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Kentucky’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down, But Weddings Delayed

But don’t expect a rush of weddings in the Bluegrass State. The judge immediately put his decision on hold until the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules on the issue, a delay similar to what other judges have done in rulings across the country. “This Court bases its ruling primarily upon the utter lack […]

Ruling On Contraceptives Unlikely To Play Big Role In November Elections

Ruling On Contraceptives Unlikely To Play Big Role In November Elections

Democrats and Republicans eagerly painted Monday’s Supreme Court birth control ruling as a big electoral momentum-builder, but it’s doubtful the decision will have much impact on November’s Congressional races.

Supreme Court Says Home Health Workers Cannot Be Force To Pay Union Dues

WASHINGTON (MCT) — The Supreme Court dealt a setback to the union movement Monday, ruling personal home care employees cannot be forced to pay dues to a union. In a 5-4 ruling written Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., the court said these employees, some of whom care for their disabled children at home, have a […]

Judge Throws Out George Zimmerman’s Libel Suit Against NBC

ORLANDO, Fla. (MCT) — A Sanford, Fla., judge on Monday put an end to George Zimmerman’s libel suit against NBC Universal. Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson ruled that the former neighborhood watch volunteer is entitled to no money from the media giant. She issued a summary judgment in the network’s favor, meaning that unless an […]

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To Law Banning Gay-Conversion Therapy

WASHINGTON (MCT) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down a request to hear a challenge to a California law prohibiting mental health counseling aimed at converting minors from being gay to straight. The justices let stand a ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that found the State had demonstrated that […]

Supreme Court Says Some Businesses Can Ignore Birth Control Mandate

WASHINGTON (MCT) — A divided Supreme Court on Monday extended religious-freedom protections to certain for-profit corporations, exempting them from providing birth-control services that are required under the 2010 healthcare law. In a groundbreaking 5-4 decision, the court concluded that closely held corporations may claim religious rights similar to those enjoyed by individuals. The decision expands […]

Texas Man Pleads Guilty To Attempt To Join ISIS

(MCT) — A 23-year-old Texas man admitted Friday that he had been practicing military maneuvers and planned to travel to Syria to join the Sunni militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, which has claimed thousands of lives in a violent march through Iraq in recent weeks. Michael Wolfe, aka Faruq, of […]

Angry At NSA Snooping, German Parliament Snips Lines To Verizon

BERLIN (MCT) — Germany’s parliament said Friday it is immediately terminating use by legislators and staff of Internet access through Verizon, one of the biggest U.S. telecommunications companies. The move comes a day after the German Interior Ministry said government agencies that use Verizon will “migrate” to Deutsche Telekom, an all-German company, by late 2015 […]

Mississippi Tea Party Leader Arrested In Photo Scandal Is Found Dead

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Tea Party official Mark Mayfield, charged in connection with a scandal involving photos of Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran’s ailing wife, has been found dead and police said they suspect suicide. Ridgeland Police Chief Jimmy Houston said the body of Mayfield, who was an attorney, was found Friday morning at his house outside […]

Johnson Says ‘No Free Pass’ For Children After Border Crossings

NOGALES, Ariz. (MCT) — Moments after Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson took his first tour of a southern Arizona detention facility housing about 900 migrant children in makeshift cages Wednesday, he had a message for Central American parents who are on the brink of sending their children illegally and alone into the United States. “This […]

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