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  • WASHINGTON, Feb 13- The death of Justice Antonin Scalia on Saturday means that the normally nine-member U.S. Supreme Court will probably be down to eight when it rules on such divisive issues as abortion, immigration, affirmative action and the power of public-sector unions. With a replacement unlikely to be appointed before the current Supreme Court term ends...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 13- President Barack Obama has a number of likely options as he looks for a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Saturday. If Obama's nominee is not confirmed by the Senate, the White House could use the process to energize Democratic voters ahead of the presidential and congressional elections in...

  • RANCHO MIRAGE, California, Feb 13- President Barack Obama said on Saturday he plans to fulfill his constitutional responsibility to nominate a Supreme Court justice to fill the vacancy left by the death of Antonin Scalia.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 13- The death of Justice Antonin Scalia on Saturday means that the normally nine-member U.S. Supreme Court will probably be down to eight when it rules on such divisive issues as abortion, immigration, affirmative action and the power of public-sector unions. With a replacement unlikely to be appointed before the current Supreme Court term ends...

  • Feb 13- Conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died, setting up a major political showdown between President Barack Obama and the Republican-controlled Senate over who will replace the jurist just months before a presidential election. FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH. "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next...

  • RANCHO MIRAGE, California, Feb 13- President Barack Obama will deliver a statement on the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at 8:30 p.m. EST, the White House said in a statement on Saturday.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 13- President Barack Obama and the U.S. Senate have a constitutional duty to nominate and confirm a Supreme Court justice to fill the vacancy left by the death of Antonin Scalia, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee said on Saturday. "The Supreme Court of the United States is too important to our democracy for it to be understaffed for...

  • Feb 13- Conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died, setting up a major political showdown between President Barack Obama and the Republican-controlled Senate over who will replace him just months before a presidential election. REPUBLICAN SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL "The American people should have a voice in the selection...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 13- President Barack Obama should not nominate a Supreme Court justice to fill the vacancy left by the death of Antonin Scalia, U.S. "The fact of the matter is that it's been standard practice over the last 80 years to not confirm Supreme Court nominees during a presidential election year," Grassley said in a statement. "Given the huge divide in the...

  • PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA INTENDS TO NOMINATE SUCCESSOR FOR SCALIA ON SUPREME COURT- CNN.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 13- President Barack Obama should nominate a new Supreme Court justice "right away" to fill the vacancy left by the death of Antonin Scalia, U.S. "With so many important issues pending before the Supreme Court, the Senate has a responsibility to fill vacancies as soon as possible," Reid said. "It would be unprecedented in recent history for the Supreme...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 13- In almost 30 years on the bench of the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was strident, colorful, and most of all, conservative. That made him an unlikely buddy for fellow justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Scalia, who died at age 79, was appointed to the high court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986 and built a reputation as one of the nation's most...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 13- Conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, 79, has died, setting up a major political showdown between President Barack Obama and the Republican-controlled Senate over who will replace him just months before a presidential election. "On behalf of the court and retired justices, I am saddened to report that our colleague Justice...

  • MADISON, W.Va.— The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a commodity that is hard to come by in coal country: hope. For the long-suffering communities that depend on coal, last week's Supreme Court ruling was seen as a rare victory. To Joshua Johnson, 29, the Supreme Court's ruling was as welcome to him as a sunny day in spring in southern West Virginia.

  • Fracking, the drilling technology that has helped make Pennsylvania the nation's No. 2 natural gas producer, has divided the Democratic Party over its geopolitical and economic value when weighed against its real or potential harm to health and the environment. Two years ago, all four Democrats running for Pennsylvania governor opposed a broad moratorium on...

  • But a nation not invited— neighboring power China— will be the proverbial elephant in the room as the leaders grapple with sensitive territorial disputes. U.S. officials say the two-day summit at the Sunnylands estate is not directed against China, a strategic rival of the U.S. China says it has a historical right to virtually all of the South China Sea and has...

  • MANILA, Philippines— A summit next week between Southeast Asian leaders and President Barack Obama is unlikely to deliver any big economic prizes, but will allow the American side to press the advantages of joining a Pacific trade pact that doesn't include China. "We are going to be engaged in Southeast Asia, we're going to be engaged in working with the nations of...

  • HAVANA— The United States and Cuba will sign an agreement next week to resume commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades, starting the clock on dozens of new flights operating daily by next fall, U.S. officials said Friday. Barring other major announcements, it would be the most significant development in U.S.- Cuba trade since Presidents Barack...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 12- The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation on Friday broadening sanctions to punish North Korea for its nuclear program, human rights record and cyber crimes, and sent the measure to President Barack Obama to sign into law. Lawmakers said they wanted to make Washington's resolve clear to Pyongyang, but also to the...

  • WASHINGTON— Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, offered this year's hopefuls advice about a hard-learned lesson: Release your tax returns before the primaries and avoid tough scrutiny later. Even as other candidates— most notably Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush— have already disclosed years' worth of private tax returns to dispel questions...