House panel issues subpoena for Clinton's personal emails WASHINGTON (AP) - A House committee investigating the deadly 2012 terror attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, has subpoenaed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's personal emails pertinent to its probe. In an announcement on Wednesday, the Republican-controlled committee said it also has issued a subpoena to the State Department for all other individuals who have relevant information.
Q&A: In Alabama, state court vs. federal courts. Who wins? ATLANTA (AP) - The Alabama Supreme Court is in a showdown with a federal judge who ruled that the state's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. The state's justices say they remain the authority on state law, at least until the U.S. Supreme Court settles the question of whether the U.S. Constitution gives gay couples nationwide a fundamental right to marry. So until then, who prevails in Alabama, no stranger to disputes between state and federal authorities? Some key questions and answers:
Justices sharply divided over health care law subsidies WASHINGTON (AP) - Sharply divided along familiar lines, the Supreme Court took up a politically charged new challenge to President Barack Obama's health overhaul Wednesday in a dispute over the tax subsidies that make insurance affordable for millions of Americans. The outcome in what Justice Elena Kagan called "this never-ending saga" of Republican-led efforts to kill the Affordable Care Act appears to hinge on the votes of Chief Justice John Roberts, whose vote saved the law three years ago, and Justice Anthony Kennedy.
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House committee to subpoena Clinton emails in Benghazi probe WASHINGTON (AP) - A House committee investigating the Benghazi, Libya, attacks was expected as early as Wednesday to subpoena the emails of Hillary Rodham Clinton, who used a private account exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state - and also used a computer email server now traced back to her family's New York home. The Republican-led Select Committee on Benghazi planned the subpoenas to demand additional material from Clinton, congressional aides told The Associated Press. The aides spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the committee's actions.
`It WAS him': Defense admits Tsarnaev bombed Boston Marathon BOSTON (AP) - The question, for all practical purposes, is no longer whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took part in the Boston Marathon bombing. It's whether he deserves to die for it. In a blunt opening statement at the nation's biggest terrorism trial in nearly 20 years, Tsarnaev's own lawyer flatly told a jury that the 21-year-old former college student committed the crime.
US clears officer in Ferguson case, criticizes police force WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department cleared a white former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old on Wednesday, but also issued a scathing report calling for sweeping changes in city law enforcement practices it called discriminatory and unconstitutional. The dual reports marked the culmination of months-long federal investigations into a shooting that sparked weeks of protests and a national dialogue on race and law enforcement as the tenure of Attorney General Eric Holder, the first black person to hold that office, draws to a close.
Benghazi panel to issue subpoenas for more Clinton emails WASHINGTON (AP) - The special House committee investigating the 2012 attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, will issue subpoenas for former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's personal emails, congressional aides said Wednesday. The move comes amid the disclosure that Clinton relied exclusively on a personal email account during her tenure as the nation's top diplomat. The committee, which already has tens of thousands of emails from the Obama administration, is seeking more information.
UN: World eating too much sugar; cut to 5-10 percent of diet LONDON (AP) - New guidelines from the World Health Organization are enough to kill anyone's sugar high. The U.N. health agency says the world is eating too much sugar and people should slash their intake to just six to 12 teaspoons per day - an amount that could be exceeded with a single can of soda. So, put down that doughnut. And while you're at it, skip the breakfast cereal, fruit juice, beer and ketchup.
A defiant Alabama regains ground against gay marriage BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's stand against same-sex marriage regained ground Wednesday after the state's highest court ruled that its ban remains legal, despite federal court pressure to begin issuing licenses to gays and lesbians. But advocates said they're not giving up either - and that the justices in Montgomery will find themselves on history's losing side. The Alabama Supreme Court ordered county probate judges to uphold the state ban pending a final ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, which hears arguments in April on whether gay couples nationwide have a fundamental right to marry and whether states can ban such unions.