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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 …

CBO: Lower Premiums to Cut ‘Obamacare’ Costs

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Washington — The health-care law’s expansion of insurance coverage will cost $104 billion less than projected over the next decade, according to revised estimates from nonpartisan budget analysts Monday. The lower costs are attributable to premiums that will be cheaper than expected. The Affordable Care Act’s coverage provisions …

E-Cig Tactics Rile Politicians

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Washington — E-cigarette companies are preying on young consumers by using candy flavors, social-media ads and free samples at rock concerts, according to a report released Monday by Democratic legislators. A survey of nine e-cigarette companies found that most were taking advantage of the lack of federal regulations …

Feds Won’t Target Refunds for Debt

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Washington — The Social Security Administration announced Monday that it will immediately cease efforts to collect on taxpayers’ debts to the government that are more than 10 years old. The action comes after The Washington Post reported that the government was seizing state and federal tax refunds that …

Study: Salt-Reduction Campaign Saved Lives

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A 15 percent reduction in salt consumption was likely “an important contributor” to a 40 percent reduction in stroke and heart disease deaths in the last decade in England, researchers said Monday. The “single largest” contribution to the decline in deaths was a decrease in blood pressure, they …

Poll: Most Americans Won’t Sweat Income Tax Deadline

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — One in four Americans waited until the end of tax season to file their returns and a majority think they pay about the right amount in federal taxes, according to a new McClatchy-Marist Poll released Monday, a day before the tax deadline. The taxman cometh Tuesday, …

Accusation of FBI Spying Stalls 9/11 Hearing

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Guantanamo Bay Navy Base, Cuba — A military judge abruptly recessed the first 9/11 trial hearing of the year Monday after defense lawyers accused the FBI in open court of trying to turn a defense team security officer …

Feel Like Reading This Later? Study Explains Procrastination

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

To the many reasons why people are chronically late filing their taxes, add another possibility: Blame their genes. Procrastination, suggests a new study, is an evolved trait that probably served humans well in a time when finding food and fending off prey were job one, and time spent …

Long Ago, Estonia Was on Putin’s List

Monday, April 14, 2014

Tallinn, Estonia — Two decades before seizing Crimea, Vladimir Putin showed his willingness to challenge the post-Cold War order in defense of Russians in Estonia, a country now bracing for the possibility he may go even further. In …

Two Front-Runners in Afghan Election

Monday, April 14, 2014

Kabul, Afghanistan — Two clear front-runners emerged in Afghanistan’s presidential election as partial results released Sunday showed a tight race that increasingly appears destined for a runoff vote. Both candidates promise a fresh start with the West, vowing …

Americans’ Chances of Getting Audited by IRS Lowest in Years

Monday, April 14, 2014

Washington — As millions of Americans race to meet Tuesday’s tax deadline, their chances of getting audited are lower than they have been in years. Budget cuts and new responsibilities are straining the Internal Revenue Service’s ability to …