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High court upholds racial-preference ban

posted: 04/23/2014 5:30 a.m. Comment 1

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday dealt a blow to affirmative action, upholding a voter-approved ban on racial preferences in admissions at Michigan’s state-run universities in a decision that provides a blueprint for other states wishing to enact similar bans.

U.S., Asia-Pacific navies OK clarity-at-sea pact

posted: 04/23/2014 5:13 a.m. Discuss

Naval officials from the U.S. and two dozen Asia-Pacific nations adopted an agreement Tuesday aimed at improving communication at sea to reduce the possibility of conflict between an increasingly assertive China and its neighbors.

U.S. officials’ talk with media limited

posted: 04/23/2014 5:12 a.m. Discuss

President Barack Obama’s administration has tightened its control over intelligence — including unclassified information — by setting limits on officials’ interactions with the media.

Obama surveys mudslide damage

posted: 04/23/2014 5:05 a.m. Discuss

President Barack Obama took an aerial tour Tuesday of the place where more than three dozen people died in a mudslide last month. He later pledged a nation’s solidarity with those who are enduring “unimaginable pain and difficulty” in the aftermath of the destruction.

Spy agencies cited for crimes not told

posted: 04/23/2014 5:02 a.m. Discuss

The inspector general for the U.S. intelligence community said Tuesday that some admissions of crimes by spy-agency workers during polygraph tests were not disclosed to law enforcement agencies because of breakdowns in government reporting procedures and poor advice from agency lawyers.

Oklahoma cancels killer’s execution

posted: 04/23/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

An Oklahoma inmate’s execution set for Tuesday was canceled after a stay order that the state Supreme Court handed down a day earlier, a spokesman for the state Department of Corrections said.

’13 Texas chemical blast said preventable

posted: 04/23/2014 4:59 a.m. Discuss

A fertilizer-plant explosion that killed 15 people last year in a Texas town could have been prevented, even if it’s still not clear what started an initial fire that triggered the blast, federal officials said Tuesday.

Ukraine back in ‘anti-terror’ mode

posted: 04/23/2014 4:55 a.m. Discuss

Ukraine’s acting president ordered security forces to resume “anti-terror ” operations in the country’s east Tuesday after the bodies of two people purportedly abducted by pro-Russia insurgents were found and a military aircraft was reported to be hit by gunfire.

Justices hear Web-TV case

posted: 04/23/2014 4:49 a.m. Discuss

U.S. Supreme Court justices questioned Tuesday the legality of Aereo Inc., a startup company aiming to upend the broadcast industry’s decades-old business model by selling live television programming over the Internet.

Judge orders government to turn over mug shots to newspaper

posted: 04/23/2014 4:46 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge has ordered the government to turn over mug shots of criminal defendants to the Detroit Free Press.

U.S. decides Egypt merits aid, copters

posted: 04/23/2014 4:46 a.m. Discuss

President Barack Obama’s administration said Tuesday that it has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel and therefore qualifies for some military and counterterrorism assistance.

The nation in brief

posted: 04/23/2014 4:43 a.m. Discuss

QUOTE OF THE DAY “It should never have occurred.” Rafael Moure-Eraso, the chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, which found that a fertilizer-plant explosion that killed 15 people last year in West, Texas, could have been prevented

Names and faces

posted: 04/23/2014 4:43 a.m. Discuss

A man who has accused X-Men director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him when he was a teen sued three more entertainment-industry figures Monday, claiming they also molested him.

In the news

posted: 04/23/2014 4:41 a.m. Discuss

Frank Poli, 92, received from U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., long-overdue medals Poli earned for serving in the Navy during World War II, including the Navy Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the American Campaign Medal.

In the news

posted: 04/22/2014 5:19 a.m. Discuss

Neil Eggleston, 60, a veteran corporate lawyer and longtime Democratic campaign contributor who served as an associate counsel in President Bill Clinton’s White House, was picked by President Barack Obama to succeed Kathryn Ruemmler as White House counsel.

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