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WASHINGTON | Criminal justice bill passes first test vote in Senate

WASHINGTON — Legislation that would ease federal sentencing laws for some offenders cleared its first major test vote Monday, garnering overwhelming support in both parties even as some conservatives portrayed the bill as soft on crime. The Senate voted 82-12 to advance the bill. A vote on final passage would come later in the week, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Criminal justice bill passes first test vote in Senate

NEW YORK | US and European stocks slide again; S&P 500 hits annual low

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks are falling in choppy trading, and the S&P 500 is down to its lowest in more than a year. Health insurers and hospitals are falling after a federal judge in Texas ruled that the 2010 Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. Retailers and technology stocks are also sinking. Some of the … Continue reading NEW YORK | US and European stocks slide again; S&P 500 hits annual low

WASHINGTON | Judge’s ruling on ‘Obamacare’ poses new problems for GOP

WASHINGTON — A federal judge’s ruling that the Obama health law is unconstitutional has landed like a stink bomb among Republicans, who’ve seen the politics of health care flip as Americans increasingly value the overhaul’s core parts, including protections for pre-existing medical conditions and Medicaid for more low-income people. While the decision by the Republican-appointed … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Judge’s ruling on ‘Obamacare’ poses new problems for GOP

WASHINGTON | Ruling to strike down health law puts GOP in a quandary

WASHINGTON — A federal judge’s ruling that the Obama health law is unconstitutional has landed like a stink bomb among Republicans, who’ve seen the politics of health care flip as Americans increasingly value the overhaul’s core parts, including protections for pre-existing medical conditions and Medicaid for more low-income people. While the decision by the Republican-appointed … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Ruling to strike down health law puts GOP in a quandary

FORT WORTH, Texas | Texas judge rules health care overhaul unconstitutional

FORT WORTH, Texas — A federal judge in Texas has ruled President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled Friday that last year’s tax overhaul knocked the constitutional foundation from under the health care act dubbed by critics as “Obamacare.” O’Connor noted that the Supreme Court had ruled the law … Continue reading FORT WORTH, Texas | Texas judge rules health care overhaul unconstitutional

NEW YORK | Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen gets 3 years in prison

NEW YORK— Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s once-devoted lawyer and all-around fixer, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison after telling a federal judge that his “blind loyalty” to Trump led him to cover up the president’s “dirty deeds.” Standing alone at the defense table, Cohen, 52, shook his head slightly and closed his eyes … Continue reading NEW YORK | Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen gets 3 years in prison

LOS ANGELES | California judge orders porn star to pay Trump legal fees

LOS ANGELES — Porn star Stormy Daniels must pay President Donald Trump nearly $293,000 for his attorneys’ fees and another $1,000 in sanctions after her defamation suit against him was dismissed, a federal judge in Los Angeles ordered Tuesday. Trump’s attorney, Charles Harder, had requested nearly $390,000 in fees and equal amount in sanctions as … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | California judge orders porn star to pay Trump legal fees