think the Framers would have been appalled. …

Pro-Russia Gunmen Defy Ukraine Deal

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Moscow — Separatist gunmen in eastern Ukraine on Friday defied calls by world powers for them to surrender their arms and leave the government buildings they have seized in support of demands of independence from Kiev. Top diplomats from Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine agreed Thursday in Geneva on …

S. Korea Ferry Captain Arrested

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Seoul, South Korea — As the last bit of the sunken ferry’s hull slipped Friday beneath the murky water off southern South Korea, prosecutors moved to arrest members of the crew in the maritime disaster. South Korean Officials said that 68-year-old Lee Joon-seok and the crew members were detained Friday as they continued …

Federal Judges Appear Split In Okla. Gay Marriage Case

Friday, April 18, 2014

Denver — For the second time in about a week, a federal appeals court in Denver wrestled Thursday with the question of same-sex marriage, this time in a case from Oklahoma. Last week, the same group of judges …

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Renowned Novelist, Dies

Friday, April 18, 2014

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel Prize-winning Colombian writer who immersed the world in the powerful currents of magic realism, creating a literary style that blended reality, myth, love and loss in a series of emotionally rich novels that …

Diplomats Reach Deal On Defusing Ukraine

Friday, April 18, 2014

Geneva — Top diplomats on Thursday laid out a series of steps to tamp down violence and political unrest in Ukraine, even as Western officials publicly doubted Russia’s resolve to use its influence to help defuse the crisis …

Health Insurance Totals Reflect Last Days’ Surge

Friday, April 18, 2014

After a two-week extension of the open-enrollment deadline, the White House announced Thursday that 8 million people have signed up through the health-care law’s insurance marketplaces since they opened in October. That means about 900,000 people picked a health plan in the two weeks since the end of …

Ukraine Bid to Repulse Separatists ‘Disaster’

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Moscow — Ukraine’s effort to retake government facilities from pro-Russian separatists faltered on Wednesday as gunmen seized a column of six armored vehicles from Ukrainian soldiers and narrowly failed to grab three more. Ukrainian media reported that 30 armed men captured another building, municipal headquarters, in Donetsk, the …

Ferry Sinks, Hundreds Missing

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mokpo, South Korea — Koo Bon-hee could see the exit. For half an hour, as the doomed ferry filled with water and listed severely on its side, the crew told passengers to wait for rescuers. With their breathing …

Missouri Robber Never Told to Report to Prison, So He Didn’t

Thursday, April 17, 2014

St. Louis — After he was convicted of armed robbery in 2000, Cornealious Anderson was sentenced to 13 years behind bars and told to await instructions on when and where to report to prison. But those instructions never …

Court Weighs Falsehood Ban In Campaigns

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Washington — The Supreme Court next week will consider for the first time whether states may enforce laws that make it a crime to knowingly publish false statements about political candidates. The justices will hear an anti-abortion group’s free-speech challenge to an Ohio law that was invoked in …

SAT Focuses on Achievement

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Attention, high school freshmen. If you’re planning to take the SAT in two years, you probably won’t need to memorize the definitions of words like obsequious, propinquity, enervation or lachrymose. But you will need to be alert to the several possible definitions of words such as “intense.” In …

IRS Stands Firm On Tax-Exempt Groups’ Activities

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Washington — The Internal Revenue Service is forging ahead with plans to develop new rules limiting the political activities of tax-exempt groups, despite pressure from conservatives to abandon the effort, the agency’s director said Wednesday. “My bottom line is that it’s in everyone’s interest to have clarification,” IRS …