By Tom Ramstack FORT MEADE, Md. (Reuters) - A defense attorney on Monday sought the dismissal of charges against a suspected Iraqi al Qaeda commander, saying the United States was violating international law and the Constitution by prosecuting him for war crimes. The trial for Abd al Hadi al Iraqi at the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba is an international tribunal but prosecutors are using domestic laws to try him, said defense attorney Air Force Major Ben Stirk. "That's not the international law of war," Stirk said in a pre-trial hearing. His attorneys say charges that Hadi al Iraqi conspired to commit murder were based on U.S. law rather than the international law of war that could protect combatants from criminal liability.
CHICAGO (AP) — In the underworld of illegal drug trafficking, identical twins Pedro and Margarito Flores rose from middling Chicago dealers to partners of Mexico's most notorious cartel lord, eventually building a nearly $2 billion franchise that spanned much of North America.
NEW YORK (AP) — A former employee of a Fox television station in Texas shot himself to death outside the company's New York headquarters Monday, shortly after handing out fliers saying the company had ended his career, police said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare will change the way it pays hospitals and doctors to reward quality over volume, the Obama administration said Monday, in a shift that officials hope will be a catalyst for the nation's $3-trillion health care system.
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with a company that amended a collective bargaining agreement to force retirees to pay toward healthcare costs, throwing out a lower-court ruling that favored the former employees who objected to the change. On a unanimous vote, the nine-member court handed a win to M&G Polymers USA, a subsidiary of Italy-based chemical company Mossi & Ghisolfi International, by sending the case back for further proceedings in the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Allyson Ho, the company's lawyer, said the Supreme Court's ruling "sends a strong message that restores a level playing field in benefits litigation nationwide." Nearly 500 plaintiffs from Ohio who had worked at the M&G polyester plant in Apple Grove, West Virginia, sued in 2006 when the company said retirees would be required to contribute to their healthcare costs.