By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - - As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a religious dispute over the Obamacare contraception mandate, advocates on both sides are trying to set the court straight on the science. While the Supreme Court will not be ruling on the science, and has never defined pregnancy, many groups have filed friend-of-the-court briefs offering their view of how emergency contraceptives work.
PATTAYA, Thailand (AP) — There was still no trace of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane Tuesday, a day after authorities questioned travel agents at a beach resort in Thailand about two men who boarded the flight with stolen passports, part of a growing international investigation.
WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray knew about an off-the-books "shadow campaign" to support his 2010 bid for the office and personally requested the funds from an influential district businessman, federal prosecutors said Monday.
CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) — A mother and her two young children were killed and a 31-year-old family friend was arrested on suspicion of murder after the woman's teenage daughter fled a Colorado home Sunday night and alerted a neighbor, who called police.
By Tom Ramstack and Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A leading District of Columbia businessman pleaded guilty on Monday to violating campaign finance laws in a case that has tarnished the U.S. capital's Democratic mayor and overshadowed his bid for a second term. Federal prosecutors had accused Jeffrey Thompson, once a major government contractor, of running a "shadow campaign" that funneled more than $660,000 through friends and relatives to Washington Mayor Vincent Gray's successful 2010 campaign, breaking campaign laws that forbid contributions of more than $25,000 by one person. "Mr. Gray agreed to keep Mr. Thompson's fundraising secret," Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Atkinson said. "The things that I've heard today are fabricated." Under the plea bargain Thompson reached with prosecutors, the U.S. Department of Justice agreed to waive the penalty for a heavier federal charge of conspiracy to violate federal campaign finance laws and submitting false filings to the Internal Revenue Service in exchange for his guilty plea and cooperation with the government.
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Sales of recreational marijuana products in Colorado added more than $2.1 million to state coffers in tax receipts and other fees in the first month retail sales of the drug were allowed, state figures showed on Monday. The figures, which the Colorado Department of Revenue said were in line with expectations, add to just over $1.4 million collected in taxes and fees on medical marijuana in the state in the same month. The figures for recreational marijuana include revenues from a 2.9 percent sales tax, a special 10 percent tax on retail pot sales and a 15 percent excise tax imposed on growers, as well as licensing fees, the department said in a statement.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy and the operators of the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump said Monday they are making plans to allow specially trained workers to enter the site for the first time in weeks after more than a dozen employees were exposed to low levels of radiation during a mysterious leak.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday withheld ruling on a motion by defense lawyers to throw out a corruption case against former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner, who is accused of accepting $36,000 in exchange for steering state business to a bond dealer.
By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jurors in the trial of alleged al Qaeda operative Suleiman Abu Ghaith on Monday watched videos of the defendant warning of a "storm" of airplane attacks a month after September 11, 2001. Abu Ghaith, 48, is on trial in Manhattan federal court for conspiring to kill Americans, among other charges. Prosecutors contend he was a top-tier member of al Qaeda and knew of various terrorist plots. On Monday, prosecutors played two videos from October 2001 in which Abu Ghaith, a Kuwaiti and son in law of Osama bin Laden, is seen warning of further attacks in the wake of 9/11.