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Justices uphold Arizona’s system for redistricting

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Monday upheld Arizona congressional districts drawn by an independent commission and rejected a constitutional challenge from Republican lawmakers.

Supreme Court will re-hear Texas affirmative action

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court says it will dive back into the fight over the use of race in admissions at the University of Texas, a decision that presages tighter limits on affirmative action in higher education.

Analysis: Ruling offers chance to alter health law debate

WASHINGTON — The country finally has an opportunity to change the subject on health care, after the Supreme Court again upheld President Barack Obama’s law.

Justices uphold use of drug implicated in botched executions

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal injection executions Monday, as two dissenting justices said for the first time that they think it’s “highly likely” that the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.

Audit: Tens of millions intended for veterans sat unspent for three years

For three years, more than $43 million the Department of Veterans Affairs had set aside to inform veterans about their benefits sat in an account, not a penny spent, until an agency financial manager happened to notice.

New chip credit, debit cards put squeeze on small businesses

New credit and debit cards with computer chips are putting the squeeze on small businesses.

Study: Home energy efficiency upgrades don’t pay off

Home efficiency measures such as installing new windows or replacing insulation deliver such a small fraction of their promised energy savings that they may not save any money over the long run, according to the surprising conclusion of a University of Chicago study.

Gunmen kill 27 in attack on Tunisian resort, officials say

Two gunmen rushed from the beach into a hotel in the Tunisian resort town of Sousse Friday, killing at least 27 people and wounding six others in the latest attack on the North African country's key tourism industry, the Interior Ministry said.

Beheading, explosion at factory in France; suspects captured

A man with suspected ties to French Islamic radicals rammed a car Friday into an American gas factory in southeastern France, triggering an explosion that injured two people, officials said. The severed head of a local businessman was left hanging at the factory's entrance, along with banners with Arabic inscriptions, they said.

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Supreme Court extends same-sex marriage nationwide

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.

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Supreme Court upholds nationwide health care law subsidies

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies underpinning President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, rejecting a major challenge to the landmark law in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

House GOP skeptical of explanation for lost tea party emails

The head of the House Oversight Committee said Thursday it "defies any sense of logic" that IRS employees mistakenly erased computer backup tapes containing thousands of emails related to the tax agency's tea party scandal.

Obama's trade agenda back on track with GOP backing

Two weeks after his own party dealt him an embarrassing defeat on trade, President Barack Obama maneuvered his way back to victory.

Military plane crashes in southern Arizona, sparks fire

Military officials confirm a single F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft crashed Wednesday night in southern Arizona.

Buckingham Palace needs repairs; queen may have to leave

Queen Elizabeth II may have to move out of Buckingham Palace during much-needed renovations to the residence, which has not been substantially redecorated since she took the throne in 1952, royal officials said Wednesday.