West Coast ports, closed to incoming cargo vessels during the three-day holiday weekend, reopened in full on Tuesday as Labor Secretary Tom Perez arrived in San Francisco seeking to broker a settlement ending months of shipping disruptions. Perez was sent to meet with the two sides in the conflict at the behest of President Barack Obama, who has come under mounting pressure to intervene in a labor dispute that has cascaded through the U.S. commercial supply chain and beyond. "Secretary Perez has meetings with both parties today in San Francisco," spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa said in an email.
By Jeff Mason and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's administration on Tuesday delayed implementing his unilateral steps to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation after a judge blocked the actions at the urging of 26 states accusing Obama of exceeding his powers. In a setback to the president, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, a city along the Texas border with Mexico, issued a temporary court order on Monday stopping Obama's executive actions that bypassed a gridlocked Congress. "The law is on our side and history is on our side," Obama told reporters in the Oval Office. The president said the administration will comply with the judge's order and delay accepting applications from some of the illegal immigrants for deportation relief and work permits that had been set to begin on Wednesday.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — In a story Feb. 14 about tax penalties assessed on those without health insurance, The Associated Press reported erroneously that taxpayers must apply for health insurance through the federal exchange and Medicaid before seeking an exemption. Eligible taxpayers may file for the exemption without first applying for health coverage.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The aging Riviera hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip won't be long for this world if a plan from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to buy, demolish it and make way for a growing convention center gets the go-ahead Friday morning.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A Wal-Mart driver involved in a highway crash that killed a comic and severely injured actor-comedian Tracy Morgan has asked a judge to reconsider her decision not to delay Morgan's lawsuit against the company.