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Supreme Court set to hear second major Obamacare challenge

A man looks over the Affordable Care Act signup page on the HealthCare.gov website in New York in this photo illustrationBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court will weigh a second major case targeting President Barack Obama's healthcare law on Wednesday when it considers a conservative challenge to tax subsidies critical to the measure's implementation. If a majority of the nine justices rules against the administration, up to 7.5 million people in at least 34 states would lose subsidies that help low- and moderate-income people afford private health insurance, unless Congress or the affected states act immediately. Such a ruling could also have a broader impact by deterring younger, healthier people from buying health insurance, which would lead to premiums rising for older, less healthy people who need healthcare most, said Rand Corporation economist Christine Eibner. The Democratic-backed law, narrowly passed by Congress over unified Republican opposition, aimed to help millions of Americans who lacked any health insurance afford coverage.



Final stage of jury selection set for Boston bombing trial

Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is shown in a courtroom sketch next to Judge George O'Toole on the first day of jury selection at the federal courthouse in BostonBy Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The long-running process of choosing a jury to hear the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is due to wrap up on Tuesday with the judge and lawyers for both sides selecting the panel of 12 jurors and six alternates. Tsarnaev could be sentenced to death if he is convicted, a fact that made jury selection in the federal trial challenging in Massachusetts, where state laws do not allow for capital punishment and the practice is unpopular.



Georgia halts execution of state's only female death row inmate

Death row inmate Kelly Renee Gissendaner is seen in an undated picture from the Georgia Department of CorrectionsGeorgia halted the planned Monday execution of the only woman on death row in the state due to problems with the drugs to be used in the lethal injection, officials said. Kelly Renee Gissendaner, 46, condemned for the murder of her husband in 1997, would have been the first woman executed by the state in 70 years. "Within the hours leading up to the scheduled execution, the Execution Team performed the necessary checks. At that time, the drugs appeared cloudy," Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gwendolyn Hogan said in a statement.



U.S. top trade official to brief House Democrats on trade

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will brief Democrats in the House of Representatives on trade issues at a regular caucus meeting on Tuesday, a person familiar with the planning of the meeting said, while staff have been invited to a separate meeting at the White House. The person said Froman was invited to give a short briefing as part of the administration's regular outreach to lawmakers on the 2015 trade agenda, which includes an ambitious Pacific trade pact and legislation to streamline the passage of trade deals through Congress. An administration official said Hill aides are expected to attend a meeting at the White House on Tuesday morning, also as part of the administration?s ongoing outreach to Congress on trade. Bipartisan talks are continuing on the final form of the bill, which would allow Congress to set negotiating objectives for trade deals in exchange for a yes-or-no vote, without amendments.


Former Vice President Al Gore reports for jury duty in Tenn.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) ? Even former vice presidents get called for jury duty.


Ex-Rhode Island Speaker Fox charged with bribery, wire fraud

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) ? Former Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox has been charged with bribery, wire fraud and filing a false tax return following an investigation that included a dramatic federal raid on the Statehouse.


Missouri man, 88, pleads guilty to fatally stabbing wife

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) ? An 88-year-old central Missouri man has pleaded guilty in the stabbing death of his 86-year-old wife.


Venture capitalist testifies in Silicon Valley sex bias suit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? A prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalist who helped direct early investments in Google and Amazon.com is set to take the stand Tuesday in a high-profile sex discrimination lawsuit that has sparked debate over the treatment of women in the high-tech and venture capitalist fields.


Deadline looms for states to respond in immigration suit

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) ? A deadline is nearing for a coalition of states suing to stop President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration to respond to a request by the U.S. government to lift a temporary hold of the orders.


Timeline details ties between Fort Worth police chief, Taser

In this photo taken Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, retired Fort Worth Police Chief Jeffery Halstead, left, introduces retired Cincinnati Police Chief Tom Streicher, during a presentation at a conference hosted by Taser International at the California Highway Patrol Headquarters in Sacramento, Calif. Halstead successfully pushed the city of Fort Worth to approve a no-bid contract worth up $2.7 to purchase body cameras from Taser, the stun-gun maker that is now the leading supplier of body cameras for police. A review by The Associated Press shows Taser is covering airfare and hotel stays for police chiefs who travel to speak at the company's marketing conferences. It is also hiring some recently retired chiefs as consultants, sometimes months after their cities signed contracts with Taser.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Then-Fort Worth Police Chief Jeffrey Halstead and Taser International had a close relationship before and after the city signed a contract to purchase body cameras last year. Email communications and travel expense reports obtained by The Associated Press through a state open records request show how Halstead kept the company informed as he lobbied for the contract internally and accepted travel to events paid for by the company in the following months: