By Daniel Wiessner ALBANY, New York (Reuters) - New York state's highest court rejected New York City's stricter eligibility requirements for homeless shelters on Tuesday, a victory for the homeless and their advocates in a decades-long battle with the city. The procedure, championed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and approved in November 2011, would have required single adults seeking a bed at shelters to prove they had nowhere else to go. Lower courts had said the city's Department of Homeless Services violated the City Administrative Procedure Act, or CAPA, in adopting the new rule. CAPA requires a public hearing and other procedural steps.
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to consider religious objections made by corporations to a provision of President Barack Obama's healthcare law that requires employers to provide health insurance that covers birth control. The so-called contraception mandate of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, requires employers to provide health insurance policies involving preventive services for women that include access to contraception and sterilization. The healthcare law has faced political and legal hurdles since Obama, a Democrat, made it a signature policy on taking office in 2009.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to referee another dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law: whether businesses may use religious objections to escape a requirement to cover birth control for employees.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two U.S. B-52 bombers flew over disputed islands in the East China Sea during a training mission Tuesday, defying new territorial claims laid out by Beijing over the weekend, according to several U.S. officials.
By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - While most teenagers in the early 1960s were swooning over the pop stars, Carole King was busy writing songs for their idols that would send them to the top of the music charts. From "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" for The Shirelles and "Take Good Care of My Baby" for Bobby Vee to "The Loco-Motion" for Little Eva, King and her first husband Gerry Goffin penned a string of hits before she launched a solo career and produced her 1971 multiple Grammy Award-winning second album "Tapestry." "Beautiful - The Carole King Musical," a new play in previews that opens on January 12 on Broadway, charts the rise of the songwriter, born Carol Klein in Brooklyn, from her early days as a teenager working with Goffin and songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil in New York's songwriting hub at 1650 Broadway through her divorce and move to California. "It's an embarrassment of riches," director Marc Bruni said in an interview about the catalog of music King, 71, produced.