Nov 23, 2015
Abortion providers in Wisconsin had challenged the state law, which requires doctors to have privileges at a hospital within 30 miles (50 km). A federal judge in March permanently blocked the Wisconsin law, ruling that the health benefits, if any, were outweighed by the burden on women's health caused by restricted access to abortion. The U.S. Supreme Court earlier in November agreed to take up a major abortion case for the first time since 2007.
Nov 23, 2015
NBC agreed Monday to give four Republican presidential candidates free time on affiliates in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina after they complained Donald Trump unfairly benefited from appearing as “Saturday Night Live” host earlier this month. The network said John Kasich, Mike Huckabee, James Gilmore and Lindsey Graham each will get about 12 minutes of time to tout their candidacies during prime time on Friday and Saturday, and during this week’s “Saturday Night Live.”
Nov 21, 2015
CHICAGO/DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – A heavy fall snowstorm hit the Midwestern United States on Saturday, blanketing states from South Dakota to Wisconsin with as much as 16 inches (40 cm) of snow, slowing air travel and delaying some events for U.S. presidential candidates. The storm was forecast to travel east into the Great Lakes region, reaching Michigan and upstate New York according to the National Weather Service. "We have snow across the area with heavier amounts across northern Illinois," said Amy Seeley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Chicago.
Nov 20, 2015
By Lisa Baertlein LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – More than 40 people have fallen ill with E. coli food poisoning after eating at Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants in six different states, federal health officials said on Friday, sending shares of the burrito chain to an 18-month low. The outbreak expanded with new Chipotle-linked E. coli cases reported in California, Ohio, New York and Minnesota, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The CDC said 45 people got sick from the E. coli O26 outbreak strain, and of those, 43 reported eating at Chipotle.
Nov 20, 2015
By Megan Cassella and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives, defying a veto threat by President Barack Obama, overwhelmingly passed Republican-backed legislation on Thursday to suspend Obama's program to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next year and then intensify the process of screening them. The measure, quickly drafted this week following the Islamic State attacks in Paris on Friday that killed 129 people, was approved on a vote of 289-137, with 47 of Obama's 188 fellow Democrats breaking with the White House to support it. It would require that high-level officials – the FBI director, the director of national intelligence and homeland security secretary – verify that each Syrian refugee poses no security risk.
Nov 19, 2015
Higher education institutions suffered the weakest tuition growth in the history of Moody's survey last year. Such sluggishness "appears to be the 'new normal,'" reported Moody's, which is predicting another year of tuition revenue growth near levels of inflation, approximately 2 percent. Almost two-thirds of public universities will see tuition growth under 3 percent, in part because of state-imposed limits to keep tuition low and student enrollments that are either flat or declining.
Nov 18, 2015
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) – At least two people were killed in Washington state and about 360,000 homes and businesses in the Seattle-area were without power on Tuesday as a storm packing powerful winds downed trees and triggered mudslides, local authorities said. A wide swath of the Puget Sound region was under flood watches and warnings through Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service said. The storm, which packed wind gusts up to 49 miles per hour (79 kph), toppled trees and power lines, leaving roads littered with debris.
Nov 18, 2015
Hillary Clinton drew a sharp contrast with Bernie Sanders on health care and taxes on Tuesday, telling a fired-up audience at a local community college that as president, she would not raise taxes on the middle class. Taxes have become the latest flashpoint in the race for the Democratic nomination, with Clinton charging that Sanders supports raising taxes to pay for his plans and the Vermont senator responding that the former secretary of state is not being realistic with her proposals.