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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 …

N.Y. School Expels Four

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Melville, N.y. — A Long Island, N.Y., high school has expelled four students in separate incidents that the principal called racially offensive - display of a Confederate battle flag at a school sports event, and posting of a photograph in blackface along with incendiary language on social media. …

Study: Free Samples Cost Patients

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Free samples of prescription drugs may seem like a great deal for patients. But even when doctors think they’re doing patients a favor by handing out the freebies, the real beneficiaries are the drug manufacturers, according to new research in the journal JAMA Dermatology. Medical groups have grown …

Is Gulf Cleanup Finished?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

On Tuesday night, BP said that the “active cleanup” of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill had been brought “to a close.” Later Tuesday night, the Coast Guard said the response to the spill isn’t over yet, “not by a long shot.” The dueling press releases came out …

Uninsured Ranks Fall Faster In States With Own Exchanges

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Washington — New surveys provide a glimpse into how many Americans have gained health insurance since the federal and state marketplaces opened in October. Gallup reported Wednesday that the 21 states and the District of Columbia that fully embraced the new health-care law by setting up their own …

China’s Q1 Growth Slows To 7.4 Percent

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Beijing — China’s economic growth slowed further in the latest quarter but appeared strong enough to satisfy Chinese leaders who are trying to put the country on a more sustainable path without politically dangerous job losses. The world’s …

Detroit Reaches Deal With Fire, Police Retirees That Doesn’t Cut Pensions

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Detroit — A major association representing Detroit’s police and fire retirees has agreed to support a deal with the City of Detroit in which uniformed pensioners would not receive cuts to their monthly pension checks. The deal, revealed Tuesday afternoon by Detroit bankruptcy mediator Gerald Rosen, comes as …

Congress Lets Highway Money Dry Up

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dayton, Ohio — On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. Transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: The government’s Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back …

Nigerian Gunmen Seize S choolgirls

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Johannesburg — Dozens of Nigerian schoolgirls were loaded into vehicles by armed militants and driven off in the middle of the night, according to Nigerian officials. The gunmen assaulted a boarding school in the town of Chibok, in the country’s northeastern Borno state, on Monday night and ordered …

Report:Iran’s Nuclear Cuts Taking Hold

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Vienna — The United Nations will release a report this week certifying that Iran’s ability to make a nuclear bomb has been greatly reduced because it has diluted half of its material that can be turned most quickly …

NYPD Stops Tracking Muslims

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New York — A special New York Police Department unit that sparked controversy by tracking the daily lives of Muslims in an effort to detect terror threats has been disbanded, police officials said Tuesday. NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis …