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Obama hosting Brazilian leader Dilma Rousseff at White House

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 03:24 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is hosting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff for a day of formal talks at the White House.

Rousseff arrived at the White House on Monday for the start of her two-day visit. She and Obama toured the grounds of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial before having dinner.

The two leaders planned to meet in the Oval Office on Tuesday morning before taking questions in a joint news conference in the East Room.

Court ruling spurs backers' hopes for redistricting changes

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 03:22 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Groups trying to curb the partisan sculpting of House districts are hoping their Supreme Court victory will prompt more states to create independent commissions to redraw congressional lines.

But Republicans scoff that Monday's 5-4 decision upholding Arizona's independent redistricting commission will have little impact. Some in the GOP concede that they would be hurt if their control of House district lines in states they dominate was weakened — but they say that will be hard for their opponents to actually achieve.

After mercury ruling, higher scrutiny of Obama climate rules

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 03:16 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sweeping pollution limits at the center of President Barack Obama's climate change plan are facing increased scrutiny in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that showed that the justices aren't afraid to thwart perceived overreach by Obama's Environmental Protection Agency.

Admired club's invite to Kardashian turns typically divisive

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 02:18 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kim Kardashian's upcoming appearance as a guest of one of San Francisco's most august institutions is causing a typical "love her/hate her" stir.

The reality TV star is scheduled to speak and sign copies of her new book "Selfish" during a Tuesday night event hosted by the Commonwealth Club of California, which bills itself as the nation's oldest public affairs forum.

Game-changer: Vegas moves toward arcade-style video gambling

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 02:17 AM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Bragging rights are usually the only reward at the end of a well-played video game.

But what if high scores came with cash, too?

Nevada is on the cusp of what could be a casino revolution that turns aisles of slot machines into something more akin to an adult's arcade.

Anyone who walks up to a slot machine today has the same chance to win as anyone else.

In the future, the odds could change depending on a person's skill or even how much they play.

Texas abortion providers study whether clinics could reopen

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 01:48 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Abortion providers are cheering a move by the U.S. Supreme Court that temporarily halts part of a Texas law that would close more than half of the state's 19 remaining abortion clinics.

They are also studying whether it allows them to reopen some previously shuttered facilities and are weighing just how easily that could be done.

Oklahoma, Florida move quickly to resume lethal injections

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 01:30 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma and Florida are moving quickly to resume lethal injections after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of a sedative that has been used in several problematic executions.

Attorneys general in both states asked courts Monday to allow executions to proceed for three inmates in Oklahoma and one in Florida.

The requests came just hours after the high court voted 5-4 that the sedative midazolam can be used in executions without violating the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Pre-Civil War baseball team card going on the auction block

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 01:19 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — For decades, a circa 1860s Brooklyn Atlantics team baseball card was stored inside a secret drawer of a bedroom set and then between the pages of a photo album.

Now the pre-Civil War card that's been in the same family for over 150 years is going on the auction block where it could bring $50,000.

Heritage Auctions is offering it on July 30 at its Platinum Night Sports Auction in Chicago held in conjunction with the 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention. Online bidding opened on Tuesday.

Openly transgender swimmer at Harvard believed to be a 1st

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 12:54 AM

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A Harvard athlete is believed to be the first openly transgender swimmer in the NCAA.

Schuyler Bailar, an incoming freshman, was initially recruited for the women's swimming team but came out as transgender this year. After he told the women's coach, Harvard surprised Bailar with an offer to join either the men's or women's team.

On the women's team, the 19-year-old from McLean, Virginia, would have had a shot at breaking records, but he joined the men's team to embrace his identity.

Man in wheelchair robs bank in New York, makes getaway

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 12:37 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — It may not have been the fastest getaway, but police are searching for a man in a wheelchair who robbed a bank in New York City.

It happened at the Santander Bank in Queens shortly after 2 p.m. Monday.

Police say a man in his late 20s and wearing a grey hoodie wheeled into the bank and passed a note to the teller demanding cash. After receiving over $1,200 in bills, police say the suspect then fled westbound on Broadway in the wheelchair.

He remains at large.

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