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By David Morgan and Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. judicial panels on Tuesday injected new uncertainty into the future of President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with conflicting rulings over whether the federal government can subsidize health insurance for millions of Americans. The appeals court rulings, handed down by three-judge panels in Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia, augured a possible rematch before the U.S. Supreme Court, which in June 2012 narrowly upheld the Democratic president's 2010 healthcare overhaul.
The Obama administration is developing a method for religious organizations opposed to contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act to opt out of providing the coverage in their health plans without filling out a form. Under President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, known as Obamacare, employers must provide health insurance policies that cover preventive services for women, including contraception and sterilization. As a result, the Obama administration intends to augment its regulations to provide an alternative way for such religious organizations to provide notification while ensuring that enrollees in plans of such organizations receive separate coverage of contraceptive services.
U.S. officials have made almost 200 arrests and seized more than $625,000 in illicit profits in a month-long crackdown on human smuggling in response to an influx of illegal immigration into Texas, the Department of Homeland Security said on Tuesday. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the campaign underscored the government's pledge that U.S. borders were not open to illegal immigration "and that if you enter the United States illegally, we will send you back". "We are focusing on the pocketbooks of these human smugglers, including their money laundering activities in the United States ? working with our Mexican and Central American partners to track, interdict, and seize the money flowing through Mexico and Central America." Johnson said the government sent extra personnel to Texas' Rio Grande Valley in late June to combat human smuggling operations on the southwest U.S. border.
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A former Fortune 500 executive who campaigned as a Washington outsider defeated an 11-term congressman on Tuesday in a key Republican runoff election in Georgia, setting the stage for November's race to fill an open Senate seat. Keeping the seat once held by veteran Democrat Sam Nunn in the Republican column is seen as crucial to the party's efforts at seizing majority control of the Senate from the Democrats. David Perdue, a former chief executive of Reebok, Dollar General and Pillowtex, led U.S. Representative Jack Kingston by nearly 8,000 votes, with 92 percent of the state's counties reporting, before Kingston conceded his loss. Perdue will now face Democrat Michelle Nunn, Sam Nunn's daughter, in the November general election for the seat being vacated by retiring Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss.
When U.S. and European airlines quickly canceled flights to Israel on Tuesday, they showed both a skittishness and a new sense of urgency in dealing with global trouble spots following last week's downing of a passenger plane over Ukraine.
MIAMI (AP) ? The U.S. National Hurricane Center says a fast-moving tropical depression in the Atlantic is expected to approach the Lesser Antilles on Wednesday night.
ATLANTA (AP) ? Now that Georgia Republicans have settled on businessman David Perdue as their nominee for the state's open Senate seat, the real battle begins with a marquee match-up in the fall against Democrat Michelle Nunn that could help determine control of the chamber.
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Donald Trump hopes to bring his signature brand of glitz to the nation's capital with a new luxury hotel in the city's third-tallest building.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ? LG Display Co. said profit for the April-June quarter more than doubled as a stronger won reduced the value of its foreign debt and the World Cup boosted demand for ultra-high-definition TVs.