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Monday, June 29, 2015

Limited options if Iran talks fall apart CAIRO — The Iranian nuclear talks are playing out in classic fashion: A self-imposed deadline appears to have been extended due to stubborn disputes, with the sides publicly sticking to positions and facing internal pressure from opponents ready to pounce on any compromise. Should the talks actually collapse, the alternatives are not appealing. The war option that the United States has kept on the table has few fans, and the world community does not seem willing to impose truly crippling sanctions. A dangerous period of uncertainty looms. Which way it goes may depend on which side needs a … 0

Incomes rise for bottom 99 pct.; US inequality still worsens

Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — Solid job growth is finally boosting paychecks for the rest of us. Incomes for the bottom 99 percent of American families rose 3.3 percent last year to $47,213, the biggest annual gain in the past 15 years, according to data compiled by economist Emmanuel Saez and released Monday by the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. “For the bottom 99 percent of … 0

High court to decide on Texas college affirmative action case

Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a University of Texas case for a second time to decide a constitutional challenge to affirmative action policies at colleges and universities. At issue is whether the university’s policy of seeking to enroll more black and Latino students discriminated against a white student who was turned down for admission. Two years ago, the justices … 0

The new law that would outlaw LGBT discrimination everywhere

Friday, June 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — For 20 years, LGBT advocates have tried, unsuccessfully, to block companies in the U.S. from firing workers for being gay. The federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, was introduced in 1994 by Massachusetts Democrats Ted Kennedy in the Senate and Gerry Studds in the House. It … 0

Analysis: Scalia’s dissent in gay marriage ruling even more scornful than usual

Friday, June 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — The legal world may have become inured to wildly rhetorical opinions by Justice Antonin Scalia, but his dissent in the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision Friday reaches new heights for its expression of utter contempt for … 0

Obama sings and eulogizes victims of South Carolina massacre

Friday, June 26, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. — After a string of triumphs, President Barack Obama’s eulogy for those killed in a South Carolina church massacre was supposed to bring an extraordinary week to a somber close. But something changed. Between legislative and … 0

Dozens killed in attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France

Friday, June 26, 2015

SOUSSE, Tunisia — A young man pulled a Kalashnikov from a beach umbrella and sprayed gunfire at European sunbathers at a Tunisian resort, killing at least 37 people — one of three deadly attacks Friday from Europe to … 0

Conservatives resist gay marriage ruling; Texas defiant

Friday, June 26, 2015

WASHINGTON —Conservatives responded forcefully to the Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage, but nowhere more so than in Texas, which openly defied the ruling. “No Texan is required by the Supreme Court’s decision to act contrary to his … 0

1 escaped murderer fatally shot in NY woods, other is on run

Friday, June 26, 2015

MALONE, N.Y. — One of two convicted murderers who staged a brazen escape from an upstate maximum-security prison three weeks ago was shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent in a wooded area about 30 miles from … 0

Teacher fired for putting autistic child in trash can

Friday, June 26, 2015

A Georgia school board on Thursday voted to terminate the contract of a special education teacher accused of putting a second-grader with autism in a trash can. Mary Katherine Pursley, a teacher at Mt. Bethel Elementary in Marietta, Ga., said at a tribunal hearing Monday at the Cobb … 0

Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling boosts hospitals, health insurers

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Health insurers and hospitals welcomed Thursday’s Supreme Court decision upholding billions of dollars in Obamacare subsidies for U.S. consumers. Many employers also applauded the 6-3 ruling, fearing the chaos that might have ensued in the health insurance markets from a ruling striking down the subsidies. In the wake … 0

Obamacare escapes last big challenge, at least until 2016 election

Thursday, June 25, 2015

CHICAGO — With the U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of the latest challenge to Obamacare, the president’s five-year-old health care law may have attained something it has previously lacked: permanence. While litigation seeking to upend the statute remains, and … 0

Experts anticipate support for gay marriage

Thursday, June 25, 2015

AMHERST — With the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage expected soon, two University of Massachusetts Amherst legal and public policy experts are ready to call it now — both believe the court will effectively legalize same-sex … 0