Science
5:25 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Supreme Court Rules In Industry's Favor. What's EPA's Next Move?

A plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. in January 2015.
Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 6:37 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency made a mistake when it told electric power plants to reduce mercury emissions. The high court says the EPA should first have considered how much it would cost power plants to do that.

The decision comes too late for most power companies, but it could affect future EPA regulations.

Mercury in the air is a health risk. When you burn coal or oil, you create airborne mercury that can end up in fish we eat and cause serious health problems.

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Politics
5:25 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Cruz: States Have 'No Obligation' To Accept Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 6:32 pm

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:33 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Oklahoma’s Largest Utility Confused As U.S. Supreme Court Scuttles EPA Rule

OG&E's coal-fired power plant in Muskogee, Okla.
Gmeador / Flickr

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday blocked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s attempt to curb mercury and other toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants across the country.

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The Two-Way
10:29 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Supreme Court Says Use Of Lethal Injection Drug Is Legal

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 1:47 pm

Updated at 10:46 a.m. ET

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 opinion, says the sedative used in Oklahoma's lethal injection cocktail does not violate the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Here's the background to the case, in the words of SCOTUSblog:

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Headlines
9:03 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Headlines: Cherokee Elections, Budget Lawsuit & American Idol in Tulsa

Headlines for Monday, June 29, 2015:

  • Cherokee Chief Bill John Baker wins reelection. (Tulsa World)

  • The slowdown on I-35 in southern Oklahoma could last all summer and into the fall. (NewsOK)

  • The cost to fix levees in Tulsa could run $35 million or more. (Tulsa World)

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Politics
9:08 am
Sun June 28, 2015

A Less-Restrained Obama Finally Says 'Bucket'

With less than two years left in his presidency, President Obama has been less scripted and appears less confined by politics.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 12:22 pm

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The Two-Way
8:08 am
Sat June 27, 2015

Activist Climbs Flagpole At S.C. Statehouse, Removes Confederate Banner

Activist climbing flagpole at South Carolina's Capitol to remove Confederate battle flag.
Mediater

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 4:37 pm

Updated at 4:35 p.m. ET

An African-American activist scaled the 30-foot flag pole in front of the South Carolina Statehouse early this morning and removed the Confederate battle flag that flies there.

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The Two-Way
1:02 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Obama: Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling 'A Victory For America'

The White House is lit up in rainbow colors in commemoration of the Supreme Court's ruling to legalize same-sex marriage.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 10:06 pm

President Obama called the Supreme Court's decision affirming the constitutional right of same-sex couples to marry a "victory for America" that had "made our union a little more perfect."

In the 5-4 decision, Justice Kennedy wrote the opinion of the court, saying the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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Politics
11:56 am
Fri June 26, 2015

'Abide By The Law': Campaign Trail Responds To Same-Sex-Marriage Ruling

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 2:18 pm

After the Supreme Court's decision effectively legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide came down at 10 a.m. ET, the 2016 hopefuls weighed in quickly.

The Republican side of the field has opposed same-sex marriage, but in responding to Friday's decision, most of the candidates struck a measured tone — many noting they support traditional marriage and religious freedom and disagree with the court — but also stressed the importance of respect and tolerance for all Americans.

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Health
11:37 am
Fri June 26, 2015

5 Challenges Still Facing Obamacare

President Obama and Vice President Biden shake hands after the president spoke in the White House's Rose Garden Thursday about the Supreme Court decision in favor of Obamacare.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 9:47 am

In its first five years, the Affordable Care Act has survived technical meltdowns, a presidential election, two Supreme Court challenges — including one resolved Thursday — and dozens of repeal efforts in Congress. But its long-term future still isn't ensured.

Here are five of the biggest hurdles that remain.

Medicaid Expansion

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