WASHINGTON (AP) — Days after China asserted greater military control over a swath of the East China Sea to bolster claims to a cluster of disputed islands, the U.S. defied the move Tuesday as it flew two B-52 bombers through the area.
CHICAGO (AP) — As millions of Americans hurtle through the jumble of transportation arteries for Thanksgiving, many are discovering that bus travel may be the cheapest, comfiest and even coolest way to stay Zen during the nation's largest annual migration.
By Patrick Temple-West and Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration proposed new rules on Tuesday to rein in tax-exempt groups that have transformed the U.S. political landscape in recent years by harnessing hundreds of millions of dollars in anonymous donations to influence elections. The proposal would alter definitions in the tax code that allow limited campaign and fundraising activities by the tax-exempt groups, some of which have been at the center of allegations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny. These tax-exempt "social welfare" groups, organized under section 501(c)(4) of the tax code, mushroomed after a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that relaxed campaign finance rules. Part of their appeal is that the groups do not have to disclose the identities of their donors as long as they spend less than half their time and money on political activities.
Mexico deported a teenage hitman to the United States on Tuesday after he spent nearly three years in a juvenile detention center for crimes including murder, kidnapping and trafficking cocaine in a case that shocked even a nation so used to violence. U.S.-born Edgar Jimenez, known as "El Ponchis," worked for the South Pacific drug cartel in Morelos state outside Mexico City. He was captured in late 2010 when he tried to travel to the United States. "His plane has left for the United States," a Mexican security official said, asking not to be identified in line with policy.
NEW YORK (AP) — Thanksgiving travelers scrambled to book earlier flights Tuesday to avoid a sprawling storm bearing down on the East Coast with a messy mix of snow, rain and wind that threatened to snarl one of the busiest travel days of the year and ground giant balloon versions of Snoopy and SpongeBob SquarePants in the Macy's parade.
(Reuters) - CBS News has asked "60 Minutes" reporter Lara Logan to take a leave of absence following a flawed report on the September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, according to a memo from the chairman of CBS News, Jeff Fager. Logan's producer, Max McClellan, was also put on leave, according to the memo, which was addressed to CBS News employees. Fager is also executive producer of "60 Minutes." "60 Minutes ... fell short by broadcasting a now discredited account of an important story, and did not take full advantage of the reporting abilities of CBS News that might have prevented it from happening," the memo said. On October 27, "60 Minutes" aired a segment about the Benghazi attack based on a security official who claimed he was at the scene during the assault, in which four Americans were killed, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a dispute in the bankruptcy of a small-town pizza shop owner, taking on a case that could dictate how inherited individual retirement accounts are treated in bankruptcy. The nation's highest court on Tuesday said it would hear arguments in Clark v. Rameker in a fight over whether Heidi Heffron-Clark and her husband, Brandon Clark, can keep creditors from going after $300,000 in an IRA inherited from Heffron-Clark's late mother. The hearing should clear up a split among lower courts that have issued divergent rulings on the issue, and could impact retirement and end-of-life planning. The Clarks declared bankruptcy in 2010 after the pizza shop they opened in their home town of Soughton, Wisconsin, fell victim to economic hardship, the couple's lawyer, Michael Murphy, told Reuters on Tuesday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Thanksgiving travelers are scrambling to book earlier flights to avoid a sprawling storm bearing down on the East Coast. And high winds are threatening to ground giant balloon versions of Snoopy and SpongeBob SquarePants in the Macy's parade.
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A Chicago woman who is dying of cancer could wed her lesbian partner as early as Wednesday after a federal judge ordered local officials to issue them a marriage license six months before an Illinois law recognizing gay unions takes effect. The cancer patient, Vernita Gray, 64, and her partner, Patricia Ewert, 65, had argued in a lawsuit filed in federal court that a state law passed last week allowing same-sex marriages discriminates against them because it would prevent them from getting married before Gray's death. Gray suffers from breast cancer, which has spread to her bones and her brain. U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin ordered the Cook County clerk's office to issue the couple a marriage license, which was delivered to their home on Monday night, said Jim Scalzitti, a spokesman for County Clerk David Orr.
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.