WASHINGTON (AP) — A government data warehouse that stores personal information on millions of HealthCare.gov customers is raising privacy concerns at a time when major breaches have become distressingly common.
The Colorado Supreme Court ruled on Monday that companies may fire their employees for off-the-job use of medical marijuana that is permitted under state law because cannabis remains outlawed by the federal government. The 6-0 opinion, with one justice sitting out the case, affirmed two lower-court decisions siding against Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic fired in 2010 from his job as a customer service representative for Dish Network Corp after testing positive for marijuana. The Colorado-based satellite television company said Coasts' use of pot, even if consumed at home while off-duty, violated its "zero tolerance" anti-drug policy.
JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Guards shot and critically wounded a civilian outside a sprawling Air Force base in Arkansas on Monday after the man drove his SUV over a curb near the main gate, crashed through a sign and got out of the vehicle holding a rifle, the base commander said.
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid by the state of North Carolina to revive its law requiring women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound of the fetus performed and described to them by a doctor. The high court let stand a December appeals court ruling that struck down the 2011 law as unconstitutional because it forced doctors to voice the state's message discouraging abortion. North Carolina lawmakers had argued that requiring narrated ultrasounds would provide crucial information to women making an irrevocable decision, even if they chose to avert their eyes and not listen to the explanation of the displayed fetus images.
Dozens of Baltimore liquor stores damaged in rioting over the death of Freddie Gray are likely to be excluded from city recovery help, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said on Monday. Long-standing concerns about zoning and community complaints about liquor stores in poor neighborhoods mean they could be barred from loans and other financial aid, she said. Many of the stores do not meet zoning laws and Baltimore needs alternatives, such as grocery stores to improve impoverished neighborhoods, Rawlings-Blake said.