U.S. federal judge strikes down Wisconsin ban on gay marriage

Jun 7, 2014

U.S. federal judge strikes down Wisconsin ban on gay marriage

A federal judge deemed Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional on Friday to the delight of gay couples who immediately began rushing to county offices to wed as word of the ruling spread. The ruling marked the latest in a string of decisions by ...

Tiananmen leader says U.S. 'didn't care' about crackdown

May 31, 2014

Tiananmen leader says U.S. 'didn't care' about crackdown

An exiled leader of the Tiananmen Square protests deplored Friday the U.S. stance 25 years ago, saying the ambassador confided to her that Washington didn’t “care” about the crackdown. Chai Ling, who was commander-in-chief of the students agitating for democracy in Beijing, said that ...

U.S. House moves to bolster gun background checks

May 30, 2014

U.S. House moves to bolster gun background checks

U.S. lawmakers moved Thursday to boost funding of the national background check system for firearm sales, a small but symbolic step toward broader gun law reform following recent mass shootings. The measure would provide $19.5 million to help states submit records to a federal ...

Obama to argue for avoiding overreach overseas

May 25, 2014

Obama to argue for avoiding overreach overseas

Confronting critics of his foreign policy, President Barack Obama will soon outline a strategy for his final years in office that aims to avoid overreach as the second of the two wars he inherited comes to a close. The president’s commencement address Wednesday at ...

U.S. House passes reforms curbing NSA data collection

May 23, 2014

U.S. House passes reforms curbing NSA data collection

The U.S. House of Representatives passed landmark reforms Thursday curbing bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records, the first step toward restricting intelligence-gathering by the National Security Agency since Edward Snowden divulged the secret program last year. But the reforms, backed by the White House, ...

May 21, 2014

Republicans beat back tea party challengers

Mainstream U.S. Republicans led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell defeated tea party challengers in key primaries Tuesday, setting the stage for their bid to regain full control of Congress in November. Republicans lead the House of Representatives and are determined to wrest the ...

Report highlights child labor on U.S. tobacco farms

May 14, 2014

Report highlights child labor on U.S. tobacco farms

You may have to be at least 18 to buy cigarettes in the U.S., but children as young as 7 are working long hours in fields harvesting nicotine- and pesticide-laced tobacco leaves under sometimes hazardous and sweltering conditions, according to a report released Wednesday ...