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Israel's top court rules ultra-Orthodox Jews must be drafted into military, in blow to Netanyahu

Updated 4:52 AM EDT, Tue June 25, 2024 Jerusalem CNN — Israel’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the government to draft ultra-Orthodox Jews into the military, delivering a blow to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that has the potential to unravel his ruling coalition. The court also ordered the government to withdraw funding from any religious schools, or yeshivas, whose students do not comply with draft notices. “At this time there is no legal framework that makes it possible to disting ...


Chinese lunar probe returns to Earth with the world's first samples from the far side of the moon

June 25, 2024, 3:31 AM EDT BEIJING — China’s Chang’e 6 probe returned on Earth on Tuesday with rock and soil samples from the little-explored far side of the moon in a global first. The probe landed in northern China on Tuesday afternoon local time in the Inner Mongolia region. Chinese scientists anticipate the returned samples will include 2.5-million-year-old volcanic rock and other material that scientists hope will answer questions about differences between the moon’s two sides. While p ...


Federal lawsuit challenges Georgia law that limits many people or groups to posting 3 bonds a year

Updated Mon, June 24, 2024 at 7:15 PM EDT A new federal lawsuit challenges a Georgia law that expands cash bail and restricts organizations that help people pay bail so they can be released while their criminal cases are pending. Senate Bill 63, which was signed into law last month by Gov. Brian Kemp and which takes effect July 1, includes a section that limits people and organizations from posting more than three cash bonds in a year unless they meet requirements for bail bond companies. Tha ...


Conservative US lawmakers are pushing for an end to no-fault divorce

Some prominent conservative lawmakers and commentators are advocating for ending no-fault divorce, laws that exist in all 50 US states and allow a person to end a marriage without having to prove a spouse did something wrong, like commit adultery or domestic violence. The socially conservative, and often religious, rightwing opponents of such divorce laws are arguing that the practice deprives people – mostly men – of due process and hurt families, and by extension, society. Republican lawmaker ...


US judges block parts of Biden's student loan relief plan

June 24, 2024 10:50 PM EDT Updated 9 hours ago June 24 (Reuters) - Two federal judges in Kansas and Missouri on Monday at the urging of several Republican-led states blocked President Joe Biden's administration from further implementing a new student debt relief plan that lowers payments. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree in Wichita, Kansas, blocked the U.S. Department of Education from implementing parts of a student loan repayment plan not already in effect that cuts borrowers' monthly pa ...


Luna to force vote on obscure maneuver forcing sergeant-at-arms to detain Garland

06/24/24 11:40 AM ET Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-Fla.) will move within days to force a vote on having the House sergeant-at-arms forcibly bring Attorney General Merrick Garland before the House by holding him in “inherent contempt” over his refusal to turn over audio of President Biden’s interview with special counsel Robert Hur. Luna sent a letter to her colleagues Monday saying she will call up her inherent contempt resolution “in the next few days.” When she raises the question of privilege ...


Ex-Trump doctor Ronny Jackson spent thousands in donor funds at swanky club, House ethics watchdog says

1 hour ago Former US Navy doctor turned Texas congressman Ronny Jacksoon may have broken campaign finance laws by using donor funds to cover thousands of dollars worth of bills at a swanky Texas club, according to the nonpartisan House Office of Congressional Ethics. The six-member House Ethics Committee, which is evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, voted unanimously to continue a two-month-old probe into Jackson’s conduct that was touched off by allegations that his campaign comm ...


Trump Ally Calls For Women Who Get Abortions to Be Executed

Today, on the two year anniversary of the Dobbs decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, the Biden Campaign is calling out Jeff Durbin, an ally of Donald Trump for comments made about abortion rights in Arizona. Durbin, according to the Biden Campaign, is the leader of the Republican opposition to the Arizona abortion measure which is currently on the ballot this November to codify the right to an abortion into Arizona's state law. In the clip posted today to Twitter, Durbin states that "if ...


Julian Assange has reached a plea deal with the U.S., allowing him to go free

By Michael Kosnar and Ryan J. Reilly WASHINGTON — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange plans to plead guilty as part of a plea deal with the U.S. Justice Department that will allow him to go free after spending five years in a British prison, according to court documents. Assange was charged by criminal information — which typically signifies a plea deal — with conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defense information, the court documents say. ...


Texas abortion ban linked to increase in infant deaths, new study finds

A six-week abortion ban in Texas was linked to a 13% increase in the number of infants who died in their first year of life, a new study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics suggests. [snip] Because Texas enacted its six-week abortion ban in September 2021, months before Roe's demise, scholars have studied what has happened in Texas for clues about how post-Roe abortion bans are now affecting the rest of the nation. Some of the researchers involved in the Monday study have previously concluded ...

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Biden administration moves toward allowing American military contractors to deploy to Ukraine

37 min ago - Updated 1:21 PM EDT, Tue June 25, 2024 CNN — The Biden administration is moving toward lifting a de facto ban on American military contractors deploying to Ukraine, four US officials familiar with the matter told CNN, to help the country’ ... (CNN Politics)

House committee to vote on holding Biden's ghostwriter in contempt

57 min ago - June 25, 2024, 4:44 PM EDT WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee plans to vote this week on a measure to hold President Joe Biden’s ghostwriter in contempt of Congress for refusing to hand over documents and other materials tied to his ... (NBC News)

Jury awards $700k to Seattle protesters jailed for writing anti-police slogans in chalk on barricade

1 hr ago - By MARK THIESSEN Updated 3:18 PM CDT, June 25, 2024 Four protesters who were jailed for writing anti-police graffiti in chalk on a temporary barricade near a Seattle police precinct have been awarded nearly $700,000 after a federal court jury decide ... (AP-US News)

Judge rejects $30B Visa, Mastercard 'swipe fee' settlement

1 hr ago - 06/25/24 12:59 PM ET A federal judge Tuesday rejected a $30 billion antitrust settlement between Visa, Mastercard and a select group of retailers that was decried by the larger industry. Visa and Mastercard, which control a combined 80 percent of th ... (The Hill)

Small Business Administration offers $30 million in grant funding to Women's Business Centers

2 hrs ago - Updated 11:29 AM EDT, June 25, 2024 NEW YORK (AP) — The Small Business Administration will offer $30 million in grant funding for Women’s Business Centers for a variety of projects, including funding to open a center in the U.S. Virgin Isla ... (AP)

Acclaimed St. Louis restaurant Bulrush closes. Owner cites 'hate politics' in Missouri.

2 hrs ago - ST. LOUIS -- Rob Connoley has closed his acclaimed Grand Center restaurant Bulrush, saying he can no longer operate in a state that is "actively working to harm" the LGBTQ community. Connoley was a finalist earlier this month at the prestigious James ... (STL Post Dispatch)

Prosecutor accuses Trump's lawyers of 'hijacking' hearing in classified docs case

2 hrs ago - June 25, 2024, 3:29 PM The third and final day of hearings in Donald Trump's classified documents case reached a heated conclusion after prosecutor for special counsel Jack Smith accused the former president's lawyers of "hijacking" the hearings with ... (ABC News)

Four states to begin voluntary testing for bird flu in dairy farm milk tanks

2 hrs ago - By: Jennifer Shutt - June 25, 2024 1:22 pm WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that four states will launch voluntary pilot programs in the days ahead to test bulk milk tanks on dairy farms for bird flu — a mov ... (Nebraska Examiner)

Biden expected to pardon military veterans convicted under military law banning gay sex, officials say

3 hrs ago - Updated 3:21 PM EDT, Tue June 25, 2024 CNN — President Joe Biden is expected to pardon US veterans who were convicted by the military over a 60-year period under a military law that banned gay sex, three US officials told CNN. The pardon ... (CNN Politics)

Justice Department urges Supreme Court to decide if felons can be barred from having a gun

3 hrs ago - Published 2:05 p.m. ET June 25, 2024 | Updated 2:05 p.m. ET June 25, 2024 WASHINGTON - Now that the Supreme Court has offered some clarification on testing the constitutionality of a gun restriction, the Justice Department wants the high court to dec ... (USA Today)

Verizon to pay $1 million fine over repeat 911 call outage in 2022

4 hrs ago - June 25, 2024 1:05 PM EDT Updated an hour ago WASHINGTON, June 25 (Reuters) - Verizon Communications' (VZ.N) wireless business will pay a $1.05 million fine to resolve an investigation into whether the company violated government rules by failing to ... (Reuters)

Phillies turned a triple play 95 years in the making against the Tigers

4 hrs ago - Story by Mark Schofield • 3h The beauty of baseball — or any sport really — is that when you watch a game you might see something that has not happened in a long time. For example, fans at Comerica Park Monday night saw something that ... (MSN)

Judge alters Trump's gag order, lets him talk about witnesses and jurors after hush money conviction

4 hrs ago - By MICHAEL R. SISAK Updated 12:55 PM CDT, June 25, 2024 NEW YORK (AP) — A judge on Tuesday modified Donald Trump’s gag order, freeing the former president to comment publicly about witnesses and jurors in the hush money criminal trial that ... (AP)

Florida not a battleground, Biden campaign chair says

4 hrs ago - President Joe Biden and Democrats have been insisting that Florida's gettable for them in November. But not everyone seems to have gotten the memo. In a podcast interview with Puck News' John Heilemann released Monday, Biden campaign chair Jen O'Mall ... (Politico)

Weather Service computer network goes down during Midwest flood disaster

5 hrs ago - 56 mins ago The National Weather Service is suffering yet another major data outage, this time coinciding with deadly flooding in the Midwest and a widespread heat wave affecting tens of millions of people. Why it matters: The outage is part of a pat ... (Axios)

Oklahoma Supreme Court rules publicly funded religious charter school is unconstitutional

6 hrs ago - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma board’s approval of what would be the nation’s first publicly funded religious school is unconstitutional and must be rescinded, the state Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. The high court determined the S ... (AP)

White House says Biden would veto spending bills for Defense, Homeland Security and State

7 hrs ago - 06/25/24 9:31 AM ET The White House has issued a trio of veto threats against the first set of spending bills the House is scheduled to vote on, dismissing each proposal as “partisan bills” put forward by Republicans. The White House publi ... (The Hill)

A trackside sensor didn't catch burning rail bearing suspected in Ohio derailment in time, NTSB says

7 hrs ago - By JOSH FUNK, TOM KRISHER and PATRICK ORSAGOS Updated 10:06 AM CDT, June 25, 2024 EAST PALESTINE, Ohio (AP) — Residents of an eastern Ohio village are learning more about the fiery wreck of a Norfolk Southern freight train last year that derail ... (AP)

Jack Smith rebuts Trump's 'newly invented' Mar-a-Lago explanations

8 hrs ago - Jun 25th, 2024, 9:09 am As expected, special counsel Jack Smith on Monday filed a lengthy rebuttal of defendant Donald Trump’s claims that his Espionage Act prosecution should disappear on grounds that federal investigators did not preserve alle ... (Law & Crime)

Missouri, Utah, Nebraska slammed by DOJ for segregating adults with disabilities

9 hrs ago - Published 9:22 p.m. ET June 24, 2024 | Updated 9:00 a.m. ET June 25, 2024 A family wonders how a cousin “slipped through the cracks” and wound up in a state nursing facility not long after her 18th birthday; a mother wonders how she lost he ... (US News and World Report/Reuters)


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