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  • Don Young, R- Alaska, would remove a 10- year timeframe for rebuilding depleted fish stocks and allow fisheries managers to consider the economic needs of fishing communities in setting annual catch limits. Rob Bishop, R- Utah, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, called the vote "a win for the consumer, a win for the industry that puts food on our tables...

  • WASHINGTON, June 1- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of a Muslim woman who sued for discrimination after being denied a sales job at age 17 at an Abercrombie& Fitch Co clothing store in Oklahoma because she wore a head scarf for religious reasons. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver then threw that out, ruling in favor of Abercrombie, before...

  • TRENTON, N.J.— New Jersey lawmakers have introduced a bill that would let voters decide whether to allow three new casinos in the northern part of the state just outside New York City. The bill introduced Monday would schedule a referendum in which voters would be asked to approve up to three casinos in Bergen, Essex or Hudson counties. The bill comes as Hard Rock...

  • RI senators consider whether to approve pension deal Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 12:16 PM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Only two people testified in opposition of the settlement terms for a deal in the legal fight over the state's public pension system overhaul during the General Assembly's first hearing on the agreement Monday. The Senate Finance Committee met for a rare Monday hearing to consider the settlement terms. The General Assembly typically meets...

  • Muslim woman wins Abercrombie headscarf case Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 10:39 AM ET
    Samantha Elauf (R) and her mother Majda Elauf of Tulsa, Oklahoma, pose for photographers outside the U.S. Supreme Court after the court heard oral arguments in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch February 25, 2015 in Washington, DC.

    The US Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Muslim woman who filed a lawsuit after she was denied a job at an Abercrombie & Fitch.

  • US justices boost workplace religious protections Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 10:35 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court strengthened civil rights protections Monday for employees and job applicants who need special treatment in the workplace because of their religious beliefs. The justices sided with a Muslim woman who did not get hired after she showed up to a job interview with clothing retailer Abercrombie& Fitch wearing a black headscarf.

  • WASHINGTON, June 1- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a win to Bank of America Corp by ruling that a second mortgage on an "underwater" home- one with a mortgage balance exceeding its current value- cannot by voided during bankruptcy. But Bank of America, which is the second mortgage holder in both cases, argued in court papers that the approach taken by the 11th...

  • WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court on Monday threw out the conviction of a Pennsylvania man prosecuted for making threats on Facebook, but dodged the free-speech issues that had made the case intriguing to First Amendment advocates. Chief Justice John Roberts said it was not enough for prosecutors to show that the comments of Anthony Elonis about killing his...

  • WASHINGTON, June 1- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of a Muslim woman who filed a lawsuit after she was denied a job at an Abercrombie& Fitch Co clothing store in Oklahoma because she wore a head scarf for religious reasons. On a 8-1 vote, the court handed a win to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a federal agency that sued the company on...

  • WASHINGTON, June 1- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of a Muslim woman who filed a lawsuit after she was denied a job at an Abercrombie& Fitch Co clothing store in Oklahoma because she wore a head scarf for religious reasons. On a 8-1 vote, the court handed a win to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a federal agency that sued the company on...

  • SUPREME COURT RULES FOR MUSLIM WOMAN DENIED JOB AT ABERCROMBIE& FITCH BECAUSE SHE WORE A HEAD SCARF.

  • SUPREME COURT RULES IN BANK OF AMERICA CASE THAT SECOND MORTGAGES ON' UNDERWATER' HOMES CANNOT BE VOIDED DURING BANKRUPTCY.

  • NSA's phone record spy program lapses Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 6:45 AM ET
    National Security Agency headquarters, Fort Meade, Maryland

    The agency lost its authority to collect Americans' phone records in bulk, after GOP Sen. Rand Paul stood in the way of extending the program.

  • Whether we like it or not, if it comes to the Congress, they will refuse. " "We must find a formula which is valuable for everybody and valuable for the U.S. without going to the Congress," said Fabius, who will host the U.N. climate summit in Paris in December where the new agreement is supposed to be adopted. Those pushing for a legally binding deal in Paris include the 28-...

  • WASHINGTON— After several near-death experiences in the Senate, the trade agenda that President Barack Obama is pushing as a second term capstone faces its biggest hurdle yet in the more polarized House. Anti-trade forces have struggled to ignite public outrage over Obama's bid to enact new free-trade agreements, but Democratic opposition in Congress...

  • WASHINGTON— Elfriede Rinkel's past as a Nazi concentration camp guard didn't keep her from collecting nearly $120,000 in American Social Security benefits. Rinkel admitted to being stationed at the Ravensbrueck camp during World War II, where she worked with an attack dog trained by the SS, according to U.S. Justice Department records. Rinkel is among 133...

  • Surveillance powers lapse with no deal in Senate Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 12:56 AM ET
    Construction trailers sit in front of the new National Security Agency (NSA) data center June 10, 2013 in Bluffdale, Utah.

    The NSA lost its authority at midnight to collect Americans' phone records in bulk, after Senator Rand Paul stood in the way of the program.

  • Now, the question is whether the Senate will pass a bill the House can live with. The Senate vote on the measure known as the USA Freedom Act can come no earlier than 1 a.m., Tuesday. "Having gone past the brink, the Senate must now embrace the necessity of acting responsibly," said Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, in a statement after...

  • Surveillance powers lapse with no deal in Senate Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 12:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The National Security Agency lost its authority at midnight to collect Americans' phone records in bulk, after GOP Sen. Rand Paul stood in the way of extending the fiercely contested program in an extraordinary Sunday Senate session. The Senate voted 77-17 to move ahead on the House-passed bill, the USA Freedom Act, which only last weekend fell three...

  • WASHINGTON— After several near death experiences in the Senate, the trade agenda that President Barack Obama is pushing as a second term capstone faces its biggest hurdle yet in the more polarized House. Anti-trade forces have struggled to ignite public outrage over Obama's bid to enact new free-trade agreements, but Democratic opposition in Congress...