Supreme Court

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka | Sri Lanka president reinstates Wickremesinghe as premier

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka’s president has reappointed Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister, nearly two months after firing him and setting off weeks of political stalemate. Wickremesinghe’s United National Party says on its official Twitter account that Wickremesinghe took oath before President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday. The move promises to ease 50 days of … Continue reading COLOMBO, Sri Lanka | Sri Lanka president reinstates Wickremesinghe as premier

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

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

WASHINGTON | Death row executions remain near historic lows in 2018

WASHINGTON  — Three states resumed executions of death row inmates in 2018 after long breaks, but nationwide, executions remained near historic lows this year, according to an annual report on the death penalty released Friday. The report by the District of Columbia-based Death Penalty Information Center says 25 executions were carried out in 2018, the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Death row executions remain near historic lows in 2018

WASHINGTON | Justices won’t hear states’ appeal over Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is avoiding a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood over the dissenting votes of three justices. Lower courts in both states had blocked the states from withholding money that is used for health services other than abortion … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Justices won’t hear states’ appeal over Planned Parenthood

ATHENS, Greece | Greek court rejects early release request by terror convict

ATHENS, Greece— A Greek court on Monday rejected a request for early prison release by an extremist convicted of terrorism for killings by the defunct November 17 group. A panel of appeals judges rejected the request of Savvas Xiros, who applied for early release under legislation designed to ease prison overcrowding by allowing some convicts … Continue reading ATHENS, Greece | Greek court rejects early release request by terror convict

WASHINGTON | High court seems to lean against West Virginia in tax case

WASHINGTON  — The Supreme Court seems inclined to rule against the state of West Virginia and side with a retired U.S. marshal seeking a tax refund from the state. James Dawson says West Virginia unlawfully discriminated against him by excluding him from preferential tax treatment given to most retired state law enforcement officers. Both conservative … Continue reading WASHINGTON | High court seems to lean against West Virginia in tax case

WASHINGTON | Justices reject environmentalists’ appeal over border wall

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is rejecting an appeal from environmental groups trying to stop President Donald Trump from building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, even as other legal action against the wall is ongoing. The justices on Monday left in place a ruling by a federal judge in San Diego who rejected challenges … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Justices reject environmentalists’ appeal over border wall