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The good sisters tangle with Obamacare

The good sisters tangle with Obamacare

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Opponents of the Affordable Care Act -- and they are many and vociferous -- may be asking: Why is the Obama administration beating up on the Little Sisters of the Poor?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, Senior UPI Legal Writer

Berlusconi reiterates call for early elections

ROME, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi has again called for early general elections in Italy that coincide with the European elections on May 25.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014.
By United Press International

U.S. Supreme Court takes on eight more cases

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Friday added eight cases for review this term, including a TV network's attempt to stop the unauthorized Internet streaming of its shows.
Amanda Knox will become 'fugitive' if reconvicted

Amanda Knox will become 'fugitive' if reconvicted

PERUGIA, Italy, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- American student Amanda Knox says if her conviction in the killing of British student Meridith Kercher is upheld by an Italian court, she will be a fugitive.
Federal govt. to recognize Utah same-sex marriages

Federal govt. to recognize Utah same-sex marriages

Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The federal government will recognize the same-sex marriages performed in Utah over the past month, despite the state announcing it would not view them as valid, pending appeal.
Gabrielle Levy

Holder: Utah gay marriages are legal despite state's position

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Friday said the United States recognizes same-sex marriages performed in Utah even though the state no longer does.

Patrick Quinn, Illinois appeals judge, found dead in chambers

CHICAGO, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Patrick J. Quinn, an Illinois prosecutor turned appeals court judge, was found dead in his Chicago chambers, officials said. He was 60.

Man asks town to drop $130K in code enforcement fines

LONGWOOD, Fla., Jan. 9 (UPI) -- A Florida man facing more than $130,000 in code enforcement fines resulting from his messy yard asked the city commission to negate the fees.
Utah won't recognize existing same-sex marriages

Utah won't recognize existing same-sex marriages

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Utah officials Wednesday said the state will not recognize same-sex marriages performed before the U.S. Supreme Court stayed a ruling permitting gay marriage.

Msgr. William Lynn heckled after court as he begins house arrest

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Monsignor William Lynn, released after his child endangerment conviction was overturned, was heckled as he left a Philadelphia court hearing.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.
By United Press International

Appeals court skeptical of arguments against Texas abortion law

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Judges on a federal appeals court panel expressed skepticism Monday that a Texas abortion law puts an unconstitutional "undue burden" on women.

Supreme Court stays same-sex marriage ruling in Utah

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Monday blocked a judge's ruling permitting same-sex marriage in Utah.
Supreme Court halts gay marriage in Utah

Supreme Court halts gay marriage in Utah

Jan. 6 (UPI) -- The United States Supreme Court has put a hold on gay marriages in Utah, pending appeal in federal court, handing down an order Monday morning.
Gabrielle Levy

Germans turn against EU

PARIS, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- In Brussels, the high priests of the great European project are telling themselves the worst is over. They are wrong; the real crisis is about to begin.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
The Issue: Which taxpayers get best ROI on healthcare tax dollar?

The Issue: Which taxpayers get best ROI on healthcare tax dollar?

Taxpaying residents in states expanding Medicaid coverage to accommodate the sweeping 2010 healthcare reform law could see a return on their investments of up to $5.11 for every additional dollar in income taxes they'll pay to fund the Affordable Care Act, a WalletHub.com report found.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
What Snowden hath wrought

What Snowden hath wrought

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- If President Obama adopts the recommendations of his blue-ribbon panel on the reform of the National Security Agency's massive surveillance program, will the political and legal challenges to that program evaporate like the last few drops of single-malt whiskey in a glass?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, Senior UPI Legal Writer

Britain considering allowing very long prison terms

LONDON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- The British government is considering imposing very long prison sentences as a work-around to a European court ruling banning whole-life terms.

Vikings set independent probe of Kluwe charge

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The Minnesota Vikings said there will be an independent investigation into a former player's charge the team cut him for his outspokenness on same-sex marriage.
Attorneys: Court stay in Utah's same-sex marriage case not warranted

Attorneys: Court stay in Utah's same-sex marriage case not warranted

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Attorneys for three couples who challenged Utah's same-sex marriage ban urged the U.S. Supreme Court to deny the state's application for a stay Friday.

Thailand Supreme Court to rule whether Parliament can form

BANGKOK, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Thailand's Election Commission said Friday elections are scheduled to go ahead next month but the Supreme Court will review whether a new Parliament can form. 

California Supreme Court: Illegal immigrants can receive law licenses

SACRAMENTO, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- An illegal immigrant who graduated from law school cannot be denied a California law license because of his status, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Procreation dropped in Utah's stay application to Supreme Court

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Utah made a subtle shift its stay application to the U.S. Supreme Court defending traditional marriage, dropping references to procreation.
GOP attorneys general attack Obamacare changes

GOP attorneys general attack Obamacare changes

WASHINGTON, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Eleven Republican state attorneys general say President Obama acted illegally by making changes to the Affordable Care Act without congressional approval.
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