LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 21-year-old California man previously charged with lying on a passport application so he could fly to Syria to join the Islamic State terrorist group was indicted Wednesday on a charge of trying to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration was "quite pleased" with its lawyer's arguments on Wednesday before the U.S. Supreme Court defending President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, a White House spokesman said. Spokesman Josh Earnest cautioned against drawing conclusions about how the court will decide the case based on questions during oral arguments. The Supreme Court appeared divided on ideological lines as it heard the challenge to the 2010 law on Wednesday. (Reporting by Emily Stephenson; Editing by Bill Trott)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court appeared divided on ideological lines on Wednesday as it weighed tax subsidies key to the implementation of the Obamacare health law. Potential swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy raised concerns to lawyers on both sides about the possible negative impact on states if the government loses the case, suggesting he could back the Obama administration. But he did not commit to supporting either side. (Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)
Shares in hospitals shot up as the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on a major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law that threatens federal tax subsidies for residents of at least 34 states to help buy health insurance. Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative on the nine-member court who often casts the deciding vote in close cases, raised concerns to lawyers on both sides about the possible negative impact on states if the government loses the case, suggesting he could back the Obama administration. Quincy Krosby, market strategist at Prudential Financial: "I think that hearing assuaged fears - at least for now - that we were headed for overturning Obamacare." "Health care has been a favorite sector. Anything that questions that or can be an important negative will hold that back, and so this was a relief for investors in the sector." Brian Tanquilut, hospital sector analyst for Jefferies: "The investor community thinks four justices are in the bag, so all you need is one.
Mexican authorities captured Zetas drug cartel leader Omar Trevino, dealing a blow to the feared gang and giving the embattled government a second major arrest in a week. The suspect, known as "Z-42," was detained without a shot being fired by federal police and soldiers in San Pedro Garza Garcia, an upper-class suburb of the northern industrial city of Monterrey, officials said. Trevino, who had a combined bounty of $7 million on his head, took over the Zetas after his brother, Miguel Angel Trevino, or "Z-40," was captured by marines in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas in July 2013. He was considered "one of the most dangerous and bloodthirsty criminals in Mexico," said Tomas Zeron, the investigations chief at the attorney general's office, adding that Trevino is accused of organized crime, kidnapping and drug trafficking.
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles County firefighters got creative to rescue a dog that had fallen into a six-inch-wide gap in West Hollywood, California.
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Australian rugby league international Jarryd Hayne is one step closer to his realizing his dream of carving out an NFL career after securing a futures contract with the San Francisco 49ers. The 27-year-old announced his deal at a media conference in Sydney on Tuesday, five months after stunning sports-mad Australia by quitting the country's top-flight rugby league competition to try his hand in American football. Hayne fielded interest from three NFL clubs, turning down the Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions before opting for the 49ers. "This is a small step in the right direction, the hard stuff starts now." Players on futures deals are locked up exclusively to train with their NFL team in a 90-man camp, which is progressively whittled down to select players for an active 53-man roster.
By John O'Brien SINGAPORE, March 3 (Reuters) - Paula Creamer ended a four-year title drought when she drained a monster 75-foot eagle putt on the second playoff hole at the 2014 HSBC Women's Champions event and the American was keen to recreate a little bit of history on her return to Singapore. Back at the scene of one of her finest professional triumphs, Creamer was playing a practice round on the lush Serapong Course and could not resist dropping a few balls down on the 18th green to see if she still possessed the Midas touch. "I played the back nine yesterday and I went and putted it a couple times to see," Creamer told reporters on Tuesday, recalling the moment she claimed her first title since the 2010 U.S. Open when she edged Spain's Azahara Munoz in that playoff.
March 3 (Infostrada Sports) - The World Rankings 1. (1) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 11.266 2. (2) Bubba Watson (U.S.) 7.208 3. (3) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 7.046 4. (4) Jason Day (Australia) 6.755 5. (5) Adam Scott (Australia) 6.650 6. (7) Jim Furyk (U.S.) 6.010 7. (6) Sergio Garcia (Spain) 6.000 8. (8) Justin Rose (Britain) 5.753 9. (9) Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 5.573 10. (10) Martin Kaymer (Germany) 4.869 11. (12) Rickie Fowler (U.S.) 4.809 12. (11) Matt Kuchar (U.S.) 4.786 13. (13) Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 4.767 14. (14) Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) 4.366 15. (16) Patrick Reed (U.S.) 4.199 16. ...
By John O'Brien SINGAPORE, March 3 (Reuters) - Michelle Wie enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2014 when she captured her first major title and the American will spend the next 18 months chasing another dream -- competing at a Summer Olympics. A teen prodigy, Wie was thrust into the limelight a decade ago when she competed against the men on several PGA Tour events but missed the cut in all of them and struggled to make an impact on the ladies tour after turning professional in 2005. Wie is targeting more major success this season but her main goal will be to tee off at the Rio Games in 2016, competing at an event she helped ensure became a reality as part of the team lobbying for golf's inclusion as an Olympic sport six years ago. "Oh, yeah, I was actually in Copenhagen with the golf committee... people associated with the golf associations and we worked hard to get golf into the Olympics and we were very successful," Wie told reporters in Singapore on Tuesday ahead of this week's HSBC Women's Champions event.
(Reuters) - The settlement of a wrongful termination grievance reached in January between the Baltimore Ravens and running back Ray Rice was for $1.59 million, the Baltimore Sun reported on Tuesday, citing sources. Rice filed the grievance after he was cut from the Ravens and had his $35 million contract terminated in September, when a graphic video surfaced of him knocking out his then-finance in a New Jersey casino elevator. Rice, a three-time Pro Bowler, had sought back pay from his $3.5 million base salary for the 2014 season.
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