Utah agrees to drop parts of disputed 2011 immigration law
(Reuters) - Utah has agreed to roll back key provisions of a 2011 state law allowing police to check the immigration status of anyone suspected of being undocumented, a civil liberties group said on Tuesday. As part of a deal settling a legal challenge to the law, the state agreed police will not be allowed to detain or stop a person merely to check immigration status or to transport him or her to federal officials based on officers' suspicions, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said in a statement. ...

AP sources: Gov't to set stricter smog standard

FILE - in this July 8, 2014, file photo, Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Inhofe, who will take over the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in January, said in a statement late Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2104, that a stricter standard to be announced Wednesday by the Obama administration on smog-forming pollution allowed in the air "will lower our nation's economic competitiveness and stifle job creation for decades." He vowed "vigorous oversight" of the proposal in his new position. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — The stricter smog standard proposed by the Obama administration joins a string of historic — and controversial — moves by the administration to improve air quality.


US top court to review power plant emissions rules

Katherine Boswell works in her garden in the shadow of the coal fired Morgantown Generating Station, on May 29, 2014 in Newburg, MarylandThe US Supreme Court said on Tuesday it will review national environmental standards requiring power plants to reduce emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants. The country's highest court received three complaints from 21 US states and industry groups protesting standards imposed in 2012 that require power plants to cut toxic emissions. The complaints, lodged against the national Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), oppose the "huge costs" required to comply to the standards. Supreme Court justices issued a brief written order saying they would consider whether the EPA "unreasonably refused to consider costs in determining whether it is appropriate to regulate hazardous air pollutants emitted" by power plants.


Election ads were about issues, says 'Carolina Rising' chief
'Dark money' nonprofit spends millions backing candidate but says ads are about issues.

Court case pushed by think tank could leave uninsured out in the cold
Supreme Court case backed by think tank hinges on single sentence in Affordable Care Act.

Five killed in clashes between Houthis, Sunnis in Yemen capital
SANAA (Reuters) - Five people were killed in clashes between Shi'ite Houthi fighters and Sunni tribal opponents in Sanaa early on Wednesday, medical sources said, in some of the worst violence in Yemen's capital since it was seized by the Houthi movement in September.






Labour targets UK's 'unfair society', threatens private school tax breaks
LONDON (Reuters) - The opposition Labour party said on Tuesday it would cut tax breaks worth 700 million pounds to fee-paying schools if elected unless they helped raise standards in state schools.






Zimbabwe vice president ousted from party post in succession war

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe (R) and Vice-President Joice Mujuru at a meeting of the ruling ZANU-PF party headquarters on October 24, 2014 in HarareZimbabwe Vice President Joice Mujuru has been ousted from the ruling party's powerful central committee after being accused of plotting to assassinate President Robert Mugabe, state media reported Wednesday. A provincial executive committee refused to accept Mujuru's election papers ahead of a key ZANU-PF party congress next week after a campaign against her led by Mugabe's wife Grace. Mujuru's home district "rejected her application in elections that saw a number of other Zanu-PF bigwigs linked to her nefarious activities to oust President Robert Mugabe also failing to make it," the paper said. Mujuru and powerful Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa were seen as the leading contenders to replace Mugabe, who has been in power since independence from Britain in 1980.


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